I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is one of my favourite rooms in my house, that’s where all the food is obviously!
For most of us, the kitchen is not only the place where we prepare all our food but also where we eat and entertain friends and family. Because of this, finding a mouse in your kitchen can be quite stressful and alarming.
Why do mice love kitchens?
Well, there’s one thing myself and mice have in common, we both love food!
It’s the main reason why mice love our kitchens so much, it’s pretty much a free all you can eat buffet for mice, and who, in their right mind, would resist that?
Signs of mice in your kitchen
By regularly checking for these signs, particularly during the winter months, can help ensure your kitchen (and home) is kept free from mice!
Mouse droppings in kitchen
Finding mouse droppings is one of the most common signs of mice in your kitchen and can indicate that you might have a large problem on your hands (depending on how many droppings you have spotted).
Mouse droppings are small (approximately 3-8mm in length) and a dark brown colour with pointed ends. Mice can produce around 50-80 droppings a night; tha’s a lot; right?
Typically, you’ll be able to spot mouse droppings in your kitchen along skirting boards and in the inside of cupboards and cupboard tops, as well as the occasional spotting on table tops and counters.
This is more of a tip to help spot the signs of mice in your kitchen than anything else.
Mice are quite cunning and sneaky creatures, so sometimes trying to determine if they have set up shop in your home can be difficult.
However, there is a way you can find out if they have indeed started to squat in your kitchen. Simply just lay out some flour or talcum powder along your kitchen floors, work surfaces and cupboards overnight and check the next morning to see if there are any foot prints.
To put things simply, mice don’t exactly smell like a bunch of flowers, particularly their urine.
When you have a lot of mice in your kitchen, they are going to do a lot of urinating, and this urine has a very strong, ammonia like smell. The stronger the smell the closer you are to the main area which plays host to the mouse activity.
Spotting live or dead mice in your kitchen
Mice tend to only operate during the night as it is much safer for them to search for food then. However, if you have a large number of mice invading your kitchen then you’re more than likely to spot some scurrying around during the day.
Unusual grease marks
When mice navigate an area they often stick close to walls. This ends up creating smudge marks along walls, floor, skirting boards and around holes and corners where their fur rubs against the surfaces.
How to get rid of mice in your kitchen
Often the first sighting of mice in your kitchen can send you into a frenzied panic of paranoia but don’t worry, Rentokil are here to help!
There are two ways in which you can ensure your kitchen doesn’t become a shopping centre food court for mice. These come in the form of mouse prevention and professional mouse control.
Prevention tips to keep mice out of your kitchen
Here are some simple prevention tips to help keep your kitchen less appealing to mice:
- Don’t leave pet food out overnight
- Store food such as cereals and nuts in airtight containers
- Fit bristle strips to the bottom of doors
- Clean up all food and drink spillages
- Empty bins regularly
- Don’t leave dirty dishes out
- Seal holes around pipework
Professional mouse control
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, trying to get rid of mice ourselves can often fail to remove the problem completely.
The best way to ensure your kitchen, and home, is completely free, and safe, from mice is to enlist the help of a professional mouse exterminator.
A mouse control professional will be able to successfully eradicate mice from your kitchen and your home and help ensure these tenants don’t try and move in again in the near future.