Over the Labor Day weekend, guess what my cat caught? Yep another mouse. Yikes!

Just seeing that little creature, although dead, sent me into major housecleaning mode to prevent any more mice from entering my home.With the cooler weather approaching mice and other rodents will be looking for comfy places to live.

This is where we need to be proactive and not make our homes hospitable.

For me having a cat with claws is a major preventative. I'm proud that I have "mouser" for a cat. Mice don't stand a chance with Millie roaming the house. However, there are still several more things we need to do before the first snow falls to keep those pesky critters out of the house.

Check out these 10 easy tips to prevent mice and rodents from invading your home.

  1. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  5. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  6. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  7. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
  8. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
  9. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
  10. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.

Although the field mice look really cute, the problems they can bring when finding a comfy spot in your home, far out number their cuteness.

To read more here's the link: pestworld.org