- Prune any branches within 6 feet (2m) of the roofline. Mice are a 3 dimensional creature so they gain access from the basement right up to the roof.
- Keep all vent/pipe connections free of vegetation. Vents should be screened with ¼” metal hardware cloth to prevent chewing. Seal any gaps around pipes.
- Rake all leaves and manage vegetation around the house. Even leaf litter provides coverage for these small rodents. Keep grass trimmed within about 20 feet of the house. Ground cover should be pruned and maintained.
- Seal any gaps larger than the size of a pencil eraser. Inspect walls, foundation, chimneys, window and door frames, etc. We provide coaching services for this DIY venture - we'll come out, show you the materials we use and do a quick once over with you to show you areas to focus on. After you've started there, you'll likely gain an eye for problem spots.
- If using steel wool to fill gaps, check once per year to make sure it is well packed and hasn't degraded.
- Elevate wood piles off the ground and keep away from the perimeter of the house.
- Windows and doors should have tight, weather-proof seals. Garage door seals should be replaced regularly.
- Inspect and repair/seal any damage to roof shingles, fascia boards, soffits, eaves and roof edges.
- Repair any holes in windows, screens, or doors and make sure doors close properly.
- Ensure rain cap, spark arrestor and other chimney accessories are intact and sealed.
- Keep all garbage, recycling and pet/bird food in mouse-proof containers. These items and other storage should be kept away from walls to limit mouse access.
- Snap traps should be placed perpendicular to the wall in areas where mouse droppings are found.
- Store bought poisons must be enclosed in tamper-proof containers, by law. Make sure they are placed where no pets, kids or other wild animals can access.
- 'Multicatch' traps can be purchased to live trap mice for release within 1 km of the trap site. Live traps must be checked on a daily basis to prevent starvation.
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Mice are one of the most common pests in cottage country. People try everything to get rid of them but often forget that mice are persistent. What works once will have to be repeated for continued success.
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Here are some things you can implement on your property to limit the number of mice inside: