Mice are pests, and like any pests, they cause trouble. They’re messy, they eat our food, they chew our furniture, and worst of all, sometimes they carry diseases.
Mice are also adaptable and have developed efficient techniques for dealing with problems. Mice traps are everywhere. But mice don’t respond to mouse traps as people do.
Don’t Underestimate How Many Pests are in Your House
In 1740, Benjamin Franklin published his autobiography. It’s a pretty boring book, but halfway through he reports visiting a house in the Philadelphia slums. It was an old stone building with a leaky roof and leaning walls. It had been abandoned for years. Franklin found rats and insects everywhere.
Franklin was appalled: “I saw one rat, as large as a small cat, gnawing on a bone.”
There are some things you can’t ever get rid of.
Ants. Mice. Cockroaches. Mosquitoes. Fleas.
And that’s just the beginning. What exterminators do is try to deal with them.
Exterminators have a saying: “If it’s alive, we can kill it.”
Ideal Places for Rodent Entrance into Your Home
Mice can get into your house through a hole the size of a pencil. If you have a mouse hole in your wall, it will look exactly like the hole a mouse would make to get in.
Mice like to live in dark corners. So mice holes, when found, are usually in corners.
Mice need to gnaw, so they need wood. If you close off a mouse hole in your wall, mice will chew it open.
What Do they Eat?
Whenever I see a mouse, I think of a cartoon I once saw. In one panel, a mouse scurries along the floor, then pauses, looks around, and then slowly says, “I could eat that plate.”
Mice are a lot like that. They eat almost anything they can fit into their mouths.
People think of mice as creatures who get inside houses, but in the wild mice live mostly underground, where they eat roots, insects, and small animals. Mice are omnivores, so they will eat almost anything if you put it out for them. When mice get into your house, the chances are pretty good that one of them is a rat.
Rats are bigger than mice, and they have the advantage in fights. But rats are fussy eaters, and they prefer to eat food that other people have thrown away. Mice like to eat almost anything, so their garbage is irresistible.
A Well-placed Mousetrap is a Quick Fix for a Mouse Problem
A mousetrap and poison may seem a strange solution to a mouse problem, but they are actually natural ones that haven’t disappeared over time. Poison is toxic. It kills mice by poisoning them but poisons work because mice have very sensitive stomachs and can’t tolerate even a tiny amount of poison. Poison is especially useful when a mouse dies in a trap and is dragged out with all the other dead mice. But poison is unpleasant. What if the mouse is eating your potatoes? It is much better to trap the mouse and put it outside. Cruelty is never an ideal solution.
How their Food can end up Trapping them?
Leave traps in your pantry for mice that get in by accident
Even though this species is an omnivore but they have certain preferences in food especially a ‘diet’ rich in carbohydrates. They prefer fruits, grains, and especially cheese. You can always take advantage of their eating preferences while setting a trap. Cheese is a universal solution in that case.
Sometimes Traps are Just not Effective
There really is nothing more unpleasant than a rat in the house. The noise, the smell, and the thought of a hairy vermin running around your living room in the dark are enough to put anyone off. It’s even worse if you have children in the house. To make sure your family and pets remain safe from rats, you will need a specialist pest control service company. You can rely on professional Pest Control for an effective solution to all your problems with rodents, from mice to rats.