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What to do when you find a mouse

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The humble house mouse might not seem like a serious intruder, but keeping these little creatures out of your home is important. They can gnaw on woodwork or wires and cause real damage, and their droppings can be hazardous to you and your family.

If you spot a mouse in your home, it's essential that you act immediately. This way you can eliminate these pests and keep your house safe from any issues.

Make sure your home is clean
As Live Science reported, the house mouse is just one of several species that could end up in your home. Unlike rats, mice are small and less brazen in exploring your home. Still, whether you physically see a mouse or just notice droppings, your first step is to make sure you aren't enticing any pests with free food.

This means making sure your floors and countertops are clean of crumbs, as mice can be very opportunistic when looking for a meal. This also means talking to your family about cleaning up when eating in the living room or storing snacks upstairs. If there is a mouse in your home and easily accessible food, it will likely take advantage. Use plastic bins and bags to store open food and be sure to emphasize keeping your home clean. Without something to eat, mice are much less likely to venture out into your kitchen or dining room.

Address any obvious openings or hideouts
Keeping mice away from your family is a good place to start, but you also want to keep them from entering your home in the first place. Look for gaps or holes in the siding of your home, as these can be easy places for pests to get inside. Next, consider other locations, like air ducts, your garage or window siding. Make sure these areas are well-sealed. The Illinois Department of Public Health stated that a mouse can comfortably enter any opening 1/4 inch across or larger.

Within your home, small nooks and crannies can give mice and other creatures enough cover to feel safe. The gap between kitchen appliances is a good example. Look for droppings in these areas and consider filling them or making them less accessible.

Lay down live traps
Once you've inspected your home and have identified areas mice might be traveling or spending time, put out a few live traps. These are most humane and won't kill any creatures. Instead the mice will be safely and securely captured. You need not worry about coming in contact with a mouse or other animal. Set the critter free in the yard. There can be restrictions for releasing animals at a local park, so be sure to check with your neighborhood officials if you want to create more space between your home and any mice.

Only set a mouse loose on your property after you've covered up any holes or access points. Otherwise the animal might head right back into your house in search of food and warmth.

Contact a pest removal specialist
You may be able to get rid of a few mice, and taking proactive steps can minimize your risk of encountering new critters. If you feel as if you are housing a whole family of mice or you're having trouble keeping them out of your home, it's best to call in a pest removal professional.

The risks that mice pose aren't worth ignoring, and letting an infestation endure for many weeks can leave your home and family vulnerable. Work with mouse control specialists to make sure you and your family are safe.

About the author:

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management.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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