Mice can find their way into homes through the tiniest of openings, and they can bring with them damage and diseases. While your pest control company will be able to help you to reduce the population of mice in your home and eliminate the problem, there are a few things you can do to help keep them out of certain areas of your home. If you are concerned about mice entering your kitchen, here are some easy steps you can take.
Eliminate Entry Points
Sealing cracks and openings in your cabinets may be obvious solutions to keeping mice out of your kitchen, there are several other ways they can enter secure areas of this room. Be sure that there are no gaps between your walls and your kitchen plumbing that mice can use to enter your under-sink cabinets. You'll also want to fill in any gaps around electrical outlet covers or any spaces between your cabinets and floor. You can use steel wool around your pipes to fill these holes, and you can use caulk to seal up gaps in your cabinetry.
Keep Pet Food Out Of Reach
Your pet's food may be tempting to mice, so you'll want to limit how often you keep bowls of food out. If it is possible, try to stick to a feeding schedule for your pets. Once your cats or dogs are finished eating, place the food in a sealed container and clean out the pet food bowls. Bags of pet food should be placed in air-tight containers to make it more difficult for mice to get to.
Contain The Crumbs
Even the tiniest crumbs can become a food source for mice in your kitchen. Some ways you can contain the crumbs in your kitchen include:
- Wipe your stove down after cooking.
- Wipe counters and tables down after each meal.
- Vacuum your floors (even if they are tile).
- Keep all food in sealed containers.
- Clean out your toaster's crumb tray after each use.
- Clean out sink strainers and traps.
You should also be sure to empty out your vacuum and take out the trash right away so the mice can't get to crumbs and food waste once it has been cleaned up.
Your pest control expert can help you to eliminate your mice problem by setting traps and sealing entry points from the exterior of your home. If you currently have mice in the house, use these steps to remove the food sources and entry points in your kitchen and be sure to contact a pest control company, like Eagle Pest Eliminators, to assist you with your rodent problem.