We have a large family house, and it’s definitely our little slice of heaven. Surrounded by lush gardens, it is not uncommon every now and then to see rabbits, antelopes or even antelopes crossing the green fields. With all of this around us, you bet each year we find a mouse or two indoors.
Mice don’t send shivers down my spine, to be honest, I think they are quite cute. However serious concerns remain about the illnesses that they carry. They also like carrying out chewing activities around the house, chewing things that could cause house fires.
So, whether you think mice are cute or not, we can’t coexist within our homes.
There are several ways to get rid of mice, some are more humane than others. That is why I decided to take you on a little mice removal journey. You can get rid of this little cuteness and they can go on to live their lives…. albeit outside of your home. Well, unless you have a cat.
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The dangers (and inconveniences) surrounding mice
Mice chew on electrical cables – fire risk.
When you think about the tiny little mouse, you may wonder, can they be that dangerous? No two answers to that, yes, they can.
They pose a threat to both your home and health; these tiny rodents reproduce rapidly. Two mice can within a very short period turn into ten. That is why you should take immediate actions when you notice these critters, especially when you sight their droppings.
Some of the dangers of having mice indoors are;
They contaminate food and cooking surfaces with their urine and droppings
They spread bacteria and diseases e.g Lassa fever
They damage household items, ranging from wire, clothes to furniture.
They pose the risk of electrical fires due to chewing of wires
The contamination of food and cooking surfaces due to urine and droppings
The possibility of spreading bacteria and disease
Damage to household items, ranging from furniture to clothing
An increased risk of an electrical fire due to the chewing of wires
Natural methods to get rid of mice
In business, you often hear people say “I built a better mousetrap”, as in they look to redevelop something that is already in existence (well, in this case, you can too). When you look around today, there are many mouse traps available and they can be effective. On the other hand, both the traps and the mouse poison ignore the root of the problem.
If you have a mice problem, including other pests that are now coexisting in your home with you, traps are not just inhumane, they are also ineffective long term. Ignoring issues surrounding reproduction, it is quite important to build a more sustainable strategy.
Home remedies are not only effective, they are mostly natural and non-toxic as it can be. If you have kids or pets, home remedies are an ideal solution.
Immerse cotton balls with peppermint oil and place it around the house to deter mice.
I have soft spots for essential oils, they are very versatile and can be used for just about anything around the house, including getting rid of mice. Although the scent of peppermint is typically beneficial and pleasing for humans, mice are not fans. Technically, this method will not eliminate mice from your home, it only acts as a preventive remedy.
Soak some cotton balls into peppermint oil and place them around potential routes of entry. If you are always in and out of your back door while gardening, you can create a peppermint spray. Combine two to three teaspoons of peppermint oil to a cup of water and give the area a good spray daily.
Bonus; Peppermint oil also prevents spiders, ants, cockroaches and even mosquitoes.
Cuddle up with a cat
Indoor-outdoor cats are best for catching mice.
Of course, I am not suggesting you go out there and get yourself a cat because you want to get rid of mice, but if you are looking to buy one, fantastic! As a natural predator, cats remain one of the effective ways to get rid of mice. Believe me, it is not in any way nice to find a dead mouse on your couch, this cycle of life could not be any more natural.
Bonus; The best mice-hunting cats are those who can live both indoor and outdoor. If you get a rather chubby cat that likes to nap all day (and has never been outside), it may not be interested in stalking and hunting prey.
Seal up crevices with steel wool to prevent mice in the walls.
I hope you know mice can fit through any holes (as small as a quarter of an inch). That is the reason you should seal up crevices with steel wool, as it remains the only material that mice can’t nibble through. Look around for any holes or cracks in your home’s foundation or walls, take a good look at doors, windows, vents and utility lines. Where it makes sense, install screes, or you seal the areas with either caulking or steel wool.
Purchase or build a nest box for owls
Barn owls are declining throughout the world, their official status has been changed to endangered. A pair of barn owls can eat up to 3,000 rodents in a nesting season. You can help this endangered species while at the same time implementing a natural rodent control strategy. All it requires is a nest box, and you can get rid of mice all seson long.
Before you buy or build your own, check out this video from the Barn Owl Trust: How to Choose the Best Barn Owl Nest Box Design.
Nothing beats prevention
There are quite a large number of mice-repellant solutions out there, but it all comes down to prevention. As you round up this post, go declutter those areas of your home that constitute a perfect breeding grounds for those little cute critters. Furthermore, plant natural scents in your garden that repel mouse, these plants include daffodils, mints, and lavender. They also support bee’s needs.
So, before you jet out to grab a toxic poison, consider your natural options to get rid of mice.
Moral of the story: Work in harmony with nature and you’ll be rewarded with a mouse- and chemical-free home.