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
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
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.