Rid Mice




Steps to help rid you of mice
Peppermint oil is a natural deterrent with the smell being too intense for rodents with them not trying to go near it. It also helps to mask the smell of any tasty leftovers that may have been missed when cleaning. You can purchase peppermint oil in the majority of health food stores and even some major grocery stores. Place a drop or two of the peppermint oil onto a cotton ball then place the cotton balls in areas where the mice are likely to enter your house. By doorways or heat vents maybe good places to start. Another helpful deterrent is to grow your own peppermint plants, near the entryways. You can use the mint in cooking as well as it serving as a deterrent.Sealing any and all possible entries as mice can get through very small holes is important. If the head can get through a hole then so can the body.

The best way of having a mouse free house is to close any possible entry points. This can be hard to achieve in old houses but it is the most effective resolution. A good way to fill small holes is by using scouring kitchen pads cut to the right size.
Pushing steel wool in mouse holes will help keep mice out as it is to tuff for them to chew through.
By placing open containers of used cat litter around entrances to your house, mice will sniff the smell of the cat urine and leave well alone.
Simply killing mice wonít prevent them. If you have mice then there must be a reason such as a good food supply. Make sure all food sources are cut off and make sure your home is clean and tidy. Keep food stored correctly and opened food contained in air tight containers. This way, mice are less likely to find your home accommodating.
As for traps, there are many types available from ones that kill to others that catch. Some kill multiple mice or one at a time and the same can be said for humane traps that can catch many mice. If using humane traps, it is important to release the mouse or mice quite far from your home as they can end up making their way back. If using deadly traps itís important to empty them as soon as a mouse has been found to be killed in one for hygienic reasons.
Electronic devices are also available that emit a sound or a beep that mice do not like. The majority of devices are safe around animals such as dogs and cats who have heightened hearing. Keep rubbish containers as far away from your home as possible as mice can smell the rubbish and will be attracted close by. If the containers are close to your home then they are likely to find their way in.
A quick solution to catching a mouse wondering around your home is to throw a towel over it or if the mouse is unsuspecting and you are brave enough, catch it in a glass or bowl like you would a spider. If using a towel, once covered, they will eventually get out so itís important to add a bowl or a container of some sort over the mouse to prevent it from escaping. Lift the towel and fold it back till you reach the edge of the container without letting the mouse free. You can now slide something under like a piece of cereal box card underneath without damaging the mouseís legs to finish the capture. You will then need to release the mouse as far from your home as possible so that it does not return. A domestic cat can rid you of mice and be a loving family pet. They can also leave parts of mice around your home to find where they have found, caught and eaten part of the mouse. Itís important to get the right type of cat as some are less interested in catching mice than others.
Barn owls are the best predators of mice. A family of barn owls can eat 15 mice in a single night. By building a shelter box in your garden to attract some onto your property should help keep the mice population to a minimum. Itís important to make sure the shelter box has no nails/screws or safety hazards as some types of owls are endangered. If an owl is injured you might be liable to a fine and to pay possible vet bills for the owl.

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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