How To Seal Holes From Mice Infestations
As the weather continues to get colder outside, mice will do whatever is necessary to get inside your house where it's warm. Once inside, they'll contaminate your food, chew through wood and wire, and might even take residence in a vehicle or two. The cost of damage can be quite considerable, not to mention the diseases and germs that you and your family might be exposed to. In other words, mice infestations are something to be taken very seriously.
Why mice infestations make sealing holes difficult
A number of pests can be stopped by sealing up, or at least blocking, the holes that are being used to get inside your home. In this respect, mice present a very annoying problem, because they can sometimes chew through normal remedies that you might employ. If you simply set a block of wood against a large gap, for example, the mice might just eat right through it.
Concentrate on the holes best suited for mice
Luckily, you have one advantage when it comes to sealing holes against mice infestations. Mice are much larger than insects. With insects, you have to seal even the smallest of cracks and gaps inside and outside your home. With mice, you don't have to worry about these. Instead, concentrate on the holes that are larger than 1/4 inch. This should provide you with enough protection to stop a possible infestation from occurring.
To keep mice out of your home, seal holes with steel wool
Sealing holes often comes in the form of household caulking, expandable spray foam, and weather stripping. Most people probably don't think about using steel wood to fill in cracks and gaps around their home. The possibility of mice infestations, however, can make this tactic necessary.
Steel wool is effective in preventing mice infestations because the rodents won't typically chew through it. To hold the steel wool in place, apply household caulking. When you do, make sure that you smooth out the caulk as much as possible. If it isn't smooth, mice will be able to get a grip on it and pull it loose. For further protection, you may want to cover the edges with metal. This will definitely prevent the mice from being able to chew through the seal.
Common places for entrance
The first thing you should do when sealing holes inside and outside your home is to target the most common problem areas. Start with the foundation of your house, which is a common place for mice to use to get inside. Then, turn your attention to water pipe openings and vents, and block those with metal or concrete. Once that's all finished, make sure your windows and screens are secure.
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