Well, the answer is YES, mice are skilled climbers. 🐁
They have strong hind legs and flexible bodies that enable them to climb various surfaces, including walls, pipes, and wires. Mice can also jump, making them adept at navigating through different environments. Their climbing ability is a part of their natural behaviour and is often used for exploring their surroundings, escaping predators, and accessing food sources. If you are dealing with a mouse infestation, it is important to consider their climbing capabilities when implementing pest control measures.
So, if this is the case, what pest control measure can be put in to place to prevent mice climbing?
To prevent mice from climbing and entering your home, you can implement various pest control measures. Here are some strategies to consider:
Seal all Entry Points to your home.
Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks, gaps, or holes. Mice can squeeze through ridiculously small openings. A mouse can typically fit through a hole or gap that is about the size of its head. With adult mice generally having heads that are roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size, so they can easily fit through openings that are as small as 1/4 inch in diameter. Seal these entry points with steel wool, caulk, or other appropriate sealants.
Install Door Brush Strips
Place brush strips on all exterior and interior doors to prevent mice from squeezing in under them.
Trim back Vegetation close to your home
Always ensure to trim tree branches and shrubs from the exterior walls that may provide easy access to your home.
Ensure there are no gaps around your windows/or even invest in window screens.
Pay close attention to areas around windows, it is important to seal even the smallest gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior to prevent mice from entering. Consider Installing window screens to prevent mice from entering through open windows.
Elevate any outside Storage.
Store any firewood, debris, and other items away from the exterior walls of your home, as these can provide hiding spots and easy access for mice.
Secure Pet Doors/Flaps
If you have a pet door, it can be an entry point for mice. Ensure that your pet door is sealed shut when not in use or consider getting a door with additional security features. Many pet doors now can be programmed only to enter for your pet, using the pets microchip details, to only allow access to them alone.
Secure Rubbish Bins
Ensure that your rubbish is stored in a sealed bin/or container, don’t just store in rubbish sacks, as these are easily accessible and act as a great food source for the mice.
Keep Food Sealed in your kitchen!
Ensure that all food is stored in airtight containers to discourage mice from being attracted to your kitchen area.
Don’t be a Hoarder – Reduce Clutter!
Reduce the clutter in your storage areas, such as sheds, loft areas and garages as it provides hiding spots for mice.
What happens if I find I have mice, what do I get rid of them?
Consider Professional Pest Control
If you have a persistent mouse problem, consider hiring a professional pest control service to assess and address the situation.
Remember, it is often more effective to combine several of the above methods for a comprehensive pest control approach. Additionally, regular maintenance and vigilance are key to keeping mice at bay. If you discover signs of mice within your property, it is best to call in a professional pest control company to take care of the problem. Mice can be very difficult to get rid of, it is very important that all signs of an infestation are removed, and that all their entry points into your home are discovered and sealed.
A pest controller has the professional knowledge to detect and eradicate the problem, and will ensure the following:
- Detect where the rodents are nesting within your home
- Identify how the mice have gained entry in to your home.
- Trace how the mice are gaining access to any food source within the home.
- Treat the infestation and bring the problem under control, this can take numerous visits to ensure problem fully eradicated.
- Once the infestation is under control, the technician will ensure all entry points are sealed to stop any further rodent issues.
- Sanitise the area for the client to ensure any odours are removed.
- Give advice on food storage and any other recommendations on keeping your home rodent free.
Pest2kill is s professional pest control company covering Essex and London, our team of highly trained professionals specialise in rodent control and are here to help you eradicate any mice infestation you may have. Call us today to for further information, our London office 0207 205 2229 or our Essex office on 01708 941521.