Pest Infestation Prevention: 10 Things That Make Your Home a Mice Magnet

Mice become quite problematic once they set up roost in your home. They’re elusive and can be difficult to eliminate from your house, not to mention they can start destroying certain parts of your home interior. Here are then things you should probably keep out of your home that attract mice.

1. Feed and Seeds

Any Rodent Exterminator will tell you that mice love to get into seeds and any kind of feed you have, whether it’s for chickens or horses. Even if you have it in your basement or on your porch, the mice are going to see it as a buffet and quickly start using your house as their home base.

2. Insulation

Everyone needs insulation in their home in order to keep it warm, so it’s not something you can exactly eliminate. But mice are drawn to it so it’s important that you regularly inspect the areas where your insulation is to see if there are any holes that need to be patched up.

3. Cereal

Grains, oats, and wheat are what mice thrive on, so having this in your home is bound to attract them. The best solution to this is to empty your cereal into airtight containers that the mice can’t chew into. Even canning jars can work to keep your cereal out of their tiny little hands.

4. Junk

The more junk you have in your yard and home, the more places mice have to hide from predators. Not cleaning up these piles gives them a reason to call them home, and will start to build their families in all of this litter.

5. Paper, Cloth, Or Burlap

Mice like to chew up fabric and materials to turn them into warm nesting materials. They particularly like cloth or burlap and have no problems chewing them apart for their own means.

6. Water

Standing areas of water provide a source of drinking water for mice. Fix any leaks or drips under your sinks and put away any drinking bowls you have for your pets so that the mice can’t access them.

7. Butter, Bacon, Meats, And Sweets

Second after grains is any food that has a high-fat content. Keep candy, chocolate, butter or bacon out of their reaches by placing them in airtight containers or in the fridge.

8. Trees, Bushes And Ivy

Mice are great at climbing and jumping and will use whatever is available to get to higher ground. This higher ground also makes it easy for them to find the gaps along the exterior of your home so that they have a great way to get in.

9. Tissues, Toilet Paper, And Dryer Lint

All of these materials are soft and insulating, perfect for mice to turn into more nesting materials. If you spot anything around your home that resembles a woven ball of these materials, then it might be a mouse nest.

10. Gaps And Crevices

Any small opening in your home is an invitation for them to come in. Even a hole as small as a dime is enough for a mouse to squeeze through and establish your home as their new residence.

Mice can carry diseases with them, chew through the wires in your home, and leave their droppings all over the place. Taking care of them sooner rather than later is paramount to preventing the problem from becoming more complicated. Contact your nearest exterminator to help you root out these attractive spots and materials for mice.