Mouse control is pretty much exactly the same as rat control, except the rodents are smaller and easier to catch. But the entry holes into the house are also smaller, like the size of a dime believe it or not, so finding and sealing all the entry areas shut can be very difficult.
Some people think mice are somehow less of a problem than rats, like they are better animnals. But the two types of rodents are very similar, and there is no major common bearing on cleanliness, disease, or any other factor between the two.
Mice will do an amazing amount of damage to your home if the situation is not taken care of right away. Mice can gain entry into your home by a hole that is smaller than the size of a quarter and if they cannot find an entrance, they can make one by chewing their way through walls. The most dangerous thing about having mice around is that they build nests out of flammable materials such as twine, twigs, hair and leaves that are extremely flammable. They will also chew through electrical wiring and even if the smallest of sparks fly, your whole house can go up in smoke. Mice can also contaminate your food by traipsing around your cupboards and eating through food containers. Try some of these do-it-yourself tips to get rid of the mice living in your home.
Traps are usually the first thing that people think of when they want to get rid of mice. Depending on your intentions and plans for the mice, you can either by a live trap or a lethal trap. Whichever trap you decide to use, you need to bait the trap with something the mice will like such as cheese or peanut butter. Once the mice are off your property, you will want to patch up any of the damage they caused and holes that they may have used to get into your home. However, this may prove to be really ineffective because mice can get into your home by finding just a small crack.
Make sure that your house is clean and keep clutter inside as well as outside the home to a minimum. Clutter is a mouse’s best friend and they will hide in any place that is secure where they will not be easily visible. Sweeping your floors everyday and keeping your garbage secured outside or in the garage is a great way to discourage mice from staying in your home. Put your dry goods in steel or glass containers instead of in the box or the bag so that the mice cannot chew to get to the food.
Attracting predators to your property is another effective way to getting rid of mice. Dogs and cats, cats especially, will frighten and intimidate any mice that are either living in your home already or thinking about making your house their new home. Hawks and owls are another great predator to have around. Unfortunately you cannot force an owl to live near your home, but you can attract them by building nesting boxes.
There are many poisons available that kill the mice, but it is not recommended that you try poisons. Poisons should be your absolute last resort. Not only can your pets or children get a hold of the poisons, but they allow the mice to go off in a hard to reach place and die. This creates a health hazard and it will also leave a smell that is hard to get out.
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Mice may seem small and cute compared to their rat cousins, but don’t fall for their tricks because mice are heavy hitters in terms of damaging your home and your health. Mice are a common vermin to have living in your house and they are often the characters in cartoons and children’s literature. While most people associate rats with being the rodent that carries disease, mice also carry and can transmit diseases by contaminating your food. Mice are very small, not weighing more than a few ounces and rarely growing longer than a few inches. They have large eyes, perky ears, dainty feet and a short hairless pink tail. Mice can come in almost any color, but the most common colors are brown, white, black or gray.