HOW TO GET RID OF MICE IN YOUR HOME
Are you faced with a bunch of mouse-guests that are literally sucking the excitement out of your home or business? Are you up to do all you can, to get rid of these destructive creatures? Our guess is that you are beginning to think about the available options in terms of mouse traps, repellants and other less famous methods, which is a welcome thought in its entirety. The usual problem related to getting rid of these creatures is how to go about choosing a method that provides the required effectiveness and efficiency. The purpose of this article is to take you by the hand and walk you through all you need to know about the available options, and thus equip you with the tools you need to be successful. We will start with an outlook of why your decision to make a serious effort is justified and then proceed to the available methods in detail.
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Why you need to eliminate mice once and for all
Rodents come with a host of potential dangers that threaten the very health of humans as well as a myriad of valued possessions. There is a well-established link between mice and an endless number of diseases including Lyme disease, Rat bite fever, Salmonella poisoning, Typhus, Hantavirus fever, Plague and Rickettsia. Aside from the health issues, rodents have a surprising ability to gnaw through most of your possessions. Whether its leather or metallic material, like electric wires, they seem to have the guts to cause havoc all over the place.
Their potential to devastate every aspect of your home should be a reason strong enough for a prompt response.
How to get rid of mice in the house
Any effective strategy begins with making sure your home is clean. There are two factors that can make any place a perfect place for mouse lodging; clutters and food scraps. Clutters create the best places for hiding and nesting while a portion of the food you put on your tables or in store areas provide the nourishment. Therefore before you get into traps and repellants, take the necessary steps to make sure you get rid of all the clutters and make sure there are measures in the house to handle the food scraps in such a way that there aren’t any free meals for the mice. However, some situations require extra measures due to the gravity of the problem. You might find yourself in a place where cleanliness alone cannot eliminate the mice problem.
This is where additional measures come in to complement your house cleaning efforts. Major options include Traps, Mothballs, Poison and repellants. Let’s look at each method in a bit more detail.
MOUSE TRAPS: THE BEST WAY TO KILL MICE?
Traps are perhaps the most popular tool used as a step forward in getting rid of mice. There are dozens of designs on the market divided into two major types; Snap traps and glue traps.
Snap traps employ a quick trapping mechanism which is initiated upon contact with the mouse. The traps are usually put on a recognized mice passage-way or simply put with a simple lure like a scrape of food placed inside the trap. A number of types exist depending on the snapping mechanism and the material. Common types include the following:
- Electric Mouse traps
Electric traps are one of the cleanest and most efficient traps. As the name suggests, they employ a mechanism that aims at luring the mouse inside the trap followed by an electrocution through a high voltage.
Plastic Snap traps
These are more like the much familiar wooden trap except that they are made of plastic and have a metal lever that snaps to trap the mouse.
- Plastic enclosed Snap trap
As the name suggests, these traps are made of plastic and are different from the basic plastic trap in the sense that they feature an enclosure which houses the lever. The enclosure makes the trap highly effective when compared to the basic trap, and also offers enhanced safety especially when you have children around who like to experiment with everything including mouse traps.
- Catch and Release
This type of mouse trap provides a solution for those who would like to make their home mouse-free while avoiding the brutal scenes associated with conventional mouse traps. They are designed to do nothing more than trapping the mouse which can then be released into the environment way outside the home. The trap usually features an enclosure that communicates with the outside through a caged door which is triggered once the mouse is lured by the food inside the trap.
Glue traps: Sticky mouse traps
Glue traps have a simple mechanism that can be effective when properly applied. They employ an adhesive material that sticks to the mouse for an easy pick or they may simply immobilize the mouse long enough to starve to death.
MOUSE REPELLANTS: A PROBABLE SOLUTION ON KEEPING MICE AWAY
Mouse repellants are about keeping the mice away from the house without any physical insults. There efficacy has been under a lot of scrutiny from most pest control enthusiasts and are generally not accepted for use as a sole remedy for mice. Repellants are best used in conjunction with traps. Let’s look at the available types.
Pepper mint is a natural product that is considered as generally safe for humans. The oil is applied on cotton balls which are then placed in areas that are identified as mouse portals into your home to prevent the entry. The scent tends to decrease with time thereby necessitating reapplication several times within the week.
