Thankfully, there are several actions homeowners can take to prevent an infestation of mice in areas like the walls and attic.
Mice can fit into a space as small as a dime, so it’s important to seal any gaps or cracks that could provide entry into your home. Precautions like installing door sweeps on exterior doors, repairing damaged screens, screening vents and openings to chimneys, sealing cracks and holes on the exterior of the home, and replacing loose mortar and weather stripping all help to eliminate possible exterior entry points that house mice may use.
Aside from blocking off entryways, it is also important to eliminate food, water, and harborage resources that may attract mice to your home. Store food in airtight containers, dispose of garbage regularly, keep garages and closets clutter free, be sure attics and crawl spaces are well-ventilated and dry, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home, and keep shrubbery well-trimmed. By following these simple tips, homeowners can reduce the likelihood that mice may invade their home looking for food or shelter.