Having rats or mice in your home is more than just a nuisance. They create a mess, spread diseases, and threaten your daily life. To ensure your family’s safety, it is imperative to take preventative measures as soon as possible.
You should investigate the factors that attract mice and rats to your home before taking preventive measures to ensure they do not return. Rats and mice are attracted to houses with favourable conditions for living, sleeping, and reproducing. Who knows, your loved home may provide them with the perfect environment for their needs as well.
Do Dirty Dishes Attract Mice?
The food debris on dirty dishes can attract mice. It is important not to pile up dishes in the sink or soak them overnight. Rinse and put dishes in the dishwasher as soon as possible. In most cases, an hour or so is sufficient time to loosen stuck-on food if you must soak a dish.
How to Avoid Attracting Mice
Do Your Laundry Regularly
Whether your clothes are clean or dirty, it is important to keep up with laundry. Mice can chew through the fabric to create nests. If you have clean clothes, hang them up immediately and don’t let dirty clothes accumulate. Also, do not allow clothes to accumulate on the floor or furniture in piles.
Immediately Clean up All Food Debris
Clean up crumbs or spilt food as soon as possible. If food crumbs are left on the floor, stove or countertop, mice will find the food sources they are searching for.
Take out the Trash
The most effective way to keep mice away from your pantry is to take out the trash regularly or every day, if possible. Food scraps in the trash will attract mice, and while plastic bags help to keep mice from obtaining food, they do not prevent them from locating a potential food supply.
Maintain a Clean Floor
Make sure your floors are clean so that you do not leave food debris lying around to attract mice. Make sure your floors are thoroughly cleaned at least once per week and that any food crumbs or debris are picked up promptly.
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