How to take care of nuisance wild life, rodent and pest problems. This is Ed with Critter Control in Tampa Bay. How to keep mice away from my house. Mice are the number one pest period, of all the vertebrates. They're there because they're ubiquitous, they're everyplace. How do you keep them away from your house? Keep the landscaping clean. Have the lawn mowed. Don't let the leaf litter build up underneath the landscaping. Keep your area clean. That provides the food, water and shelter. Eliminate the sources or at least some of the sources of that comfort zone. Get rid of the food or get rid of the water or get rid of the shelter. Keep your landscaping clean. That's perhaps the best way to get rid of mice from around the house. If all else fails, call a professional. This is Ed with Critter Control of Tampa Bay.