While mice might look very cute, if they get in to your property, they can do a lot of damage. If they do, try to identify where they run along the walls or where they are in cupboards and place traps flat along the wall to try to catch them.
Mice may be small, but if they find a way in to your property, they could build a nest and do some serious damage to your home. If you see a mouse, there’s a good chance it’s not on its own. Mice go inside for food, shelter and warmth and they’ll make themselves at home if they find it.
They are potentially one of the most common rodent problems people can face and if left untreated they can:
- Eat your food.
- Damage your walls and doors.
- Gnaw through electric cables, potentially starting a fire.
Do you have a rodent problem?
If you have a problem with mice, the last indication of this is seeing one run across the floor. This can, and does, happen but there are many other signs to look out for.
- The most obvious sign is gnawed bags of food. They will nibble away a corner to get to what’s inside.
- If you suddenly find cables are chewed through or see signs of gnawing at the bottom of doors, then you may have a problem.
- If you see droppings, then make a note of where they are.
- Mice can scratch underneath floorboards or you may hear them scuttling along the wall.
- If you suddenly smell something strong and musky, it could be mouse urine.
If you identify any of these things, act fast. If you leave it, the problem will only get worse.
How to get rid of an infestation
Mouse traps are an obvious way to get rid of mice, but there are other things to try as well.
Seal their entry point.
This can be a lot harder than you think. Mice can get through very small holes and it’s sometimes hard to find them. Any hole the size of a dime and over, means a mouse can get through. They can also get underneath doors if there’s enough room.
If you find a hole, fill it with metal or epoxy as they cannot chew through these. If you don’t fill the holes they are coming through, you will continue to have a problem.
Remove all food
Store all food in plastic containers and don’t leave any food or packets where mice can get to them. Use your refrigerator and either move your food to a high cupboard or place it in an area where you know mice cannot go.
Sometimes this is enough to solve the problem as by removing their food source, you’re removing one of the reasons for them to come in to your home.
If you still have a problem, you need to get rid of the mice and the best way to do this is by using a trap, take a look at our recommendations.
There are several types of trap available. Most will kill the mouse but you can purchase humane traps which catch the mouse without hurting it. If you use this method you will then need to take it out and release it. Don’t just release them back in your yard or they may just find their way back in. Some mice have been known to travel as far as two miles to get back to their former habitat.
Where to place your traps
It doesn’t matter what sort of mouse traps you use, they must be located correctly and in the right place to get the best results.
Mice tend to stick close to the walls, so don’t put your traps out in the open or they may not find them. You also need to make sure that pets and children can’t get to them as well.
- Try to see what route they follow. They usually follow the same route, and go to the same places, so if you look for droppings you may be able to work out where they go. Look for any signs of activity, particularly around areas where food is stored.
- If you see evidence of mice activity in a food cupboard, then that’s a good place to put a trap, but don’t use anything poisonous where you have food.
- Choose a location which is clear from any other obstructions so that the trap is directly in their path. You need the mice to have clear access to it, and you don’t want anything to prevent the trap from operating properly.
- Remove all food so that the mice won’t be able to get to it. This way they are more likely to try to eat the food in your trap. Mice love peanut butter and they will be attracted by the smell. You don’t need a large amount. If you have several traps out, you can try different foods as well. Mice also love nuts and seeds, chocolate and bacon bits.
- Before you put your traps down, don’t handle your pets. The smell will get on to the trap and the mice won’t go near it.
- Place your trap parallel to the wall with the bait closest to it. The mouse is more likely to investigate it if you do this, rather than run round to the other side.
- If you notice lots of activity you can site more than one trap, but always follow the same rules. You can put them next to one another and locate them at various points along the route. Even one mouse my need more than one trap as they may not trigger the first one they come to.
If you place your traps correctly, you should be able to trap your mice. Most mice are caught on the first night of traps being placed, so take advantage of this and you may solve your problem once and for all.