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Some people see mice as cute, and some even enjoy keeping them as pets. But if you find that instead of enjoying them as pets you find they have become pests they can be quite destructive and dangerous. Mice will spread diseases and go through your food pantry in a flash making most of the food in there that’s not canned uneatable. They leave droppings everywhere and that can spell some nasty diseases for humans and household pets. So obviously you do not want a pest infestation. If you do not have mice in your house yet then you want to keep them out; if mice have already made a home inside your property then it is time to show them the door. There are some products out there that claim that they will get rid of your mice, but how effective are they? You can also get some of the items you already have at home and create a homemade repellent that will be effective against mice.
If you have mice in your home then perhaps it is time to get some vegetation in your house; that does not mean get just any plant; you should get peppermint. Like a lot of rodents mice do not like the smell of peppermint. The difference is that with other animals the peppermint plant by itself will not do the job. Mice however are a different story. Placing peppermint plants around the areas they frequent will make it more likely they will no longer frequent that area. You do not have to use the plants; you can also use cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil. That will be as effective with mice and even with rats if you happen to get some too. Get the cotton balls on top of the counter, inside the pantry and if you know of a location in the wall where mice are, you can get some cotton balls there too.
Get A Cat
If you remember the cartoons you watched during your childhood they always had a mouse vs. cat interaction. This is simply because cats are natural predators to mice and getting one will go a long way in helping you get rid of them. Even if the cat does not attack the mice it will chase and that may scare the mice away. The only problem with the cat solution is that some cats will chase and kill the mice and that means that you are left with cleanup duties. If you are not sure that you will be able to do that then perhaps the cat solution is not for you. These animals will also cost care and responsibility, so it may not work well for you as well. However, there are few repellents that are as effective as cats because they represent fear to the mouse, and a mouse that is afraid will want to leave as soon as possible.
Once The Mice Are Gone
When you are certain that the mice are gone it is time to make sure that they do not come back. Examine the outside structure of your house to see if you notice any location where the mice may be coming from. If there is a hole in the wall seal it. If you have mice outside you do not want to attract them more to your property. Get a trash can that can be sealed shut. That will prevent mice from seeing your house as a source of food. You may also want to go through your pantry and look for things that may have been tampered with by mice. If you see them get rid of them. Try to keep items that are in boxes in sealed containers so that mice cannot have access to them. The main strategy to get rid of mice is to take away their food source.
More in-detail how-to mouse removal articles:
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Information about how to kill a mouse - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep mice away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a mouse - remove one stuck in the house.
This site is intended to provide mouse deterrent education and information about mouse repellents, such as those you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a mouse problem. This site provides many mouse control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. But remember, mothballs and fox or coyote urine won't do the trick, nor will high pitch sound or noise machines. If you are unable to solve the problem on your own, which is likely with many cases of mouse removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance mouse.
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