HOW TO KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR HOME WITH STEEL WOOL
DOES STEEL WOOK KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR HOME?
1. REMOVE MICE
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2. IDENTIFY POINTS OF ENTRY
The second step is to prevent mice from entering your home. Mice can squeeze into incredibly small spaces, so it’s important to identify the gaps or holes in your home that need to be addressed Look both inside and outside as follows:
Look inside near: – Kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves – Closets, basements, pantries – Fireplaces and doors – Pipes, sinks, washing machines, hot water heaters and furnaces. – Floor vents and dryer vents. – Attics, basements, garages and crawl spaces
Look outside near: – Roof, rafters, gables, and eaves – Windows and doors – Around the foundation – Attic vents and crawl space vents – Holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines
3. GATHER SUPPLIES
Next, you should gather enough supplies to address all of the holes and gaps you’ve identified. You’ll Need: – Steel wool (Grade Medium) – Silicone Caulking
You can find steel wool and caulking at local hardware or home improvement stores. A package often costs less than $5. Medium grade, stainless steel wool works best.
Silicone caulk can be found at most hardware stores and big-box home improvement stores. It comes in clear and various color options and costs around around $3.50 a tube.
4. FILL HOLES
Pack the hole tightly with steel wool. Then, put caulk around the hole to hold and seal the wool in place. Sealing the hole will prevent the mice from entering your home and potentially dying in your walls. You can also completely cover the exposed steel wool with caulking to prevent mice from ingesting the wool.
5. ELIMINATE FOOD SOURCES AND INSPECT YOUR HOME THOROUGHLY
Once all of your holes and gaps are filled, you should be all set. However, it is still important to minimize the food sources that can attract rodents. Keep food in thick plastic, metal or ceramic containers with tight lids. Secure pet food and put away pet water and food bowls at night. Use thick metal or plastic garbage cans with secure lids for waste.
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The best way to get rid of mice is to prevent them from ever coming inside in the first place. Steel wool is a safe, easy and inexpensive way to keep unwanted rodents out of your home.