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Make food cleanup a priority to keep mice out of your home

Abell Pest Control

Plenty of pests have learned survival techniques through the ages, and mice are no exception. They've figured into man's homes and environments for so long, there's nothing they haven't learned about cohabitating with and aggravating nearby humans.

As a result, pest control can be tricky when it comes to mice. Don't believe what you see in old cartoons when a hapless mouse gets caught in a trap. Mouse removal is a lot tougher than it looks considering the abilities mice have to escape by climbing every surface imaginable and squeezing their malleable bodies into tight quarters in every conceivable nook and cranny of your home and outdoor structures.

If your own pest management doesn't solve your mouse problem, it's best to call in the experts. Pest services like Abell have all the equipment and know-how needed to inspect and remove a population of mice that has settled into your property, and they'll be able to advise you on how to keep a recurrence from happening.

During cold weather, mice may be looking for a warm place to rest, but they're just as likely to come indoors in warm weather. Their real motivation is finding food, and trespassing into human territory is one way to do that.

Reduce access

It's up to homeowners to take extra precautions in food storage and cleanup to limit access to food. Leaving any food out on counter-tops is a sure way to draw mice to your kitchen. That goes for dirty dishes that are lying in the sink or stray snacks that your kids may have forgotten in the family room. Get your family in the habit of putting food away, disposing of scraps properly and cleaning up crumbs and spills that could draw mice.

When storing food, use airtight containers that they can't chew through. Even water that's left out will give mice some sustenance, so pour out liquids as well. Don't forget to sweep as deeply as you can under your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and any other appliance that involves food preparation. Those errant crumbs that slip underneath may seem miniscule to you, but they're a meal to a mouse.

Mice may seem like harmless pests, but they can bite through wires throughout your house that may cause a fire hazard. They also carry lots of bacteria and viruses that can harm your family. Taking every step you can to keep them from your premises is a healthy, safe thing to do.


About the author:

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management. Abell is proud to announce its 90th year of providing quality pest control services to North America. Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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