This is perhaps the most popular of mice repellants. Mothballs are placed in strategic areas within the home and are considered to work by means of a substance called Naphthalene. Naphthalene is a toxic substance which works on red blood cells making them void of the capacity to carry oxygen around the body. This is generally accepted as the mechanism behind the substances effectiveness though it is quickly met with a question relating to the normal volumes of Naphthalene in the Mothballs. Most of the criticism comes from the fact that the volume of Naphthalene in the Mothballs isn’t enough as mice generally need amounts equal to the amount humans need for the substance to have any adverse effects. In addition to this, Mothballs are considered toxic and all necessary measures should be taken to keep them out of reach especially children.
- Ultrasonic Repellers
This method use high frequency sound waves that are imperceptible to the human ear. The sound waves are thought to be intolerable by the mice hence used to repel the mice from key areas. Their efficacy in the long term still remains a controversial issue but they are more suitable for short-term use, as the mice can quickly adapt to the sounds or simply stay in areas which are out of the sound waves range.
Perhaps you are now seriously considering one of your own, let’s plunge forward and take a look at some of the best examples mouse traps and repellants on the market today.
1. TOMCAT MOUSE TRAP
Tomcat is a brand that has imposed an authoritative mark on the Mouse trap industry due to a series of great designs that have performed to people’s expectations. This mouse trap should be one of their best designs so far thus earning a place on our short review.
In principle, this is an enclosed plastic Snap trap designed for tight areas. It comes in a white casing that has a bait door in front and a set arm mounted on the side of the casing. In terms of dimensions, it has a Width, Length and height combination of 2.6×7.8×6.1 inches respectively. The mouse trap also features the view indicator which lets you know if the trap has been set successfully. Additionally, the trap also comes with Tomcat Mouse attractant which is a special fluid preparation aimed at attracting mice in case you prefer not to use food to lure the mouse into the trap.
Let’s start with the positives. First of all, the enclosed nature of the mouse trap comes with advantages that come with enclosed mouse traps including enhanced safety for children and other pets, no visual access to the dead mouse and an overall clean disposal process. Another edge the trap provides is that it is simple to setup along with the indicator which ensures that you react in time to get the dead-mouse-mess in its rightful place.
On a negative note, much as the plastic casing provides a lot of safety and containment, it does not really provide a durable option that can be ideal in highly infested homes requiring daily snapping and baiting.
OTHER USERS THOUGHTS
On this note, we did some research into what current users experience has been like through a number of reviews. Based on review scores, the mouse trap has a success rate of 50 percent which is good enough considering how it compares with most mouse traps on the market.
Victor Mouse Trap
Let’s move forward to consider another prominent brand representing some of the earliest brands on the market today. The Victor Mouse trap provides simple and yet effective mouse trap that rivals some of the best open snap traps on the market.
The mouse trap is an upgrade of the classic snap trap design in the sense that it accommodates a wide plastic trigger plate that is aimed at increasing the chances of catching the mouse. Like most basic snap traps, the laver is metallic and is hosted on a wooden board. The simplicity extends to the overall size which consumes a space no more than 1.5’’x4.3’’x7.3’’ in terms of Height, width and length respectively.
This mouse trap features an efficient trapping mechanism that gives an extra edge to the classic snap trap. If you are up for something with the simplicity enough to deter a few mice in the house this can be a good option. Apart from the efficiency, the trap is super easy to setup, virtually taking you no more than 2 minutes to set before the next catch. Another upper hand the snap trap has is that it does not place an restrictions in terms of area of use as it can work effectively both in the indoors and the outdoors.
On the negative side, the snap trap should be used with extra care considering that the mouse may not be the only curious occupants in the house. It presents a genuine health threat to both children and pets. Another downside is that the build is not as durable as most modern snap traps.
Our research through reviewing more than 300 customer reviews portrayed a positive response from a wide range of users. The mouse trap seems to have an average rate of more than 70 per cent which is quite an impressive feat for any product.
THE BEST ELECTRIC MOUSE TRAPS
Having considered some mechanical snap traps, let’s look at some of their electric cousins that play the trap-and-mouse game with improved efficiency while better embracing the humane and safety principles.
PestNoMore Rodent Zapper – Electronic Rat Trap.
This represents one of the most popular electric Snap traps on the market due to the superiority it offers in terms of its feature set. The modern and aesthetic build seems to give the device an extra edge over most of its competitors.
