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Here’s How to Keep Mice out of Your Kitchen

Now that the mouse is out of your kitchen, how do you keep it out for good? These tips will help you keep those pesky rodents away.

Eliminate all entry points

Did you know that mice can be master contortionists? These suckers can actually fit inside holes that are less than an inch wide. There are even YouTube videos that prove this theory. Mice can squeeze their way into tiny holes, especially if there’s food enticing them. It’s one of these 11 things mice don’t want you to know.

The first thing to do is go through your entire kitchen and find any entry points that could possibly have enticed the mouse to your kitchen. Look for holes next to (or even inside) your cabinets, by all of your shelves, behind or under the stove (or even the refrigerator), and much more.

Seal all of your food

No wonder the little mouse liked my kitchen—there’s food there! With sealed containers, there won’t be anything available to snack on, so there would be no reason for the mouse to be attracted to any food.

Keep the kitchen swept and tidy

Mice can be sustained on very small amounts of food a day. They only need about three to five grams of food a day, so your crumbs are the perfect snack for these little guys. They may not seem like a big deal on the floor, but it’s enough for the little mice to come swooping.

It may seem obnoxious, but one of the best ways to keep mice out is to keep the kitchen tidy—not just once a week, but every day. After cooking that meal, give your kitchen floors a quick sweep and those counters (and stovetops) a good wipe.

Eliminate “nesting” places

The mouse liked my oven mitt—it was a cozy and warm little home for the critter! My oven mitts were hanging in a spot close to my kitchen counters for easy access—which, of course, meant the opening for the mitt was out in the open and perfect for a nesting little mouse.

After realizing this, I evaluated all of the “nesting” places inside of my kitchen that would seem cozy for a rodent. This also can help eliminate places where mice can poop … which, yes, can host a variety of poisoning diseases, according to the CDC.



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