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Homes, whether they are old or new, can attract mice. This is a rotten problem, not only because so many people are afraid and hate the thought of mice loose in their house, but also because they are a health hazard, even more so if they get into kitchens. The following article provides information about how to determine if you have mice, how to get rid of them and how to help prevent them getting into your home.

How to tell if you have mice
You can tell if you have mice if you see droppings and sometimes little dusty footprints let alone seeing the mouse yourself. They will often come in through tiny little holes almost anywhere in your home. They will then move around your home in much the same way, squeezing their way through tiny gapes and spaces.

Where to look for mice
The first place you should look is anywhere food is stored and to check food packing and containers have not been chewed. All concealed places such as under kitchen cabinets and in lofts are great homes for mice and may be worth checking to see if it is there that they have made their homes.
Pest Control
If you don't want to deal with the problem yourself or if you think it could be rats or other rodents then you can call a professional exterminator to take care of the problem for you. If you are confident enough to take care of the problem yourself then there are a wide range of products available to help in controlling a mouse problem. Each product used for getting rid of mice has its own good and bad side such as killing a mouse or catching it for release. Killing a mouse with a trap or poison has its own problems as a trap that kills needs to be emptied and reset and with poison, the mouse can die in a place that is hard to reach leaving the body to decompose and create a very bad smell for quite a while.

How to trap a mouse
The first thing to do is decided what type of trap you will be using and purchase it. There are 2 types of trap, humane and snap traps. The first are a cage like trap that traps the mouse inside without killing the mouse, so you will have to be prepared to get rid of a live mouse and doing so far from your home so that it does not return.
The other kind of trap is supposed to kill the mouse the moment it hits the spring trigger, but occasionally they can go wrong and it can hang onto life, so either way you will have to find somebody who is prepared to dispose of a dead or almost dead mouse.  

Place traps where they will not be disturbed by other household members. In corners, cupboards under stairs, behind furniture are all good possible sites. If there is space in the skirting board, behind the fridge etc then you might want to place one close by.
Mice can move through very tiny gaps so look carefully. Also remember that mice will run away when they hear footsteps with their very good hearing.

Mouse Bait
Put a small piece of bait, normally seen to be cheese although peanut butter or anything sweet such as raisins is a much better bait, in the appropriate place on the trap and place it in a safe place and a possible path of mice. Try not to touch the trap to much as your scent can overpower that of the bait, which the mouse will detect and consequently avoid the trap. Check the traps every morning, and after a few days replace the bait. If nothing happens then you might want to reconsider your positioning of the traps.
Once a mouse has been trapped the mouse must be dispose of. If the mouse is dead then the best way to remove it is to hold the trap over a bin and carefully open it to prevent personal injury. You may want to do this in an outside bin or a bin bag that you are about to place outside. If a humane trap has been used, it is important to free the mouse quite far from your home to help prevent the mouse making its way back to the comfort of your home.
Stop mice entering the home
To prevent mice entering your house itís important to make sure any gaps in the building are closed. Steel wool is very useful as mice cannot chew through it while allowing for air flow that maybe important.

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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