How to get rid of Mice

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When it comes to mice, an infestation can become dangerous to humans. This is because these rodents not only destroy a lot of things in order to build their nests, but they can also carry a lot of diseases that can be easily transmitted to humans. They can quickly breed and infestations can rapidly grow, so the best time to get rid of a mice problem is while its colony is still small. Otherwise, the problem will grow at the same pace as their colony will. The ways in which you can get rid of a mice infestation also depends on the place where they have made their nest. Tackling an infestation on the interior of your house versus one outside, or one that’s taking place in the barn where you keep your crops can imply different methods of control. However, whether you are dealing with an infestation in your yard or your house, keep in mind that while applying repelling methods, prevention ones also need to be used in order to avoid dealing with such issues in the future.

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Reducing attractants and keeping mice at bay

Learning how to reduce the attractants around your house is very important, especially when dealing with rodents such as mice and rats. They usually enter homes because they search for food and shelter, so if you are unknowingly providing them a chance to feed and build a nest, getting rid of them will prove to be difficult. The first important step in fighting these rodents is keeping a clean house and yard, making food inaccessible, which will eventually lead them to move in search for food somewhere else. Follow these simple guidelines in order to keep a clean house:

– regularly sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors;
– immediately clean any liquids that have spilled or any crumbs from your counters or floors;
– keep pet food in a safe place and don’t leave it open after feeding time;
– if your pet has not finished the food, immediately discard of the remains, as the smell will attract mice;
– keep your food (especially cereals) and the pet food in rodent-proof containers such as glass jars, as mice can easily chew through cardboard;
– keep your trash sealed and make sure you regularly empty and clean the garbage bins;
– keep the garbage bins as far away from your home, as mice will get attracted by the smell.

In addition to keeping your house clean, a clear yard also helps. The landscaping is also important, because if the mice find your yard appealing, it won’t take them long to find ways to enter your home as well. Make sure you are not giving them the opportunity to find food or shelter in the yard by taking the following steps:
– clean fallen fruits or berries that you have around the house;
– trim down branches and shrubs so that mice do not have places to hide or material to build nests with;
– keep stacks of firewood away from the house as mice like to nest there;
– clean any debris you have around the yard;
– if you have a bird feeder, clean underneath it and make sure you do not overfill it with too much food (if extra remains after the birds feed, mice will be attracted);avoid having open water sources in the yard;
– keep weeds to a minimum and destroy burrows;
– if you have crops, such as grain, or corn gathered from your garden, make sure you keep them in tight sealed containers, or rooms that do not have cracks in the walls.

Signs of an infestation

After noticing that you are dealing with a mice infestation, you need to establish its gravity. Seeing the damage level can help you understand the scale of your mouse problem and thus, to determine what is the best method of control that you need to use. You can determine this by checking:
– mouse tracks and droppings;
– grease marks on floorboards, walls and doors;
– bitten holes in cardboard boxes or other type of food packages;
– electrical wires or insulation which are chewed up;
– scratching sounds within the walls of your house;
– mouse nests.

If some or all of these signs are found in your home, you can be sure that you are dealing with a serious infestation. Seeing them concentrated in a particular area means that you should focus there when applying your control methods, but finding these signs spread throughout your house and yard will mean that a combination of deterring methods will need to be applied in order to make sure you are clearing up your house of these unwelcome visitors. Also keep in mind that mice live near a food source, so find that in order to find the mice and exterminate them.

Different types of control methods

Mechanical Traps for Mice control:

Traps are used to monitor or reduce the population of insects or other pests. They can be used against crawling, flying insects, mice, rats, cats, dogs, snakes or other pests. Mechanical traps are ideal for catching hedgehogs, as they can be used repetitively.

