When mice take shelter in your home, it is unlikely that they will leave on their own terms. As long as there is food and a safe shelter, these menacing creatures will take permanent residence in your home.
Whether you’ve seen some droppings or even encountered a mouse running around your kitchen, the best way to get rid of mice is by taking immediate action. The longer you wait to address the issue; the bigger the issue will become as the mice will breed and multiply.
We always encourage you to give us a call here at Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control so that we can evaluate the situation at hand, but if you’re someone who’d prefer to try on your own at first; this blog post will give you some safe and practical strategies for keeping mice out of your kitchen in a safe manner. Having that said, the following techniques do not involve the use of poisoned baits as they can endanger the lives of your kids and/or pets.
Invest in Mouse Traps
Mouse traps are usually the go-to options for most people that have a rodent infestation in their home. However, these traps are only effective when used correctly. Here are some tips on how to set up, and use, mouse traps in order to eliminate mice from your kitchen.
- Choose quality mouse traps that are easy to use, bait, release, and reuse. Ensure that they are designed in such a way that a mouse cannot steal the bait without getting caught. Also, be sure to get the type of trap that will allow you to dispose of the dead pest without touching it; it’s important that you do all you can to avoid picking up any germs they’ve carried.
- It is best to place said traps a few feet away from the mice nests; if you know where that is, of course. Ideal locations to set mouse traps are along the walls, behind kitchen appliances, and in the cabinets.
- Make sure that there are enough traps. The secret here is to get more than what you need. If you think there are two mice, set up three or four traps.
Finally, be patient. Mice are skittish, and they will stay away from a new object before getting comfortable enough to come close to it. For this reason, it is unlikely that you will catch anything on the first day after setting up the traps.
Use Natural Deterrents
Mice have a strong sense of smell, which makes up for their poor eyesight. Using natural products with strong smells can be a great way to eliminate these creatures from your kitchen. Kitty litter and peppermint are the most effective deterrents that are readily available in the home. Place peppermint or kitty litter near the nests and along the walls so that the strong smell will chase them away.
Get a Cat or Rodent Hunting Dog
If you’re up for the responsibility of bringing a pet cat or dog into your family, on top of the love they give you, they can be a long-term solution for eliminating rats, mice, and other rodents! Rodents are naturally predisposed to fear and run away from cats and rodent hunting dogs; therefore, having one of these pets in your home can keep the pests out.
If you’ve wanted to take the Do-It-Yourself approach to ridding your home of mice, and you’ve been trying for more than a few weeks without any success, it may be time to call in the professionals. Contact us to discuss effective rodent control and prevention techniques for your home!