Keep mice away: What methods can you use to get rid of animals?
By Allen Nesner
For some they are pleasant pets, for others they are annoying pests that must be combated: mice. They can be expelled by various means.
Types of mice:
mice (lat puree) belong to the genus of rodents and include approximately 40 species. The most famous and widespread species is the house mouse. Most species of rats are common and therefore not considered endangered. However, in 2021 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classified the ‘south Indian rat’ (occurring in India) and ‘cerebral pygmy rat’ (occurring in Sri Lanka) as critically endangered.
Mice usually have gray or brown fur and a light-colored belly. However, other color variants are also possible today through breeding. Depending on the species, rodents reach a head and body length of 4 to 12 centimeters. Their fine-haired tail can double the total length of their bodies.
In principle, small rodents are omnivores. In the wild, they feed on seeds, roots, nuts, tree bark, worms, insects, and even small birds. However, they also like sugary foods like bread, fruit, chocolate, and bacon.
Depending on the species and habitat, the average life expectancy of animals is about two years. They become sexually mature at 3 weeks of age. Therefore, one pair of mice can produce up to 2,000 offspring per year.
Mice communicate with each other mainly through smells and sounds.
Why rat infestation is a problem, how to find out if rats have lodged, how to keep them away and other important information – now in this guide.
By the way, there are other pest control tips in the house and apartment on the “Pest Control” topic page.
Important information for quick readers:
- Not only can mice damage food, furniture, and pipes, they can also be carriers of disease.
- Rat infestation can be identified by some typical signs such as rat licking and droppings.
- Mice do not need to be killed to fight them. In addition to some home remedies, live traps are also suitable for this.
- If you adhere to certain hygiene procedures in the home or take other precautions (such as closing holes and entrance gates), you can prevent a rat epidemic.
How do you know if mice have nested in the house?
Just when it’s cold outside and they can’t find anything left to eat, the little rodents look for a way to get into our homes and apartments. But even then you rarely see them.
However, there are some indications that mice have taken over your home.
- sounds: If it starts to rustle in the attic or in the wrong ceiling, especially at night, this may be an indication of mice.
- going: Small furry animals leave behind a strong, pungent urine smell. In addition, dead animals in hidden places can also lead to an unpleasant odor.
- sense: Animals leave their footprints especially in dusty places in the attic or in the basement. But their greasy fur can also leave greasy marks.
- Mouse droppings: A sure sign of mice in the house is their droppings. Mouse droppings look like small, dark brown seeds, which are mostly found in nooks, drawers, or clutter.
- Marx nibbled: Feeding damage by mice can be identified by two parallel grooves. It doesn’t matter if it’s food, packaging, furniture, carpets or cables – they are nibbling everything they can put their teeth on.
By the way, mice are much smaller than mice, but they have larger ears and a longer tail. Mice are more likely to be found in the attic, while rats prefer the basement.
Mice must be pushed away, as they can cause great harm
It is well known that mice are not averse to food. They eat everythingWhat comes their way. Because of the sharp-edged incisors, it is relatively easy for them to gnaw wood, aluminum plates, lead, copper pipes, plastic – hardly anything is safe from them. Therefore, animals can cause serious damage to insulation materials, power and water pipes, as well as furniture.
Rodents living in the wild can also be used food pests Wreak havoc on farms, kitchens and warehouses by contaminating food and supplies through grazing and droppings.
At the same time, mice can through their bites and feces or urine disease vector is being. Mouse droppings contain viruses and bacteria that are transmitted to us humans through contact with our skin, mucous membranes or the respiratory system, and we can therefore contract diseases, some of which are serious.
Examples include salmonella, hantavirus, typhus, and Weil’s jaundice.
mice are useful
Aside from all the damage these tiny rodents can cause, they also have some beneficial aspects.
Among other things, they serve as a food source for a number of wild animals such as owls, hedgehogs, hawks, chickens, and foxes. They are bred even as fodder for many zoos and pets (snakes, lizards).
Since small rodents are very playful and easy to care for, they are often kept as pets.
Because of their small body size, short lifespan, and rapid reproduction, mice are kept as test animals in laboratories and are used there for cancer and behavioral research and for testing cosmetics and their ingredients. However, testing procedures can be extremely harsh and painful for animals.
Even if mice can sometimes cause a great deal of damage and therefore you want to drive them away, you must never forget that they are live creatures and therefore keep them in an animal-friendly way, or if you want to fight them, choose gentle methods.
Mice can be controlled by simple means
There are a number of ways and methods to repel mice. Even simple home remedies can help and have a preventive effect. There are also many ways to fight mice without harming or even killing them.
1. Animal friendly home remedies for mice
Mice have very sensitive noses and a strong sense of smell. This can be used to keep or keep mice away.
Since many scents attract them, some scents can also turn them away.
Suitable for this:
- cat litter
- Peppermint oil
2. Keep mice away: close holes and gates
Rodents can also gnaw through the smallest cracks and holes as well as porous stones into your home. If such spots are present, they must be eliminated.
- Door gaps can be supplied with brush strips or rubber door flanges.
- Fixed wire mesh must be attached to basement windows.
- The mortar is suitable for removing weak points in the exterior wall of the house. Gypsum can be used for interior walls.
- Leaky joints can be filled with silicone.
- Iron wool is recommended to fill holes in electrical wires.
3. Other Mice Control Methods
- deadly traps Or snap traps, as the name implies, are designed to kill animals. However, most often they die in agony. Such a snap trap can be extremely distressing to other domestic and wild animals, and to us humans. Careful consideration should therefore be given to whether another measure is the best alternative.
- Research as chemical means of rodent control rodenticides
Uses. Not only does this produce edible bait (such as grain), but it can also be used in gas storage rooms and underground rodent tunnels. The danger of using poisons is that other animals that eat the bait can also be killed.
- live traps Available in different designs and sizes. It is recommended to use larger models so that the animals do not suffer in cramped cages. There should be bait in live traps to attract rodents. This can be bread or nuts, for example, but also special pastes. In addition, you should regularly check whether there are mice in the traps. If so, they should be released into the wild quickly. Here it is important to note that the animals are released as far from home as possible so that they cannot find their way back. You should also wear gloves to avoid getting sick. Despite everything, actual survival cannot be guaranteed when using live traps.
advice: If you are not sure if mice have infested all four of your walls or if you cannot get rid of them with the methods listed, you should consult a professional pest control professional.
drive out mice? Best to prevent!
If you follow a few simple measures, you can prevent rat plague. Since the more food a mouse has, the more likely it is to settle down and reproduce.
- In particular, foods that attract mice (such as grilled bacon, peanut butter, and nuts) should not be left out in the open.
- Airtight metal or glass containers are ideal for storing supplies.
- Litter boxes and litter boxes should always be used with a tightly closed lid.
- It is also important to empty and clean existing cat and dog bowls on a regular basis.
- Animal stables and cages should be kept as clean as possible.
- In general, care must be taken to ensure thorough cleaning, especially in the kitchen, and to dispose of trash and litter promptly.
conclusion: Especially in the colder months, when food is scarce outside, mice are looking for a way in. However, if you follow simple hygiene measures and close off as many entry points as possible, the rat epidemic can be prevented.
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