How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice in the House

House Mice

As the colder months are approaching, you may be spending more of your time indoors. Unfortunately, rodents are looking to do the same, and your warm, cozy house provides the perfect escape from the unbearable outside chill. Mice and rodents are not only unnerving to see in your home, but they can also cause extensive damage and spread disease. If you have ever seen or suspected a pesky rodent around your property, check out our advice for preventing them:

Seal Cracks and Crevices

Mice and rodents are skilled at fitting through small spaces, which means the tiny cracks leading into your home could be their gateway in and out. Try sealing noticeable cracks with caulk or steel wool to prevent these critters from taking advantage of your space.

Eliminate Excess Moisture

A buildup of excess moisture is often overlooked. Issues like high humidity, leaky pipes under the sink, or clogged gutters can attract rodents looking for something to drink. Once they find a reliable source of water, they’ll stick around longer.

Peppermint Oil

If the smell is strong enough, this can also be an effective measure for preventing mice in your home. Try applying it to cotton balls and placing them around your home.

If you’ve already spotted a rodent or signs of one in your home, it could be too late for these measures of prevention. In this case, try these steps to get them out and keep them out:

Mice Traps

A simple solution would be to set up mouse traps across your home, particularly in areas like the kitchen where rodents would likely linger for food. This is one of the most reliable ways to get rid of a pesky rodent.

Bait Station

Set up bait stations around your home that contain rodenticide. These bait stations are tamper proof, so kids and pets cannot get into them. Mice will mistake the bait for food and eventually die off.

If you haven’t found much success with these suggestions, the next step is to reach out to a professional. Palmetto Exterminators specializes in pest control, making sure your home and property are safe from unwanted pests. Click here to learn more about our services offered, or schedule a free inspection today.

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