Pest Control Tips To Keep Mice Out Of Your Home This Summer

The warmer days of summer naturally bring out the mice and other rodents in full force. Just like humans, the rodents are searching for a place to get out of the heat, build their nests, and eat their meals. And, a human home is one of the best environments rodents can inhabit if they are able to breach the security systems and sneak inside.

As a homeowner, it's your job to set up the home defense system and prevent a rodent invasion. To do so successfully this summer, here are some pest control tips.

Pest Control Tip: Actively Prevent Rodent Access to Your Household Food and Garbage

Rodents like to eat all of the same foods as humans. And, since they don't need very large portions, they are happy to eat their meals from your trash or the dirty dishes in your kitchen sink.

If you leave dirty dishes in the sink, food on the counters, or your trash where rodents can access it, then they will come for their meals and bring along their closest friends and relatives. To prevent this from happening, it's important you keep your dishes washed, wipe down your counters after meal prep, and keep your trash covered indoors or take it outside as soon as possible. 

Pest Control Tip: Use Snap Traps to Kill Mice not Poisons

Even though they are small, mice and other rodents are very intelligent and quickly learn to avoid the poisons made to kill them. This often leads to dogs and cats eating the poisons. 

Since rodent poisons aren't terribly effective anyway, it's better to kill rodents with old fashioned snap traps. If you discover they are stealing your bait, glue some oatmeal or other grains to the trigger and then rebait the trap. When the mouse tries to take the bait, it will set off the trap.

Pest Control Tip: Call Professional Mice Control Services for an Infestation

Lastly, it's important to note that catching more than a couple of random mice in your home over the course of a season can signal a full-fledged infestation. It's normal for a mouse or two to get into your home during the summer, but if you catch more than two or start seeing a lot of excrement lying around, then an infestation is imminent, and you need to call in a pest control service before things get out of hand.