Earthkind Stay Away

Prevent Rodents from Invading Your Home

Preventing Rodents from Invading Your HomeMice are getting ready for winter. Are you prepared? Mouse proof your home with Stay Away® Mice repellent today!

Seal Up!

Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil eraser, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar! Prevent rodents from entering the home by checking inside & outside the house for gaps or holes.

Where to check for gaps or holes inside your home:

  • Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
  • Inside closets near the floor corners & around doors.
  • Around the fireplace.
  • Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
  • Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
  • Around floor vents and dryer vents.
  • Inside the attic.
  • In the basement or crawl space.

Where to check for gaps or holes outside your home:

  • In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
  • Around windows & doors.
  • Around the foundation.
  • Attic vents and crawl space vents.
  • Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
  • Fill small holes with steel wool. Put caulk around the steel wool to keep it in place. Use lath screen or metal sheeting to fix large holes. These materials can also be found at Runnings.
  • Fix gaps in trailer skirtings and use flashing around the base of the house. If you do not seal up entry holes in your home, rodents will continue to get inside.
  • Outbuildings and garages should also be sealed to prevent the entrance of rodents.

Clean Up!

Most rodents are omnivorous and can make a meal out of nearly anything around your home. Prevent them from having a steady food source with a few simple steps.

Eliminate possible rodent food sources:

  • Keep food in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids.
  • Clean up spilled food right away and wash dishes and cooking utensils soon after use.
  • Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean.
  • Always put pet food away after use and do not leave pet-food or water bowls out overnight.
  • Keep bird feeders away from the house and utilize squirrel guards to limit access to the feeder by squirrels and other rodents.
  • Keep compost bins as far away from the house as possible (100 ft. or more is best).
  • Keep grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids. In the evening, uneaten animal feed should be returned to containers with lids.
  • If storing trash and food waste inside the home, do so in rodent-proof containers, and frequently clean the containers with soap and water.
  • Dispose of trash and garbage on a frequent and regular basis, and pick up or eliminate clutter.
  • Eliminate possible nesting sites outside the home. Elevate hay, woodpiles, and garbage cans at least 1 foot off the ground.
  • Move woodpiles far away from the house (100 feet or more is best).
  • Get rid of old trucks, cars, and old tires that mice and rats could use as homes.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery within 100 feet of the home well-trimmed.

Pouch Up!

There are eco-friendly ways to keep your home rodent free. Plant-based rodent repellent is safe to use around people & pets while repelling mice at the same time.

Where to place pouches:

  • Enclosed areas that may harbor mice.
  • Entrances and rooms that are not often used.
  • Stored appliances/furniture.
  • Cool, damp basements and cellars.
  • Stored Vehicles and equipment.
  • Stored Boats and RV’s.
  • Sheds and garages.

If there are any area’s that are not visited much or are kept sealed most of the year, they may be harboring rodents without your knowledge. Places where food or garbage is stored are also havens for small rodents that could be slipping by unnoticed. By eliminating possible nesting and feeding locations, rodents will be forced to leave your home.

Staying on top of rodent control is integral to the process. Pouches must be replaced at regular intervals to stay rodent free.