Mice are nocturnal, omnivorous rodents that will happily live in your home if given the chance. These animals are constantly seeking food, shelter, and warmth. The problem with these pests, however, is that they will damage the walls of your home, defecating inside and chewing on your electrical wires, risking power outages and fire. They are risk making you sick as they contaminate your food and living space with harmful pathogens. Keeping mice away is a good idea. Call Pest Control Markham today if you’re interested in mouse removal and pest-proofing.
There are some foods that mice do not like, and you can sprinkle these around the yard and near points of entry to keep the pests away. Some natural repellents include black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cloves, peppermint, and garlic. Mice are also known to dislike moth balls and ammonia, which may be found in stores that sell laundry supplies. Alternatively, you can make your own mouse repellent spray by mixing two teaspoons of peppermint oil with one cup of water and a few drops of dish soap. Just remember that the evidence supporting these repellents is mostly anecdotal.
In addition to the above DIYs, there are several commercial mice repellents that you can buy online and in stores. Liquid sprays that smell bad to mice or that mimic the smell of predators are very common. Simply spray these in the garden and near entrances to the house as you would with any homemade repellents. Sonic repellents are increasingly popular alternatives that emit ultrasonic waves or LED lights that are disturbing to mice. You may also find automated repellents on the market, which spray animals with water or release gas when they sense any movement nearby.
While repellents can be somewhat helpful, the most effective way to repel mice is to remove accessible sources of food and make your home impenetrable to wildlife. Remove bird feeders from the yard and pick up any fruit that have fallen to the ground. Protect your vegetable garden with row covers and use lidded garbage cans. Remove areas of rodent harborage by mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and moving firewood away from the sides of the house. Inside, store food in sealed containers and vacuum regularly. Remove as much clutter as you can. Put weatherstripping to the bottom of the garage door and seal any cracks you find on the exterior of the house. Cover wall vents and other openings with steel mesh.
Repelling mice from the home will prevent the headache of an infestation. If you are currently witnessing some mouse activity, call Mouse Control Markham for help. We will inspect your property thoroughly to find where the pests are coming from and devise a plan that will eliminate them as quickly as possible. We also offer guaranteed pest-proofing services in which we will seal or block out any potential points of entry. Call Mouse Control Markham today for safe and effective mouse control: 647-496-5755.