Even if you are a person who thinks mice are cute, likely you do not want mice taking up residence in your home. Why is it important to keep them out, and what are some things you can do to avoid an infestation?

Besides not wanting some wild little animal running around your home, there are health risks that mice can pose. They can carry diseases and fleas. They can infect your food and water. The fleas can transfer onto your pets. And mice can chew through wires and cause a lot of costly damage. It starts with one, and then you have an army. They multiply quickly. 

An important step in keeping mice out is to seal up any holes and cracks in your home that lead to the outside. Some mice are small enough to fit through holes as small as the size of a dime! Store your food in airtight containers. Mice are especially attracted to sugary foods. Keep your home clean. Vacuum your floors and under your sofa cushions regularly so there are no food crumbs around. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the countertops. And keep your home dry. Mice love moisture, so fix any leaky or dripping pipes and faucets.

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