If you have a mouse infestation, then are probably interested in finding a solution pretty quickly. To help you out, here is an overview of some techniques for eliminating mice:
- Mousetrap - This device is very simple and is probably going to be your cheapest option. A mousetrap uses a pressure plate to detect when a mouse or rat steps on the trap. The chances of a mouse stepping on the trap are dramatically enhanced by baiting the trap with some food, such as peanut butter or cheese. Once the mouse steps on the trap, a spring mechanism will trip and ideally break the neck of the mouse. Even if the neck does not break, there is a good chance that the mouse will be unable to escape from the trap, which will result in a corpse that is easy to find.
- Poison - Poison is another common option, and it offers less of a chance of the mouse escaping alive. The poison will likely be scented or flavored in such a way that will attract mice to taste it. Once they taste the poison, they will die within a week or so. Unfortunately, this also means that the mouse could travel basically anywhere inside or outside your home before dying. Depending on the size of the infestation, you might have no idea how many bodies you are looking for, which could result in bodies that go undiscovered for weeks, months, or even years. On top of that, the poison itself is extremely dangerous, and could kill any human or pet in your home. You don't want to put a poison trap anywhere that a small child, cat, or dog is likely to find.
- Sticky - These traps are quite effective at preventing a mouse from escaping, but they do not directly kill the mouse. Instead, it is expected that the mouse will starve to death or die of dehydration while unable to move. If you have qualms about using inhumane methods, then a sticky trap might not be the best option.
- Live - These traps aren't quite as foolproof as other options and require quite a bit of oversight. The idea is that the trap will contain the mouse and prevent their escape so that you can remove the mouse from your home. You should be careful to make sure that you let the mouse go far away from your home since it will be very easy for them to come back inside. If you are only dealing with one or two mice, or if you want a very humane option, then a live trap is a good choice.
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