How Do I Get Rid of Mice?

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How Do I Get Rid of House Mice?


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Whats the best way to eliminate mice quickly?

Having a problem with house mice we know can be extremely stressful. They can scare you with their untimely late night appearances, eat your favourite chocolate, keep you up all night gnawing in the ceiling, and lets not even think about the damage they may be causing to your electric cables. Some people actually have a fear of mice which is called Musophobia. The most famous musophobic was Walt Disney and it was this fear that caused him to create Micky Mouse to prevent others like him being so scared. So what are the sure fire ways to get rid of your mice? There are many different options available to you and below are some of our recommendations.

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What different options do I have?

You have a variety of ways to eradicate your little furry unwanted visitors. You first need to make a choice, if you want to do the job humanely or not. We, like most people love animals, so where possible and if safe to do so for the animal and the public we will try to remove humanely. However this option is not always easy and brings difficult challenges. Mice are not stupid and have evolved as a species over decades to know whats safe and whats not, including different smells. So what are the choices: 

  • humane trap such as a live cage
  • Natural deterrents such as smells or noises
  • getting a cat or a rodent hunting dog such as a terrier or jack russell. 
  • inhumane glue board trap
  • snap trap
  • Electronic trap
  • Poison

Humane Traps

As previously mentioned, humane traps can be difficult to rid you of your non paying guests. Mice are clever and don’t always do what we want or even expect them to do. Where you place the trap and what tempting bait you use is very important when trying to catch these little ones. 

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Natural Deterrents

Natural deterrents such as smells and noises can be used to ward off these little guys. Used kitty litter will deter mice but unless you have a cat it’s not the most desired method. Old wives tales of using peppermint oils could work, however we have known on several occasions the mice stealing the cotton wool laced with peppermint oil and using it for nesting material. Ultra sound plugin units may also work but with many years of experience in pest control most customers we meet think otherwise.

Getting a bigger furred friend

Certain homes seem to always be under siege from mice and it drives some people (and gives them an excuse) to get a pet. Be aware that if getting a kitten, it will take many months before it is quick and able enough to catch any mice unlike an adult cat. Small dogs such as terriers and Jack Russell’s are also know to be good rodent hunters. Please note that over feeding the pet can make it slow, tired and uninterested. Leaving pet food out over night is a big no no as the mice will use this as a food source which can make the infestation grow in size.

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Inhumane glue board 

Glue Boards are a successful way to eradicate a stubborn mouse infestation and a good way to get the rodents numbers down quickly. We urge that these traps are checked regularly and no later than any 12 hour period. This is because it’s cruel to let an animal suffer needlessly. Therefore on finding a live mouse, quick disposal is important by either folding the board and standing on the fold, or using a piece of paper to place over the board with the mouse on and standing on the paper, or hitting the paper with a heavy object. The paper is used to prevent yourself sticking to the board.

Snap Traps

Snap traps are hit or miss in our experience with our customers. It is very dependant on where they are placed and what tempting bait is used. These traps are an instantaneous kill so are preferred to glue boards. The more traps you set the more successful you will be.

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Electronic mouse trap

The electronic mouse trap is a favourite with customers with them being quick, clean and effective. They are very easy to set and you don’t have to touch the mouse when disposing. Plus these traps are again an instantaneous kill, meaning they are far more humane than other traps. These traps are slightly more expensive than the others though.

Rodenticide (Poison)

This method is probably the most tried and tested with very good results. Special care and attention should be taken when using a rodenticide product. Always place such baits well away from children and animals. Never place outside for the natural wildlife or a neighbours pet to eat. Rodenticides can be bought from certain hardware shops and online. Please follow the accompanying guidelines when baiting. We would always recommend placing where possible in basements, under floor boards, in loft spaces, in boiler cupboards, behind a kitchen units kickboards or anywhere else mice are likely to get to but other animals and children can not.

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What is the Best Tempting Bait to Use?

IMPORTANT: Most house mice like foods that are high in fat and protein with mice also having a sweet tooth. Another big factor is foods and liquids that they believe to be safe. Mice have evolved over the last few decades to get a taste for certain delights which most homes have. Adult mice will pass on this information to their young about scents (smells) that are safe and scents that are not. So if you think about certain common soft palatable foods that you always have in your home then mice will probably like and know to be safe. This is why you see people trying dairy and wheat based products in traps because most homes have had breads, cereals and cheeses available for decades. If a certain area of the UK eat different foods to that of another, then mice will likely evolve over a number of years to the foods that are available in this area.

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Chocolate & Peanut butter

Most house mice, like us humans will like the scent of chocolate and they believe it be a safe food. The softer the chocolate the better, however they will still gnaw on your left over fruit & nut bar. We’ve had this delight in our home and work place for many years now and our furry friends have got very accustomed to it. 
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Fruit & Veg

 Mice like fruit and vegetables because these foods are normally soft and easy to eat.  Many homes have these foods and the mice know they are good for their diet and safe to munch on. Soft fruits such as bananas and tomatoes tend to be their most common choices, but they will gnaw on any organic food if available.
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Nuts & Seeds

Mice have been grazing on seeds for as long as mice have been around. Most seeds a are source of protein for them and again mice know most seeds are not harmful to them. People will leave seeds out in their sheds and garages and mice will likely nest close by to these areas with this big food source nearby.

Blocking the Mice Out….

If you have tried every method but still you are getting mice then the last resort of filling holes and gaps to keep the mice. This again is not full proof as mice may gnaw holes to create an entry point. Below are some of the normal entry points inside your home where they may be getting in.

  • gaps around the water pipework entering the kitchen below the units
  • gaps around electrical cables entering the property. Either under stairs, under kitchen units, false walls behind kitchen appliances.
  • gaps around heating pipework such as radiator pipes.
  • fire places
  • gaps around boiler pipes
  • possible gap from the wall to the floor below the kitchen units.
  • gaps around the toilet waste pipe.
  • gaps around or under the bath panelling
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