Mice and rats do a lot of damage to the global food supply. The National Pest Management Association has reported that they contaminate nearly 20% of the world’s food supply. People all over the United States keep rats and mice as pets, although most say they are grossed out by them. If you have opened your home to mice, you may look for a company that handles animal removal. There are some other things you can do to get rid of the critters before they do some serious damage.
Adopt a cat. Cats have such a strong instinct to kill that even when they are well fed, they will try to find and hunt any mice in your home. While they cannot be considered professional rodent removal experts, they can make quick work of the unwanted rodents in your home. If people who live in your home are allergic to cats, another option is to buy some kitty litter. Get the cheapest bag or box and place it in an area where you suspect the mice hang out. Open the litter container. Mice can smell the litter and will assume there is a cat lurking somewhere in your home.
Mice hate the smell of clove oil and peppermint oil. Take cotton balls and get them saturated in one of the essential oils. Place the wet cotton balls in areas of your home where mice like to go and stay. This can be an effective way to deal with animal removal that is safe and non-toxic.
Get some humane traps. There are traps you can get to deal with mice and other rodents. These allow you to capture the mice and then release them unharmed. To bait the traps, use foods that they like such as cheese, peanut butter, and popcorn. Chances are good that the mice will be caught at night so be sure you check the traps in the morning. When you release the mice, you need to go a mile or more away from your home so they do not just come back. In terms of animal removal, this is a very humane way to go.
Use hot sauce. Compounds with pepper or hot sauce are recommended by many an animal and rodent removal companies. There are a number of reasons to avoid poison. The best way to deal with animal removal in your home is to do it in a humane way that does not hurt the mice. You can also cause sickness in kids and pets with poison. Most animals do not like pepper and hot sauce so if you place this is areas around your home, you can repel the creatures.
Use steel wool to keep the mice out. Mice and other rodents find steel wool to taste bad and hard to chew on. Therefore, if you find any spots where they can get in, using steel wool can change their mind about wanting to live in your home.
Block the entryways with duct tape. Duct tape is one item that can be used in a ton of ways in the home. When you find smaller spaces that are large enough to let the mice into your home, seal them up with duct tape. You can prevent damage from animals by wrapping wires and pipes with the tape.
Know when to call in a professional. If you have a large infestation and have tried these home remedies without success, you may need to call in the cavalry. Your local animal and rodent removal company can help you get rid of the mice in a humane manner. If there are too many mice, this is the only way to go.
In Ireland, they have a traditional way of dealing with unwanted rodents such as mice and rate. According to legend, the best way to deal with animal removal is to communicate with the animals. They say if you leave them a note telling them of a better place to stay, with the new address included, they will leave on their own. While the efficacy of this method is unclear, the tips above can help rid your home of mice. Otherwise, a professional rodent control company