If you have or had a mouse problem in your home, you likely know that rodent poisons are one of the best ways to combat an infestation.
And while there are plenty of effective, commercial rodent poisons on the market, could the secret killer be sitting on your kitchen table?
To answer this question, we must look at all of the consequences that occur when a mouse eats too much salt. Let’s get started.
What does salt do to mice?
Very generally speaking, salt does not noticeable alter the health of mice if digested in small to moderate amounts. In fact, salt is an essential part of every mouse’s diet—mammals cannot survive without salt in their diet. House mice nibble on salty snacks, pet food, crumbs, and leftover meals, all of which contain salt. And wild mice (deer mice) snack on nuts, plant materials, and seeds, all of which contain salt, too.
However, like most things, salt in high concentrations is unhealthy for mice. Recent studies have shown that too much salt is bad for mouse brains. More specifically, the National Institutes of Health states that mice fed very high-salt diets see changes in their immune systems in the gut. This can led to brain damage due to a reduced blood flow to the brain. Furthermore, these mice with high-salt diets show accumulation of a protein in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
So, salt in moderation is fine, but too much salt is unhealthy. But can too much salt actually kill mice? The answer depends. Very literally speaking, yes, too much salt can kill mice, but too much of anything is potentially toxic to any living creature. The question is then, do mice ever eat enough salt to poison and kill themselves? Truthfully, it’s difficult to find evidence because mice typically have many, many food sources at their disposal in any given home or environment. If you put out a bowl of salt, mice won’t sit there and finish the whole bowl in one sitting, so it’s unlikely to kill any mice solely with salt.
Is salt good for other rodents or insects?
Salt in moderation is good for all rodents and insects. It’s important to reiterate this point. All rodents (and most insects) need salt to survive. Rats and mice are no exception. Salt is in almost every type of food, and it is the main seasoning in every food that animals are most attracted to: salty and sweet treats.
Again, the key word is moderation. Salt is an essential ingredient to most animal’s diets, but in high amounts, it can quickly become toxic.
What food kills mice instantly?
There are many foods that are toxic and poisonous to mice over time, but not many that will kill mice instantly. One food that will kill them instantly, however, is instant mashed potatoes.
To try this method out, use instant dried, mashed potato flakes. Place the flakes into a small bowl, plate, or lid near areas of high mouse activity. The mice will quickly eat them and once they do, the dehydrated flakes will cause them to seek out water. The flakes will then swell in their stomach and kill them.
It’s important to note that the prepared, cooked mashed potatoes with butter will not kill mice.
What kills mice instantly home remedies?
Baking soda is one of the most effective home remedies and best ways to get rid of mice. Baking soda works just like instant mashed potatoes. Mix some baking soda powder into a bowl with other ingredients, such as chocolate or sugar. Mice will flock to the sweet concoction and their stomachs will essentially explode to death upon consumption.
Another great home remedy to get ride of mice naturally is dry cement. Dry cement is the powder that is used to create cement and it is an excellent way to kill mice without using harmful, commercial poisons. In order for this method to work, you have mix the powder with flour to attract the mice. The flour in the mixture becomes irresistible to the mice and they will devour it quickly.
The combination of the dry cement and dry flour makes the mice very thirsty, prompting them to drink a lot of water. The mixture then dries up inside of them which kills them.
Some of the best home remedies are the more traditional types of pest control efforts. For example, steel wool works wonders at keeping mice out of certain places. If you notice small holes and cracks in and around your home, place some steel wool in them to keep mice from entering them.
Furthermore, while not quite exactly a home remedy, snap traps with peanut butter do an excellent job at trapping and killing mice. You can buy snap traps at most local hardware stores and peanut butter is one of the most appealing foods for mice.
What is poisonous to mice?
Obviously, rodenticides are the most poisonous and dangerous poisons to mice. Many people think they are the best way to get rid of mice, especially if getting rid of mice in your home quickly is a priority.
While it isn’t poisonous to mice, peppermint oil is a great home remedy that does wonders at repelling mice. Peppermint oil is a scent that many people enjoy, but the fresh, overwhelming aroma can be quite annoying to a mouse’s receptive nose. Try placing a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and placing them around your house as a way to get rid of mice.
You can put the cotton balls in places where mice are gaining entry into your home and in your kitchen cabinets to keep them away. You can also plant mint around the exterior of your house to keep them away from your home. As a bonus, peppermint oil will also kill pesky insects like spiders and mites.
One other thing that is poisonous to mice are bay leaves. To get rid of rats and mice naturally in your home, use a bay leaf. Mice are attracted to the nice scent of a bay leaf. However, the leaves contain secondary metabolites that are lethal to mice when ingested. Try placing bay leaves around your home to get rid of mice.
Getting rid of mice does not have to be as difficult of a task as it sounds. If you pick a few pest control methods and stick with them throughout your infestation eradication efforts, you will see results.
Some people will say that they know the best ways to get rid of mice or that getting rid of them is next to impossible, and it’s best to turn your head. A few methods, mentioned in this article, have stood the test of time as excellent ways to get rid of mice, and if you really want to get rid of mice in your home, look no further than traditional trapping methods such as snap traps with peanut butter, humane traps with peanut butter, or rodenticides for mice.