There is nothing more startling than turning on a light and seeing a small, furry body disappearing behind a corner. That’s rivaled only by opening your pantry door and seeing a rodent run out into your home. The appearance of a mouse in your house can be surprising and a little terrifying. The good news is that you don’t have to live with these tiny invaders. There are steps you can take to rid your home of mice and make sure that the only inhabitants are invited guests.

Clean Well

The first step is to clean your house. While the infestation is not necessarily the result of an untidy home, crumbs and trash give mice an extra reason to stay around and encourage them to explore the property. Wipe down all counters before you go to bed at night. Never leave dishes in the sink. Sweep the floors and make sure to reduce areas of clutter where mice can hide. They are probably more afraid of you than you are of them, so they tend to hide and try to stay in quiet places with low light.

Protect Your Food

Mice have an uncanny knack for getting into places you wouldn’t expect. Make sure you protect all of your food. Anything in an open container should be placed in a plastic, “mouse-proof” organizer. Keep things off the floor. Never leave anything sitting out and impress upon your children (if you have them) the importance of picking up after themselves so that you don’t find a half-eaten bag of chips on the floor in the morning.

Close Up Holes

Mice can get in very small spaces. It’s hard to determine how the infestation started, but go around your home and try to close up any holes that you see. In particular, focus on areas around doors and windows. While this may not help with the issue that you currently have, it could keep you from experiencing a problem again in a few months. 

Set Traps

To catch the mice that you know are living in your home, put down traps in strategic locations. Look for areas with a lot of mouse droppings. If you don’t experience success, try moving the traps to different places. There are a few areas that might experience more activity than others, like near the trash can, the washing machine and the dishwasher.

Bring In The Professionals

If all else fails, call in the professionals at Bug Guy Pest Control. They know what to look for and they know what steps to take to make the infestation a distant memory. They’ll come in, evaluate your property, and put together a plan to help ensure that you don’t see your furry friends anymore. 

Mice are normally unwelcome visitors to a home. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent an infestation. However, by following the steps included here, you can turn the situation around and ensure that going forward, mice will be one less thing for you to worry about.