Mice problem? Follow these steps to eliminate rodents from your home once and for all.
Ask any homeowner about the troubles of owning a home and we are sure ‘mouse problem’ tops that list. Everyone would agree that rodent control is an absolute must as it might lead to severe health problems. However, most of us will find mice to be a bit tricky. Let’s be honest, those pesky little monsters are sneaky. It’s difficult to catch them unless we stay on guard 24 hours every day. However, there are some things that you can do to stop their invasion.
How to recognise a mouse infestation?
Before you start laying mousetraps around the house, first you need to determine if there is a rodent invasion in your home. There are a few tell-tale signs to look out for to find out if your house has been infested by mice.
The obvious one would be their droppings. Mouse droppings would be easy to spot, especially if you don’t own a pet. Best believe that your house has been infested by mice if you find droppings around your home.
Another telling sign for mice in the house would be gnawed plastics and furniture. You need to be extra vigilant as they only leave tiny marks. You might need to make sure that the mark was not left by your own pet. It would be such a waste of money and time preparing for a non-existent invasion.
What kind of home remedy can I use to get rid of mice?
You want to get rid of your mouse problem pronto but you can’t use a mousetrap or mouse poison as it might affect your children or pets. Natural home remedies as an alternative solution. These are easily accessible mouse repellent options that are also non-toxic.
Mice loathe the scent of mint, so you can try using peppermint oil, mint leaves, or even mint toothpaste! Cotton balls that are completely soaked in peppermint oil will surely do the job. You can use these to ensure rats can’t contaminate your groceries, be it store food for the family or pet food.
Aside from that, you may try powdered instant mashed potatoes. It is said that the flakes of the potatoes will expand in their stomachs and kill the rodents on the inside, literally.
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How to set up a mousetrap
If you have no pets, then a mousetrap is a great solution for your rodent problem. This is one of the most common solutions and it works every single time if you set it up correctly. Here are some things to look out for when setting up the traps:
- Make sure that the trap itself works out of the box. The last thing you want is the store to sell you a broken trap. Keep your receipt in check, just in case you need to return a bad unit. There are few types of traps that you can use such as snap traps (one of the commonly used traps), glue traps and many others. There’s also the bait stations This is usually a combination of box and glue traps. Think of it as an inescapable maze for the rodents. However, bait stations are costly as it is a combination unit.
- Once you’re sure that the trap works, it’s time to prepare the bait. Mice are primarily nut and seed eaters (yes, they prefer that over cheese). One way to bait those rodents out of hiding is by using peanut butter, hazelnut spread or any nut spread. Use small quantities. You don’t want the mouse to take the bait without actually springing the trap. Don’t let them outsmart you.
- Mice have this innate fear for the open space. Because of that, they always scurry around darker, isolated places. They will go as far as making holes in the wall just to get away from the light. You can always place the traps close to those holes. The bait will help attract the mouse out of its nest. Once they’re out, you can seal the hole using steel wool to keep it from being invaded by other rodents in the future.
Seek professional help
If none of the DIY methods we’ve suggested works, you’re in dire need of help with your mouse infestation problem. First of all, there’s no shame in admitting defeat. It’s a tall order for one person to fight against an entire colony. If the home remedies or traps aren’t working, then it’s time to call in the pest control professionals. They will help eliminate those annoying little creatures. Pest management is their speciality, they will get rid of mice and assist with setting up preventive measures to keep them from returning. It might put a dent in your wallet but you can be sure that mice won’t be returning to your home.
Mouse problems are a nuisance, but hopefully, with the methods listed above, you’ll be rid of mice for good.