Very few things are as annoying as seeing rats run around freely in your home after you have tried different things to eradicate them. The same thing is applicable to certain insects and bigger animals like squirrels living in the roof of your home.
Mice, rats, squirrels and bats are some of the most common fur-covered pests that invade our homes often when the weather starts turning cool. They really don’t mean any harm. They’re just looking for food, water and shelter. Here are tips to keep them far away from your home.
Eliminate Food Sources
Store foods, especially grains, pet food and birdseed, in metal or heavy plastic materials that are rodent-proof.
Store grass seed in sealed containers.
Put away any uneaten human and pet food.
Make your garbage cans Rodent-proof by setting them on 6-inches high wood platforms. Make sure the lids fit tight; use rubber cords to fasten them down if necessary. Replace garbage cans that have cracks or holes.
Pick up any fruit that has fallen from trees in your yard.
Search out holes (even small ones) around your foundation, eaves and soffits and fill them with steel wool, cover with sheet metal, or fill with caulk, plaster or cement.
How to get rid of mice
Set snap traps with the baited trigger end of the trap tight against the wall, because mice usually run along walls. Wherever possible, use two traps. Dispose of a dead mouse in a plastic bag in the garbage, then reuse the trap. The scent of the dead mouse will help attract any other mice in the house.
If you get a mouse in your house, trap it as soon as you can. There’s no such thing as only one mouse! And don’t get upset about killing a few mice. A female mouse can have up to 10 litters a year with six or more babies per litter. However, if killing mice bothers you, there are live traps available.
There’s no problem reusing a mousetrap either. The scent of the captured mouse that remains on the trap actually attracts other mice.
Poisons are another option for mice, including closed, baited containers with a small opening for the mouse to enter. But we’re not recommending poisons because they can be a danger to kids and pets. More so, since poison doesn’t work immediately, the dying mouse crawls off somewhere to die and decompose, leaving a smell you will never find, but will always remember.