It's never a good thing to have mice in your home. The rodents get into your cupboards, shred any cardboard boxes and leave their droppings as a calling card. Don't resort to inhumane glue traps or poisons to get rid of mice. There are plenty of humane options when it comes to clearing your home of the critters.
Purchase a humane trap. A humane trap is a mouse-sized box about the length and width of a regular mouse trap. However, the entire trap is enclosed so that the mouse can't escape. Place a peanut butter on a cracker wedge into the trap and the mouse will enter the trap, stepping on the door mechanism. The door will spring closed, leaving the mouse trapped inside. Take the entire trap to a local park or wooded area and release the mouse into the wild.
Remove the Food Source
Mice come into your house for food. Mice are attracted to the scent of food and will scavenge for seeds, crumbs, vegetable scraping or whatever food you leave out for them. If you have no food for them, the mice will leave. Seal all of your kitchen items in plastic food containers. Purchase plastic pet bins to store dog and cat food. Promptly clean up spills or left over food and never leave anything out overnight. Make sure the trash is kept in a sealed garbage can.
Mouse Proof Your Home
Seal any potential entry points into your home with steel wool. Stuff the steel wool into any hole in the baseboard or walls. Pay particular attention to the kitchen walls (check behind the stove and refrigerator). Caulk smaller holes using a caulking gun. A mouse only needs a hole one quarter of an inch wide to get into your house.
Mice don't like peppermint oil. Soak cotton balls in the oil and stuff them into crevices in the walls or other areas where there's evidence of mice visits. A nice side effect of peppermint oil is that it will leave your home smelling fresh.
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