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Mice Advice You Should Avoid

March 30, 2018

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Not everything you read on the internet is helpful. And some things are downright wrong. Such can be the case for advice on how to get rid of a mouse infestation. The following is a list of things that simply do not work to permanently get rid of mice from your home.

Bad Mice Advice

  • Using over-the-counter products: While it is true that some products kill some mice, it is impossible to know for sure that you have gotten all the mice. Furthermore, many products, if not handled properly, can pose a health hazard to humans and pets alike, as well as taint food products. And if you poison mice and they die in your wall voids, you will end up with a rotten carcass that will only attract more household pests and can lead to an awful smell.

  • Using snap traps: It takes comprehensive pest control to eliminate all mice from your home. Using snap traps often results in a never-ending headache of catching a few mice and thinking they are gone when they are not.

  • Putting snap traps on counters or in the middle of the floor most often fails, and using cheese as bait almost never works. Peanut butter is a little better, but not much. Smashing cooked rice right into the latch may get even better results. If you are determined to use snap traps, it may be helpful to use more than one trap close to each other.

  • Using peppermint: Peppermint does not drive mice away. In fact, some folks have actually baited traps with peppermint and caught a mouse, just to prove that it does not work.

  • Using high-pitched sound machines: These are available for purchase, and the theory sounds good, but this high-tech sounding solution usually doesn't work, at least not for long, as mice will get used to the sound and eventually come back.

  • Using mothballs: Although widely used as a critter repellent, mothballs are not wise. Not only are they a carcinogen that is poisonous to the environment, they simply do not work for mice.

If you would rather not be dealing with a mouse infestation, try these helpful tips.

  • Remove all unnecessary clutter from your yard and around your perimeter. Mice and other pests use these as hiding places to come in close to your home.

  • Remove water sources by drying up wet areas, fixing leaky spigots, fixing clogged or broken gutters, and removing pet water dishes, etc.

  • Examine the outside of your home for gaps and cracks where mice may squeeze through. (A mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime.) Use a caulking gun and seal up any holes you find.

  • Thoroughly clean your home of any food sources if pests do make their way inside.

Mice are filthy creatures that spread disease and chew on everything in sight. Getting rid of them as soon as possible is crucial since they multiply and grow their populations very quickly. Montgomery Exterminating offers effective rodent control services in Tulsa and the surrounding area. Reach out to us today for a free estimate.

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