Mice: They’re Here to Stay

Mice are by far the most infamously common household pest.

Although, while some mice may not seem threatening, they are usually unwelcome guests in most households. Not only do they burrow into food supplies and furniture, they are also disease carrying critters, spreading bacteria and viruses through saliva, droppings, and fleas. Mice are relatively harmless to humans otherwise, however precautions must be made to prevent an infestation.

There are a few ways in which you can rid your home of mice humanely. Although the most effective method is to seek professional help, you can put into practice some of these useful tips to curb the infestation until help arrives.

If you’re looking to treat your mice problem humanely before pest control services take over, you will want to stay away from glues, poisons, and mouse traps. There are an assortment of techniques to use if you hope to repel mice away from your home and your pantries. One online source suggests using peppermint tea, oil, and extracts to keep mice away. The potent smell of peppermint interferes with a mouse’s very sensitive sense of smell, causing it to stray far away from enclosed areas smelling of peppermint. You can try dousing cotton balls with peppermint extract, and laying them throughout your house and in mice entry holes and crevices. Another temporary fix involves mixing a half gallon of apple cider vinegar with two gallons of water. Once a month, sprinkle the solution outside of your house, and on all possible mice entry points.

If you’re house or its surrounding area is messy and disorganized, mice will probably take shelter and nest in your crowded mess. Bundles of old paperwork, magazines, and old furniture can provide mice with the perfect home within a home. Avoid storing food within cardboard boxes containers, as mice can smell and eat through cardboard. Store food in plastic jars and containers to safeguard food supplies and force mice to go elsewhere for food.

If you have an outdoor shed or yard full of equipment, these can become havens for field mice and other outdoor rodents. Make sure to allow a path of mowed lawn and cut grass between your home, and possible nesting sites like sheds, or wood piles.

Also available on the market are some botanical rodent repellant products you spread in and around your home. These repellants usually contain herbs with extracts and smells that disturb rodent nests. The herbs and chips are condensed into pouches that fit easily through holes, crevices, and cracks where mice take shelter. While forcing mice out, the scents offered by these botanical repellents can offer any household a breath of pleasantry and freshness. Fresh Cab and Stay Away are some brands to look for.

These solutions however may not lead to a permanent solution, as mice can be extremely persistent pests. In most cases, the use of more assertive practices by pest control professionals will need to be considered. If you liked this post and would like to read more on pest control info check out our twitter @American_Pest for more. If you’re interested in our services, check out our main site. Thanks for reading !