Take a quick glance around your kitchen. We know what you’re thinking. You keep it clean. You have no holes. Mice won’t be a problem. But, look closer. See that tiny hole by the baseboard? Did you know that house mice can squeeze through a hole only ¼-inch wide - the size of a pencil eraser? "Ew" is the right answer.
Mice are the most common household infestation. In fact, you are 20 times more likely to have an infestation of mice than rats or squirrels because mice can scale walls and distort their bodies.
The first step to a mouse-less house is to sanitize any area where food is stored, handled or used — primarily the kitchen, but if you eat in bed, sanitize there too. Mice can survive in very small areas with minimal food, so be sure to thoroughly remove crumbs and food scraps from underneath and behind appliances. The number one kitchen attraction for mice is dried food particles on your stovetop or cooktop.
Next, store any dry food in large airtight containers with tight lids, including your pet’s food. Mice can easily gnaw through food packaging such as bags and boxes and use the material to build nests.
Finally, eliminate any openings that mice can squeeze through. Seal any holes or cracks in the wall and make sure doors, windows, and dog doors fit tightly in their frame.
Mice are small, but they are also wily and dangerous. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can carry the same bacterium that causes food poisoning. These simple precautions will help keep mice out of your house, and hopefully off your mind.