Mouse Extermination: How to Get Rid of Mice in Your House
Before you actually try rodent extermination or control techniques – make sure that you are sure that mice are your problem. If you are hearing noises within the walls – it could be the result of a mouse infestation. However, it could also be other insects and even the sounds of the building settling or expanding and contracting.
Home mice extermination is possible and you can use a variety of traps and baits. Be careful with the traditional snap traps as they can be dangerous to children and pets if not placed properly. Glue traps are excellent options – but can also be a hazard to pets and children if they are not placed properly. When using glue traps you will want to locate them out of reach and out of easily discovered areas, but in the line of use for mice (such as along the baseboard). Live traps work well and are effective for removal. With any trap, the homeowner needs to check regularly and dispose of the captured rodent. It is helpful to have a good knowledge of mouse behavior and their habits within your home to make effective use of any type of trap.
Eliminate Mouse Entry Points
Food sources should be kept in containers with tight sealing lids and trash cans should be sealed. Avoid leaving food out and keep your countertops, sinks, floors and pantries clean and free of crumbs and food residue.
You then want to look around your home to identify and eliminate possible feeding sites and entry points. Open areas around pipes, gas lines and dryer vents should be sealed. Look for holes even as small as a pencil eraser – these can allow entry and you should block cracks, holes and crevices with concrete, caulk or other appropriate materials.
Mouse infestations are troublesome and dangerous to humans. Mice feed on the same food that we humans feed on and they will destroy cartons, paper, boxes and plastic in order to construct their nests. Mice urine, saliva and feces can contain viruses and bacteria, such as salmonella and hantavirus. Along with the irritation of having them in your home, these are the reasons it is necessary to exterminate any mouse infestation. And you want to do this right away. Take action at the first sign of a mouse infestation and don’t wait just to see if they will go away. Populations grow rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate. It is best to target infestations when the colony is small.