Mice Prevention

Mice have a keen sense of hearing and smell, yet they have limited vision.

Prevention

They can only see about three or four feet in front of themselves. To help them find their way around they will mark their path with urine. Preventive measures can be made to keep mice from entering a home and leaving behind the unwelcome urine and other health risks associated with mice infestation.

Mice prevention involves five basic measures. The first is creating a sanitary environment. The second is removing any food supply. The third is eliminating possible shelters or nesting areas. The fourth is blocking access into the building. And the last is using mice traps or bait traps.

Yard

Mice prevention should begin in the yard. If a yard provides a haven and sanctuary for the rodent, they will thrive and multiply. If there are fruit trees, ripe fruit should be picked from the tree and fallen fruit should be removed from the ground. The yard should be free of debris. Ideally there should be no wood piles, yet if there is one is should be away from the house and any entry doors. Remove weeds and trim overgrown vegetation. Secure trash cans lids and empty them frequently.

Garage

Do not leave open containers of pet food, bird seed or garbage in the garage. Mice can easily make their way into a garage and food will encourage their visits. Avoid clutter and don't use the garage as a pantry. Boxes of cereal and other foodstuff will be an easy target for the mice.

Openings

Mice need no more than a 3/8-inch opening to make their way into house. In the winter the warmth of the house might entice the mice inside, and during the summer it may be the cool air. In either case, closing the openings will reduce the possibility of mice entering. Broken windows should be repaired, missing or damaged weather stripping should be replaced, cracks in the walls should be filled and any gaps around venting and piping should be filled.

Roof

Mice can enter a house by the roof. They make their way to the roof by utility wires and trees. If there are gaps or openings around any air-conditioning units, vents, conduits or water pipes the mice can squeeze through the openings and enter. Repair loose shingles, fill gaps, and make sure the spark arrestor on the fireplace chimney is secure.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.