Killing mice and rats using poison is extremely cruel. This Poisoned rodents not only die slowly and painfully but are also harmful to predators that may consume their dead poisoned bodies.
Mice and rats are animals of habit, which makes them quite predictable. Wherever a mouse goes, it leaves back a trail of pheromones that other mice will follow. These pathways and trails remain unchanged and are littered with feces and urine, the latter of which leaves the pheromone scent-trail.
The paths and trails are the areas with the most rodent activity and where you’re more likely succeed in getting rid of them. If you’re not where they are, you can cover an area with talcum powder to locate tracks. Their footpaths may lead you to their entry point and indoor hiding place.
As charming as their tiny whiskery faces are, the sicknesses they spread through their urine and feces-not to mention the extensive havoc they can wreck when they put their teeth to something is no fun.
There are more humane ways to be free of mice and rats without making use of poison to killing them.
Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Mice
Peppermint Essential Oil
Pleasing as it may smell to you, mice and other rodents are positively deterred by the scent of peppermint. That’s because the smell of the oils present in peppermint is severally offensive, irritating and overpowering to the sensitive olfactory senses of mice.
You can easily make a spray out of the peppermint oil to repel the mice from coming near your property or discourage them from entering your house. A dish soap solution makes the core of the spray. The soap molecules attach themselves to the essential oil molecules thereby dispersing the oil throughout the solution.
You will need 5 or 6 drops of Peppermint essential oil, a tablespoon of dish soap and a cup of Water.
Pour 1 cup of water into a spray bottle through a funnel to prevent any spills and add a tablespoon of dish soap to the spray bottle through the funnel. Put in about 5 or 6 drops of peppermint essential oil to the spray bottle, Close the spray bottle shake to thoroughly mix the ingredients, Spray this peppermint oil solution in and near your house to repel mice.
Make sure to cover all the strategic areas like mice holes, their entrance points and the places they like to frequent (rafters near the roof, attics and basements etc.)
Exclusion is a big part of solving a mouse problem. High-quality steel wool is a common item used to block entries that mice use to get in and out of your home and it can work quite well. However, you usually need to use a caulking compound to ensure that the mice don’t pull the steel wool out of the hole, or the steel will be damage and rust over time.
Copper wool, or copper wire mesh, on the other hand, won’t rust or damage, and is woven finely to make it that much harder to cut/chew through or pull out. If you have a deep crack or hole, you can tightly stuff plenty layers of the copper into it which is usually sufficient to hold it in.
To use, Roll up the copper into thin wads and push firmly into cracks/holes or any entrances being used by the mice. Use a pole or stick to really jam it in there, and use as many sheets as you can without making it slack or sloppy. After fitting, you can also add a little bit of hot pepper spray for an extra deterrent.
Mouse Deterrent Spray
This is a special little mixture that that doesn’t involve manufactured chemicals or toxins-although I would advise wearing goggles and gloves when mixing or applying it. This spray is made entirely from hot peppers.
Mouse deterrent spray uses habanero peppers, which have a Scoville rating of 100,000-350,000 units, and cayenne peppers, which rate at 30,000-50,000 units. Equate this to the 1,000-4,000 units of a jalapeno, and it’s easy to see why this is so offensive to rodents.
You will need 1/2 cup of chopped habaneros, 2 tablespoons of hot pepper flakes, a gallon of fresh water, 2-gallon buckets, 1 gallon of a jug and a spray bottle. Other items required are Cheesecloth, Gloves/goggles, and a large pot.
Make sure to wear gloves and goggles when making and applying this powerful mixture. A surgical mask is good as well, as it can cause some respiratory irritation in some persons.
Boil or put boiled water in a large pot, Put peppers and flakes in a food processor and grind until they are a little more roughly cut up. You can do this by hand, but it is less irritating to the eyes when done by a food processor.
Add the pepper grind into a 2-gallon bucket. Pour the boiling water over them. And Cover the mixture and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Use a cheesecloth to strain out the pepper bits by pouring the mixture into another 2-gallon bucket.
Fill your spray bottle and spray around entries and affected areas. A small amount goes a long way. Make sure not to use on carpets as it may discolor the surface. You can also apply around the outside perimeter of your house. But if applied indoors, wipe up the old spray with some water and reapply.
You don’t have to resort to poisoning or inhuman traps to get rid of rodents in your home. Some of this home natural remedies and are less harmful to children and other pets in the home, rodents like mice are sometimes attracted by an unclean environment, it is vital for people to try to keep their surroundings clean in other to avoid rodent incursion.
Add 2 spoons of detergent, a half glass of water and 2 cups of regular ammonia in a container. Place it where rats appear frequently or near their holes. The scent of the ammonia chases rats or mice away.