Monday, April 03, 2017

Tips on how to get rid of mice

The common indicators of home mice invasion are grating sounds on the walls and attic as the rodents dart up and down, tiny oval shaped pieces of dung along the walls and in hidden places such as sideboards, cabinets and beneath wash basins, a sharp acidic ammonia type smell that is especially pungent in closed up spaces such as below sideboards and under eaves.

Mice cause a lot of destruction using their consistently sharp teeth to bite into wooden items, plastic materials and any other firm surface, including electrical items. They put together their abodes using tattered pieces of rags and cloth that are gathered from around the home they've invaded, which they hide in places with minimum noise as they are home to their tiny offspring.

Make your home impervious by closing up all exit holes. Close up even the tiniest holes as mice have flexible frames and can squeeze through a pencil size hole because of this. Use shield covers along all entrances.


Always store your food in hard to reach air tight storage boxes or jars as mice are drawn to food. Make sure to keep areas beneath sideboards and stoves dirt-free.

Use high sound emitting appliances to repulse mice and keep them away. These sounds are not noticeable to humans, and work well to chase mice away. They are however not effective in cases of existing invasion as the mice adapt to the noises.

Man's favourite animals, dogs and cats discourage mice from putting up residence in your home. Most cats devour mice in the least charitable way!

Gentle cage traps imprison mice for a while, which are then freed far away from home. Ensure to release them a reasonable distance of at least a quarter mile away.

Plug-in gadgets such as electromagnetic and ultrasonic appliances, produce noises that only rodents can hear. While not affecting dogs, these noises can harm other pets such as hamsters and gerbils.

Open air repulsers with movement sensors, produce strong sounds which shock mice, sending them away. The only disadvantage is that the noises can scare other pets in your home too.

Shock treatment using electronic mouse traps also help get rid of mice by drawing them to it using bait and jolting them to death with electric current. It is devised in such as way that the corpse is cleared into a dustbin.

Snares come in different types, the most common being the coil-loaded one. They are handy and easy to use and work best if well stationed. Snares can however be brutal especially in cases where part of a limb is captured, as opposed to sudden, on the spot death. In such situations, one had to manually kill the mouse and get rid of the corpse. Snares also do not discourage mouse re-infestation.

A layperson can easily get rid of minor cases of mouse invasion using some of the handy tips shown above. However, skilled aid is required in case of serious invasion or continuous mouse attacks.