How to Get Rid of Mice
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Mice are one of the most common infestations that a house can have. They are small enough that sometimes they will go unnoticed, that is until they start causing structural damage to your house. There are signs that mice leave behind but sometimes you really have to look for them. The most obvious sign is the droppings they leave. They are very small and spherical. You can also find holes in your walls that are smaller than those left by rats. They also make a very particular noise that can help you identify them. Those noises can also help you find the number of mice that you are dealing with and the nesting site, so if you hear any such noises you should pay attention as to the location so you it will be easier to catch them later.
Why You Have Mice: Like any other wildlife infestation, mice will invade your home because they see it as an easy food source. So if you want to get rid of the mice you should remove what brought the mice into your home in the first place and that is the easy food source. The mice may be getting food from places you may have thought were not possible to get into. Check your pantries and shelves because even if they have doors they may have made a hole behind it and gotten into the pantry that way. Also check the boxes of food that you keep in there because mice can urinate on your food and that can be very detrimental to health. Go through your house for possible food sources and when you find them make sure mice will have no access to them. That will be the first step to getting rid of your mice infestation.
Mouse Traps: There are different types of mousetraps, so many in fact that you may think that by now one would be graded as the most effective. The trap you choose depends on how humane you want the treatment to be. An old fashioned trap is effective, but it is also very messy so you may want to opt for something else. If you want less of a mess with the same trapping mechanism then a covered trap will be the answer. A favorite is the more humane no kill trap. If you love animals then this is definitely a trap for you, but you have to make sure you release in an area where the mouse will not return to your home, so a release in the backyard is out of the question. But if you do not want to harm the animal then the no kill mouse trap is definitely worth a look. There are poisoned mouse baits, but if you have pets it is recommended that you stay away from these. There are also glue traps, but these are often considered quite cruel.
Repellents: Once you have identified that it is indeed a mouse problem then you can get repellents in some of the stores that sell home and garden products. While repellents may not be the one sole answer it can get rid of most of the mice in your house. They may come in the form of an electronic device, an odor producer or something to sprinkle around the home. It is not guaranteed that all the mice will be gotten rid of with repellents because not all mice are affected by it. The most recommended solution is to hire a professional so that you know that all mice are gone. Repellents can be somewhat effective at also keeping another infestation away from your home, but the best method is to make sure that mice do not have entry points to your property. A combination of both is the best in the way of prevention as these are very determined, fast reproducing animals.