As winter sets in you may find some furry creatures attempting to move into your house. Instead of rushing out to buy a cat, try our quick and easy tips to mouse proof your house!

Like most animals, mice seek out warmer places to live during the cold months. Unfortunately that normally means your house! Not only are they unwelcome, they also carry plenty of diseases that can contaminate kitchen benches and cooking equipment and make you very sick. They can also cause expensive repairs if they chew through electrical wires.

Here are some are some quick tips to ward off any invasions!

  • Seal all possible entry points, no matter how small! Mice are small creatures, they can fit through holes that are not much bigger than a pencil. Inspect door gaps, holes in walls, missing roof tiles and air vents.
  • Don’t leave doors or windows without screens on open for extended periods of time, especially when you go to bed at night.
  • Pack away all food in sealed airtight containers. Don’t leave any uncovered food on the bench, even fruit and vegetables- either place them in the fridge or store them in the pantry behind a closed door. Mice can and will eat nearly anything!
  • Clean! Sweep up any food crumbs on the floor, wipe down stove tops and benches and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink for too long!
  • Empty bins regularly, don’t let rubbish build up. Mice are attracted to the smell of garbage.
  • Try placing cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil near possible entry points. The smell of peppermint is too strong for mice.

If you suspect you have a problem, act fast! Once there is one mouse, more are bound to follow! If the problem persists, set traps or contact a professional pest exterminator.