How to keep mice and other pests out of your home

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Eliminate Food Sources for Mice and Rodents

If there’s something to eat laying around, mice will find it. So to keep them away, make sure that you store food, especially grains in rodent-proof metal or heavy plastic containers. Don’t forget to do the same withpet food and birdseed.

  • Store grass seed in sealed containers.
  • Put away any uneaten pet food.
  • Rodent-proof your garbage cans by setting them on 6-inch high wood platforms.
    • Pro tip: Make sure lids fit tight; use rubber cords to fasten them down if necessary. Replace garbage cans that have cracks or holes.
  • Pick up any fruit that has fallen from trees in your yard.
  • Search out holes (even small ones) around your foundation, eaves and soffits and fill them with steel wool, cover with sheet metal, or fill with caulk, plaster or cement.
  • Adding peppermint oil in areas where they can enter your home or congregate will help keep mice away too.

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