Many people hate mice and despise when they are found in the house.
However, it isn’t all locations of the house that make us cringe, it is one in specific, our closets.
Our closets are where we keep our clean clothing and our personal items. Sometimes, we keep important items or documents in our closets which mice can destroy. This can cause some serious problems.
We are going to take a look at some facts about mice and then we are going to take a look at how to keep them out of your closet.
1. Mice Don’t Live That Long
Mice only live about five months in the wild. This is mainly because of natural predators. However, in a home setting or even a lab, they can live for two years.
2. Germ Factories
Everyone knows mice have germs and diseases; however, they carry more than you may think. This means if they are getting into your clothing, they are spreading pathogens. Mice carry up to 200 pathogens that are harmful to humans.
3. Mice Are Not Trained
Mice are not potty trained which means that they are using your clothes as their bathroom. They can produce as many as 100 droppings in a day. Plus, they have micro-droplets of urine that they are leaving behind to mark their territory.
4. Mice Chew...a Lot
Mice are going to have to chew a lot because their teeth never stop growing. They are going to chew at wood, paper, cardboard, and your clothing to keep their teeth a decent length. This will result in damage to your closet and your clothes.
5. Mice are Gymnasts
Mice can jump and climb very easy. Keep in mind that a mouse can jump a foot or higher into the air. This makes it easy for them to get to different areas in your closet with ease. Plus, it helps them hide too!
6. Mice are Good at Hiding
Mice can squeeze through super small openings. A mouse can go through a hole that is the size of a dime. This means that they can hide and get away quickly if they need to. Plus, it means that you do not see them very easily as they can hide in unusual and small places.
How to Keep Mice Out of the Closet
We all want mice out of our closets and if we can prevent it, that is even better. We now are going to talk about how to keep mice out of your closet so your clothes and items are protected.
You are going to want to seal cracks or gaps in the exterior of your house. You want to also seal any holes that are bigger than a dime. You should use heavy materials to seal these areas. If you have screens or doors that have holes, you should fix this too. You should keep your doors closed when they are not needed. Mice sneak in open doors without being seen pretty easily. Holes in the closet or any gaps should be sealed so that they have little access to the closet.
Clean your closet. You should not have any food in this area or crumbs. Remove any clutter that could be a potential hiding place for mice.