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Roy from New Kingston Ny writes

I find mice in the mobile home upon arrival (in traps). How can I keep them out?

Answer:

What type of traps are you using? Are you catching the mice in the traps? Mice can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ¼ inch. They may also enter through ill-fitted doors, windows, or screens, and air vents that are not in sound or working order. While you will not reasonably be able to compensate for every possible entry, you can greatly reduce the ease of entry for mice (and thereby, reduce the population size) by taking the following measures: Seal any openings ¼ inch or larger with caulk, wood, mesh, or other appropriate materials Floor drains and sewer pipes should have tight-fitting grates with openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. Make sure that all doors, windows and screens fit tightly in their frames and repair those that do not. (It might also prove helpful to cover edges of screens with sheet metal to prevent rats from gnawing around them.) Sanitation is probably the most important measure of prevention and control in combating any pest or rodent problem. While good sanitation will not eliminate hosue mice, poor sanitation will certainly attract them and allow them to thrive in great numbers. Remember that the house mouse must have access to a ready supply of food, water, and nesting materials to thrive. Sanitation measures should focus primarily on reducing these stores. To reduce house mouse populations, try the following sanitation measures: Store any bulk food items in large metal containers or other airtight containers with tight fitting lids, rather than bags or boxes that can easily be gnawed through. Remove clutter such as paper and cardboard that mice might use to build their nests Remove undesirable vegetation around your home such as grass clippings and weeds Keep dog food or other pet food stored in a Rubbermaid container overnight.  

Answer last updated on: 10/09/2013

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