What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of House Mice?

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What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of House Mice?
Get rid of mice with peppermint oil. (Little rat image by Indigo Fish from Fotolia.com)

Mice can become a nuisance that makes you uncomfortable in your own home. Typically when you see one mouse, there are several others nearby. Mice can multiply quickly, so you must work quickly to get rid of the mice in a way that does not harm your home or your family.

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Reasons to Get Rid of Mice

Mice may simply be an annoying rodent, but in reality the problem can be much deeper than this. Mice carry bacteria, viruses and can even eat through packaging and contaminate foods. Faeces can be dropped throughout your home, and parasites can also drop off of the mice and invade your home.

Ways to Kill Mice

If you want to actually kill the mice, you have several options. You can use the traditional wooden and metal mouse trap that snaps the mouse's neck, a glue trap that lays flat and captures a mouse if it runs across the trap or you can use a rat poison. The poison gets eaten by the mouse and kills off the mouse in a short period. Poison is not typically the best option when you have pets or small children around the home that could potentially ingest the poison.

Ways to Repel Mice

If you prefer to get rid of the mice without actually killing them, use a repellent. Peppermint is a strong repellent that keeps mice away. Fill a spray bottle with about 2 cups of water and 2 tbsp of peppermint essential oil, and spray around the home. Spray especially around doorways, windowsills and other entry points. Alternately, crush peppermints and sprinkle them around the home. Pepper is also a natural repellent, and sprinkling cayenne pepper around the home or filling a spray bottle with about 2 cups of water and 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper will work well.

Preventing Mouse Problems

Always keep foods in containers and sealed properly. If you do have mice in the home, keep bags of foods stored in cabinets. Keep eating areas free of crumbs and food droppings; keep the trash tied, and take it out regularly. Also examine the perimeter of your home, and caulk any small openings that a small rodent could get through.

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