How To Catch a Mouse

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A mouse can bring in a lot of diseases at home. It also scares children and startles the adults who do not admit to be scared of it. A mouse will seem harmful at first, but when it starts eating up your food, clothes and furniture, then it becomes a real pest. To get rid of the mouse in your house, try these tips:

Use a mouse trap. Traditional mouse traps make use of a bait and when the mouse steps on it, the poor thing gets trapped by a metal spring. This may look gross for most people, that is why more convenient traps have been developed. 

The plastic trap is a useable trap, where the mouse is clipped on the bait, and can be disposed of by just picking up the clip and slipping the mouse off to the trash bin. 

A glue trap can also be used. Some use flypaper for this, but this is only useful for small mice, because the bigger ones can escape from the glue trap or fly paper by simply struggling and rolling off. A strategy for the glue trap is to place it against a wall, instead of just letting it stand on the floor. When it is on the wall, the mouse will have to touch the glue to reach the bait (usually a cookie or peanut butter), and if the mouse struggles, the glue trap will fall flat on the floor sticking on the mouse’s body. 

Use mouse poison. This is supposed to be a last resort solution. This is an effective way to get rid of mice, but the disadvantage is that when the mice eat the poison, it will take a few minutes or hours before it takes effect. The mice will most likely die in the most odd places in the home, and you will only know it is dead when you start smelling the decomposing mice. 

When using mice poison, make sure there are no small children in the house, as well as house pets, as they may also accidentally eat the poison, or they might be the ones to come across the dead mice and play with it. 

Cover the mouse entry points. Mice thrive outside the homes first, before they find their way in and make themselves comfortable. So it is important to inspect the house and see where the mice might be entering. Cover these areas, and if there are no children and pets in the house, it is best to place the mice poison in the entry points. These points may also be where the mice trap is placed.

Have a pet cat. When the cat is away, the mouse will play, as the saying goes. Maybe it is time to take care of a pet cat to drive away mice and rats. It is observed that just with the cat’s meowing sound, rats and mice are frightened, and they run away. Find a pet cat that will suit your family.


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