Nobody likes killing animals, even if they cause as much damage or get on your nerves as rats or mice do. Most of us are familiar with the traditional methods used to get rid of mice such as glue traps, rat poison, etc.
Not only are these methods inhumane, but they are also very stressful and could result in unintended consequences. Let’s say you use rat poison to kill the mice – what if your pet cat or dog was to consume the poison?
Do you have a small child in the house? Then you should definitely NOT use rat poison to get rid of the mice. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 10,000 small children are poisoned every year from ingesting rat poison.
Here are a few quick facts about American mice.
- in the United States we have three types of mice here, which live near human habitations – field mice, deer mice, and house mice.
- Mice have an acute sense of smell and great hearing, but poor eyesight. They are nocturnal creatures.
- Mice can multiply prodigiously. A single female mouse can conceive in 2 months, and give birth to a litter of 15 at a time, and get pregnant 48 hours after that!
- Mice like to eat a lot; they eat more than 25 times a day, which is why they are always near food sources.
- You may hate these creatures, and scream at the sight of them, but you can’t deny that they are survivors. Some of the smaller mice are even very cute – cute enough to be a pet.I
So How Can We Get Rid Of Mice Humanely?
Humane mouse traps which catch the mice without harming or killing them. These traps use bait to lure the mouse into a small enclosure and make it impossible for the creature to climb out.
Mice have a sweet tooth, so the bait can be peanut butter, chocolate or cookie crumbs. The best places to lay these humane traps are areas frequented by the mice, such as the storeroom, basement or kitchen.
What To Do With The Trapped Mouse?
Choose a location where the mouse can find food, water, and shelter easily. Find an area where there is an abundance of seed, wild grains, and/or nuts growing on plants and trees. Try to find a continuous water source.
In terms of shelter, mice like hiding, so areas where there is a lot of underbrush or ground cover works best. If it’s near a populated area or residential neighborhood, there might be cats and dogs that could pose a threat, so avoid places like that.
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Mice and rats are attracted to unhygienic or unsanitary conditions. To mouse-proof your home, clear the clutter and make sure there is no food lying around. Keep anything edible in tin containers or airtight glass.
Also, trim the branches of the trees near your house, and seal any opening such as a hole or gap that the mice can squeeze through. Seal all window frames with weather stripping.
Keep the trash cans at a fair distance away from the house. Also, spray mouse-repellant scents around the house such as garlic, cayenne pepper, and peppermint.
Doors – Fitting bristle (or brush) strips to the bottom of doors prevent entry, especially in older properties where the door fit may not be snug.
Pipework – Seal holes around existing or new pipes with coarse grade stainless steel wire wool and caulking (pliable sealant).
Holes – These are often made in exterior walls for cables and pipes, check that old pipework holes are sealed too.
Air Bricks and Vents – Cover these with fine galvanised wire mesh, especially if they are damaged.
Eaves – Fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps.
Vegetation – Trim tree branches back from the house and where possible avoid plants growing up the sides of your property. Vines, shrubs or overhanging branches can be used for mice to get onto roofs. Overgrown vegetation close to the walls will offer mice shelter and potential nesting sites.
Lawns – Keep grass mown short to reduce shelter and seeds for food. Ideally, leave a gap between the building foundations and the garden.