Few pests are quite as annoying and dangerous as mice. They eat your food, carry disease, and can even cause fire hazards by chewing through electrical wires. Mice proofing your home sounds like a great idea, but methods like poison and “snap traps” can sometimes create a mess.
Poison and “snap traps”
These tried-and-true methods still work in some situations. If you choose poison, be aware that it poses a risk to other animals, such as your household pets. Plus, the mice will often go off to die in your walls, attic, or various other places. Before long, you have to worry about the stench, and figure out how to remove the carcass. Snap traps keep a dead mouse in one spot until you can dispose of it, but the force at which the metal snaps down on its neck can cause blood and other materials to splatter, leaving you a mess to clean up.
If your intent is to kill the mice that either try to get into your home or have already succeeded, lethal traps that will provide some well-needed mice proofing. Most of the effective traps allow you to use your own form of bait, and when the mouse enters the area, the trap’s lethal device, whatever that is, kills them swiftly. How they kill depends on the trap itself. For example, one such trap that is used for mice proofing involves an electrical current. The mouse steps into the trap, and is literally shocked by the trap itself. The jolt isn’t especially powerful, but it’s strong enough to kill a critter the size of a mouse.
Some homeowners don’t have the heart to kill a living creature, even if it’s possibly carrying a disease or contaminating their food. If you count yourself among these, then you might want to consider live traps. These work in the same fashion as the lethal variety, with bait and whatnot, but the difference is that it traps a mouse inside, and keeps it alive until you can discard it. The problem with this method, of course, is that you need to have a place to take the mice, whether it’s out into a field, to be used as snake food, or other location.
For some people, “building a better mousetrap” isn’t simply a concept, but an actual mice proofing tactic. There are too many methods employed by homeowners to list here, but all you have to do is search on Google or a similar search engine and you’ll be greeted with a number of techniques that won’t cause a mess. Some take a bit of construction, while others are quite simple with little cost.
Photo Credit: Mouse Trap (with cheese)