Got Mice? Ways To Rid Your Home Of Them Yourself


If you see a mouse running around in your home, there is a good chance there are a few more hiding that you don't see. Unfortunately, mice can carry diseases and do damage to your home by chewing on wires and insulation. As such, you will want to get rid of them quickly. Here are a few of the ways you can attempt to rid your home of mice yourself.

Use Mothballs

One of the ways you can rid mice from your home is by using mothballs. Mothballs help to rid mice from your home in one of two ways. First off, mice don't especially like the smell of these balls. As such, they may leave the area just to avoid the smell. Additionally, mothballs are toxic to mice. If they eat them or inhale the fumes for an extended period of time, they will die. However, mothballs can also be harmful to you, your pets or your children if the fumes are inhaled. As such, if you are using this method of getting rid of these pests, always be sure to keep them in well-ventilated areas that are inaccessible to small children or pets. Also, be aware that mothballs cannot successfully be used outdoors, as water, wind and other outdoor elements quickly eliminate the fumes, rendering them useless.

Set Mouse Traps

One of the most common ways to get rid of mice is to use mousetraps. There are a variety of mousetraps on the market that can help you catch and trap a mouse. Some kill the mouse, while others simply capture it so you can release it far away from your home. If you are not looking to kill the mice in your home and want to make a cheap trap, follow these directions:

  1. Dab some peanut butter on the edge of a spoon, knife or fork.
  2. Balance the fork, spoon or knife on a ledge, such as a countertop or table where the mice are active.
  3. Place a deep bucket underneath the fork, spoon or knife.
  4. Leave the utensil to sit overnight, as most mice are active when it is dark. The mice will attempt to run out to eat the peanut butter, and when they do, they will find themselves in the bucket, unable to escape. Once caught, you can release the mouse far away from your home. Always wear gloves when handling mice, as they carry a variety of diseases.

Repel Them With Ammonia

The last way to get rid of mice is to repel them with ammonia. When a mouse smells the ammonia, it will take off in the other direction as they will think that the smell is of a predator's urine. Cleaning your countertops, tabletops and mopping your floors with ammonia will help mask the scent of food and repel the mice. Another way to use ammonia is to place it in small quantities, such as in water bottle tops, around your home where mice are present. This may consist of corners, crawl spaces and attics.

There are a number of ways you can attempt to get rid of mice that are residing in your home. You can use mothballs to poison them, catch them with mouse traps or repel them with the scent of ammonia. However, despite your best efforts, you may be unable to rid your home of all mice, especially if the infestation is extensive. If you have tried different methods to rid your home of mice, and have failed, it may be time to call in an extermination company, such as Garrie Pest Control. They can find mice hidden behind walls and in your attic and remove large populations of them.


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