Mouse control is a necessary measure in any dwelling or commercial premises where there is an infestation. If proper control is not practiced, these pests can multiply very quickly, causing great damage to food items, furniture, clothing and other valuables. To a large extent, effective mouse control can be achieved by maintaining cleanliness, avoiding clutter and eliminating openings.
Tip 1 – Maintain a Clean Environment
Mice thrive in dirty, cluttered surroundings. In such areas, they find it easy to build nests and bring up their young. Mice reproduce very fast, and can be difficult to control if left undisturbed. In a clean environment, they will find it difficult to survive and grow in number.
Tip 2 – Eliminate Food Sources
Mice can survive on very small quantities of food and water. Ensure that you clean your dining table and the surrounding area after every meal. If you have small children at home, try to avoid messes during feeding time and clean any spills or drops promptly after feeding time.
Tip 3 – Prohibit Entry Indoors
Mice are very nimble and flexible. They can squeeze in through openings as small as a 1/4 of an inch. It is therefore vital to ensure that your home does not have any such entry points that these creatures can use to gain entry. Areas under sinks, around pipes, attics and garages are most prone to have small openings that may go unnoticed.
Tip 4 – Use Traps
Traps are quite effective in controlling a small mouse infestation. Place traps in strategic locations such as corners, dark areas and places close to areas of food storage and consumption. There are several different varieties of trapping mechanisms available, some with the ability to capture multiple mice.
Tip 5 – Use Bait
A suitable material used as bait can be very helpful in enticing and trapping mice. Rodenticides or food material can be used as bait. However, when using baits, the presence of young children or pets must be taken into consideration. Avoid leaving bait material in open areas where it can be easily accessed. Dispose of old bait promptly and change bait material frequently, so that the mice do not become resistant to the bait.
Tip 6 – Get a Pet Dog or Cat
A pet dog or cat can be a valuable ally in your mouse control campaign. However, household pets such as these can only control small populations of mice. Some pets that are not predatory may also be not of much help.
Tip 7 – Check Your Home Regularly
It is important to ensure that your home is free of mice. Most people who have a mouse infestation are not even aware of it. Check your home at least once a year for signs of any mouse activity. Look for signs such as gnawed food items, furniture, wires or paper. Mice droppings may also be visible. Ensure that there are no new openings to your home that are the result of wear and tear.