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How to Get Rid Of Mice

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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.


TABLE OF CONTENT

How to know if you have a mouse or mice at home

How to get rid of your mice

How to keep mice out of your house or garden


 

How to know if you have a mouse or mice at home


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.

  • Mice aren't smart enough to know not to attract attention to themselves, so mice will make noise and leave their marks around the house. If you listen at night, you can often hear them rustling around in your walls or ceilings. Mice also produce scratchings sounds inside walls from time to time. If you are hearing scratching sounds, you may also notice the sound of gnawing or chewing.
  • You see small holes gnawed in bread bags or cereals and the inevitable mouse droppings left behind in drawers or even on counter tops.
  • If you find chewing marks around food containers, electrical wiring, insulation material or other items near walls or ceilings it is possible someone has made an access point into your house.
  • If they can't find a way into your home on their own, mice may create a hole in an exterior wall as an entry point. They usually start at points where wires exit from inside the house to outside and chew through insulation until they make it all the way out.
  • Mice are great climbers so if there is not any physical barrier between ground level and your attic space (such as screens) then this could be another access point for them.
  • If you're not sure you have mice in your home, put some talcum powder or flour near where your think they might be and leave it for a few days (and nights). If you've got mice, you'll see tiny mouse footprints tracking through the flour.

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    How to get rid of mice


  • Start by getting rid of any potential food sources for mice. Clean up any spills or crumbs in cupboards (toaster crumbs are a real mouse treat), and put your dry food in glass or metal containers.
  • You can also keep any fruit, vegetables, breads, or pet foods inside your refrigerator and pantry cabinet to make sure there is no food to attract them in the kitchen.
  • In addition you should be keeping all trash cans closed as well when not in use so that they don't have access to anything edible.
  • Seal openings from the outside that might allow more mice to get in (see below for tips on keeping mice out of your house).
  • Your next step is putting out some traps to catch your uninvited guests. Old-fashioned spring traps work well and they're inexpensive.
  • Place your traps along the walls where the mice move (since mice are almost blind they tend to stay close to walls). Some people suggest putting out your traps for a couple of days unset and without any bait in them, so the mice will get used to them.
  • Bait your traps with peanut butter or chocolate (cheese is for cartoons) and check them regularly.
  • Give the traps a couple of days and if they don't capture any mice, relocate them to a different area.
  • Clear out any clutter around your home for more effective trapping! Mice love tight spaces with lots of things nearby to chew on, such as wires.
  • If you just want to catch your mice to remove them, there are a number of different live traps available as well. Just remember if you do decide to use live traps, you need to check them often (at least daily), or the trapped mice will end up dying slowly in the traps. Also make sure you release your captured mice ¼ mile away from your home or they could be back inside before you are.

  • Mouse traps: yes or no?

    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.


    Mice gel: yes or no?

    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!


    Three-legged mouse trap

    Another old fashioned way to get rid of mice is to make a mixture of cayenne pepper, chilli powder and boric acid. This is called the "three-legged mousetrap". The process for this trap is as follows:

    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.


    Cookie jar trap

    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.


    Any alternative?

    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.

     

    How to keep mice out of your house or garden


  • Take a walk around the outside of your house and look for any openings from outside (no matter how small you think they are). Check electrical or gas pipe entrances, outdoor water taps and air conditioner connections. A mouse can get through an opening as small as a person's baby fingernail, so even a tiny gap is an open invitation to a mouse.
  • Seal any openings you find with expanding foam insulation, caulking, metal screening or small piece of sheet metal cut to fit. Steel wool can also do a good job since mice don't like to chew on metal, but it will rust and deteriorate and need to be replaced after a few years.
  • If you have an attic access point somewhere near ground level then there's probably a hole up there too and this is how mice are getting into your house; seal these with steel wool as well, but be careful because rodents will chew through anything if desperate enough.
  • Make sure your soffits are tightly fastened. An opening in a soffit will allow mice to get into your attic and then right down into your home.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed away from windows and entryways so rodents can't hide there - they are good at hiding, so be thorough.
  • Use metal or heavy plastic lids on your garbage cans to keep mice out of them.
  • Locate compost or woodpiles well away from your house and build supports or use old pallets to get wood up off the ground. Mice could nest in them during the summer and move right on inside when the weather gets cold. It's also a good idea to keep bird feeders well away for your house so loose seeds lying on the ground won't attract mice.
  • Check your yard for pet food, birdseed or any other food that might attract mice. Mice will often chew on these things to get a little bit of nutrition and they are drawn to the smell of all this tasty goodness!
  • Clean up any spilled grass or plant seeds in your garage and store your trash in a metal container.
  • Clean up any pet food bowls so the mice won't be attracted to a midnight buffet of pet food.
  • Mice don't like bright lights so keep nightlights on around windows and doors at night time as well as having some strategically placed motion detectors throughout your house during daylight hours. This can help deter these pests from coming into your home again.
  • Make sure to remove their nesting materials (such as clothes). You can also use vinegar or ammonia soaked rags located in every corner to discourage them from coming back.
  • If you're living in an apartment building and suspect the neighbours' mice are entering your home, try putting out a bucket of dry cat food with some strong smelling herbs like peppermint or thyme. Cats can sense their smell from long distance away so this should be enough to keep them away from your property.
  • Lastly, if the above-mentioned methods are still insufficient, use mouse traps around the perimeter of your property so that no more uninvited visitor could ever make it live into your house.
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    Mice repellent: yes or no?

    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.

     

    For a broader rodent infestation control

    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!

     
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