Mice and rats are extremely smart animals. Once they’ve learned a route they will never forget it. They are social animals that enjoy the company of other mice or even–as in the case of pet mice and rats–humans, and can learn to respond to their own names if trained properly. But having a family of wild mice in your home is something most of us don’t celebrate over. They can get into your food, your pet’s food, and cause minor damage to your home by chewing holes. So what can you do if you suspect mice have been living rent-free in your house? This article will cover how to trap mice, release them, and prevent them from entering your home in the first place.
Preventing mice from finding their way in
Since mice are such smart and industrious creatures, there’s a good chance you’ll have some find a way in at some time or another. Unfortunately, once inside and once they have found a food source, mice aren’t likely to leave of their own accord. Most people don’t want to have to resort to trapping or killing mice. So, prevention is really the best option when it comes to keeping mice out of your home.
Seal up your house. Securing the outside of your home is the first step to preventing mice from entering. Since they can fit into cracks as small as the diameter of a penny you’ll need to comb the exterior of your home to look for any spaces they could enter.
Mice repellant. You can also use peppermint oil or cotton balls in spaces you think mice might enter your home. They hate the smell and will steer clear.
What to do if there are mice inside
If it’s too late to prevent a family of mice from entering your home you’ll have to try out other options. Some people choose to set up traps that snap shut and kill the mice. Others use glue traps that mice get stuck to. The problem with these traps are that they can cause the animal to suffer, suffocating or dehydrating to death as they struggle to get free. There are, fortunately, more humane methods of trapping mice.
No-kill traps. Certain mouse traps lure mice in and then close a door behind them so you can take them outside to release them. If you take this route it’s important that you check the trap a few times a day. Mice have high metabolisms and can easily die of dehydration in under 24 hours.
Cat and mouse. Another option is to borrow or adopt a feline friend. Mice aren’t as likely to stick around a house if they know there’s a cat around. Here you risk having the cat kill or maim the mice, however.
Cut off the food supply. Sealing your food in glass jars and keeping dog food in heavy plastic containers can be enough to get mice to look elsewhere for food.