As the cold weather settles in, mice often start looking for
food and warmth, which could lead them straight into your
If mice do find a way in, the telltale signs are simple. You'll
find mouse droppings, little bits of chewed-up food packages, and
you can often hear them in the walls and ceiling of your home.
It is important to keep them out. mice may carry diseases, they
contaminate food and leave a mess and they can chew through parts
of your home, such as electrical wires, insulation and even
Here's how to get rid of mice, clean up after them and
keep them out.
Get Rid of Mice: This can be the tough part if you're
squeamish, but here are some suggestions:
- Try setting traps- there are different types
available. Some are disposable; others need to be re-set after you
catch a mouse. Remember that mice love cheese or peanut butter if
you need to use bait.
- Call a pest company- treatment will include
sourcing and blocking entryways with products such as mesh wiring,
wood, or spray foam insulation.
Clean up after them: The maid service
experts at MOLLY MAID stress the importance of cleaning up any
areas that have been visited by mice.
- The first step is to spray the area with a disinfectant. It
will help keep small particles from droppings, urine, saliva or
nesting materials from flying about in the air as you clean.
- Wear gloves and even a disposable mask, and sweep or vacuum the
- Finish by wiping with a disinfectant cleaner, then drying the
surface with a dry rag.
Keep Mice Out: Now you have to block the entrance points
and keep mice outside where they belong.
- Always close garage doors at night.
- Declutter your house, including the garage and basement. The
house cleaners at MOLLY MAID also recommend getting rid of clutter
and trash. (Mice love messy spaces, which make it easy for them to
nest and hide.)
- Be sure that all food sources are in sealed containers and
cupboards. Don't leave pet food out overnight.
- Place weather-stripping around doors (which will also improve
- Look closely outside of the home for cracks in a wall or
foundation - that's all mice need to get in - and seal these
- Move firewood or mulch away from your home's immediate
exterior. Again, these are the kinds of places where mice
- If all else fails - get a cat!