When it comes to Getting rid of Mice the best defense is a good offense.

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There is nothing quite as bad as realizing you have rodents that have made their way into your home. During the colder fall and winter months, rodents often get into warm, cozy homes. The good news is that it's never too late to start mouse-proofing your home. You'll want to take a look at the Good Housekeeping site and learn how to get rid of them, and practice mice control and mice prevention. The following tips are just some of the ways you can do this.

There's never just one mouse when rodents make their way into a house. Unfortunately, this is bad news, but if you see one mouse, there is almost definitely more than one. MIce are looking for the same things that humans are looking for in the colder winter months food, and that is water and shelter. Rodents have gotten so good at living with humans. When you get one mouse, others will also find their way in. Plus, mice multiply very quickly. Mouse droppings aren't the only telltale signs. You will find trails of little poop pellets, which are certainly a major sign that you have mice in your house, but the best evidence might not always be poop scattered along your kitchen countertops. Another way to tell if you have mice could be the boxes in your kitchen pantry that have been chewed through. You may also see debris on your shelf or gnaw marks on boxes or on bags of food. Or, the mice might cause even more dangerous damage. Not only can mice chew through walls and boxes in your kitchen pantry, but mice can also cause other extensive damage. Particularly, mice can chew on things such as wires, which can lead to house fires. And mice can carry a slew of illnesses and bacteria. A build-up of mouse droppings can also worsen allergy and asthma situations, too.

When it comes to mice control and mice removal you want to skip the home remedies. You may have seen all sorts of DIY ideas and repellent ideas to include dryer sheet stuffings, peppermint sprays and cotton balls that are soaked in oil and cayenne pepper, but you may want to skip these DIY idea. There is no science or evidence behind any of these DIY ideas and methods. And again, mice are so used to living beside humans, that smells associated with humans are not usually repellent to mice. But store-bought traps are always worth a shot. The tried-and-true mousetrap is still very effective from of mouse control. Quite often, all you need is a little dab of peanut butter on each spring-loaded trap is all you need. You might also try a No Touch mousetrap, which conceals the mouse, so you don't have to see it. One of the most important parts of mouse control is finding their entry point. The first step to putting down mouse traps is to figure out where the mice are coming from because putting mouse traps randomly all over your basement floor isn't going to do you much good. Also, you want to look to determine where the mice are living and building nests. Once you have found those places, then set your mouse traps around those general areas. Of course, professional exterminators are another mouse control method that will be able to determine exactly where to put the traps and how many you'll need.

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