Since the weather turned chilly, you can practically see mice families unloading their little U-hauls and setting up housekeeping in the nooks, crannies and hollows of our walls. Mr. Mod was on a rampage last night disinfecting every square inch of the kitchen. His mice catching technique is the old-fashioned one, not humane at all-peanut butter in a mouse trap. (I really think he takes pleasure in flinging their limp bodies out into the woods--ick!) For the homeowner in need of kinder, gentler mice-ridding options, there are alternatives to the neck squishing snap. As long as a mouse can get his head through an opening, he can wriggle the rest of his body right on through. Not only do you have to catch them, you also need to deter and block them from entering.They're bad and they can carry diseases you want NO part of.
1. Peppermint oil: The smell is too strong for the little varments. They turn and run. Douse cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them around openings where you suspect mice are entering.
2. Seal entries. Look around the foundation of your house, block all little cracks and crevices. Try blocking the holes with green scrubber pads.
3. Stick steel wool in mouse holes. They have a VERY hard time (and some hefty dental bills) if they try to chew through it.
4. Place trays of used kitty litter around the outside of the house where you think they could enter. The smell will send them back to their cabin in the woods.
5. Dried snake poo. (REALLY? Yuk.) This will work like the kitty litter. You can obtain this from a reptile center, zoo or pet store.
6. The tortuous baited traps using peanut butter or bacon grease. There are also electric traps you can use that electrocute the buggars. The glue traps will catch, but not kill. You have to carry the frenzied mouse out yourself.
7. Traps that catch a mouse in a box will let them live, but you have to find some remote location to relase them. (Don't leave a breadcrumb path back to your house.)
8. Drive them crazy and back to their old house using an electronic beeping unit. Home Depot for about $30.00. Some studies say this in ineffective.
9. Preventive-keep your home (kitchen) crumb free and clean. If there's no food, there's no reason for them to hang around.
10. Organic solutions for a huge area. Not cost effective for a homeowner.
11. Throw a towel over the mouse, put an overturned wastebasket on top, tuck the towel underneath and slide an LP under the rim of the wastebasket to seal it. Take mousey out to the field. (This sounds a bit simple and who has LP's laying around?)
One more way: Get a cat.
So, there you have it. The problem with poison is that if the mouse nibbles it and heads back into the walls, he'll die there and you know how dead animals smell.