If you have ever had a mouse in the house you know how damaging they can be. They chew through everything from wires to wood. They can also be a health hazard as well. Using an eco-friendly extermination method will help reduce any further risks to your home or your health. After all being eco-friendly is not just about the planet it is about your family too.
Using poisons for mice is never a good idea. The poison could be picked up and eaten by a child. You also do not want to run the risk of secondary poisoning from a dog eating the dead rodent. One of the most eco-friendly ways to rid your home of a mouse is to use a no-kill trap. There are a few of them that are available on the market for purchase.
If you do not want to purchase one there are a few DIY methods of building your own trap. After you catch the mouse, take him far away from your home before letting him go. You would be surprised the distances a mouse can travel to find his way back. If you are not thrilled about the prospect of catching a releasing a live mouse you may want to try one of the quick kill traps like the electric ones. They do not use poisons and are a quicker kill than the old metal snap ones.
No matter which type of trap you decide to use, your job is not over at mouse removal. Once you get the mouse out of your house you need to find out how he got in. If you do not fix the entry point you will just get a new mouse. Check all along the base of your home and any doors for small spaces a mouse could squeeze through. One other common point of entry can be a dryer vent if it is stuck open and accessible.
If you find any openings you can stick steel wool in them to seal them off. Mice are unable to chew through the steel wool and it will not harm anything else around your home. Mice can be a real problem, but armed with these simple tips and tools you will resolve your mouse issue quickly. Not only will you and your family be safer but also you are not causing any threats to the environment.