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Controlling Mice

Mice are rodents that are very adept at getting inside living spaces, making nests, and causing damage to food, clothing, books, furniture, and other property. They will chew through electrical wiring, causing appliances to break down that can result in fires. Mice can also transmit disease when food is contaminated with infected mice feces. Mice have a high birth rate, producing six to ten litters a year, so once they have invaded a dwelling, they can be difficult to get rid of.

If you would like to control mice, consider the following:

  • Toxic baits (also called rodenticides) are often the easiest form of mice control. These food-based mixtures contain seeds or grains that have been treated with a substance that kills the mice by causing them to die from internal bleeding. Best results with this type of control come from using the packages in a number of locations. Bait should only be placed in areas that are inaccessible to children and pets, especially dogs.
  • Using a trap to catch mice may be a better alternative in households with pets or children. Snap type traps can be baited with a small piece of food to attract the mice. Snap traps with an expanded trigger are often more effective than those without. There are also traps than can catch up to a dozen mice before needing to be emptied.
  • Glue boards will trap mice by entangling them in a sticky substance when they run over the boards. The mice eventually suffocate.

Mice do not travel far from their nests, so any control device must be placed nearby. These critters like to travel next to the edges of rooms and will run through the interiors of walls if they can. If the control device you have chosen does

not seem to work, move it to a different location before deciding it is not doing the job. Any mice caught in traps or on glueboards need to be disposed of daily. You should wear gloves when handling these devices (to prevent contracting disease) and place the carcasses in a plastic bag before disposing of them.

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