Tips to Help You Eliminate Mice From Your Home

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Mice are probably one of the most unpleasant pests to have inside your home. Not only are the unpleasant to see scurrying around your home and can easily send shivers down your spine to think about, there are also many health concerns associated with mice. Mice transmit diseases including salmonella that can make you and your family very sick. Mice can also cause damage to food and food packaging, costing you lots of money in the long run. Once you discover that you have mice in your home, it is important to take immediate action to get rid of them. Getting rid of mice is not the simplest thing in the world, but it can be done. The following tips and information should help you get rid of mice quickly and effectively. 

Mice Repellent Sprays

Mice repellents are oral sprays that are designed to keep mice away from the area surrounding your home. Sprays can be purchased at most home supply stores or online. One of the most important tips to keep in mind is that these sprays are not typically used indoors and are most efficient when used in the outdoor environment. Spraying the repellent around the outside of your home can help prevent mice from entering your home. Mice repellents are typically safer than other types of pest control and are seen as more humane because sprays do not actually kill mice. However, keep in mind that repellents are not as effective as other types of pest control and are only effective in the immediate vicinity of where you sprayed it.   

Electronic Mouse Repellents

There are also electronic mouse repellents on the market. Theses repellents use high frequency sounds to drive mice away from certain areas of the home. This is one of the safest methods of pest control as it is not toxic. Electronic repellents will not kill mice, but will just drive them away from the home. Electronic repellents can often be difficult to find at local hardware stores. One of the most helpful tips to follow is to purchase an electronic mousetrap online. They can often be purchased very inexpensively.

Mousetraps

There are many types of mousetraps out there on the market. However, keep in mind that all of them will differ when it comes to price, availability and effectiveness.

Snap-Traps

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The most common type of mousetrap is a traditional snap trap. Snap traps attract mice through the use of bait, such as peanut butter, and as soon as the mouse walks on the trap, the spring mechanism is triggered. This type of mousetrap will typically kill the mouse. Therefore, homeowners will have the unpleasant task of disposing of the mouse. 

Glue Traps

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Glue traps are another common type of mousetrap. These traps lure mice through the use of bait and trap the mouse on an adhesive, sticky surface when they walk on it. These traps do not kill mice, but caught mice will often die quickly from dehydration if not released. 

Electronic Mouse Traps

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Electronic most traps are extremely effective, but are often seen as inhumane. These traps catch mice and electrocute them immediately. However, homeowners should keep in mind that these traps are pricy and can only be used one time. 

Humane Mouse Traps

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There are also mousetraps available that do not kill the rodents that they capture. Most live mousetraps will lure mice with food bait and then trap the rodent in a makeshift cage when a spring door snaps shut. Captured mice can then be released outside. However, keep in mind that you run the risk of mice coming back when you use live mousetraps. Tips to follow to prevent these mice from coming back include keeping mousetraps around the home and making sure your home is kept sanitary. 

Mouse Poisons

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Mouse poisons are a common way to kill rodents. These poisons are commonly called rodenticides. These poisons are typically placed around the exterior of the home to prevent mice from entering the home. Mice will be killed if they ingest the poison. These poisons can be purchased at most hardware stores rather inexpensively. However, mouse poisons are often considered the most dangerous method of pest control. These poisons use extremely potent chemicals and can be just as harmful to children and pets as they are to rodents. If you do use these poisons, you will want to seek out the help of a local exterminator for tips on effective application techniques. 

Mice Extermination

When all other pest control methods fail and mice infestations keep returning, it is time to seek the professional help of an exterminator. Exterminators use extremely effective chemicals and pest control methods that are guaranteed to get rid of the problem quickly.  

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