Personally, I love mice. They are really remarkable critters in so very many ways, and cute and lovable to boot. Sadly, even I have to admit that a mouse loose in your house can pose some serious problems – especially if there are any mouse-sized access portals to your electrical system. Besides, one mouse often magically becomes many, and many mice cause a lot more mischief than just one. It really is wise to capture a house mouse before he or she becomes a problem.
Although many people today turn to poisons and toxic chemicals, these things are bad for your health, worse for the health of your pets and small children, and terrible for the environment. You need a natural, eco-friendly solution instead.
Luckily, nature provides an extremely effective option. This totally all-natural wonder seeks mice wherever they may hide and efficiently (if brutally) dispatches them. As nature’s works are generally multi-purpose, this one also serves as a lap warmer and an alarm clock. It is called a cat.
By nature, cats are excellent hunters. One of their main prey species is mice.
Of course, not all cats will hunt mice. There are many reasons for this. The most likely reason is that the cat never learned to hunt mice from another (older) cat. While hunting is somewhat of an instinct in a cat, the creatures that any given cat considers to be food are an acquired taste, usually taught by the mother or whatever other older cat takes the young kitten under his or her wing. Sure, sometimes a cat will decide to “try” a new species to see if it is any good, but cats are more likely to stick with what they have learned already. Also, some domesticated cats just never got very good at hunting, often due to not having had much practice, and may not be very effective.
Therefore, if you are seeking out a cat to take care of your mouse problem, you want to find yourself a mouser. A mouser is a cat who is good at catching mice. You can identify young promising mousers by the mousing prowess of their mother, or you can enlist an older, proven mouser.
Now, if you don’t actually want a cat for other reasons, your best bet is to borrow a cat from a friend for a week or so. Your friends will know whether their cats are mousers or not. If your timing is good, you may be able to do each other a mutual favor when your friends go on vacation or a business trip. Their cat gets fed and cared for, and you get some mouse control services.
If you don’t like cats, or if you already have a cat who is not a mouser but would be angered by an intruder cat, or if you cannot find a good mouser, you’re still in luck, as nature provides alternative solutions, as well. Dogs also eat mice. Most dogs are poor mouse hunters, and many have been trained not to bother mice because a mouse is a household pet. However, the good mouse-hunting dog does exist. If you cannot find a good mouser cat, perhaps you can find a good mouser dog.
Sadly, other solutions by nature, such as owls, hawks, and snakes, are probably not creatures you want to let loose inside your home. So, if you can’t find a good mouser to take your case, you may have to resort to man-made traps. These are never anywhere near as effective as a good mouser, but they are more humane.