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Last Update: 2009-03-27
In order to mouse-proof a house, it's important to seal off the house, including very small holes that may be difficult to detect. Find out how to do a thorough inspection of a home, and how to use caulk, with help from a certified pest control operator... View Video Transcript
Hi, friends. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida. And we've been asked, how do you mouse-proof a house? Well, number one in sealing off a house, to, you know, prevent the mice from getting in, you have to do a thorough inspection around the home to find any of the entry points that a mouse may get in to. Now, remember, a mouse can get into an entry point that's no thicker than a quarter inch in thickness, or, the width of that mouse's nose. If he can get his nose in it, he can get his body through it. So we're looking for very, very small spots in and around the home that the mouse can enter. Now, second, once you have located the individual spots, caulking, weather-stripping, or the use of hardware cloth, and I've got a little piece of it here with me here today. Hardware cloth can be used. It's very pliable, you can bend it back and forth. Then you go ahead and make the cut along the side. And any opening you have, you just put, like, maybe around the pipe or air conditioning hole that goes through the home. You can put that right around the pipes and screw it right to the wall, and you don't have any more problem with mice getting through that area. But be very careful. A lot of times, small openings can actually be just undetected by you. You have to do a very, very thorough inspection around the home to make sure that you have sealed up all the holes. Use of caulking, like I say, can help do the little holes. But bigger holes, stick with the hardware cloth. You'll have better results. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida, hoping you have a pest free day.