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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. Mice have soft skeletons and can get through gaps the width of a pencil. If you can prevent mice 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 usually require professional services.

Mouse Proofing Your Property

An effective way to prevent mice includes proofing your home or business to keep these rodents out. Identify any gaps located higher up your building, or on your rooftop, not just those near the ground and make sure these are properly blocked.

Mice are very good climbers, able to scale rough, vertical surfaces and walk along thin cables or wires.

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Mice Deterrent Tips

  • 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.

  • Eaves - Fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal 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.