What Do I Do If I Find a Mouse Nest In My House?

Finding a mouse nest in your house can be alarming. You're enjoying TV one minute, and the next, you're jumping on the couch yelling at an unwanted furry visitor. While in some cases, having mice or rodents in the house may not seem like a huge concern, they come with several health dangers, which can affect young children, the elderly, and pets. If it’s a small mouse nest, you don't always need to hire an expensive pest control company to get rid of mice. You can often handle the problem yourself. In the event that all else fails, contacting a reliable biohazard cleanup service provider is a wise move. Here are some of the best practices to safely get rid of the mouse nest in your house.

  1. Eliminate the Entry Areas

Step number one is to eliminate mouse infestation from your property and block all the entry points. Being small in size, mice can squeeze through holes the size of a dime, making it challenging for you to cover all the openings. While caulks and concrete are the two most reliable coverings to keep the mice out, you can use steel wool, aluminum mesh, and copper in areas with more flexibility. Here are some pointers to help you in closing off all the entry points:

  • Seal cracks and gaps around window frames and doors.
  • Plug and repair all the gaps and cracks in the foundation, basements, and walls.
  • Check seals around all the exterior lines (electrical, cable, TV).
  • Caulk holes around the pipelines that lead to appliances.
  1. Set Up Traps

Once you have eliminated the entry areas, install the different types of rodenticides, bait stations, and traps. Setting up mouse traps is the most efficient and safest way to kill rodents and mice. However, placing mouse traps isn't easy. You need to keenly observe the movement of the furry little creatures and set the traps with baits near the mouse nest and areas with the most traffic, such as the basement, attic, and kitchen.

  1. Clean Up the Outdoors and Indoors

Mice and rodents can survive in almost any environment. Primarily because they aren't picky about food and can even live on just four to five grams of crumbs a day. Here are some cleaning tips and tricks to keep your house clean and healthy:

  • Seal the garbage cans with tight lids.
  • Wipe down the counters.
  • Vacuum the floors.
  • Store the firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Throw out the food waste immediately.
  • Maintain the yard or garden by mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, and cutting down the shrubbery.
  • Disinfect and destroy the mouse nests as soon as you find them.
  • Store food in a glass jar or airtight container.
  1. Hire STOP Restoration of Spokane for Biohazard Cleanup Services

Rodents and mice can wreak havoc on your property, but fear not! STOP Restoration of Spokane has you covered. Even with all your efforts, you cannot eliminate the mouse infestation forever. This is why it is important to hire professionals for the job. Contact us to get the best biohazard cleanup services in Spokane.