Protect Your Home from Mice | How to Seal Entry Points

As the temperatures rise in Ohio and Southeast Michigan, the pleasant weather brings with it the unwelcome possibility of a rodent invasion. Mice are notorious for finding their way into homes, seeking refuge from the elements and a steady supply of food. To safeguard your home from these unwanted guests, it’s essential to identify and seal off their common entry points. We review some tips to help you fortify your home against mouse infestations this spring and summer.

Protect Your Home from Mice

As we have reviewed before, mice bring with them a multitude of health risks and also multiply quickly, making a small infestation a large one very rapidly; therefore, it’s crucial to address potential entry points promptly and employ preventive measures to avoid the serious health hazards and inconvenience associated with a burgeoning rodent population in your home. Let’s review some tips for how you can protect your home from mice this spring, summer, and beyond.

  • Inspect Your Home’s Exterior: Begin your defense strategy by conducting a thorough inspection of the exterior of your home. Mice can squeeze through even the tiniest openings, so pay close attention to gaps around windows, doors, and utility openings. Inspect the foundation, siding, and roof for any cracks or holes that may serve as potential entry points.
  • Seal Cracks and Holes: Once you’ve identified potential entry points, it’s time to seal them off. Mice can fit through a hole the width of a pencil (1/4 inch or 6 millimeters in diameter), so even if you think a gap may be too small, you should seal it. Use a high-quality silicone caulk to fill in cracks and gaps, paying special attention to areas where pipes and utility lines enter your home. Don’t forget to check for gaps around vents and openings for cables or wires; these are often overlooked but can be prime entry points for mice.
  • Secure Doors and Windows:  Mice can easily slip through gaps around doors and windows. Install weather stripping to create a tight seal, preventing rodents from finding their way inside. Additionally, consider adding door sweeps to the bottom of exterior doors to further minimize potential entry points.
  • Reinforce Screens and Vents: Ventilation openings and screens are common entry points for mice. Ensure that all screens on windows and vents are intact and free from tears. If you find any damage, repair or replace them promptly. Consider adding mesh screens to vents to prevent mice from gaining access while still allowing for proper airflow.
  • Keep Your Yard Tidy: Mice are attracted to clutter and debris around your home, providing them with hiding spots and potential nesting materials. Keep your yard well-maintained by trimming overgrown vegetation, removing debris, and storing firewood away from the house. By eliminating these hiding spots, you make your property less appealing to rodents.
  • Watch for Signs: When it comes to protecting your home from mice, the key is watching for signs that you may have a mouse in the house. Check everywhere for these rodents, if you have any indication that you may have an infestation, call in a professional pest control company right way. Mice can live in your car or garage, your pantry, in your walls, and basically anywhere else that they have access to and that provides them with food, water, and shelter.

Protecting your home from mice requires a proactive approach, starting with identifying and sealing off potential entry points.

While these tips can significantly reduce the likelihood of a mouse infestation, sometimes professional help is necessary to ensure a pest-free home. Delving Pest Control specializes in comprehensive discreet pest and rodent control, offering effective solutions tailored to your specific needs. Don’t let the warmth of spring and summer invite unwanted guests into your home; contact Delving Pest Control today for expert assistance in safeguarding your home or business.