The common house mouse is seen everywhere. You see it in canals, climbing live wires, scurrying across farmlands and streets, and inside houses. They thrive in agricultural land, residences, and business establishments because their bodies are very much adapted to living in such conditions. Cold temperatures cause these mice to seek ways to move around, find food, or search for somewhere warmer. Once this happens, they can invade any property including yours. If they’ve chosen your land to be their nesting place they would eventually become a problem if you don’t take any action to prevent it.
Why should you control the Mice population?
A mouse may not be as ugly-looking as a rat, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to cost you thousands and thousands of dollars in repair and replacement if you let them run rampant around your house. An infestation can happen in just short of a year because the female mouse can give birth to at most 10 pups that have the propensity to breed more since these creatures reach sexual maturity 2 months after they’re born. This can mean the start of a mouse breeding cycle and a rapidly increasing mice population.
Foraging for food is the number one priority for the house mouse. They need it to survive. But for the average homeowner who puts up with these critters their damage to property is the main concern due to the cost it entails. Aside from the contaminants they carry when they move around the house, these mice have strong teeth and jaws giving them the ability to gnaw through almost anything found in a normal house. When they try to bite through things, they don’t really just target food a lot of times they can damage the plugs of appliances and gadgets which can be a fire hazard.
However, the biggest concern still is when a mouse contaminates something in your house that you come in contact with and/or maybe ingest, like food. Salmonella and other life-threatening microorganisms can be scattered by a mouse through their droppings and rubbing their hairs on food or any part of your house. This is really dangerous especially if you have kids because they aren’t really careful on what they touch and eat. The risks are just too great to simply ignore.
How to Control Mice?
A question that you actually have an answer to but you don’t really know all the possible solutions that are available in the market. It is important to know all your options because each practice has its pros and cons as well as there are certain methods that are more suited to your way of life than others.
From the name itself, this is a pesticide variant that specifically targets mice or rats. It contains a chemical mixture in the form of foods that mice eat so that they’d be enticed to eat it. If you read the label found on these products you’ll see ingredients like diphacinone, brodifacoum, warfarin, among others. These chemicals when ingested by a rodent will cause them to bleed from the inside and they’ll die from that.
A mouse builds its nest close to where they source their food which means that you should put rodenticides near areas where you’ve seen mice forage for food to increase its effectiveness.
Products like rodenticides are effective in killing mice due to their toxic nature. But this toxicity means that it can be hazardous to other animals as well, including humans. It would be prudent to put the grain of rodenticide in the sections of your home that can be reached by only the mouse to avoid it getting in the hands of your children or getting eaten by your house dog.
One other thing with rodenticides is they kill but not in an instant. It is better for clean-up if the poisoned mouse dies on an open area. The problem arises when these mice get to still move after ingesting the toxic substance because they might end up inside your hollow ceiling or any other corner or section that is hard to reach. If you find the spot quickly, your only problem is to find a way to get the body and dispose of it. But if you can’t pinpoint the location, then there’s a good chance that your house will be filled with the smell of a rotting mouse corpse which is really awful for most people causing them severe discomfort. In case that happens, you should act swiftly to remove it.
A small mice problem can easily be dealt with a trap. It’s a safer practice especially for your pets and children it’s not edible and since you’re trapping the mouse the risk of a rotting corpse is eliminated.
We see common traps like snap and cage types in department stores and in the hardware. Both trap a mouse by restricting its movement, either from trapping a part of its body or encaging, so that you can easily dispose of them. In order for the trap to work, you have to put in bait usually food to get them near it. Bigger traps are also available wherein you don’t really have to immediately get to it once it captures a mouse because it continues to trap them and they have a larger holding capacity compared to other traps.
After purchasing a trap you should carefully read the instructions for safety and efficiency reasons. Manufacturers write in suggestions for trap placement and proper mice disposal to make it easier for users to use it.
Experts would advise primarily to practice good sanitation and storage in your homes to avoid mice getting attracted to your area. This holds true if the house is clean of mice from the start. But if you already have these unwelcome guests then you can try methods that attack the nature of the mouse itself.
Organic mouse detterents/repellents are sold commercially. Peppermint is a very popular naturally-occuring mouse repellent since it can be planted around your home and its oil can be bought virtually anywhere. The smell emitted by the plant is irritating for mice and they try to avoid them.
Poo from bobcats, snakes, and cats are also effective mice deterrent because of their distinct smell. That smell scares mice away due to their natural fear on their predators. Pet stores have products that contain this unique smell which you can buy to spread over your house to keep mice away.
There are also electronic pest controls that target the ultrasonic hearing of mice. It emits irritating sound waves that only the house mouse can hear causing them to disoriented and confused eventually pushing them out of your premises on their own small feet.
What will you choose?
Judging from the information above, all types of methods can be effective in getting rid of mice. You just have to know what best fits your current living condition. If you have lots of kids it you won’t be creating a safe environment for them by spreading toxic chemicals around even if you’re up for the task of cleaning out dead mice. Know the mouse, know the products, and choose the practice that best controls these pests for you.