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Photo: Victor Suarez Naranjo (Shutterstock) If you find yourself unwillingly hosting scratchy, scurrying vermin in your kitchen—and you’re pretty sure you hear them rattling around in your stove and oven—you’re not alone. Mice are attracted to the warmth of the pilot light and plentiful crumbs and leftover food scraps in and around your oven. Here’s how you can get rid of them. First, clean in and around your stove Mice flock to ovens and stoves for the free grub, so the first step is to starve them out. Scrub the inside of your stove, ridding it of any food debris. Sweep the floor, keeping it crumb-free and seal up any open food sources, including garbage bags. Check your floors and stove daily to prevent build-up. Turn off the gas and pull out your stove In order to thoroughly check behind your oven, you’ll need to pull it away from the wall. And in order to do that, if it’s gas-powered, you’ll need to first turn off the gas valve so you can disconnect the gas intake hose from the oven. Pull the stove away from the wall to determine how the mice are getting in. Sometimes, you’ll find an obvious mouse-sized hole as the culprit (which could be as small as a dime); other times, your clues will be scratch marks or mouse droppings. Check behind sinks, near pipes and around one of the most common entryways—your stove’s gas intake hose. Seal the entry points to your oven While […]