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Mice, among the most prolific wildlife creatures in rural areas, bring destruction and disease when they invade your home. One thing that attracts mice to your home is an abundance of food. They subsist on foods high in sugar and fat, which include bacon, butter, chocolate and cheese. Mice are difficult to catch because they hide in your walls and other places that you cannot reach easily. The best way to deal with mice is to prevent them from getting into your house in the first place.
Inspect your home thoroughly for any openings or holes that are more than ¼ inch in diameter. Seal any holes you find with concrete, metal or another sturdy material. Keep doors and garages closed, as well as any other doors that allow entry to the house.
Put food away. Keep it sealed in plastic containers, and clean up any spilled food that might draw a mouse's attention.
Remove structures that a mouse could live in. This includes trash, tall grass and woodpiles. If you have a fireplace, store your firewood at least 12 inches off the ground.
Set traps around areas that mice are likely to run through. These can include cupboards, attics and closets. Check the traps on a regular basis, and remove dead mice as quickly as possible to avoid germs and odors.
Place poison baits outside the home, such as the garage or storage area. This prevents your children from gaining access to the baits. Also, be careful to place them where your pets cannot access them.