11.16.2005 - It's called a housemouse for a reason. Not because these mice are miniature construction workers who build quality residences. Not because they stay
at home while their spouse goes to the office. They are called housemice because they like to live in houses - PEOPLE HOUSES! Yes, that's right, mice are classified
as commensal rodents, who thrive off of the activity of people. If you like to live in a house, so does a mouse. Do you like the fact that your house is warm and
dry? So does the housemouse. Do you like the fact that your house is safe from predators? So does the housemouse. Do you like the fact that your house
is full of food? So does the housemouse! Do you like the fact that your house has drywall and wires that you can gnaw on? So does the housemouse. So if
there's a way in, the housemouse will make himself right at home with you, like a tiny freeloading roommate.
What do you do if you want to get the mouse out of your house? You can't politely ask it to leave, I've tried that. You can't pack it's stuff up in boxes, throw the boxes outside, and change the locks. You can't call the cops (though I've actually known more than one person to try this last tactic). You'll just have to solve the problem from the ground up, or hire someone like me to do so. Here is the plan -First, inspect the entire house, top to bottom, identify the areas of mouse use in the attic, and find any possible entry holes that lead into the house. Second, seal the entire house shut, with steel repairs. Third, set a dozen or more mouse traps on the prime locations in the attic. Fourth, remove trapped mice and reset traps until no more are caught. This four-step program may sound simple, but it takes a lot of experience and understanding of mouse behavior and an eye for architectural vulnerabilities that mice can exploit.
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We've all loved Mickey Mouse as children but as we grow old, we've realized that his real-life counterparts are not fun to have inside the house. No matter how clean and safe your home is, these little adventurers will always find a way to get in your home.
Mice are agents of destruction. they bring with them multiple diseases that can be transmitted through their droppings, urine, and direct contact. Worst of all, they gnaw on everything that they can find including your kitchen stations and electrical wires. They pose a serious threat to you and your family.
Mice have been a nuisance to humans for generations. Fortunately, over the years it has become much easier to deal with them with the many available ways to remove them from the house.
Here are 6 ways to get rid of mice inside your home:
#1 Block all possible entry holes.
A hole as big as a quarter is enough for a mouse to fit in through. Survey your house if there are any holes and openings where a mouse can fit through. Then seal up any crevices, damaged walls, and cracks making it hard for the mouse to enter inside your home.
#2 Place bait stations in your home.
Though it can be tedious to set up, it is an effective way to get rid of a mouse! It is also safe for your children and pets because its mechanism and trap are internal, not like the snap trap or any other traps where the trap is external. While helpful in getting rid of mice, a professional should set it up to ensure the safety of you and your family.
#3 Observe proper sanitation.
It is a preventive measure to make sure that you clean your house properly and regularly. Just a few crumbs of food will attract mice! Vacuum your floor or rags and remove any food residue on your kitchen top to prevent mice from entering.
#4 Use mouse traps.
There are many mouse traps to choose from! From the old reliable snap traps, live traps, to the fancy multi-kill mouse traps. It's also wise to set up different types of traps around your home because it raises the chance to catch all the mice inside your home. Though some traps will work more effectively than others, make sure to use what's best to apply to your home.
#5 Place mouse traps in crucial areas.
Placing the mousetrap in an area where mouse activity is prevalent is the key! In placing the trap, observe where their walk paths and droppings are and you can simply put the traps along those areas.
#6 Get a pet cat.
If it's not a hassle to adopt and take care of a cat, this is the best way to get rid of mice! Without lifting a finger, the mice will have a hard time getting food from your home and eventually move out of your house.