Mouse problems exist in any home at one point and even if we maintain our homes clean and sanitized, we may not always be safe from these rodents. There are other places where they can come from: your neighbor’s homes, the farm, sewers, etc. At the smell of food, they can decide to visit your home anytime and seek for shelter. Handling mouse problem takes effort and like any rodent, they exist mainly because food is readily available for them. So, the first thing that you need to do is eliminate their food source. You can start by checking the cabinets, food storage and other areas where you stack your food. These should be tightly sealed and free of any food drippings. For type of food that needs to be kept in room temperature, these should be in covered glass containers.
Mice can easily populate if they find a good shelter inside your home. So you need to seal all the cracks and other openings to eliminate possibility of shelter. Once you have done all these, you can start eliminating and stopping these rodents from populating. Below are some of the options readily available in handling mouse problems:
Trap and snap. Trapping is a good way of handling mouse problem. Mouse snap traps are readily available and there are a lot of brands that you can choose from. You can place these where they usually pass and or near the areas where they seek shelter. However, be extra careful in placing your traps so you won’t accidentally trip on it and hurt yourself. Use the right amount of traps to be able to get rid of as much mice as you can. Use peanut butter or a piece of bacon as bait.
You can also add glue boards so you can catch those that can escape from the trap. It is also best to place 2 to 3 boards beside each other to make sure that the mouse won’t escape from it. Before placing the glue board, make sure to wipe the area clean from dust.
Poison or Rodenticides. This is also an effective way of handling mouse problem in your home. However, you should be extra cautious if you have children around. You may choose this option only if the trapping failed and if your mouse problem is already leading to mice infestation.
In choosing for a rodenticide, it is best to purchase the branded products than the unlabeled and home-made. Remember that these are made out of poisonous ingredients and should be treated with care. These are extremely harmful to human if accidentally swallowed or applied to skin. It is also safe to check if the product you purchased is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This way, you can be sure that the product you purchased is safe not only for you, but for the environment as well.
Read the instructions thoroughly and as a precaution, read the instructions on how to manage poisoning if accidentally swallowed by any member of your family. Follow the instructions as stated in the label. Poisoning is most effective if implemented properly.