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Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Effective Mice Control Includes Using Traps, Sealing Your Home, And Removing Attractants

by Scott Gordon

If you have an infestation of mice in your house, you may need to call in a mice control professional to help you get the problem under control. Mice are destructive and they spread diseases, so you want to eliminate the pests as fast as you can. Here are some important steps for controlling mice.

Cut Off Their Food Supply

Place food that can tolerate it in your refrigerator or freezer so it's sealed up and protected from mice. This protects your investment in the food, and it also cuts off the food supply for mice.

Mice can chew through paper, cardboard, and plastic packaging. You may need to seal your food temporarily in thick plastic totes or even a new, clean metal garbage can so the mice get to it. Be sure to seal all types of food that mice will eat, including pet food, bird food, and seeds for your lawn and garden.

Eliminate Nesting Spots

Getting rid of hiding areas and nesting material will probably be more difficult, especially if you have boxes of papers and clothes stored in your attic or basement. However, decluttering eliminates places for mice to hide and breed, and it also gets rid of things mice can shred to make nests.

If you need to store things, place them in plastic or metal containers that seal so mice can't get inside. Eliminating clutter helps you get rid of an active infestation, and it helps prevent future mice problems.

Have Your Home Sealed

An exterminator that offers mice control services might seal your home so mice can't get inside your house. This is something you may want to have done every year. It's better to keep mice out than it is to try to get rid of them once they're breeding in your walls and attic.

It's necessary to seal your home, or your mice elimination efforts may not be very effective, since new mice can move in after you eliminate the mice you have now.

Put Out Traps

Traps are usually the best way to eliminate mice since poison poses a danger to pets and wildlife. A mice control service can set up traps and replace them as often as needed until the mice are gone. They can set the traps in hidden areas in a way that attracts mice but won't harm your kids or pets.

Eliminate The Scent Of Mice

Once the mice are gone, you'll probably want to clean and sanitize your home to get rid of mouse droppings and urine that could spread diseases. However, there's another important reason to get rid of the scent left behind by mouse urine, and that's because other mice are attracted to the scent of mice.

When your home is infested with mice, the odor attracts other mice that might be wandering around your yard. By eliminating the scent, there will be one less thing to make your home an appealing place for mice to infest.

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