Mice are a nuisance and can be hard to get rid of and the last thing you want is to have them in your home. In weeks you could be dealing with a community of mice, they eat anything they encounter and will create havoc in your home. Sometimes the best solution is to call in the professional. Wild Wild Pest Control has shared a few tips that can be tried before you call in an exterminator.
- Moth Balls – When added to your attic or basement, they can be an effective way to kill mice. Mothballs give off a toxic gas that is deadly to small pests. You can put them in old socks or tie them up in small towels to keep them from scattering.
- Bags of Dried Beans – If your mouse problem is in the attic, you can put dried beans in a pantyhose and hang them from the beams. You can also put some in a sock and group several together, hang them as well. The dried beans will scare the mice away because they will be unable to navigate around them. This is more of a natural deterrent and an environmentally sound alternative to mouse poison.
- Cucumber Slices – This is another organic alternative to mouse poison since mice don’t like the smell or taste of this vegetable so it can be used to discourage mice from settling in your home. Cut up some cucumbers and spread them around the grounds of your home to keep them away. This is also an effective way to keep them out of your vegetable garden.
- Plug Holes – The best place for mice to live is in your house. They can come through any hole or crack they find so make sure to look around your home and plug up the holes with steel wool. Mice hate the texture and it keeps them from trying to make a nest for their young in your home.
- Keep Trash Cans Shut – If you have an outside trash can, make sure to keep the lid shut so mice don’t get in. Mice will eat almost anything and they especially like to forage for food at night so be sure to remove any food source.
- Keep Pet Food Away – If you feed your pets outside, be sure to put their food bowls away after they have been given a chance to eat. Put your pet food in a strong sealed container, mice can tear into bags easily. This will keep the mice from being attracted to your pet’s food.
- Bleach and Water – If you don’t care for chemicals, try mixing one cup of bleach with a quarter gallon of warm water. You can put some of this in a spray bottle and lightly mist the areas you think mice might be, such as your cabinets and pantry. You can also try to coat any holes that might be in your home with this mixture. It will help keep mice out of your house.
Luckily, there are many natural ways that you can keep mice out of your home without any chemicals or poisons. With a few simple precautions, you can help prevent a mouse infestation while also keeping your house and family free of the risks posed by mice.