To keep mice out, we need to block 100% of the access points throughout the property. Mice are small and can fit through small gaps. So the standard is to block any holes/any gaps larger than 0.5cm. We also call this the pencil standard, if a pencil can fit, block the hole until the pencil fits no more.
Once the original proofing has been carried out it is important to respect its integrity. Mice are resourceful and relentless so they will be on the lookout for any entry point.
1. Repair work carried out by a third party company.
The most common callouts are regarding a plumbing issue. It may be a leak or possibly a domestic appliance that need changing. I is often required by the plumber to remove sections of the proofing in order to access the require pipework.
Once the work has been carried out, it is important that the plumber/handyman puts it back exactly the way it was. Once done he should double check that he did not left any gaps unblocked.
2. Kitchen kickboard being pushed out of place.
It can happen that someone inadvertently kick the kickboard of the kitchen units while doing the dishes. It could also happen while pulling out a domestic appliance. Sometime it will be to pass through some cables or new pipework?
Whatever the case it is important to insure that the kickboard are tight against each others and against the kitchen units. It is even more important if you have a dishwasher. Fitted in dishwasher by their very nature are difficult to mouse proof. Think that the proofing must be strong and tight, and that the dishwashers have moving parts. The key is that the kickboard s fit tightly against the proofing at the back.
3. Do routine inspections of the proofing every so often
Inoculand Ltd mouse proof until the eye can see in order to make the boundary between the void spaces and the living space perfect. So basically when you look anywhere at the walls and floor, you should not see any gaps and holes. You should see an undisrupted surfaces and plans.
The way to proceed is simply to follow the walls, especially the line between the floor and the walls. Whenever there is pipework double check that it is sealed both at the front and also at the back.