Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Easy ways to get mice gone

The first signs of mouse infestations include: annoying scratches on the roof or walls as they scamper back and forth and very small black dung in areas such as cupboards, under washing areas and along the wall. They also leave behind a strong ammonia- like smell, which is especially distinct in enclosed areas such as lockers and roof spaces.

Mice are a constant irritation, as well as health and safety hazard. Their ever growing sharp teeth nibble on any firm surface such as timber, synthetic materials or wire, causing serious damage especially to electrical items. They construct nests using tattered pieces of cloth or paper, in hidden, dark places, for their offspring.

Make your home mouse proof. Do not allow mice into your home. Seal all holes however small, as mice have malleable bones that can fit into tiny, pencil size holes. Cover all openings and pipes that lead outside and install cover shields along all entrances.

Mouse trap
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Proper food storage and sanitation: rodents are attracted to food hence the need to store foodstuff in airtight containers. Regularly clean up under the oven, as well as lockers and storage boxes.

Electronic repellents are devices which emit ultrasonic sounds, not audible to the human ear, but highly repulsive to mice. They stop mice from entering your home though may not be very effective in cases of existing infestations as the mice quickly adapt.

Having house pets such as dogs and cats discourage mice infestation. Hunting mice is a favourite pastime of cats who kill and devour them without compassion!

You can use mouse cages to gently trap the mice, for ultimate release. This caring way requires a lot of patience as one has to release the mice elsewhere.

Electromagnetic and ultrasonic appliances use electric current to emit ultrasonic sounds that repel pests. They do not affect dogs but can have negative effects on other household pets such as hamsters and gerbils.

Outdoor repellent appliances are stationed outdoors and detect any movement which results in the activation of strong ultrasound frequencies that send rodents scampering. The sound frequencies are alarming to other pets too.

Electronic eliminators are devices draw the mice by luring them and once trapped, an electric volt is activated which shocks it to death. The remains are conveniently disposed of in an inbuilt bin.

Manual mouse traps came in varied forms, the most popular being the coil-laden kind. They are easily available and highly effective, when properly placed. They can however torture a trapped mouse especially in instances where a tail is trapped as opposed to instant death. In such cases, one has to manually kill the mouse and make arrangements to get rid of the corpse. These traps however, do not deter rodents from returning.

Simple do-it-yourself mouse control practices are affordable and easy, for minor rodent invasion. However professional help may be required in serious cases of well-known rodent settlement and plagues. There are plenty of professional pest control services to choose from.