We just moved into a ranch house in the country. It has a 1/2 basement that was poorly finished. The other half is a crawlspace. We have noticed a few mice around and just figured that was part of country living. Today, I went downstairs and started removing everything. The sheetrock was attached to 1×2 furring shot to the foundation walls, no insulation no outlets, no alot of things. Anyway when I went to remove the lid, every sheet had approximately 430,000 mouse droppings on it. So even though the fiberglass batts they had installed looked ok I took them out also. There had to be 20 burrow holes in each one and even a few dead mice.
Question is, any preventitive measures I can take before I finish it right this time. I have lived in neighborhoods all my life and never had mice. I wouldn’t trade this for the world but I sure would like to keep the mice at bay. I’m sure they are even thicker in the crawlspace area, although I’m not overly motivated to get under there and find out. We did get a cat and that seems to keep them out of sight but I don’t think the misses will sleep at night knowing about all of the activity in the basement ceiling. Thanks for any advice.