The Snap trap comes in an all-black, solid build with a dimensional profile of 11.4’’x7’’x5.1’’. The kill mechanism incorporates what is known as the triple shock technology designed to electrocute the mouse almost instantly. Upon a successful electrocution, the trap engages a notification light and an alarm that lets you act on the mess in a timely manner. Additionally the trap can be divided into two chambers therefore allowing for enhanced safety as the shock chamber can be isolated for cleaning purposes. The Snap traps package also includes a mains adapter which can serve as an alternative for the batteries.
This is without doubt a great gadget to have in the house especially when it is highly infested with the rodents. The electric mechanism provides a highly efficient system that almost guarantees the mouse’s fate once it gets inside the chamber. Secondly, it should be a great option for those who cannot stand the cruel site of a dead mouse on an open mouse trap. Thirdly, the durable build should be enough to guarantee prolonged use as long as the electrical system is working. Lastly, the trap features both electric and battery options which is crucial as it can be accommodated in places located far from sockets.
CURRENT USERS REACTION
The Electric trap enjoys a generally positive response from current users so far with over 70 per cent of customers reporting a seamless experience with the trap. In short, the actual experience has so far vindicated what the trap promises to its consumers.
P PURNEAT Electronic Rat Trap
P Purneat presents a worthy rival to our previous electric mouse cat, boasting of an impressive array of features. Let’s have a moment of appreciation.
The trap comes in a rugged all-black design, characteristic of our previous traps solidity. In case you are worried about space issues, the mouse trap will need an area of 8.8”x5.2”x4.5” and weighs no more than 1.45 pounds. The trap is capable of instant kills through high voltage duration of 2 minutes upon contact with the rodent. In terms of safety, it incorporates a secure protective switch in addition to the enclosed voltage area. In case you may be worried about the electricity consumption, the Trap utilizes microelectronic circuit system which guarantees low consumption of electricity. Lastly, the trap adds an extra power option as it can accommodate and use 4 batteries.
In comparison with the Pestnomore Zapper, this mouse trap offers a lot, to standup to the competition. A highly efficient kill system, unparalleled safety standards and enhanced usability warrants our recommendation of the device.
CURRENT USERS VIEWS
A feature set that includes what we’ve seen above should come with a lot of expectation and this Snap trap lives beyond it. An above 90 percent performance rate as revealed by our review of 34 customer reviews around the globe is more than satisfactory for any would-be consumer.
THE BEST MOUSE REPELLANTS
Having considered a fair share of mouse traps, let’s take a look at our pick of a mouse repellant in case you are up for something to complement the available mechanical methods.
This is quite a popular option for those who are looking for something that is utterly humane, safe and environment friendly.
Let’s have a look at the key features
The spray features peppermint and spearmint oil which provides a unique smell that helps to keep mice away from the home. In terms of relative percentages, peppermint takes bigger chunk as it takes about 5 percent whereas Spearmint takes up about 3 percent. This is a great combination that provides excellent capability in terms of complimenting the mechanical methods. The all-white container features the usual spray mechanism on top of providing for a simple spray in mice infested areas and usual passage-ways. In terms of size, it is portable enough to carry around with a negligible weight of 5.6 and dimensions taking space up to 6”x4”x2”.
Considering the potency of the solution used in the spray, it is one of the few sprays on the market that provides an excellent complement to mechanical methods. It certainly is a great option for both the strict conservative who can only settle for a completely ‘natural and humane method’ and those who want to cast a permanent spell by employing both the repellant’s and mouse trap’s advantages.
On a negative note, a cruise through numerous customer reviews revealed some isolated complaints of a rather strong smell from the spray, so it’s prudent to make sure you are comfortable with the smell before engaging on a full spray.
Despite the isolated smell related complaints, the product seems to be busking in an encouraging customer response with an average customer rating of 3.5 out of 5 across the board. Most compliments relate to the sheer efficacy that the product displays in most mice stricken homes who have tried a lot of options to no avail.
To put everything in a nutshell, mice are quite an easy aggressor to get rid of in the home if you have the right tools at your disposal. It all comes down to employing sound principles of hygiene and cleanliness and choosing the most efficient and cost effective mechanical methods coupled combined with proven repellants. Good luck as you are on your way to a rodent free home!