How to Get Rid of Mice from Your House
‘There’s a moose loose around this hoose’ is a phrase commonly used where I live.
Last Autumn I had very many little furry visitors in my home. I first detected them by noticing little droppings in various places around my flat. Many of us live in ancient Victorian flats here – they have thick walls and thick floors between each other. Often mice can be heard in them.
This is an account of what happened and how I eventually got rid of the little pests.
One night – very late- I was sitting on the floor in the front room watching TV as you do. I became aware of a movement beside me on the floor and there was a little furry mouse watching TV too – I looked at it and it looked at me and then ran away under the sofa. Later, when I was in my bed I became aware of a presence beside me and there was a little furry person staring at me. So I thought – right – this is enough and declared war!
I’m a pacifist by nature so could not countenance killing or injuring the little darlings by using lethal traps, poison or sticky flypaper stuff. So this is the procedure I adopted:
1 Locate and fill up any entry points in walls, skirting boards, fireplaces etc using steel wool (bad for their teeth)
2 Don’t bother with peppermint oil or naphthalene – the mice just ignore it.
3 Electronic and ultrasonic repellent devices can be useful at keeping the little blighters from entering, but I didn’t find them useful at getting rid of them once they’re established.
4 The magic solution is humane traps using course peanut butter as bait – they adore it. Be prepared for many trips outside at all hours as you should not leave them in the traps for long periods – they get stressed. My neighbours must have wondered at this figure creeping around the bushes and trees releasing the mice! Release them at least 200 m away from any dwelling as they are incredibly good at finding their way back.
5 Persevere – if you have seen 1 mouse that means there are probably 10 or more. I caught 21 eventually – some of them were obviously very young.
And I haven’t seen or heard any trace of them since.
So the secret is humane traps, course peanut butter and perseverance!
I wish you well if you have the same problem!