It is never a pleasant surprise to see the pests scurrying across the floor, especially when running around the kitchen. The evidence of one mouse can be a sign of the mouse infestation in your house. Though spotting even one mouse can cause chills to the homeowner’s spine. The kitchen is an ideal habitat for the mouse. These rodents seek refuge under the refrigerators and gas stoves in the kitchen with a continuous supply of food and water.
Why are there mice in my house?
Mice can squeeze their bodies and get into tiny holes. They often use openings around the utility pipes, gas lines, and communication cables to get into your home. These rodents can even climb the ladders, and they are good swimmers (yes, they can come through your toilets).
Once inside your home, these pesky pests can survive in bits and pieces, but the damage they create is overwhelming.
How do mice get into your home?
An expert once stated that “You have to admire the mouse agility.”
But admiring the agility is the second thought the first thought is to panic when you see a mouse.
A young mouse can fit into the small gaps. How about remembering to check the gas pipelines?
Did you know?
- The mouse can climb 2 meter high walls.
- They can squeeze to get into the holes.
- The mouse can jump as high as 24cm.
Entering via roof:
Rats are also known as roof rats. They are more agile and get into your kitchen through rooftops. They will travel through utility pipes, sewers, and communication cables to find a way inside your kitchen.
Are you still wondering how they get into the kitchen attics and cupboards? Look at the back of the refrigerator. For you and me, it is only an electrical appliance. But for rodents, it is a climbing pole. It helps them to locate food and leftovers placed high on the kitchen counter.
How to get rid of the mouse:
Here are some preventive steps to get rid of the mouse in the kitchen.
- Use mouse-proof kitchen cabinets to store food.
- Clean and remove the exposed food from the cabinet areas.
- Check that the food items in the sealed containers are not accessible to the mouse.
- Make sure to cover the holes and gaps under the kitchen sink area. The openings around these areas help them to crawl inside the house.
- Set the snap traps with the cheesy foods and bait them. Try to set the snap traps in the targeted area such as, behind the refrigerator or under the sink.
- You can also use a glue board to catch the mouse. When the mouse walks across the glue board, it will get stuck. However, it is not the preferred option as the mouse will not die, and you have to remove it from the glue board safely.
These rodents may keep coming back, creating a nuisance inside your home until you cannot figure out how they are getting in. The pest control professionals may suggest the best plan to keep these pests away from your house.