Mice: Not in My House

Surprisingly, mice can fit through small cracks in your foundation, sneak through small holes and openings, and find other routes to gain access to your home.  Not all cats are mousers, but, cats are natural predators and they serve as a deterrent to prevent mice from infiltrating your home or business. Keep your home clean. Remove clutter and items that attract mice. Very important, remove food sources. Make a conscientious effort to mouse-proof your kitchen and other areas of your home. From the basement to the attic, seal entry points which allow mice to enter your home or business property. Keep windows and doors sealed, improve caulking, update or install door sweeps, and make it difficult for mice to enter your home.

Mice like to build nests in unused dark corners. They can survive on crumbs. Without a careful inspection, you won’t notice one or two mice. But upon careful inspection, you may find that you have an infestation of them in your home. Key deterrents include sealing your home, cleaning out places where they like to nest, and removing food sources.

There are several methods for repelling mice. Some people use chemicals, traps, natural methods, or exterminators. There are several natural deterrents used to repel mice. Find the entry points and place natural repellents there. From the cellar to the attic, try using mint or mint plants around your windows, doors, closets, dark corners, or other areas where you suspect mice are entering your home. In addition, try sprinkling spearmint essential oil or peppermint oil around your house. Use bay leaves tucking them into the corners of your pantry or cupboards. Crush the bay leaves and sprinkle them on your windowsills. Use mothballs to repel mice. But, be mindful that they are poisonous to humans and pets. Keep them away from children and pets.

Another method to use is setting live traps inside and outside of your home or business. Use the type of traps that allow for catch and release. Most people consider them to be a humane alternative to poison or typical mouse traps that kill the mice. Place the traps in areas where you notice or suspect that mice are entering your home. Mice are lured to traps by using cheese or peanut butter. Once the mice enter the trap, they cannot exit it. Then, release the mice far away from your home.

Old-fashioned spring or glue traps are still effective. However if placed outside, unintentionally, you risk catching other wild animals with them. People still use traditional methods such as poison or chemical traps such as bait boxes. You can also purchase pre-baited traps and bait stations. But, avoid using them if you have children or pets in your home. If you opt for bait stations, place them outside of your home at suspected entry points. If you discover a mouse that has died from eating the poison, quickly dispose of it. If another animal eats the mouse, i.e., a cat, it will also be poisoned. This is the reason that many people choose natural or non-poisonous methods to deter mice.  If all else fails, consult a local pest control company and ask for their help.

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