Mice in the home are an unpleasant experience. They tear into your food supply, leave droppings and urine along the sides of the walls, hide in the radiators, roam the halls at night, and fill your home with a musky stench. These rodents are not only unpleasant they are also unsanitary. Mice carry worms, fleas and mites which cause disease. If you have small children in the home or feel uncomfortable using chemicals you may not feel comfortable using poison to get rid of these pests. Poison is not the only option there is to get ride of mice. Below are some ways to keep mice out of your home without using poison.
1. Glue traps can be used to trap those snooping mice. These types of traps are fairly harmless to humans and if caught on human skin can be easily removed with vegetable or mineral oil. These types of traps are not favorable to many because they are a bit inhumane. When the mice get stuck on these traps they squeak and become permanently stuck there. These mice will slowly die and waste away on that glue trap. This is a bit callous but is an alternative to using poison.
2. Keep the lights on in your home. Mice are nocturnal meaning that they come out at night and sleep during the day. Their eyesight is usually pretty poor in the daytime and so they prefer to roam around at night. Keeping your lights on to ward off mice is a great option when used with the other alternatives that I have mentioned. This option alone might not be as effective because mice that are extremely hungry will brave the light and scurry across the floor.
3. Picking up the clutter in your home is a great alternative to using poison in your home. Mice love clutter they are attracted to it. They love crawling through piles of clothing on the floor and they especially love any paper that is left behind. Mice chew up paper and even plastic to make bedding (nests) to sleep in. If you eliminate the clutter and keep the corners and floors of your home bare they will not seek much comfort there and will look elsewhere for shelter.
4. Avoid leaving food or drinks out. This is a great way to reduce the mice in your home. By reducing their food and water supply you starve them out. There are two reasons why mice enter people’s homes; shelter and food. If you avoid leaving food out and especially eating in any room other than the kitchen you will starve the mice out of your home. You should take note that mice are very resourceful and will eat and chew things that appear inedible such as; paper, books, wood, insulation, plastic, and cloth. You should store as much food as you can in the fridge and remove food from boxes and store them in air tight plastic containers or glass jars. Place condiments, pastries, sweets and bread in your refrigerator.
5. Keep your trash in the trash can. You should avoid using plastic bags and placing them on the floor. All trash should go directly into bins. Mice are very diligent hole makers and will easily tear holes into your trash bag that is left on the floor. If the mice know that you keep your trash on the floor in plain view they will continuously come back for more trash. They might even come in multiples to raid your trash.
6. Seal off entrance ways with caulk and brillo pads. You can block the mice off from entering your home by using caulk or brillo pads and also by using nail and wood to close off entryways. You may want to keep in mind that mice can chew through wood so consider covering the back of the wood board with something that a mouse cannot chew through such as Plexiglas. Brillo pads can also be placed inside of holes to prevent mice from entering through them. Mice cannot chew through most brillo pads. The best way to find mice entrances other than pulling a night shift to watch the corners in the kitchen is to follow the trail of mouse droppings in your home. Wherever there are mice droppings there should be an entryway close by. Seek these entryways out and seal them up.