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Rodent Control Prevention Tips

The best way to prevent problems with mice in your home or business is to deny them from coming inside.

If they do manage to get indoors, it is important to discourage their presence by denying mice easy access to food and water.

If you can deter mice you will also reduce the damage they can cause to your property and avoid the health risks associated with a mouse infestation.

Worried about mice? Contact Rentokil to discuss expert mouse control solutions. 

Proof Your Property to Prevent Mice

An effective way to prevent mice includes proofing your home or business to keep them 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. They have soft skeletons and can get through gaps the width of a pencil.

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Mice Control Tips

    • Food safety: Be careful not to attract mice with food. Where possible food should be stored in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under stoves, refrigerators and cupboards.
    • Doors: Fit bristle (or brush) strips to the bottom of doors to prevent 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. Any holes that are larger than 5mm will allow mice to gain access because their jaws can fit into tight spaces like these and quickly chew larger openings that allow them to enter a building.
    • Airbricks 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 overhanging 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.

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Thinking of going the DIY route?

Mouse traps and mouse poison can be obtained from your local supermarket. It is important to note that in the case of a heavy infestation they often do not prove completely effective. It is very important to exercise great care when placing poisons and traps around your property. Be sure to follow instructions on product labels very carefully to prevent any damage to one self, as well as any children or pets that may come into contact with these solutions. 

If you are frightened or anxious about the thought of mice in your property, and require a professional solution, Rentokil’s expert mice control methods offer the best and most reliable solution.

Professional Mice Control Products and Solutions

For an existing mice infestation, we provide a quick, guaranteed service to safely get rid of mice from your home or business. We make use of humane mouse trap solutions, which include mouse poison that is safe to use around your home and workplace. Since our bait solutions are multi-feed, they do not cause harm to pets if your pets do ingest these rodents.

Over 50 years of local knowledge and experience enables our technicians to provide expert advice and rodent control in the areas they not only service, but also where they live.

Contact Rentokil on +27 211 410 970 to discuss your requirements for effective mouse control for your home or business.


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