A mouse in the house

A Facebook friend in Philadelphia had an early-morning wake-up. She wrote:

A came into my room early this morning, told me it was nearly six, and asked if she could get up. “Yes, of course, ” I said, “but I’ll get up in a bit.” Not five minutes later she shrieked “I need you!” and would not tell me why until I appeared in the kitchen. A little mouse had fallen into an empty wastebasket and was desperately trying to jump out. So I covered the wastebasket with an old copy of Cook’s Magazine, and together we took the poor mouse outside and put him (hoping he’s a he) in the garden.

It was 5:25. Not “nearly six.”

If you save a life . . . . that’s more important than sleep.

I was not the only friend who told her that she should expect to see this little fellow and his brethren back in the kitchen again. Now for some more detail:

As happy homeowners, you can do something to close up those mouse entry ways.

The National Pest Management Association recommends the following top five rodent-proofing tips:

  1. Inspect the outside of your home for easy access points. Seal any cracks and crevices with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter the structure.  Remember, mice can enter homes through holes the size of a dime and rats through holes the size of a quarter.

2.     Fill larger gaps inside your home with pieces of steel wool, as pests are deterred by the roughness of the steel fibers, especially rodents who are unable to gnaw through the material.

3.     Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, which could serve as potential entryways.

4.     Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement’s foundation and windows.

5.     Properly landscape around the home to avoid providing pest harborage sites. Keep shrubbery trimmed and ensure mulch is kept at least 15 inches from the foundation.

Rodent proofing TipsIn the Northeast, 35 percent of homeowners report that they have had a mouse or rat problem. 45 percent reported that mice where in the house during the winter months.

Most saw mice in the kitchen (50 percent). Basements, living rooms, attics, garages, and bedrooms are the next most common areas. A smaller percentage saw them in bathrooms. This is common sense. Mice are going to go for places where there is food, water, and warmth. They will build nests away from people and predators (in attics, garages and basements.)

While I am on the topic of predators, it is pretty well established that getting a cat is no assurance that you won’t get mice in your house. cat ignores mice





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