When you're experiencing the pitter-patter of little feet and it's not a walking, talking bundle of joy standing on two legs, you may have a furry intruder in your home that needs attention.
Mice are small, furry creatures that can cause a lot of trouble in your home. They love to chew on wires and make nests out of furniture. Mice also carry diseases like salmonella and hantavirus, which they transmit through their droppings. One bite or even contact with the faeces of a mouse can lead to these illnesses.
If you have found mouse droppings around your property, this may indicate that there are more mice living inside as well. It is important not to underestimate just how quickly these rodents reproduce: one female will give birth to five litters per year with twelve babies each!
There are many ways to get rid of mice, but some methods are more effective than others. If you think mice might be targeting your home, here are some ideas for seeing if they are already inside, how to get rid of mice, and how you can keep them from getting in.
Mice come into homes because there is an available opening for them to enter through. Places such as gaps around pipes or wires that lead outside; cracks along doors or windowsills; openings under sinks or stoves where pipe work runs out from indoors to outdoors, unfinished basements without floors; spaces behind appliances like dishwashers or refrigerators (watch those cords!), places between walls and wood piles stacked against houses - even holes too small for you to see but big enough for mice to travel through.
If you notice one or few of the following signs, you might have an uninvited guest at home.
You can use mouse trap to catch a mouse. You can get these at grocery stores or hardware stores. There are many different types of traps, but they all work the same way: you bait them with food and set up the trap to catch your prey when it tries to eat!
You should not use live traps for mice because if one gets away from the other, there will be two problems instead of just one! Again, this is due to diseases that they carry as well as how destructive they can be in your home.
If you don't want to have any mess in your house (like sticky peanut butter), then you could try using an alternative: mice gel. This stuff comes in a tube like toothpaste and can be applied to a mouse trap. It is made with peppermint oil, which the mouse find irresistible!
However, they may not be as effective if you have a rodent infestation. If the mouse is able to move freely between glue strips it can travel through them without getting stuck. Plus, these traps are only good for one time use so after catching one mouse you'll need many more trap sections to catch another one which can be very expensive!
Spread some bait in your home - peanut butter works really well because mice love it! You can also use cheese or even bacon.
Now take an empty jar (or coffee can) and cut off one leg on each side so that you have three legs total with which to hold it up by. Fill halfway with water then add just enough baking soda to make the water bubbly but not too fizzy. Now pour in some hot sauce, mustard from a squeeze bottle (the kind people put on sandwiches), black pepper, salt, chilli powder, ground red pepper, boric acid powder.
Bait your trap by putting the cheese or peanut butter on a piece of bread and put it in the jar (or coffee can). Place some more bait around the edge where you will place your jar-type container. Now just set up about five traps with water near when they are most active - which is usually at night - then wait for them to get caught! If you want to make this contraption extra deadly add in cotton balls soaked in ammonia so that if they do escape they'll be too sickened to come back again.
Try a few cookie jar traps, baited with cookies with peanut butter. Mice are looking for food and will often be lured in by the smell of the cookie. Place the cookie on top of an upturned wire jar lid. The bait should be placed in the middle so when the rodent climbs up for some crunchy nibbles they get stuck! You may find you need more than one trap because if your home is infested there are probably lots hiding around corners waiting to steal their next meal from your pantry. The cookie jar trap is a humane way to capture the mouse and release it outside.
A new option for people who are tired of having these pesky critters around their property is live trapping them instead of killing them off. Live trapping is more expensive than killing off these pests but still an option for those who don't want any blood on their hands. A live capture or snap mouse trap can be placed around a location where you know they are present and will lure them in with bait such as peanut butter, bacon bits, or hazelnut spread. Once inside it catches them and doesn't let go until you release it by pressing down on its handle.
You will also need plenty of food pellets before capturing them so that they'll have enough energy when it comes time to release them into the wild again after letting them go hungry all this time! There's one downside though - if they've been living outside before being trapped, they're going to smell pretty bad when captured. So it is a good idea to get rid of them as soon and as far as possible.
Mice repellent is usually put around the perimeter of your house; it's generally made up of ingredients that mice don't like (things like peppermint oil). This makes them leave the area altogether because they feel uncomfortable in this space - which means you'll never have to deal with them again!
You can also DIY homemade mouse repellent using peppermint oil (or eucalyptus) mixed with water in an empty spritz bottle. Spray this solution on surfaces where you want to keep mice away from such as entry points or inside corners of cabinets/closets.
Alternatively, you can also use an electric repellent, which sends out sparks of static electricity around the wires or pipes leading outside so that they can't touch them and come inside your home.
All these above-mentioned tips and tricks work well when mice are not numerous. However, if you encounter a large scale rodent infestation, it is better to call for a professional pest control company to deal with the situation properly and thoroughly. These professionals can come inspect your property and create a customised program specifically designed to help protect you against all types of pests including rodents like mice!