If you see one mouse running in your house, there must be others lurking in the dark. Mice nibble at your food and leave droppings. They are deadly health hazards because of the diseases that they bring.
You need to eliminate all the mice which are sharing your house. It is important to seal off all possible entry points. Look around your house for the holes through which the mice come in. Board up small holes since they can enter even through very small openings. You can also stick steel wool into small holes. The mice cannot chew through them.
You can kill mice by setting traps or using poisons. It is safer to use traps because the poisons are dangerous to humans too. When mice ingest the poison, they may die in places where you can’t easily get them. The rotten body will pose as a further threat to you.
There are many kinds of traps.
- The spring-loaded bar mouse trap has a spring-loaded bar and a trip to release it. Bait such as cheese is used to lure the mouse.
- The electric mouse trap delivers a lethal dose of electricity when the mouse touches it.
- Glue traps are made by applying synthetic or natural adhesive to plastic or cardboard trays. These are not that effective outdoors since the moisture and dust will make the adhesive ineffective.
- Live traps are cages designed to trap the mice alive so that they can be released elsewhere. However, if you live in the city, it is difficult to find a place to release the mice.
If there are too many mice in your house, you may need to use poison. If you do so, be sure to follow the instructions for use very carefully. Exercise safety precautions to keep the poison away from children and pets.
Peppermint oil is a natural deterrent against mice. They don’t like its smell. You can put a drop or two in cotton balls which can be placed in areas where the mice go. You can also grow peppermint plants near entry ways.
If these tips do not work for you, ask for professional help.