How to Get Rid of Rodents
How to get rid of mice in 5 easy steps.
With these five simple steps, you can trap a mouse on your first night and get rid of mice for good.
1. FIND THEIR PATTERNS
Mice are active mostly between dusk and dawn, but you can spot evidence of their activity anytime. That lovely sight of mouse poop is often your first sign—each mouse drops up to 75 of the little black pellets a day!
They move along walls and avoid open spaces, so follow where you see the mice droppings in both directions and you'll know where they've been traveling. Mice gnaw at drywall and similar materials, creating clean-cut holes up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, but they can fit through any dime-size opening they find. Look for the holes and debris in the dark corners of your kitchen and laundry room.
Check for caches of pet food and birdseed in unexpected places—behind appliances and furniture, and near other undisturbed spots in your house. Mice build nests of paper and other fibrous material in sheltered spots near constant heat, such as refrigerators, ovens, and water heaters.
2. CHOOSE THE BEST MOUSE TRAPS
If you want to make sure you get rid of mice for good then traditional snap traps and electronic traps work the best. Snap traps are inexpensive, and you have the choice of reusing or disposing of them. With an electronic mouse trap, there is no need to continuously check traps as an indicator light lets you know when the trap is full and the enclosed design means you don't have to see the mouse. If you'd prefer to get them out of your house unharmed, live mouse traps allow you to trap a mouse and release them far from your home. Once you have eradicated your mice infestation, set up a Ultrasonic PestChaser® mouse repellent that emits ultrasound waves that only the mice can hear and will drive them away.
3. CHOOSE BAIT WISELY
Choosing the right bait will give better results. Mice will go for high-calorie foods, such as peanut butter, hazelnut chocolate spread, and chocolate. In the winter month, mice will be searching for nesting material like cotton balls, dental floss, yarn, and twine, so they work as bait too. Any food that mice have been feeding on in your house, whether that's pet food, birdseed, or sweets, may be the best mouse trap bait
4. PLACE TRAPS IN THE BEST PLACES
Rodents primarily travel along walls, there you want to set your mouse traps at right angles to walls, with the bait and trigger side closest to the wall. Place traps every 2 to 3 feet along the walls where they have been signs of mice activity. To ensure your scent is not detected wear protective gloves when handling mouse traps and bait (if they sniff out your presence, they may avoid the trap).
The ideal places for mouse traps are in enclosed spaces, such as inside cupboards, and beneath or behind furniture and appliances. Around your cooker is a favorite haunt for mice, because there's a steady supply of warmth and tiny bits of food. If there's a drawer for storing pans beneath your oven, set a mouse trap inside it.
5. CHECK AND RESET
Check your mouse traps the next morning after you set them, and every morning after. Studies show you are likely to catch the most mice on the first night you set out traps therefore be sure to set many mouse traps from the start, so you can capture as many mice as possible quickly.
It is unlikely that you will have only one mouse in your home at a time. Mice reproduce very fast and abundantly therefore you will find you have several more than first anticipated so don't quit after you've caught one. Continue setting and checking mouse traps until you haven't caught a mouse for a week.