Not only are mice destructive, they also carry transmittable diseases capable of infecting your pets and your family. Traps and poison are two of the most common solutions to a mouse infestation, but both of these options can be hazardous to your family. Baking soda is a natural and effective alternative to chemical poisons.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Measuring cups
- Shallow plastic bowls
Examine your home for signs of a mouse infestation. Mice hide in dark, secluded areas such as closets and cabinets, and leave behind their faeces as they feed.
Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl. The digestive tract of a mouse does not allow it to belch, and, when the baking soda comes in contact with the mouse's stomach acid, it bubbles and expands. The pressure from the mouse's bloated stomach prevents their lungs from expanding, killing it through suffocation.
Distribute the mixture into smaller plastic containers, and place one container in each location noted to have mouse activity. Refill the bowls daily, until no more signs of mice exist.
Pick up and dispose of any dead mice immediately. Wear gloves when handling carcases, and tie them up inside plastic bags to prevent insects from transferring to other live hosts.
Tips and warnings
- This mixture is safe for use around pets, as cats and dogs are not normally attracted to the mixture.
- Call in an exterminator if you notice heavy infestation.
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