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Mouse Removal

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.

Go back to the main Rat Removal page for more information about mouse removal.

We are happy to provide information about Mouse Prevention in general, as well as how to keep mice out of your garden, or your garbage. If the mouse has already found its way into your home and you're trying to find out how, read here about how mice enter a building through the plumbing as well as what attracts mice, and how to get rid of mice in your attic. You may also be interested in knowing what mice can climb.

Of course, if they are already made it into your house, you may want to start with this guide: What if a house mouse got inside my house?. Figure out if you should hire a pro, or remove mice yourself, and whether or not a pest control company will remove a house mouse. It will also be imporant to become familiar with what kind of damage do mice cause in an attic, and learn about damage mice can do to wires, as well as what other materials they may be able to chew through. When customers find mice in their attics, one of the first concerns they have is whether or not they will also find a nest of babies. From our experience, we recommend everyone dealing with a mouse problem learn more about how to use one-way exclusion funnels to remove mice.

When dealing with mice, we get a lot of questions about what equipment is needed to trap a house mouse. Read here about what we believe to be the most humane mouse traps, as well as our professional experience with glue traps. We also share insights about using poison to get rid of mice, and if it makes mice thirsty. You can also read here about mouse repellents, including the old wives tales about mothballs and ammonia. We also have an answer about using a strobing light or high pitch sound deterrent machine. Learn about using cage traps for mice, if relocated mice survive, and what wildlife rehabilitators do with mice. We also hae suggestions if your find yourself with a trap-shy house mouse. Perhaps most importantly, we can tell you what property modifications will keep down house mouse populations.

We can offer assistance in every step of dealing with a nuisance mouse in your midst. Read our articles about inspecting a house for house mouse entry holes and ways to Locate Mouse Entry Points, as well as how to remove a house mouse stuck in a garbage. Find out whether or not it is legal for me to trap a house mouse before you even venture into mouse trapping. But once you are sure, we can offer advice on the most effective bait to trap a residence mouse, and answer What should I do with a mouse after I catch it?, including some humane ways to kill a house mouse. We can also help you find and remove a dead house mouse. After the critter is gone, you must also address the aftermath. Read about whether or not house mouse feces are dangerous to touch or breathe and how to go about cleaning house mouse feces out of your attic.

Interested in mice more generally? Find out about their natural diet, wehter they tend to live in urban areas, or wild areas, and how big a typical mouse can get. If dealing with a mouse problem, t's also imporant to know what diseases mice carry, as well as the the symptoms of a sick house mouse. We have also been asked if mice make Do mice make good pets.

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.

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