What attracts mice?

What attracts mice?

So What attracts mice? Mice have the same basic needs as any other animal; their primary concerns are obtaining food, shelter, and water. People’s homes naturally provide all of these in abundance, which is why mice so often end up entering our properties uninvited. Once inside your home, mice can cause serious damage and present a very real health hazard. Knowing what they are looking for in your home in the first place enables you to ensure that you aren’t inadvertently attracting them.

So What attracts mice?

The biggest lure for mice is food. They can sustain themselves on nothing more than the crumbs that people leave behind. If you want to avoid attracting mice into your home, you need to clean up after yourself. Mice will also scavenge exposed food from bins and any other containers they can gain access to. While mice will eat just about anything, they’re particularly fond of grains, seeds, and fruits. They love anything high in carbohydrates.

Mice also love to burrow and build nests. They frequently seek out the most cluttered areas on a property to build their nests. This is one of the reasons they like to build nests in attics and garages. If you want to discourage mice from nesting in your home, you should declutter these areas. When making their nests, mice also look for warmth. As the temperature drops in the colder months of the year, mice will greatly prefer the warmth of people’s homes to the cold, exposed outdoors. They can even detect warmth through wall openings, so once they’re in your house, mice will gravitate towards boilers and other appliances that give off a lot of heat.

How to control mice?

With winter fast approaching it’s time to make sure these pests don’t pay a visit this winter! In order to avoid attracting mice into your home, there are several steps you can take:

• Clear up after yourself – leaving crumbs or dirty crockery lying around will only tempt mice into your home.

• Keep food containers tightly sealed – mice can easily get into bins and other food storage areas, so make sure everything is properly sealed.

• Don’t leave out pet food – this will only attract rodents looking for an easy meal.

• Remove any clutter in your home – mice love to nest in warm, cluttered areas, so get rid of any unnecessary items.

• Seal up any cracks or holes in your property – mice can get through surprisingly small openings  (5mm-1cm), so make sure they are all sealed up.

What attracts mice?, there are a number of ways to get rid of them:

• You can use traps – these can be very effective in trapping and eliminating some of them.

• Rodenticides – should be used by professionals only, these are poisons that kill rodents, and should only be used as a last resort.

• Call a professional pest controller – they will be able to effectively get rid of any mice present in your home and proof to stop mice entering for good

Now you know the basics of what attracts mice, you can take steps to ensure they don’t invade your home this winter. Keep your property clean and free of clutter, and make sure all cracks and holes are properly sealed up. If you already have a mouse infestation, there are several ways to get rid of them, including traps, rodenticides, and professional pest control services. With a little bit of preparation, you can keep those pesky mice away from your home this winter!

If you suspect a pest control infestation in your home or business, contact Bon Accord today. We will respond as quickly and decisively as possible to remove any traces of pests from your property. There is no infestation too big or small for our pest control experts.

Bon Accord has experience providing pest control services in every conceivable scenario. We guarantee success. If we fail to remove your problem entirely, we will be back to fix it at no extra charge.  contact us today for free advice and immediate assistance from a local expert. We are here to help!

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