How to get rid of mice? (Humanely)
As much as we don’t like to say it, mice are still animals trying to survive in a complex ecosystem. Unfortunately, human-mouse interaction is usually through poisoning, which can sometimes feel too extreme. Thankfully, this article is in your best interest in getting rid of mice in a humane manner.
While mice mean no harm to us, the mere presence of these unwanted visitors in your home can result in problems. What’s more, with the aim of trying to control them, we end up eradicating their population through killing them. To many, exterminating mice might sound like the only solution to get rid of them, but truth be told, it’s not. There are other effective, yet less extreme ways, in getting rid of mice.
Top 5 ways of humanly getting rid of mice:
- Seal the entry points
The best and most effective way is sealing the entry points of these mice. That’s before the mice find this route and invade your home. This might prove to be challenging since mice can squeeze through any tight spot, but it’s not impossible.You can use a pencil to properly know if a space is ample enough for a mouse to squeeze through. The next step is to seal all cracks in the walls, including where the vents and utility pipes are. More importantly, you should avoid using rubber, plastic, or wood as sealants since these are products that mice can easily gnaw through.
- Good Sanitation
Maintaining proper sanitation is also another effective way of trying to reduce the chances of an invasion of mice in your home. But that doesn’t mean maintaining cleanliness will scare them away. However, poor sanitation will most definitely attract mice to your home. Mice generally eat four grams of food daily. That means if you have a few scraps here and there, then that’s enough to feed a mouse in your home for days. If you vacuum your home, wipe down most of the counters, and eliminate food residues on the floor of your house, that will help tame the invasion of mice.
- Using CatsThe legendary Tom and Jerry cartoon series is enough to teach you an effective way of dealing with mice. Simply put, all you have to do is adopt a cat in your home. Most cats love to hunt mice. That is the best way of dealing with your rodent problem without even lifting a finger. So, if you don’t have pets, then you should stop watching all the cat videos online and get one for yourself.
- Use Mice RepellantSeveral smells will completely scare away mice from your home. One of them is the smell of garlic, but the best option is peppermint. Mice have a sharp sense of smell. So, if you use these scents in your home, they will try to avoid your house.
- Use Aluminum foilUsing aluminum foil might sound like something out of the ordinary, but this is kryptonite to mice. There’s something about aluminum that really spooks mice, and they will stay away from any aluminum foil. Lay down the foil in areas you feel may have a high concentration of mice.
Well, there you have it! It’s not always about killing mice. You can also find humane, yet effective ways, of dealing with your mouse problem without having to eliminate these species. All in all, if you have a really serious mouse problem, then it’s time to call a professional pest removal service.
How to keep mice from getting into your house?
A lot of people have experienced having repeated rodent infestations in their homes. Most think that there’s no other way to get rid of them unless you contact your local pest control every once in a while, and any solution other than that and you’ll find yourself trapped in an endless cycle of baiting and trapping rodents. There is one solution that people often overlook, even though it’s the best way to keep your house rodent-free for a long time, and that’s rodent proofing-your home.
Rodent proofing your home is the best way to not only get rid of existing mice but also prevent them from getting in again. Below are some tips to make your house rodent-free:
- Inspect your home. Observe your home and take note of any gaps in windows and ceilings, holes in floor and walls, and unsealed pipes. Mice are very creative, and they can get into unsealed drainage systems and crawl up entry holes in pipes and gas lines. You can use a UV flashlight to detect urine and locate areas where there might be rodent activity.
- Look outside. Tree branches should be kept trimmed at least 3 feet away from any exterior walls of your house to prevent them from using it as pathways. Pipes can also be used as pathways, and one way to prevent this is by painting your pipe bottoms using high gloss paint. Check your chimneys, vents, and pipes as well, and make sure they have a screen.
- Repair. Most homeowners underestimate mice and don’t seal holes because they think it’s too small for mice to fit in, but due to their body shape they can fit into holes that are much smaller than them. Be sure to seal any cracks and holes in your walls and floors that are more than ¼ of an inch to prevent mice from getting in through them. Similarly, seal any gaps around your doors and window frames that are more than ¼ of an inch.
- Replace. Replace worn-out weather stripping, broken windowpanes, and damaged insect screens as they can easily gnaw on these in order to get in. We also recommend installing a metal kick plate on your door, especially if there is previous gnawing damage, to prevent further damage to your doors.
- Remove. Remove anything that they might use as food and water sources. Seal your food in airtight containers to make it inaccessible to pests. Keep your pets on a feeding schedule to avoid leaving food out in the open for long periods of time. Fix pipe leaks to avoid making them water sources. Dispose of food waste as quickly as possible and be sure to put them in secure plastic bags.
Rodent infestations may be common, but it doesn’t mean that you have to live with it, nor do you need to spend hundreds of dollars every year just to keep them away. Be a smart homeowner and rodent-proof your home so that you never have to deal with mice getting in ever again.