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Mice Removal

Unless they are being kept as pets in cages, seeing a mouse in the house is a homeowner’s worst nightmare in every conceivable way. Not only do they reproduce incredibly quickly, but their small size makes it a breeze for mice to get anywhere in your home through crawl spaces and the inside of walls. Mice are also renowned for being carriers of a number of diseases and bacteria which can be very harmful to humans and other creatures either from direct contact or transmitted via their droppings.

Like many other rodent household pests, mice love to chew on electrical cables and other hard surfaces to keep their teeth nice and sharp. This can cause significant damage to your home, from weakening structural stability to starting house fires. And because they are experts at exploring your home from inside the walls, you might not find out until it’s too late.

Removing mice from your home is a battle of attrition because you will almost never be dealing with just one mouse. They breed fast, and they have become so adept at living amongst humans that they have gotten used to all the popular home remedies such as peppermint sprays and oil-soaked cotton balls.

So, how exactly do you remove mice from your home?

  1. To start with, avoid using poisons. It may be tempting given the sheer numbers you may face, but poisons are lazy and do not actually solve the problem. If anything, it makes it worse because you will then have to contend with live and dead mice, and their corpses can become a serious problem if left alone too long.
  2. Like all pests, mice come to your home seeking food and shelter, so your first action should be to make sure food is inaccessible and to clean your home regularly, such as dusting and hoovering floors to get rid of even the smallest crumb or storing any pet food in sealed containers.
  3. Blocking mice from their source of shelter can be much trickier, and it all depends on the scale of the problem. Signs of a mouse infestation are easy to spot; look for scratch or teeth marks on wooden surfaces, especially around any gap that might lead under the floor or inside a wall. A handy tip is that mice tend to live around 10 feet from the source of food, which may help you when choosing where to start.
  4. For smaller infestations, you may be able to get by with live mouse traps with something like peanut butter as bait, which generally only catch one mouse at a time. Larger numbers may require the use of repellents like ultrasonic emitters to repel the mice.
  5. Once you have removed the mice, it’s vital that you spend the time to repair the damage and seal any and all gaps they used to get in and out with high-quality materials so that you do not get another infestation.

 

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Mice Prevention

Mice are one of the hardest pests to keep out of a home because they are so nimble and small. The common house mouse is so small it can fit through a gap the size of a nickel. That makes it a big job to seal up your home against these pests. Visit animalatticpest.com to learn more about mouse prevention methods.

Mice like to invade homes because they can easily find safety, shelter, warmth, and plentiful food in these environments. One practical step you can take to prevent mice from wanting access to your house is to simply keep it clean – removing crumbs, putting food away, and taking out the trash can all go a long way towards preventing mice.

How to Prevent Mice

There are a lot of ways mice can get into your home, and there are plenty of reasons why they would want to. At Mighty Men Pest Control, we’ve found that people have tried all kinds of DIY methods to keep mice away. Some of them are effective, and some aren’t. The good news is, many of the best methods to prevent mice are easy and cheap to implement.

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Seal Up Your Home

This is definitely the best way to keep mice out of your house, but it can also be one of the most time-consuming. Think about it – if a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a nickel, then there are probably hundreds of ways one could get into your home.

Don’t stress about this – at Mighty Men Pest Control, we’ve done this hundreds of times so we know where to look. We recommend that you seal up any gaps in these locations:

  • Edges of carpet
  • Where molding meets the floor
  • Around pipes under your sinks
  • In the corners of closets
  • Around pipes in your basement where they go outside
  • Around dryer vents
  • Around HVAC vents and ductwork
  • Around fireplaces where brick meets drywall
  • Inside, above, and behind kitchen cabinets
  • Behind your stove
  • Under your fridge

To seal gaps, the two best materials to use are silicon caulking and steel wool. Caulking is difficult for mice to chew through and steel wool is impossible for them to penetrate. If you have gaps around the bottom of your doors, install steel jambs or thick, sturdy rubber weather stripping.

You can do the same thing outside of your home too, and we strongly recommend that you do. Make sure any exterior doors are fully sealed on all sides. Do the same for windows and garage doors. You can also check pipes and dryer vents from the exterior to make sure there are no gaps.

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Use Mouse Repellants

We included this because we’ve heard some stories of success, but generally, we don’t see much effectiveness from mouse repellants. That said, you can try out these methods at low cost and with little effort:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Ammonia
  • Hot sauce
  • Mothballs
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Tea tree oil
  • Cloves
  • Air fresheners

At Mighty Men Pest Control, we do not recommend using toxic repellants like antifreeze or poisoned bait. While these seem effective, they create other more serious problems. Think about it – if a mouse eats something and then dies in your house, it’s going to smell really bad. The mouse is probably also going to die somewhere that isn’t reachable without cutting up your walls. In the worst case, a pet or child could get sick from the poison too.

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Trap the Mice

At Mighty Men Pest Control, our preferred prevention method for most animals is almost always trapping. That’s because it’s been proven time and again to be highly effective if done properly.

You can get basic snap-style mouse traps at any hardware or home improvement store. Our favorite baits include peanut butter, cheese, dried fruit, chocolate, bacon, and hazelnut spread. When attaching the bait to the trap, be sure to secure it with wire or fishing line, otherwise, the mouse will easily be able to pluck the bait right off the trap without setting it off.

At Mighty Men Pest Control, we’ve also found live traps to be highly effective. To trap the mouse, it only needs to walk into the trap – the door then closes and the animal is stuck inside. With these traps, there’s no way the mouse could make off with the bait. The only drawback is you’ll have to take the mouse a few miles from your home to release it.

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