This is the time of year that mice make an effort to enter your home. Shore towns like Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield are close to the marsh where mice are abundant. They can survive outdoors but find it much more comfortable in a manmade shelter. Since your home is heated mice favor it over a non-heated structure like a garage or shed. The fact that it contains food makes it all the more inviting. However, sheds and garages in the south jersey area sometimes are less occupied so mice will harbor in these structures as well. A shed or garage my also contain food, such as, grass seed, dog food, garbage or recyclables.
Here Are Three Easy Ways to Prevent Mice From Infesting Your Garage, Shed or Home
- Inspect the exterior of your home, garage and shed for openings leading indoors. These openings can be around pipes, under garage doors or under the lowest tier of your siding. Once inside mice can chew through wood, drywall, insulation and wiring. It’s essential that these opening be permanently sealed with concrete or copper mesh to prevent mice from entering.
- Keep the garage, basement and shed free of any food items that might be attractive to mice. Dog and cat food, bird seed, grass seed and any other palatable food items. Although difficult to do it’s also wise to keep these areas free of nesting materials like cotton, cardboard and newspaper. Mice will chew and shred these materials to make warm comfortable nests.
- Beware of any mice droppings in your kitchen, panty, garage, basement, crawlspace and shed. If mouse droppings are present don’t hesitate to call a professional like Hoffman’s Exterminating Company. A pregnant female can have a litter and if not eradicated can quickly produce several mice in a short period of time. If you suspect you have a rodent present, contact us for a free, no obligation inspection and estimate.