Well, look at the gap around the pipe in this house vent: it might as well have a big sign above it saying ‘Mouse Motel – this way!’ Mice can squeeze in through gaps as small as 6mm: the square holes in the vent get narrower towards the back and these are too small for mice, but the hole round the pipe is much bigger than that and so the mice can walk straight in. They are very agile and can climb up walls easily too, and they can dig in at the bottom to get in through building foundations as well.
Rodent control using mouse proofing for mice control is a very sensible thing to do, but it is also very difficult because field mice and house mice can find entry points that we just can’t see. However, some ways mice get in to buildings are obvious and it is always worth dealing with gaps you can find. For example, we did mouse control in Perth last week by mouse proofing a gap at the bottom of an outside door, sealed the gap in the vent in the picture for mouse control in Dundee, fitted stainless-steel vent covers on a house for mouse control in Kinross, filled holes in external walls for mouse control in Pitlochry and plugged redundant overflow pipes for mouse control in Dunfermline.
But mouse proofing will very often not get rid of mice. They are so small and such persistent vermin that they will always manage to find a gap, or dig or climb, to get in to a building and cause a mouse infestation. Mice infestation is dangerous for the structure of a building and your health because mice can chew through water pipes and electric cables and carry a lot of diseases. This is when you need professional mouse pest control. Our mouse pest control service provides mouse-proofing, mouse control and mouse prevention for rodent control –ring and ask us for advice, we’re always happy to help!