  • Victor Power-Kill M142

    €2.58

      Manufacturer:

    • Woodstream

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • victor trap clean kill m162 - 2, small

    Victor Clean Kill M162

    €4.53

      Manufacturer:

    • Woodstream

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • victor trap quick kill m140 - 5, small

    Victor Quick-Kill M140

    €4.17

      Manufacturer:

    • Woodstream

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • futura gorilla mouse trap - 2, small

    Gorilla Mouse

    €2.65

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu futura trap runbox base plate - 4, small

    Runbox Base Plate

    €3.36

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu futura trap runbox pro - 4, small

    Runbox Pro

    €3.93

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu futura trap runbox eco - 4, small

    Runbox Eco

    €1.01

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu catchmaster trap 602pe snap mouse - 3, small

    602PE

    €1.5

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • frowein 808 trap mouse trap - 5, small

    Maus-Ex Box

    €5.9

      Manufacturer:

    • Frowein 808

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu futura trap emitter beep banana adapter - 12, small

    eMitter Beep + Banana Adapter

    €23.09

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu futura trap emitter beep adapter - 13, small

    eMitter Beep + eMitter Beep adapter

    €23.09

      Manufacturer:

    • FuturA

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • ghilotina traps t300 ambush - 1, small

    t300 Ambush

    €5.08

      Manufacturer:

    • Ghilotina

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical
  • eu ghilotina trap twin plast mouse - 8, small

    Twin Plast

    Regular Price: €6.66

    €5.99

      Manufacturer:

    • Ghilotina

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Mechanical

You can use live traps to capture and remove the mice from your home. However, this is more useful for a small infestation, as a live trap will only catch one mouse at a time. You will need to establish the best area to place it, and you can do that by tracking their movement.

By sprinkling talcum powder near the damaged areas, you will see the preferred path of the mouse and then, can place the trap near it. You can use as bait things such as peanut butter, small nuts, cherry pits, or even butter on bread. Lure the mouse into the trap by using the bait. Be sure to place it accordingly so that, once the mouse enters, it triggers the trap and gets caught.

Electrical Traps for Mice control:

Electric mouse traps are essentially a box where bait is placed, and once the rodent enters the trap, a high voltage current is sent throughout the body of the mouse or rat producing a kill in as little as five seconds. Most electric mouse traps run on battery power, and the batteries are designed to last for anywhere from 10 to 100 electric pulses or shocks.

There are also electronic repellents, such as those based on sounds. These are useful especially when wanting to humanely repel mice away from your home. By emitting sounds that only rodents can hear, these ultrasonic machines are perfect for driving the mice away. They can be used with larger infestations, as they will affect mice on a larger scale, and can also be used as a preventive measure, after getting rid of an infestation. If using such a device, you will need to place it in the affected room as the ultrasounds will not pass through walls. Install at least one unit in each room where you have spotted mouse activity and make sure the room is as clear as possible so that the sounds do not hit any obstructions.

Repellents for Mice control:

Repellents rely heavily on creating unpleasant sensations strictly for which animals or insect they are addressed to. However, it can be difficult to design a repellent method that drives away only undesirable animals, while having no effect on people or other creatures.

  • eu ipestcontrol repellent mouse stop 300 g - 3, small

    Mouse Stop, 300 g

    €6.69

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats

      Type of effect:

    • Touch

      Manufacturer:

    • iPestControl

Natural repellents

In order to keep mice away, you can also make your home inhospitable to them with the help of several natural repellents. Whether it’s with the help of scents mice avoid or by just keeping a cat as pet, you can make sure your home is mice free.
Peppermint oil would be the one to use, as it acts like a natural deterrent. The intensity of its smell keeps mice away and also covers any smells that might attract mice into your home. You can use it as a spray by mixing it with water, or just by placing a few drops of oil onto cotton balls and keeping them near garbage cans, heat vents or doorways. You can also grow peppermint plants near entryways. Clove oil can also be used in the same way, as it also has a strong smell which mice will avoid.

