When mice invade house, they are not easy to repel – pests are very sneaky and hard to catch, and they reproduce very quickly. This problem cannot be ignored, because rodents do a lot of harm: they spoil household items and furniture, give creeps to some people, and transmit various diseases dangerous for humans (for instance, salmonella and hantavirus). Besides, some mice can become aggressive and attack pets or people. Learn how to eliminate pests quickly and effectively.
Peppermint Spray: a Pleasant and Easy Method
Did you know that mice’s sense of smell is very strong? Make a 100% organic repellent that will deter tiny creatures and make your home smell great! Peppermint is the best ingredient, because it appeals to people while rodents find it disgusting and acrid.
You will need:
- Peppermint oil (can be obtained in online stores, pharmacy or home depot);
- Several cotton discs or balls.
Soak each cotton ball with about ½ tablespoon of oil and put them in different rooms of your dwelling. Choose places where mice are often seen, or their droppings and urine are found (remove all that before placing a ball). Replace the balls when smell starts fading away. By the way, you can try mixing different essential oils – choose what is most pleasant for you. The results will become visible soon: you will notice that pests avoid areas with strong smell. Another advantage of this method is total safety for kids, pets and environment: no harm is done to your family and pests.
How to Make Mice Deterrent Spray?
Above mentioned method may be not enough to get rid of mice entirely, but there is a more aggressive method. It will make pests flea from your dwelling, but don’t forget to wear protective equipment while using it.
This spray’s constituents are the hottest peppers and water, and it is very, very irritating. Prepare the ingredients:
- 100 grams of chopped habaneros;
- 4 teaspoons of hot pepper;
- 4 liters of water;
- spray bottle;
- 2 bins (buckets).
This remedy will irritate and disorient pests, making them run away from treated areas. No mice can resist such an aggressive mixture!
Install Ultrasonic Devices
Don’t want all this mess with sprays, traps and granules? Then it’s time to remember that together with having strong sense of smell, mouse can also hear a wide spectrum of sound around it, even ultrasound inaudible to people. Buy an ultrasonic repeller: this device emits noise that only rodents can perceive, it alarms and irritates them, making go away. Such equipment is very easy in use:
- Just plug it in and switch on. Device can work permanently, or be turned on only at night.
- One device protects one floor, separate repellers are needed for attic and basement.
- Don’t forget to check work of repellers from time to time – some of them have indicators that are green when the device works well, and red when it doesn’t.
There are different reviews concerning whether ultrasound devices help to get rid of mice or not. You should try it in your house and check mice reaction a bit later.
Mouse Traps: For and Against
If you want to make sure that a mouse that entered your house will be exterminated and won’t disturb you again, it can be caught and killed with the help of a trap. Yes, it is not a humane method, and causes a lot of mess – but this way you won’t doubt that a rodent cannot return to your dwelling.
There are different kinds of traps:
- glue traps;
- snap traps.
As soon as a pest takes bait, it is trapped and killed. Some traps do not murder pests: it is supposed that a homeowner will release a mouse and take it away from his house. Although trapping is effective, such method has some disadvantages:
- You have to check the traps regularly so that dead bodies did not stay for too long – these are sources of bad smell and infections.
- It does not guarantee that mice population will be exterminated entirely: in most cases, if a population is more than 10-20 species, they will reproduce quicker that you catch them all.
This solution will be appropriate if you have one or a couple of mice living in house.
A Few Recommendations
When starting your fight against mice infestation don’t forget that you should make conditions as harsh as possible: do not give little creatures any chances to survive in your environment. What does it mean?
Check for draining pipes, as leakage can supply pests with water. Examine tubes both inside house and your basement. Another crucial aspect is to find out where rodents came from: even a 3-4 cm crevice is enough for a small mouse to enter your dwelling, so examine basement inside and outside, watch for loopholes and close them.
It is not hard to get rid of mice, if you know a few effective methods and combine them. Try the remedies and ways mentioned above, follow pieces of advice, and soon pests will disappear totally. Leave mice no chances to become your neighbors!