Sealing gap around pipe

How to Mouse-Proof Your Home: 12 Mouse Proofing Tips

Have you ever wondered how to mouse-proof your home effectively?

Mouse-proofing is more than a quick fix. It’s a long-term approach to creating a mouse-resistant environment. Think of it as being about making your home less attractive and accessible to mice.

This guide offers expert advice and practical tips to secure your home against mice if you discover them. It focuses on prevention and humane solutions. Here are 12 mouse-proofing tips for a peaceful, mouse-free home.

#1 Clean Up Food & Rubbish

Keep your home and surroundings clean, especially from food and rubbish. Secure rubbish bins, compost heaps, and remove potential food sources. This may include removing pet food from bowls, crumbs in the kitchen, or spilt bird seed outdoors.

Clean Up Food Including Crumbs

#2 Minimise Clutter

Minimise clutter in and around your home to reduce hiding and nesting spots for mice. This includes clutter in the garage, overgrown vegetation in the garden, or piles of firewood which should be kept a distance from your home.

Remove clutter

#3 Seal Cracks, Holes & Gaps

Identify and seal all cracks, holes, and gaps on the exterior and interior of your home. Depending on what's involved use a mix of expandable form, steel wool, metal mesh, heavy-gauge wire screening and caulk. Focus on gaps which are at least a pencil's width or around 5mm, as this is the size a mouse can squeeze through. Don't forget to check under window seals and in the attic.

Seal Cracks, Holes & Gaps

#4 Seal Pipes & Wires

Identify and seal all gaps around water pipes and wires going into or outside the property with steel wool and caulk for a durable fix.

Seal Pipes & Wires

#5 Install Door Sweeps

Use rodent-proof door sweeps on exterior doors to prevent mice and rats from squeezing underneath.

Install Door Sweeps

#6 Secure Vents

Ensure that all exterior vents are covered with robust screens or grates. Remember to check if you may have vents in your attic.

Secure vents

#7 Cap Chimneys

Use caps or screens on chimneys to prevent mice from climbing in and out.

Cap Chimneys

#8 Keep Indoor Food Secure

Store all food in airtight containers made of glass, metal, or thick plastic. Keep pet food sealed and only accessible during feeding times.

Keep Indoor Food Secure

#9 Maintain Your Drive and Garden

Regularly cut your lawn, trim vegetation and remove debris. Avoid planting shrubs too close to your home to discourage rodents from burrowing near foundations.

Maintain Driveway

#10 Conduct Regular Inspections

Routinely check your home for signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, gnaw marks, or damaged food packaging.

Conduct Regular Inspections

#11 Conduct Regular Repairs

Keep an eye on the integrity of exclusion materials and promptly repair or replace them if they're damaged.

Conduct Regular Maintenance

#12 Get Professional Help

Consider hiring a professionally qualified pest control professional if things get worse.

Professional Pest Controller

Final Word

There's no time to waste. Implement some or all of these 12 mouse-proofing strategies today, and significantly reduce the risk of finding mice in your home. Taking control now can save you time, money, and stress.

We go to great lengths to ensure that all our DIY mouse control products are effective, safe & easy-to-use. You may also find our expert guide useful if you want to learn more about getting rid of mice from your home or workplace.

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