How To Get Rid Of Mice In House
Having mice in our homes can be a very big problem. There are many ways to get rid of them but the best way is to call the professionals to do their job to get rid of them.
Today, we're going to be talking about preventing mice getting into your home and we're going to be looking for the obvious places. So, first thing, what we've identified here is a hole where a waste pipe used to come through the wall. This is now redundant.
As a guideline, we generally use a biro pen to identify whether or not the hole is big enough. Well, this is certainly big enough. So what we're going to do, we're going to look at how we can close that off to stop the mice from getting in.
And what we're going to use is wire wool. This is always handy because it does, mice just don't like it, they don't like the texture of it. It's very fibrous.
So we'll push that into the hole. So what we're going to do now, to hold the wire wool in place, we're going to some expanded foaming around it to make it a real belt and braces job. Let it dry.
You can come back to this in about 15 or 20 minutes and then what we can do, we can trim it back with just a standard knife; any old knife will do. It doesn't have to be anything special. We've now identified that air bricks are a way that mice can fit in.
And going back to our biro pen scenario, if you could poke a biro through a hole, potentially, a mouse can fit through, believe it or not. So what we're going to do, we're going to put a cover over this vent. These covers are designed to still allow for the flow of air but they obviously deny the mice access because the holes are much smaller.
The only thing that you need to be conscious of, with this type of cover, is you don't fit it over any vent that is a vent in a gas appliance like a boiler. There's a hole in each corner. What we would do, we will drill into the point around the vent and then this would fit snugly, just like that and that will stop the mice from getting in and it will still give us the flow of air that we need.
What we're looking at now is once the mice get from the outside under the floors, heading up inside the home, what we've got here is we've got a wall pipe coming up from below floor level and if we use our biro pen again, this is certainly big enough to allow for the mice to get in. So what we're going to do, we're going to fill this hole again with some wire wool. Another thing I ought to mention is if you are working anywhere around mice, it's always a good idea to wear a pair of gloves because obviously, they do transmit disease.
The good thing with wire wool, it's nice and easy to cut. You can use a pair of scissors, you can cut off the amount you require and then just plug it in the hole. That's firmly wedged in there so I'm not overly worried about using the expanding foam on that.
I don't think a mouse is going to push through that. Problem we find a lot of the time is when builders fit the kitchen, they don't always block off all the holes underneath the units because the way they see it is the sink is going to be over that so if there's a hole under there, don't worry about it, it's out of sight, out of mind. But unfortunately, you know, if you've got mice in your house, this is one of the most common areas where you're going to find them.
So it's always a good idea to check underneath. This one fortunately just pulls out. Some are clipped, some are screwed and what we've got under here is thankfully, no evidence of mouse activity.
So, many times, we see bags of rubbish being left on the floor overnight. The trouble is if there is any food in here, we've got some ham and stuff in here, the mice will have a field day. What I'll do, I'll just rip a hole straight through the bottom and that will be in there like a knife and hot butter.
Best thing to do with this is put it in the bin. And that's how you get rid of mice in your house. .