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Why Mouse Proofing London Homes Matters

Are you being kept up at night by mice scurrying across your attic? Or waking up to find brown pellets on your kitchen floor, or groceries torn apart by nocturnal invaders? The unfortunate truth is that mice are a daily part of life in this city. Which is why mouse proofing London homes is so vital.

What exactly is mouse proofing London?

According to experts there could be as many as 8 million mice and rats in London. These rodents are constantly on the hunt for their next meal, which is why mouse proofing London homes is critically important. In order to keep your home free of mice and rats there are a few things you need to do. As well as offering pest proofing services, we are always on hand by phone to give tips and advice on the topic.

Seal rubbish bins

The first step to mouse proofing London, or anywhere else for that matter, is to seal your bins. Rubbish bins are essentially a buffet for mice.

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Whether your bins are inside or outside the house they need to have secure lids. Just because bins are in a heavily trafficked place like your kitchen, doesn’t mean that mice are scared off. It’s when you’re away or sleeping that they come out to feast.

Block all cracks and entry ways

Inspect the outer walls of your home for cracks or holes. If you find any, repair them immediately. Also inspect your windows and doors for gaps which could allow rodents to enter. Another place to check is your garage door. Make sure that it shuts tightly and there is nowhere for mice to squeeze through.

Finally check your attic and roof for entry points. Remember, it doesn’t matter how tiny the crack or gap is. Mice are able to elongate their bodies and squeeze through the tiniest hole –  so seal off everything!

Keep doors closed or use screens

Mice will mostly enter into your home to seek shelter and food. Get into the habit of be mindful about keeping doors closed wherever feasible.

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If you can’t do this, then at least fit screens to these doors and even perhaps windows. It’s also important to keep your garage door closed. Don’t leave it open for extended periods of time, otherwise mice could slip in.

Keep your home spotless

One of the most basic ways of mouse proofing London homes is to simply clean up. The reason why you get mice in your home is because they are attracted to food in your kitchen.  This is why you should always keep your floor and countertops clean. Make sure to clear up any crumbs or food, especially before you go to bed at night.

Place traps

It’s a good idea to set a few traps around your home, especially in your attic and garden. The most humane are live traps, which do not harm the mice. There are also traps that will kill mice.

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With traps you can be alerted to the presence of mice before the infestation gets out of hand. Commercially available live traps can contain pellets which make mice thirsty. After eating these pellets, they may leave your home in search of water.

Use pets

 A traditional way of mouse proofing London homes is to simply use animals. Cats are the obvious choice, but terriers and even barn owls will work equally as well.

Mouse proofing London may sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually a fairly straightforward process. That being said, it’s probably something you’d want to hire an expert to do. We can help you with our professional London mouse control. If you’d like to seal off your home against rodent invaders, or need to deal with an existing infestation, be sure to contact us now.