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“But, Mike, I can’t possibly seal all the openings in this big house,” the homeowner said. He had seen mice in his buildup and had called me for advice on how to seal them out.

“You don’t need to block every opening,” I said. “Try to get the main ones. Mice have pea brains and to them, the other side of your house may as well be the other side of the moon.

 “Oh, OK, that’s better,” he said, sounding relieved.

It’s summer and do-it-yourself mouse warriors are out in force. If you’re one of them, here’s my advice: When sealing mice from your home, fill as many entry points as you can. Be sure and seal where plumbing pipes enter the home, preferably from the buildup side, using 1/4 inch hardware cloth and a quality sealant. Both are available from hardware stores.

For those of you who want professional help, call us and we’ll be happy to evaluate your home. And to help guide you, here’s my “Be Mouse Savvy” poem:

Hickory dickory dock.

The mice ran up the clock.

To kitchen near they all did go,

guided by scent and the buzz of gizmos.

And lo, when mice dashed down the wall,

To Home Defenders mom made a call.

“To the Bat-mobile!” I said with glee,

(I openly admit I was lost in reverie.)

With prudence I sped now sane and live,

to the home I drove and then did arrive.

“Oh, thank you, Mike!” mom said with laughter,

and everyone lived happily ever after.

(Epilogue: The mice did not live happily ever after. The end.) 

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