Did you leave a nice slice of cake on the counter while you went into the other room for an errand only to return and find that your delectable dessert has been nibbled on? Or suppose you are getting ready for an evening party and find your favorite dress or tuxedo with a number of suspicious holes and frayed marks? If so, chances are, you have mice running around in your home.
A mouse is a small mammal in the rodent family. They may be cute, but they aren’t all like sweet Mickey or Mini Mouse and can cause a lot of nasty damage to your home. They are present in 90% of homes and are socially unacceptable. No one really likes the poor little critters as they eat your food and pollute your home with their litter and waste. They chew away on materials such as wood, pages from your favorite books or upholstery to name a few. They occasionally bite people and can spread various diseases.
A mouse commonly lives in the ceiling and walls and their constant scurrying around can be heard, usually at night when you’re trying to fall asleep. Not only are they irritating on their own, but having mice in your ceiling and walls can also lead to attracting other unwanted animals that are looking for food and a place to live of their own.
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Getting rid of Mice -
One horrible way of getting rid of a mouse is by using poison. It is available in several forms and does a poor, almost 100% failure rate of job in getting rid of a mouse permanently. Placing poison indoors
is not recommended because mice can die inside walls and other inconspicuous areas. This, of course, leads to foul odors as their bodies rot in the walls. Poison should also be carefully considered before
using if you have any pets or small children that may get a hold of the poison.
Nature’s natural mouse eliminators are cats. Cats love mice and are excellent in capturing the little furry critters. Mice are not too fond of cats, obviously, and can be discouraged from taking up residence in your home knowing Tom the cat is prowling the premises.
However, this does not always work, because mice can easily live in walls,
ceilings, attics, and other places cats don't go.
If you aren’t into cats, then mouse traps are a good method to use in getting rid of your mouse problem. There are a lot of traps on the market that are more humane than others, so researching the different types of traps might be your first step in getting rid of mice.
But in reality, the snap trap is the best way to go for mouse removal.
You have no other choice, really, when it comes to properly solving a mouse
Spring traps usually use bait and for some reason, mice love peanut butter. It only takes a small dab of peanut butter to do the trick and lure the mouse out. Place the traps in your attic and other areas where you are sure the mice are travelling. Look for holes in the walls and other signs of where the mice might be entering and exiting your home, and set the traps near there. Again, if you have pets or small children, make sure that the traps are not accessible to them.
In case you want to add poison in the bait, there are various forms of rat pellets available that you can hide inside a little chunk of cheese. It is important to check the traps at least once a day so that you can dispose of any critters that have been caught and to keep them from suffering in case they are hurt but not eliminated in the trap.
If a spring-based trap is not for you, there are electronic traps that kill the mouse by delivering a high voltage shock. They are, however, relatively expensive. Glue traps are another option for you to choose. The great thing about them is that they don't require you to add bait and are not that expensive. Another really great thing about it is that there is no chance of children or pets getting injured by accidentally coming in contact. Glue traps do not contain pesticides or other dangerous chemicals; however, many times the little critters that get caught in these types of traps suffer, so using glue traps are not usually the most humane way to go.
When you’ve caught a mouse, it’s time to dispose of it. Be sure to wear gloves and even a mask before you attempt to clean the area and get rid of the trapped mice. Dispose of them in plastic bags doubled together and clean the areas contaminated by them. A solution consisting of bleach and water should be used for scrubbing away the urine.