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Store bulk foods in sealed glass, metal or hard plastic containers. Stack bagged or boxed food in neat rows on shelves or cupboards in a way that allows for thorough inspection for evidence of mice. In storage areas, keep stored materials away from walls. Sweep floors frequently to detect fresh mouse droppings.
Always clean up after eating. Do not invite mice by leaving food items or crumbs out overnight.
Seal all holes and openings larger than 1/4 inch across. A mouse can crawl through a hole size of a dime. Use steel wool or cement to seal, screen or cover all holes into house. Place 3 inches of gravel around base of homes or trailers. Enclose foundations of permanent houses with metal roof flashing buried 6 inches deep and rising 12 inches above ground. Mice can jump 12 inches onto a solid surface. Fill gaps around pipes. Fix loose fitting doors. Close openings around chimneys, damaged house siding, broken windows and screens.
Inside, get rid of clutter in basements, storage rooms, sheds, carports, and garages. Remove padded cushions from sofas and chairs, and store them on edge or separate them from one another, off floor. Remove drawers in empty cupboards or chests and place them on sides.
Outside remove piles of trash, junk and lumber. Keep woodpiles more than 12 inches above ground. Keep covers on trash cans and dumpsters. Eliminate weeds and other vegetative cover as well as debris and litter in and around homes, buildings, crops, lawns and other cultivated areas. Lawns should be mowed regularly.
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