After you’ve dealt with the problem, be sure to deep clean your kitchen:
- Making sure to follow the instructions on the label, use a disinfectant or diluted bleach, like Domex, to sanitize all your kitchen surfaces – any place that mice or rats may have been. Empty and wipe down the inside of your cupboards, behind and under appliances, and floors. Always wear gloves and the proper protective clothing when dealing with bleach.
How to Prevent Future Rodent Infestations
Even if you think you’ve managed to eliminate your adversary, you’ll still need to take these further precautions:
Seal all entry points to your house. Examine walls, floors, and ceilings for holes that rodents may have used to access your house and block up any holes. These won’t necessarily be large, since rodents are able to adapt their physique to fit through the tiniest of gaps. Check door and window frames and roofing too to make sure your home is as impenetrable as possible.
Make access to food difficult. Place all foodstuffs in hard containers made of glass, pottery or thick plastic to restrict rodent’s access to potential food sources. Clear food scraps away as soon as possible – don’t leave anything edible out on counters. Also make sure your trash cans have secure lids and are emptied regularly.
Keep the outside of your home clean and tidy. Make sure waste bins are placed as far away as possible from your home to avoid attracting rodents. Also make sure your garden or any pathways around your house are kept clear – mice and rats are not big fans of open spaces, but love nooks and crannies to crawl into.
By dealing with the aforementioned problems as fast and efficiently as possible, your house should be kept mice and rat free!