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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.