Have unwanted mice in your home? Then it needs to be dealt with quickly, as mice multiply quickly and can carry diseases. Within a year, they can have five to ten litters, meaning you’ll have a harder time getting rid of them permanently. To properly get rid of mice, here are six tips to guide you through the process.
Seal Entry Points
Making sure your house is protected against rodent infestations is the best way to prevent them from entering your home. Holes and other easy access points to the outdoors need to be sealed up immediately. Even the smallest openings can invite a mouse or two into your home. If a pencil can fit into a crack or hole, then so can a mouse. Use steel wool and caulking to seal entrance points throughout your house, including in the foundation, around vents and piping. Mice won’t be able to eat their way through this sealant method, so it’s your best defence against rodents.
Use Mouse Traps
You never know how many mice have infested your home, so it’s best to use simple, wooden mouse traps and spread them throughout. Pay special attention to their entry points. It’s important to use more traps than you think you’ll need. Don’t settle on just one type of trap either. Along with the classic wooden mouse trap, try a mixture of bait traps, multi-capture traps, live traps and glue traps to ensure you get them all.
Bait and Poison
If you decide to use bait to lure the mice into your traps, it is best to place them in areas mice are more likely to hide. This includes under cabinets, furniture and appliances or in dark corners. They’re more likely to take the bait if it’s not out in the open. Mice are usually tempted by bacon, peanut butter, dried fruit or chocolate. If you decide to use poison along with the bait, as mice carry diseases that can cause serious health issues for your family, keep it out of reach of children and pets.
If you’re interested in using more humane methods to get rid of your mouse problem, then you may want to try driving them away with strong scents. Used cat litter or peppermint have been known to deter mice. Cats are natural hunters and will take pleasure in hunting any mice that cross their path within your home. Some dogs can also hunt down mice as well, such as terriers.
Keep Your House Clean
While this won’t get rid of mice, having a clean home without food sitting out is less likely to attract them. Mice can survive on very little food, so any little crumbs left out is enough to satisfy them and keep them coming back for more. On top of keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning up your counters, floors and cabinets, make sure your garbage is secured outside your house.
Call a Professional
Still have a mouse problem after applying these tips? Then it’s time to call in a professional mouse exterminator. For problems that are too big for you to handle, contacting them will save you a lot of time, as exterminators will locate the source and attack the issue head-on. They know the most likely places for mice to burrow and will deal with the problem after inspecting your home. Not to mention come back to make sure the mice haven’t returned.
If you have a mouse, rodent or insect problem, then Contact Pest Control is your best solution. With 100% removal guaranteed, our fully licensed and insured technicians provide same day service throughout the GTA. Go online for a free quote or call us to book an appointment.