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In the event of a mouse infestation, dead rodents may frequently appear within the home. Some will be obviously visible and easily disposed of, while others will die in isolated, concealed locations and may require searching. The first sign of a hidden, dead mouse is the existence of a strong odour of decay. Mice frequently die behind refrigerators or inside cabinets and walls. With dead mice within walls not being easily accessed, it is recommended that homeowners do their best to mask the scent of the dead mouse, rather than attempt to remove the dead mouse itself. Trying to remove the mouse may result in costly damage to your property.

If flies begin to appear more frequently within your home, it may be a sign that a dead mouse is close by. Following the insects to their feeding site can lead homeowners to the dead mouse or mice.
When removing and picking up a dead mouse or any mice faeces or nest materials, it is advised you wear protective gloves. Itís a good idea to spray disinfectants on the dead rodent and the areas surrounding it before it is moved. Trash bags containing dead mice, faeces and nests materials should be tied tightly and disposed of immediately.

Dead Mice as Food
Dead mice are frozen and sold as pet food for snakes in particular.
Feeding captive snakes live prey is difficult and dangerous, both for the owner and snake. Feeding a snake a frozen mouse reduces the risk of harm to the snake, reduces stress for both owner and reptile. It also prevents you from having to watch a cute little mouse suffer and they are often cheaper!

Take the mouse from the freezer and thaw the mouse in the fridge in its own bag. Do not thaw it in the microwave as enticing as that may seem, it will cook the mouse meat and make your snake ill. Itís best to leave it in the fridge over night to allow the mouse to completely unfreeze.
Place the now thawed rodent on a slightly warm surface. You don't want to cook the mouse, only bring it to room temperature. The top of your TV, computer, or even in a little patch of sun will do for this short period of time. Or, leave it on a counter top for a little longer to warm to room temperature; normally an hour or so is usually sufficient. Do not leave it too long to get to warm as it may grow germs that can harm your snake.
Place the snake in its feeding area. It is recommended that you do not feed a snake in its enclosure. This can causes the snake to associate everything coming into the cage as food such as your hand. Some ideas for feeding maybe a bin with high sides, another tank, or a bathtub.

Place the prepared mouse in the area with the snake. You may like to place a heating pad under the mouse to make it a little warmer to seem alive, just not for too long as germs may start breeding. The heat pad will probably make the mouse smell very bad! Some snakes have no problem eating a mouse this way, and will begin eating in about 15 minutes or so. If your snake does then you are done and you can return the snake to its normal enclosure.
If your snake is a fussy eater, or has not eaten dead food before, you may have to work a little harder. Try wiggling the mouse by the tail in front of the snake using a pair tongs to prevent an accidental bite. If the snake appears frightened of the rodent, wiggle the mouse a little and further away from the snake. If the snake is in its strike position but not attacking, try tapping the snake gently on the nose with the mouse. However, don't do this if your snake is a Ball Python, as this may result frightening the snake and have the opposite effect. With time and patience you should find that the snake will strike, strangle the already dead rodent and eat it. You may have to let the snake "kill" the dead rodent more than once the first few times. Pre-killed food is a much safer and more humane way to feed your snake.

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 mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse 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 mouseís 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 dollarsí worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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