We grew up watching cute, adorable pet mice in movies like Stuart Little and Cinderella. But trust me, they are not at all cute off-screen. They are the little rogues when at home, and creates a mess out of the groceries. If you find them at home and want to get rid of them, here are a couple of things that you can do, to prevent them from being attracted to your home in the first place.
Make sure that your trash can is covered and food and groceries are out of reach of the little rogues. But we wouldn’t really like to kill the mice, after all they are also looking for food. What we can do rather is get rid of the mice in a humane way, and here are six different ways in which you can do that.
Though most of us like the refreshing smell and taste of peppermint but most mice hate the smell. The small creatures have too sensitive noses, and the smell of peppermint happens to be very strong for them. Buy peppermint oil from general stores or the local medical shop and dab it on a cotton ball. Now, place the cotton ball strategically at the entry and exit point of mice, or wherever you have seen them moving.
It is an easy way to drive away mice without killing or even hurting them. This trick works best for indoors as it will help the strong, minty smell to get retained.
Just like that of peppermint, the smell of cloves is also too harsh for mice. Wherever you would have placed the peppermint oil dipped cotton balls, place the cloves in similar places.
The smell of cloves refrains them from entering your apartment, but in turn leave your home smell absolutely lovely and fresh.
Almost everyone has aluminium foil stored in kitchen drawers but who know that they are helpful to get rid of the adamant little creatures away from your house? All you need to do is take a piece of aluminium foil and roll it up to form a ball.
Now, place this foil ball from where the mouse gets in or leaves the apartment. Mice dislike the look and feel of aluminium foil and thus it a quick, cheap and easy method to repel mice from entering into your apartment.
Humane Mouse Trap: Catch and Release Traps
The no-kill mouse traps are a classic way to get rid of the mice at home without killing them. Take some food (of their choice) like crackers or salty biscuits and place those inside the trap. The mice will smell the treat and enter the trap.
Once the mouse gets inside the cage, the door behind it will close, with the mouse trapped inside it. Once it is trapped inside the cage, carry it outside and release it in the garden or anywhere away from your home. Your home will be mouse-free yet the mouse will remain alive. If you want to buy humane mouse trap, you can get those online at Keplin.
Using repellents are also an easy and convenient way to get rid of mice. All you need to do is spray the repellent on the way of the mice to drive them away. Although most repellents are toxin-free but it would better if you wear gloves while using those.
Ultrasonic devices are great for driving away mice. They send ultrasound waves creating a sound that is inaudible to human ears but drives the mice crazy. They hate it so much that they will leave the place at once. All you have to do is place the repellent device and switch it on where you have spotted the mice previously.
This is safer than other repellents as it does not cause harm to other pets.