How To Get Rid Of Mice

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How Do I Get Rid of Mice In My Home?

The first time you see a mouse in your home, you might not think much of it. How much harm can a single mouse do, after all? Particularly with older homes, some people expect there to be the occasional mouse sneaking around in the attic or basement. The problem, though, is that even one mouse is too many. If you see a single mouse, there are likely more of them hiding in your attics, walls, and basement - and before long, you’ll be dealing with a full-blown infestation.

If you’re already seeing traces of a mice infestation in your home -- such as holes chewed in food containers and cardboard, or bits of mouse droppings scattered around your cupboards -- it’s time to take action right away. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will become. The sooner you take the necessary steps to get rid of mice, the easier and less expensive the process will be.


So, how do you get rid of mice in your home? In this article, we’ll explore four main possibilities: mouse traps; baits and poisons; natural approaches; and professional home pest control. Without a doubt, professional pest control is your best option for eliminating mice. That said, though, we’ll take a look at each of the other alternatives in turn.


Do You Have a Mice Problem?

Before you take steps to get rid of mice, it’s important to be certain that you actually have a mice problem in the first place.

Some people mistake mice for rats, and vice versa. Mice are typically quite small, growing to no more than two to three inches in length as adults (not including their tail). They’re generally grey, brown, or black in color.

Meanwhile, rats are much larger. It’s not uncommon for a rat to measure anywhere from 11 to 19 inches in length (including their tail), and they can weigh up to 20 times as much as the common house mouse.

It’s important to understand that mice breed very quickly, which means that seeing even a single mouse is cause for concern. Even if you don’t see any mice, however, you may still be dealing with a mice infestation in your home. Common signs of mice include mouse droppings scattered around drawers and cupboards, tiny chew marks on furniture or food boxes, small holes around your baseboards, unusual smells, and strange noises coming from inside your walls (often described as squeaking or scratching noises).

So, you’re certain you have a mouse problem. What are your options for addressing it?


Do Mouse Traps Really Work?

Mouse traps are a common approach to eliminating mice. If you’ve never seen one in person, you still likely have some sense of what they look like and how they work. A small amount of bait is placed next to a trigger on a little wooden platform. When the mouse attempts to take the bait, the trap is set off, a metal bar swings down, and the mouse is killed instantly.

This classic type of mouse traps works as well as any other. There are other options available too, however. Electric mouse traps are usually designed as small boxes with an entrance hole in one corner. The mouse enters and receives a high voltage shock, killing it instantly. There are also humane mouse traps available, allowing you to catch and release mice somewhere else.

Traps have a couple of advantages. For one thing, they’re low cost. For another, they’re generally non-toxic (unlike baits and poisons, outlined below).

However, traps can still be dangerous. Classic mouse traps in particular can be triggered by pets and children, causing serious injury. Additionally, traps aren’t as efficient or effective as professional home pest control.


How Effective are Baits and Poisons for Mice Control?

Baits and poisons are another option for mice control.

When using baits and poisons, it’s important to follow the precautions laid out by whatever product you opt to use. Poisons will typically be placed in sealed bait stations as a means of keeping toxic substances out of reach from pets and children. Still, though, it’s important not to place them in open areas that see frequent traffic from people and pets. Instead, bait stations should be placed somewhere out of the way, such as in your attic, behind your refrigerator, etc. Be sure to wear disposable gloves when handling bait, poison, and bait stations. Afterwards, throw the gloves away and wash your hands.

Baits and poisons can be less trouble than traps, however, they can present a danger to pets and children in your home. And at the end of the day, using bait or poisons on your own simply isn’t as effective as working with a home pest control company.


Are Natural Approaches to Mice Control Viable Solutions?

Don’t like the idea of using baits and poisons? There are natural alternatives for repelling mice that you can try.

Mice are very sensitive to smells, and are repelled by certain odors. Peppermint oil is a strong mouse deterrent. To use peppermint oil for mouse control, first determine where you believe mice are entering your home (perhaps through a gap in a basement window, or a hole where wiring enters your home). Then soak several cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them in this area.

Used cat litter can serve the same purpose. The smell of cat urine is a strong mouse deterrent. Scoop a bit of used litter from your cat’s litter box, and placed the used litter in its own container. Next, place this near the mouse entry point that you’ve identified in order to discourage mice from entering your home.

While natural approaches to mouse control are generally safe, they’re not always effective. If you can’t identify where mice are entering your home, attempting to deter them will be difficult. And if you’re already dealing with a mouse infestation, you’ll need professional pest control in order to really address it.


Professional Home Pest Control

While all of these approaches to mice control can work to some degree, none of them are as effective as working with a home pest control professional.

When you call Home Pest Control, we’ll set up a convenient time to come treat your home for mice. As part of the mice control process, we’ll establish baits and/or traps as needed in the places where mice are most active. We’ll also assess your home for rodent entry points, and we can make suggestions for long term rodent prevention.


Long Term Mice Prevention

While the professionals at Home Pest Control can get rid of your current mice infestation more efficiently and effectively than any other rodent control method, the key to long term mice control is prevention. At Home Pest Control, we’ll use our years of knowledge and experience to offer detailed advice on how to prevent a mice infestation from recurring in your home. Our goal is to keep your home rodent-free for the long haul, and we’ll work hand in hand with you to ensure that you never end up with another pest problem. Ready to get started? Contact us now!

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November 15, 2018

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