You’ve found signs that mice have found their way into your home like teeth marks and holes in boxes in the pantry or dropping in the cabinets. If you’re like most people, the idea not only repulses you but perhaps is rather scary, as well. You are definitely not alone as there are many who run to Google and type in “get rid of mouse” every single day. However, they really should be asking “how to get rid of mice” as it is rare to have only one mouse.
Obviously, you should take steps to ensure that mice don’t come back but your first priority is likely to be getting rid of the mice that are already there. There are basically four ways that you can get rid of “mouse in the house” syndrome – get a cat, use repellents, use poisons or use traps. There are advantages and disadvantages to all methods so knowing something about them will help you make a decision.
Cats are known to chase mice – we know that just from old Tom & Jerry cartoons, right? A good mouser (cat trained to hunt rodents) will be pretty effective at keeping mice at bay. However, there are some drawbacks to getting a cat. One is that a single cat will not be able to take care of a large mouse infestation. Another is that not everyone wants to or can take care of a pet properly or even may not be able to get a cat if they are renting. Cats also have a tendency to play with their prey or bring them to their owners as gifts. Nothing quite as creepy as waking up with a dead mouse next to your slippers!
You could try mouse repellents but these are not always effective. If you only have small problems, repellents may do the trick for you, though. You can purchase rodent repellents at the hardware store, in either spray or pellet form. The concern with repellents, especially in pellet form, is that a pet or small child could ingest them and it could make them sick or even poison them. Mice do seem to not like mint and some people have found success by planting mint varieties around their home or in pots inside.
Poisons are very effective rodent deterrents…well, not really a deterrent but it will take care of the problem because the mice ingest the poison and it kills them. There are several concerns about using poisons, however. Just as with repellents, you certainly have to be careful that pets or children will not be able to come in contact with the poisons as anything that will get rid of the mouse, will also hurt other living things. You also have to be aware that the mouse could go back to the walls of your home and die. You won’t know about it until an extremely unpleasant odor begins to waft through your home.
Traps are the most effective way to deal with mice while being fairly safe for you, your children and your pets. A typical snap mousetrap could hurt your child or pet so that type you would only want to use where they can’t get access. Other types of traps include glue boards or zapper traps. If you don’t want to deal with the mess of disposing of dead mice or just plain don’t like the idea of killing them, there are non-lethal traps, as well. When using those, you need to make sure that you let them go a long way from your home as they will just come back in the way they did in the first place.
If none of these methods prove effective due to a particularly serious infestation, you may need to call in a professional Rodent Control Brisbane service. Before you decide which service to call, you should ask around to see if you can get any recommendations from people you know. When you do start calling companies, you should be looking for more than just a price quote, too. Make sure that they have the proper licenses and insurance before you hire anyone.
Don’t hire anyone who gives you a quote over the phone. There is no way that the pest control service will know exactly what needs to be done or how to deal with it unless they actually inspect the property. You should also find out what exactly you will get for service for your fee. A cheaper company that comes only once to exterminate may not be such a good bargain if you can pay a bit more and have the company come back periodically to ensure that the mice remain gone.
Obviously, how you decide to get rid of “mouse in the house” will depend on your tastes, your budget and even how big a mouse infestation you are handling.