Getting House Mice Out of the Attic

Mice are huge pests and will damage your food, wiring, and insulation. Keeping mice out of your home is 100 percent possible all the time. If there are already mice in your home, it can be tempting to use a lethal trap to get rid of them. However, there are humane methods that are effective. Here are just a few ways you can remove mice from your home without needing to use lethal traps.

1. Set up Non-lethal Traps

There are many lethal mousetraps on the market, but there are a growing number of non-lethal traps available now. It is very unpleasant to find a mouse half stuck to a glue trap, trying to crawl to survive. Poison is also a bad idea, especially if you have pets or children in your home.

Most non-lethal traps will have directions about how to use the trap, and the best areas to set the trap up in. Some traps will come with their own bait, but you may need to use your own bait to catch the mice. Mice like most foods, but fruit seems to work the best because of the smell.

2. Release the Mice

Once the traps are laid, you should be checking them daily. Trapped mice could suffer from dehydration or starvation and die. When the mouse is captured, take the trap outside, far away from your home and other people's houses, and release it.

If there are no mice in the trap, move the trap around the attic until you catch them. You can also change the bait to see if that helps.

3. Watch for Signs of More Mice

Mice can live in groups, so it is possible that there is more than one mouse living in your attic. If you find one mouse in your home, you should lay traps for 5 to 10 mice. If you catch a mouse, you should clean up your attic, and other areas the mouse has been. This will tell you if more mice are in your home because the mess will return shortly after you clean it up.

4. Prevent the Mice from Coming Back

Once your home is free from mice, you need to find where they entered in the first place. Mice can fit through very tiny holes. This means that you need to inspect your whole home and fill any holes you find with caulking. You should also make sure that all food products are sealed tightly to prevent mice from being attracted to your home.

You can also use natural mice repellents to keep mice away from your home. Strong smelling plants like peppermint, lavender, and garlic will keep mice away from your home and garden. You can also make your own repellent using a mixture of water, peppermint oil, and clove oil. This mixture can be sprayed around your home to keep the mice at bay.

At times, getting mice out of your home can feel like a challenge because they can cause a huge amount of damage in a short amount of time. Most times, lethal traps are not always the best method of getting rid of mice.

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