Using a cat as a pet can not only bring you joy, but also be very effective in your fight against mice. Cats are known to love hunting mice, and some dogs do it too. If you chose to buy cat, be sure that its hunting instincts will come in handy. A lot of farms use cats as a natural mice control method, as it is a natural way of dealing with a small or even medium size infestation. Encouraging birds to nest in your yard can also help you get rid of mice. If you are able to set up a nesting box and attract owls, which are known as mice eaters, you can naturally get rid of the rodents from your yard. Keep in mind that mice have a very high reproductive rate, so a small infestation can quickly turn into a larger one. It is very important to address it in time and by using the necessary methods, according to its scale.

Lures for Mice control:

Lures or attractants for mice usually come in the form of spray or pellets that have different flavours. They can be applied to traps or bait stations and they will attract mice, with the purpose of catching them or measuring the level of infestation.

Glue Traps for Mice control:

Glue traps are also considered to be an inhumane way of catching mice; however, they can be effective. Mice that get stuck in glue traps normally die of suffocation if their nose gets stuck in the glue, they starve to death, or can even have a heart attack due to the panic they go through. Considering that these traps do not have a large surface and normally only a mouse or two can get caught simultaneously, it is better to choose a more humanly way of getting rid of them.

  • eu catchmaster trap 150mb - 3, small

    150MB

    €0.63

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • catchmaster trap 48TG - 3, small

    48TG

    €1.34

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • eu catchmaster trap 60rb - 5, small

    60RB

    Regular Price: €3.92

    €3.52

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats,
    • Snakes

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • eu catchmaster trap 72mb - 8, small

    72MB

    €0.88

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • catchmaster trap 72tc - 1, small

    72TC

    €0.74

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • eu catchmaster trap 72xl - 4, small

    72XL

    €1.94

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice,
    • Rats,
    • Snakes

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • eu catchmaster trap 96m mouse 2 p - 4, small

    96M, 2 pieces

    €1.74

      Manufacturer:

    • CatchMaster

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Glue
  • eu ghilotina trap t25.5 duke - 1, small

    t25.5 Duke

    €0.71

      Manufacturer:

    • Ghilotina

      Get rid of:

    • Mice

      Trap type:

    • Glue

Bait Stations for Mice control:

The type of the bait station depends on the type of rodenticide it uses. Whether they use an anticoagulant that disrupts the ability of blood to clot, a non-anticoagulant which interferes with the nervous system or generates a toxic gas after ingestion, these types of baits are chemical based and need to be handled with care.

These are sealed packets normally containing poisonous pellets. They are wrapped in plastic or paper, wrappings a mouse can easily chew through, and after eating the bait, the rodent quickly dies. Bait stations keep non-target species, including pets, livestock, wildlife, and children away from the toxic baits, however, using them should only come as a last resort.

Rodenticides for Mice control:

Rodenticides are a category of pest control chemicals intended to kill rodents, mice and rats. Based on active substance anticoagulants, that act by blocking the blood clotting mechanism in the body of the animal, rodenticides cause a generalized bleeding. Rodenticides can have different shapes: fresh paste, pellet, paraffin cubes, grains, foam, tracking powder. Selecting the type of rodenticides depends on where you are planning to apply the treatment.

No matter what method of control you chose to use, be aware of the fact that mice can easily return, especially if they can still find attractants on your property, and the way in is not shut. Make sure you constantly do checks and clear out anything that might offer them food or shelter and be sure to seal any entry points into your house or garage. The things you can use are caulk, copper wool or even copper wire mesh. Stuff them inside a deeper crack and them cover it with caulk or a different sealant, to be sure that a more persistent mouse will not be able to clear the path again. Exclusion methods are also important as with their help, you will be able to keep your property rodent free.
Use the several approaches presented above to get rid of your mice infestation, be it small or large and remember to use different control methods at the same time, to be sure all the surfaces of your home are covered and all the mice are deterred. After getting rid of an infestation keep protecting your home through preventive measures, to be sure other rodents will not return and cause a nuisance once again. For more details on how to achieve this, visit our article about way to ‘Prevent infestation with mice’, and see what else you can do to keep your property rodent-free.

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