How to get rid of mice without poisons or traps

“Mice are not fussy eaters, happily seeking out leftovers on worktops, tables and cupboards – potentially spreading pathogens and diseases such as Salmonella, Leptospirosis or Hantavirus, as they search for food. Mice will look for easy access to properties for food and shelter, any tiny gap will do. They search for easy, abundant sources of food and undisturbed areas to nest. By removing any easily available food sources, your property will be less attractive to them. You will also help to reduce possible food contamination risks and the spread of disease from a mouse infestation.”

mouse eating bread

Let’s say you’ve found some holes in your cereal boxes that appear to have been made by tiny teeth. Or you’ve seen some other telltale … evidence that critters have been around. Yep, you’ve got mice. How in the world are you supposed to get rid of them?

First let’s get the old-school methods out of the way, the spring-loaded traps, poison and glue traps. They can be dangerous to you (think about your finger throbbing for days “Animaniacs”-style if you accidentally set one off), unnecessarily cruel (have you ever seen anything die of poison?) and leave you a mess to deal with (in the case of a critter dying in the walls behind your pantry).

If you’ve got a queasy stomach, though (or you’d rather not kill the mouse that’s been eating its way through your breakfast cereals), fear not. There are more Earth-friendly (and mouse-friendly) alternatives, which are also definitely a better option if you’ve got kids or pets at home.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/questions/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-without-poisons-or-traps

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