A Mouse In The House!

How To Control Mice From Your Kitchen

Mice are nocturnal, choosing to be isolated during the day, and searching for food and comfort mostly at night. They are flexible and curious pests, which enable them to fit into the smallest spaces using their flexible bodies, so you need to be sensible and inspect house your home from the inside to the outside home. Mice cannot only chew through your pantry, walls, and boxes, but they can cause severe damage to your house. They can particularly gnaw on cables, which can contribute to fires in the building. Moreover, they bring a slew of bacteria and diseases. A build-up of mice droppings can also worsen the cases of allergy and asthma. Stop this pest from your kitchen by using these tips.

  1. Seal all entry point: preventing mice from coming into your home are the first step for getting rid of mice from growing or ever happening first in your kitchen. By eliminating entry points and quick access, you can protect your house from mice. It can be challenging due to the capacity of a mouse to fit into even the lowest spaces. They can fit through one-quarter of an inch and up. Try to seal cracks in the Foundation as well as wall holes, including where power pipes and vents occur. You can use Steel wool and caulking both work great. Stuffing dryer sheets into the hole at the entrance where mice are coming in is also a great way to stop them. This is because they will not chew through any scented sheets to obtain access to your kitchen.
  2. Peppermint repellent spray: Mice hate the smell of peppermint fragrance. You can combine half water, half vinegar and a few drops of essential peppermint oil. Use this combination to clean your kitchen walls, drawers, and floors as a cleaning solution. Use this spray as your daily cleanup of the kitchen. Placed a few drops on cotton balls and rags as an extra deterrent and put them under the oven, sink, and under the drawers.
  3. Clean your kitchen clean: Mice can only survive on minimal quantities of meals a day. Mice need only about 3 to 5 grams of meals a day; for these little pests, your crumbs are the ideal snack. Those small crumbs may not seem like a big deal to you, but believe me, swooping is enough for the little mice. It may sound disgusting, but one of the most significant ways to maintain mice out is to clean the kitchen not just once a week, but every day. Give your kitchen floors a fast sweep after cooking that dinner and a nice wash for those counters and stovetops. Do not forget to shift the stove from the wall to clean the space behind it and around that area deeply. Use a broom and dustpan to remove crumbs and wash any spills around the oven on the ground or walls.
  4. Eliminate their nesting place: your oven mitt is the best spot for a mouse to make a nesting place; it is a cozy and warm little house. Oven mitts are hanging for easy access in a spot near your kitchen counters. This means that the mitt opening was out in the open and perfect for a little nesting mouse. To know these nesting areas, always look out for poop, pieces of papers and other crumbs of they brought to their nesting site. You can assess all the nesting places inside your kitchen after discovering this, clean all nesting areas and seal any hole or crack that can make them access that location.
    To prevent the rodents from returning, remove any mouse nests. Place a couple of rubber gloves and put a few drops of chlorine bleach in a spray bottle with water. Shake the mix solution well before using. Soak the nests of the mouse with the bleach solution and allow them to disinfect for 10 minutes. Throw the nests into a trash basket and immediately dump it.
    How to prevent mice infestation when you are away
    It is natural for pests such as mice to invade an empty property, especially somewhere as warm and cozy as your kitchen. However, you can make your home unappealing to them while you are away.
    Empty the trash: pests are attracted to filthy trash because it can serve as a source of food. Clean up the trash, and keep it in a cool and dry place.
    Neatly seal all leftovers: if you are not going away for a long time, and you can seal foods in airtight containers. However, if you are going away for a long time, it is wise to dispose of the foods; pests especially roaches and mice sniff their way to your home in search of your foods in your home.
    Seal cracks: as stated earlier, mice are flexible; they can penetrate the smallest hole or crack in the house. So, seal off cracks and crevices in your home no matter how trivial you think they are.
    Get a pest control operator near you; you might not see the need for it, but it is good practice to call a professional pest control company to inspect your home and ensure it is pest-free.
  5. Ok so listen to this, I went to a friend’s apartment one day, upon chatting we decided to host New Years dinner at her house. So I invited my older sister and her grandkids. Dinner turned out good for the most part, and on their way.
  6. A few days went by, and I returned to this friends house, only to see a mouse running around the base boards of the dinning room. I cannot even tell you how mortified I was. To think that I was and chilled out at her house, I ate, I made myself comfortable, only to have the gas scared out of me.
  7. Never again, I refused to visit much after that incident.
  8. So do yourself a favor and get the necessary help to rid your home of mice. Note that you don’t have to be a filthy to have mice in your home. Field mice can come when new construction is underway.
  9. I never told my sister that this friend had mice, because she would have choked the very life out of me.