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DEALING WITH RODENTS

The 8 Best Ways To Help Get Rid Of Mice

by James Swindley

How to deal with mice in your home.

They are known to scare elephants and children but are these furry little creatures really that scary?

 Here we'll show you the best methods to deal with mice infestations in your home, and how Boss Pest can help keep these little creatures out.

For those with the courage to face these tiny rodents on your own, here's what you need to know about how to help get rid of mice.

1. Eliminate entry points.

Building mice out, or rodent-proofing your home, is an effective way to stop mice infestations from expanding or ever occurring in the first place. Defend your home from mice by eliminating points of entry and easy access. This can be difficult due to a mouse's ability to squeeze itself into even the smallest of openings (one centimetre is all they need). A good rule of thumb is if you can fit a pencil into a crack, hole or opening, a mouse can get through it.

Block up gaps under the door and window gaps. Seal cracks in openings in the walls, including where pipes and vents are. 

Steel wool and silicon works great here. Try to avoid using plastic, rubber, wood or anything else that these little critters could gnaw through. 

2. Use mouse traps.

The best way to help get rid of mice in an ongoing infestation is with mouse traps. The classic wooden snap traps will do the trick for light to moderate mouse populations, but keep in mind that most people underestimate mice infestations. It's not uncommon to lay one dozen traps for just one mouse - or what you think is just one mouse. Use plenty. It's also a good idea to lay many different types of traps. Use bait traps, multiple-capture live traps and glue traps in conjunction with the wooden traps. This gives you a better chance at catching all of the mice, since some might be keen to certain types of traps and know to avoid them.

3. Choose the best bait for mouse traps.

You can use whatever food the mice have been eating in your home for bait, or mouse-approved favourites such as chocolate, peanut butter, bacon, oatmeal, dried fruit or hazelnut spread. When you're ready to set the baited trap, tie the bait to the trigger with fishing line or dental floss. This will make sure the mice get what's coming to them without "making off with the cheese." You can also secure the bait with a hot glue gun. Replace with fresh bait every two days.

4. Proper placement of mouse traps is critical.

Place the traps perpendicular to the walls, with the trigger section facing the baseboard. This causes the mouse to run directly into the bait as it naturally scurries along the walls, instead of running over the trap from the wrong direction, triggering it prematurely. Mice don't travel more than 10 or 20 feet from food sources and nesting areas (i.e., their territory), so place the traps anywhere you see mice or signs of mice, such as rodent droppings or "rubbings" on baseboards and walls. Change trap locations every two days or so. Mice are naturally curious so they won't avoid traps like rats will.

5. Bait stations.

Bait stations (or bait packages) are sealed packets containing meal or pellets. They typically come in plastic, paper or cellophane wrapping, allowing the mice to easily gnaw through and get at the preserved, fresh bait. The mice feed on this bait and die. While helpful in getting rid of mice, these products are best handled by trained pest management professionals to ensure the safety of you, your children and your pets.

6. Good sanitation won't get rid of mice, but poor sanitation will attract them.

Mice can survive on just 3 to 4 grams of food per day, so a few crumbs here and there are all they really need. Vacuum your floors and be sure to wipe down counters, eliminating residue, crumbs and any access to food sources. Store food in glass jars or airtight containers. Don't forget about securing your garbage. Mice have sharp incisor teeth so they can chew through just about anything, even concrete if the mood strikes them, so plastic bags are no match for hungry rodents.

7. Keeping your home clean- in and out.

Remove debris around your home where mice can hide. Keep weeds to a minimum and destroy burrows and nesting areas as you find them. Lining your home's foundation with a strip of heavy gravel is a good way to prevent nesting and burrowing. The less debris and clutter around your home and property, the easier it is to spot signs of rodent activity and stop mice dead in their tracks.

8. Cats vs Mice.

Many cats love to hunt mice. Some dogs will even get in on the fun. If you have pets, they might be the best way to catch a mouse without lifting a finger. If you don't have pets, now may be a good time to own one in real life. Many farms use farm or barn cats to control their mouse population.

9. Owls

Only kidding. If by this stage you are still having trouble getting rid of those pesky mice, time to call in a professional.
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If you are seeing mice and your other remedies don't seem to be doing the trick, it might be time to call in the professionals. Our Boss Pest control professionals are fully trained to be able to deal with mice and rid your home of them,.

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