- Pets and Animals
How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Mice are a big problem, even though they are very small in size. They can get into the food in your kitchen and ruin it, along with items you have in storage. They can live inside your walls and spread diseases. The larger rats are capable of doing even more damage than mice, but they usually only live outside. Here are some good ways to eliminate these pests. You can take a quiz about mice and vote in a poll on this page.
Variety of Trap Choices
I use the Catchmaster glue traps. They're an excellent inexpensive choice.
The Best Way to Eliminate These Rodents Poll
What is your favorite way to get rid of mice?
How to Get Rid of These Rodents
There are different kinds of traps. The spring trap that you bait with cheese or peanut butter and it snaps the mouse is the most popular. There are glue traps that come with the bait already in the glue and the mouse gets stuck in it. Those are my favorite trap to use, and they are inexpensive. There are some new disposable no kill plastic cage like traps where the mouse gets trapped inside, but they are the most expensive trap.
Cheese is the most popular food that is used for bait. Just look at all of the jokes and cartoons about it everywhere. Peanut butter is a good choice, too. Mice will get into and eat a wide variety of food that is commonly found in your kitchen, so almost any kind could be used for bait.
If you need something inexpensive and you don't want to kill the mice, you could use a five gallon bucket, tub, or trash can and put some bait in it. The mice will climb in, but can't get back out if the container is large enough. Then you just take them to a better place and set them free.
Cat and Mouse
Some cats that are really good hunters will catch mice and keep their home rodent free.
Facts and Observations About Mice
Paper and Styrofoam
The pesky rodents will chew through anything to sample it to see if it's good food or not. They will chew up any kind of paper. They will chew through cardboard boxes to get inside, and if there is any packing styrofoam, they will shred it. In a kitchen, they will shred foam coffee cups. They like it even better than paper and cardboard.
Soap and Candles
Mice will chew up bars of bath soap if they can reach it, but the little pests like some brands more than others. They love Irish Spring, but they hate Coast and they won't chew on that. They like bars of hotel soap.
They also like to chew on scented candles. Their favorite is coconut lime.
Clip Art, Public Domain Pictures of Mice, Jack2205 Photographs.