Best Ways To Get Rid Of Mice In Your House Permanently
Having A Problem With Mice In Your Home
Thanks for reading my article about getting rid of mice in your home
About a year ago I found that I had a family of mice living in my kitchen. This was a massive problem and very concerning to me as I have a young family and obviously this is where we prepare all of our food.
It all started with coming down one night to get a drink hearing a russell in the kitchen and when I turned the light on there he was sat on the floor staring at me. The mouse then ran underneath the kitchen counter.
The first thing I did was call a professional extermination company but they turned out to be to expensive for me so I decided to try tackle the problem myself and below is the information I found.
I hope this article helps if you are having a similar problem.
Is It A Mouse Problem You Have
Mice tend to be more active at night so can be very difficult to spot, but if you suspect a mouse infestation then you need to be certain that it is mice you are dealing with.
Mice are usually nocturnal and can remain hidden for a long time before you even begin to suspect a problem.
Here are some common signs of mouse/rodent activity you should be looking for in your property.
1. Look For the Droppings, Mice will produce up to 80 droppings per night each and they are between 3 -8 mm.
2. Check for grease marks caused by their bodies brushing against walls and skirting boards
3. Listen for noises under floor boards between partition walls etc this may be one of the first signs that you come across.
4.Physically seeing the mouse. the best time to spot the mice or mouse will be in the evening probably around dusk when they are starting to become active and look for food. If you spot a mouse during the daytime this could be a sign of a large infestation.
Take Immediate Action
Before I had my infestation I always thought about mice being quite sweet and clean, but in face I was completely wrong. They are a real problem and cause damage to your property and to your health.
Mice will gnaw at anything including electrical wire, furniture and can cause breakdown of essential household appliances because of this.
They are also a source of infectious decease through the urine and droppings so you really do need to get rid of these sweet looking creatures for your families health and safety.
Three Ways To Remove Mice From Your Home
There are really only three ways to deal with a mouse infestation in your home and unfortunately for the little mouse two of them involve killing them either with poison or traps. The third way involves catching the mice and then taking them away for release but if you have a large infestation this may not be the best option.
Ready Loaded Bait Station
Use Gloves When Touching Bait
Poison And Bait Stations.
This is probably the most controversial method to rid the house of your mouse infestation. Some people feel this is a cruel way to killing the animal but it is your personal decision. Mice do carry diseases and can cause serious health risks to you and your family. If you have a large problem this is probably the route I would recommend.
If you do decide to use poison in your home you will need to be very careful about the placement of your bait trays especially if you have pets or young children.
Placing The Bait
- Don’t place your bait in the open e.g. Just lying on the kitchen floor. Ideally your bait stations should be under work counters behind fridges and anywhere a mouse may be hiding.
- Only use poison inside the home! never outside where other animals or pets could accidentally ingest it.
- Wear gloves to handle your poison and make sure you clean your hand thoroughly and dispose of the gloves after use.
- Any extra bait should be stored in a sealed container out of reach of children.
- keep checking on your bait every couple of days and refill as required. when the bait stops going down the mice have probably been killed but stay vigilant.
This is probably the first thing you think of when it comes to getting rid of mice in your home. The old fashioned mouse trap.
If this is a method you are going to use wether its along side the bait traps or on their own you will need to make sure you have enough to do the job, get more than you think you need I went for 6.
When placing your mouse traps basically put in the same places you would put the bait (see poison and bait) or along any known routes used by the mice.
Remember to use gloves when handling the and dead or live mice caught in your traps!
Snap Trap Pack Of Six
Clean Mouse Trap Pack Of Two
Choosing Your Trap
When it comes to choosing your trap you only really have a few options
- Standard snap traps - where you bait the trap the mouse steps on to take the bait and as the name suggest it snaps shut. This is not the trap i used as i don’t have the stomach for disposing of a mouse that has had its back snapped. Nothing against the product itself they are extremely effective, but there is something very off putting about hearing the snap going in and finding the lifeless mouse then knowing that i have to remove it. its really not for me.
- The Clean Mouse Trap - This is the one that i used its technically still just a snap trap and in that respect is still somewhat off putting when disposing of the mouse, the kill bar is housed inside a plastic case so that the mouse gets stuck inside, that way you don't have to see it or have your children see it. Then you just dispose of the whole thing. The trap is just a single use trap.
Humane Mouse Trap
Catching The Mice Without Killing Them
Humane Mouse Trap
This is your third trap option and if you only suspect a small infestation this may be the best course of action for you.
It is critical that if you are using live trap especially the plastic sealed ones that you check them regular. This way you can ensure that you don't suffocate the mice or mouse which is probably a worse way to go than the kill snap traps which are pretty much instant.
Releasing The Mouse
when releasing the mouse make sure you take it far away from your home you don't want to place it at the bottom of your garden only to have it back in your house the same day. Its best for all concerned if you take it to a large grassy or wooded area.
How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Mice
The Length of time it takes to remove mice from your home depends largely on how fast you act on the problem. A small invasion can quickly become 60 or more mice if left untreated and obviously the more rats the longer it will take to rid your home of them.
How To Stop The Problem Returning
Once you have cleared your home of the infestation your going to want to take steps to stop mice from returning and make it as difficult as possible for them to get into your home or even wanting to get into your home.
- Keep Your Food Sealed In Containers - Store loose food in metal or glass containers to make it difficult for a mouse to get at it. Don't leave any food out and if you must make sure that it is sealed in a suitable container. If you have pets make sure pet food is stored appropriately and any food that your pet eaves is not left out over night.
- Make Sure Your Trash Can Has A Lid - Keep trash cans sealed if your does not have a lid get one. Mice will happily eat left overs that you have dumped in the trash.
- Keep Your Kitchen Clean - Make sure you clean all your counters, sinks and other work stations so that food is not left sitting for long periods of time. Try not to leave the dishes overnight as this could also attract pests.
- Seal Your Home - Mice and other rodents can squeeze into very small gaps to get into houses anything the size of a pencil eraser! So make sure you take a good look outside your house for any holes or cracks and seal them immediately. If you have vents try putting a wire wool or mesh behind the vents so these cannot be used as access points.
- Ultrasonic Repellent - You Could try an ultrasonic repellent but the jury is out on these with some people suggesting that after a period of time the mice get used to the sound and they become ineffective.
- Get A Cat - You could consider doing this Tom and Jerry style. Cats love to catch and eat mice and as you can imagine this is something the mice are not all to keen on. A cat will definitely discourage mice or other rodents from entering your home.