Tips and Strategies
How to Keep Mice and Rats Out of Your House
Now that you're rid of those unwanted guests - keep them out.
If you've managed to get rid of mice and rats in your house, you want to make sure they don't come back. To keep these pests out of your house, you need to deprive them of what they want most: food and shelter. Follow these 5 steps to help keep mice out of your house:
1. Cover Your Trash
Make sure your outdoor garbage cans have snug lids and are made of metal. If you have to use plastic trash cans, make sure that there are no holes in them.
2. Store Your Pet Food
Mice and rats love pet food. If you feed your dog outside and leave food out, you're inviting every pest in the neighborhood to visit. Store pet and bird food in glass or metal containers with tight lids.
3. Watch Your Composting
Composting can be problematic if you have a pest problem. To avoid attracting rodents, raise your compost container at least 1 foot off the ground, especially if you compost food scraps.
4. Pick Up Fallen Fruit
If you have fruit or nut trees, clean up any fruit that falls on the ground.
5. Clean Up
In your kitchen, store dry goods in airtight storage containers and jars. Clean up leftovers and spills right away. Wash dirty dishes rather than leaving them in the sink.
In the garage or shed, lawn seed, tulip bulbs, and bone meal are food sources for mice and rats. Store them in metal or glass containers with tight lids. Don't store firewood in your garage, because it's a potential nesting site. Organize and store boxes off the ground to eliminate places for mice or rats to burrow.
If you want to take preventative measures even further, consider applying a rat and mouse repellent around your home. It uses an essential oil formula that’s safe around kids and pets, but mice and rats find it repulsive. You can also set weather-resistant refillable bait stations around the perimeter of your home. It’s a perfect set-and-forget method for killing mice and rats before they ever have the chance to get inside.