Your kitchen is spotless, all the food is sealed and all the scraps are thrown in the garbage right away. But yet, you still have a mouse infestation. What could possibly be the reason for this? Well, it might be your teenage child’s room. Teenagers are notoriously disorganized and keeping a clean room seems to be an insurmountable chore. Here is something you need to keep an eye out to reduce the odds of a mouse infestation.
Access to food
If your teenager takes his meals to his room, and has leftovers, snacks, crumbs, plates, or silverware out in the open for extended periods of time, mice will be able to smell this, and try to find a way indoors to reach the food. If this becomes routine, and the mice notice that there is plenty of food to be had, they will set up a nest inside. To prevent this from happening, you can either tell your child to not take food in their room, or make sure that they clean up immediately after they eat.
Space to hide
Food is not the only thing that draws mice indoors. They are also on the lookout for warmth and shelter. So if they find a spot in the home where there are plenty of areas to hide, they will set up a nest, and look for food somewhere else. If your teenager’s room is unkept and there is a lot of clutter, the mice are able to better hide and set up in the environment. So it’s important to make sure that the room is clean and orderly, and that you or your teenager go through a deep cleaning routine once every three or six months, where you flip the mattress, tidy up the closets, and clean behind the furniture.
What to do in case of an infestation
If you notice the signs of an infestation, and you suspect it originates in your teenager’s room, you can use traps or poisons to kill the mice. Alternatively, you can call over a pest control pro who will safely and rapidly remove the infestation for you. Sometimes infestations can get quite big, and conventional methods are not that effective anymore. If you have any questions about the control process, or if you would like to set up a pest control appointment with a pro, contact us today.