mice prevention

How to Prevent Mice

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How to Prevent Mice

The best way to deter mice entering your property is to block any gaps and entry points and clear up areas where they may build a nest or find a food source. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through gaps about the width of a pencil. If you can prevent mice entering a property, you will also reduce the damage and health risks they cause.

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You can use DIY products to manage a small mice infestation but larger and repeated problems will often require professional services.

Mouse Proofing Your Property

An effective way to prevent mice includes proofing your home or business to keep these rodents out. Mice are very good climbers, able to scale rough, vertical surfaces and walk along thin cables or wires. You will need to identify any gaps located higher up the building, or on your rooftop, not just those near the ground and make sure these are properly protected to block entry to mice.
Mice can squeeze through gaps the width of a pencil

How to Deter Mice Naturally

Mice are creatures whose flexible skeletons allow them to squeeze through tiny gaps, to sneak into a building. Here are some top tips to help deter mice from entering your property.

    • Doors - fitting bristle (or brush) strips to the bottom of doors prevents entry,  especially in older properties where the door fit may not be snug.
    • Pipework - seal holes around existing or new pipes with coarse grade stainless steel wire wool and caulking (pliable sealant).
    • Holes - these are often made in exterior walls for cables and pipes, check that old pipework holes are sealed too.
    • Air Bricks and Vents - cover these with fine galvanised wire mesh (especially if they are damaged) to allow air to circulate but prevent mice from entering.
    • Eaves - fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal any gaps.
    • Vegetation - trim tree branches back from the house and where possible avoid plants growing up the sides of your property. Vines, shrubs or over hanging branches can be used for mice to get onto roofs. Overgrown vegetation close to the walls will offer mice shelter and potential nesting sites.
    • Lawns - keep grass mown short to reduce shelter and seeds for food. Ideally leave a gap between the building foundations and the garden. 

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