Some people keep mice as pets but not all mice live in cages. Mice enter your home uninvited and cause many problems. They’ll seek out and eat your food, cause damage to your floors and walls, and leave droppings everywhere. If you’re experiencing a rodent home invasion, here are 10 ways to get rid of mice now.
1. Keep food in sealed containers
As mice are attracted by food, keeping food in sealed containers will help to prevent mice finding it. While it won’t stop them coming in your home, it will keep your food safe and will ultimately leave mice looking elsewhere for food.
2. Keep firewood away from your home or garage
Food isn’t the only attraction – warmth and shelter are high on the priority list for mice. A pile of wood looks like an ideal shelter for a mouse to move in to, and the closer it is to your buildings, the more likely the mouse (or mice) is to enter your garage or home. Do yourself a favor and keep firewood at least 25 feet from any structure.
So, you can tell you have mice in your home. Whether you’ve heard the scratching or gnawing in the ceiling or in the walls or simply see the mice or droppings, it’s time to get rid of them. Today, we’ll look at the best way to kill mice in your home.
There are pretty much four basic types of traps; mechanical snap traps, multiple catch traps, glue traps, and electronic traps. We find the mechanical snap traps are the most reliable and best way to kill mice in your home. Why? It’s economical and quick. They are easy to set up and most (especially the wooden Victor snap trap) can be used repeatedly. We don’t typically recommend poison for several reasons. First, once the mouse eats the poison, it doesn’t usually leave your home. That means it’s still in your home. Second, the dead mouse in your house causes more issues from decomposing. A decomposing mouse smells bad and can attract other insects. This also creates a mold problem which in turn causes unhealthy air quality for you and your family. And lastly, we do not recommend poison if there are small children or pets in the home that could possibly get into the poison.
Glue Traps or Sticky Traps
We do not recommend glue traps. Glue traps or sticky traps have a sticky surface with an attractant for the mice or other rodents. As they run across the glue/sticky trap, the mice get stuck in the glue. The mice typically do not die right away. They die from starvation or dehydration over a period of several days. This is a very inhumane way to kill mice and even though we do not want mice in our homes, we do not recommend glue/sticky traps as the best way to kill mice.
Bait stations are sealed components with poison placed inside the station. These bait stations are placed outside in strategic locations around your home. These stations are safe as the poison cannot be accessed by pets or small children. These baiting stations allow rodents to enter the station through small holes, eat the poison, and then leave the station. Our bait stations are maintenance free and offer protection year round. This is one of the best ways to kill mice or rodents around the exterior of your home (not inside, remember; Do not kill anything in your home you cannot get out of your home) which will prevent them from getting into your home.
But, before you start killing those mice, take a look to see how they are entering your home. If you do not seal up your home properly, the mice will continue to enter your home. This continues the cycle of having to kill the mice. For more prevention and sealing of your home techniques, please see our blog post on “Common Places Mice Get Into Your Home.”
The Best Way to Kill Mice
1) Seal Your Home to prevent Mice from Entering 2) Set Mechanical Snap Traps 3) Place Bait Stations Around the Outside of Your Home
If you have a rodent infestation, but can’t get rid of mice, call Erdye’s for a FREE inspection of your basement, attic or crawlspace – we’ll track down your unwanted guests and come up with a safe, reliable plan to get rid of them.
Every year, 21 million homes in the United States are invaded by mice, rats and other rodents. This invasion can cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Rodents spread diseases, carry parasites, and can cause massive amounts of damage to property. But don’t worry, there are 5 simple steps you can follow to get rid of mice.
Dangers of Mice In Your Home
Most people don’t realize this, but a rodent infestation can happy really quickly! When you see one mouse, you can bet there are more mice hiding nearby. Plus, a single pregnant mouse can give birth to as many as 12 babies every 3 weeks.
Mice also carry diseases. These small pests can carry up to 200 human pathogens – some can be life-threatening such as Hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonella and rat-bite fever. And let’s not forget about their fecal matter. One mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day and leave behind a constant trail of urine. Over time, this fecal mess will spread bacteria and diseases throughout your house.
What’s the first thing most homeowners think when they spot a mouse? “Ewww!” OK, what’s the second thing they think? “What is the fastest way to get rid of mice?”
This is certainly understandable. After all, the longer those mice hang around the more likely it is that they’ll quickly multiply, spread disease and wreak general havoc. With those potential developments in mind, it’s no wonder getting rid of mice – and fast – is such a priority.