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You are probably aware of the common ways to catch a mouse. You can set traps such as spring loaded traps or you can purchase sticky traps amongst others. You can even purchase poison that will kill any mice that consumes it. The advantages of the methods below will not kill the mice, will not leave strong odours and are basically a clean and humane way to catch a mouse. One of the biggest problems with traditional traps and poisons are that they may solve your mouse problem by trapping and normally killing the mouse but will not get rid of the whole problem. Mice caught in traps may suffer before finally dying, which means you may hear screams from a dying mouse in your house. Another downside with traps is that even if the mouse is instantly killed, you will be left with a strong smell around your home unless you find and remove the mouse and trap quickly.

Poison grants an even bigger problem as it can take a few days for the mouse to die. The mouse is also likely to die somewhere you cannot find or access it. Your house will then fill with the smell of dead mouse.
The following are some useful ways to catch mice without harming them giving the advantage of having none of the above negative effects.

Towel Trap
Set out some bait for the mouse in a slightly open area while wanting the mouse to feel the area is still somewhat secure and wait. Peanut butter works very well and a lot better than the stereotypical cheese.
Hold a large towel and stand or sit silently close by. Try not to make any noise and move as little as possible. If the mouse is in the vicinity it will slowly come out to check things are safe. Wait until the mouse is out in the open and near the food before you act. Once the mouse is by the food with plenty of space around it, throw the open towel over the mouse.
This should trap the mouse in the towel. Wrap the towel up carefully so you do not drop it. Take the towel containing the mouse outside and away from your home as far as you can and gently shake out the towel close to the ground. The mouse will fall out and be freed.

Drop In
This gives you the freedom to go about your life while hopefully catching a mouse. You can either use a deep bowl or box or you can use a deep sink.
If using your sink you'll want to plug up the drain. Place some peanut butter in the bottom of the sink and forget about it. The mouse will hopefully be attracted to the bait, full into the sink to get to the peanut butter and will hopefully be unable to get back out.
For the box or bowl option, you need to place it somewhere that the mouse can easily get to. It may be a good idea to place the bowel or box at the bottom of some stairs so that the mouse can get to it and hopefully full inside. Place peanut butter in the bowl or box. The mouse will hopefully find the peanut butter, full in the box and become trapped. Make sure the box or bowl is deep enough so that the mouse doesn't get out.
The mouse will be stuck inside the box, bowel or sink without being harmed until you come home and take the mouse outside and release it.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and defecate in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male is called a buck.
  • A female is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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