Are You Ready for House Mouse Season?
By: Rita Stadler
How would you like a mouse for a house guest?
Each year, when the weather gets cooler, mice want to move into a warm and cozy home. While you’re out enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte and Instagramming your love of #SweaterWeather, mice are planning and plotting ways to escape the cold. Don’t let rodents set their sights on your home this winter.
Mice like the warmth of your home
The holiday season is set by the calendar. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are determined by our planet’s rotation around the sun. Mouse season is just as real as anything else, but instead of being marked by days, it begins when the first cold snap hits. As the temperatures drop, the rodent run-ins rise — along with the need for a natural solution to all of your pest control problems.
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Just like you and I, these pesky pests are only trying to escape the cold. All they want is a belly full of food and a warm place to call home. Common interests aside, rodents and other pests are unwelcome intruders. They can spread disease, damage property, and give you a serious case of the heebie jeebies!
How do you prevent mice from coming inside when it gets cold?
Keeping mice outside where they belong is a good thing, but pesticides like rat poison are dangerous to people, pets, and other animals too. Snap traps and glue boards aren’t ideal solutions either since someone will be faced with the task of dealing with whatever gets caught.
The best way to get rid of mice is to prevent them from entering in the first place. Follow these three steps to survive mouse season:
- Weather proof and rodent proof your home. This will lead to electric bill savings and peace of mind. Make sure there are no gaps around doors or windows, and that everything is sealed up tightly. A lot like cold air, rodents can squeeze in through very small openings.
- Store items in air tight, chew proof containers. Keeping winter gear neatly stored will clear the clutter, while reducing stress and rodent hiding spots. Sealing pantry items in air tight containers will help them last longer, and keep them safe from hungry pests.
- Use a botanical rodent repellent. Getting rid of mice is as easy as setting out a pouch of Stay Away® Even if it’s too cold to go outside, the fresh, woodsy scent will remind you of the outdoors while repelling rodents.
After you’ve done a little due diligence to prevent rodents, there is plenty left to enjoy about this time of year. The days may be getting shorter, but cooler temperatures and earlier nights are the perfect excuse for snuggling up in your comfiest clothes and enjoying a guilt free night of binge watching your favorite show. The holidays will be here before we know it, but for now, sit back, relax and savor the season!