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How to Get Rid of Mice in The House

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Do you remember? 🙂

How do mice get into a house? Cheese! 🙂


Short story:
The mouse in the cheese house

On a ramble, a brown field mouse discovered a large piece of cheese. “What luck!” the mouse beeped. “Here I want to live.” Immediately she started to nibble a hole for the front door into the piece of cheese.

When the door was finished, the field mouse squealed with joy: “Not every mouse has got such a nice house. “But for it to be a real house, a window is missing “. She eagerly got down to work and gnawed a second hole into the cheese.

The little homeowner happily curled her tail when the window was finished. “What a pretty house,” the mouse exulted. “But a real house needs a chimney.” At once, she went to work and ate a third hole into the cheese house.

Now the Mouse’s house had a door, a window and even a fireplace. Many rodents from the neighborhood came to admire the tastefully decorated cheese house. The brown field mouse could hardly believe the luck she had.

But the proud mouse wanted to make her new home even more beautiful. Insatiable she ate more holes in the cheese house for bedroom windows and skylights, for a balcony and a rear exit to the garden.

After all, only a tattered wrack of the big piece of cheese was left when the window was finished. The greedy mouse had gotten fat. When she wanted to go outside to admire her dream home, she got stuck in the door.

Fearful, the mouse kicked its legs until the rickety cheese frame broke and fell to the ground. Quickly all mice from the neighborhood came and dragged the cheese debris away.

Sadly, the brown field mouse looked at the ruin. Sheer greed had eaten her happiness instead of enjoying it.

So we know that greed is not a good counselor 🙂

 

But our problems with mice are a bit different

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Mice pose a risk to hygiene, especially for the private sector. Due to ideal living conditions in the cities, house mice and shrews can reproduce without any difficulty. Waste on the roads creates an endless supply of food and buildings such as houses, garages and sheds provide warm or dry accommodation.

Many people consider a mouse as a cute, harmless animal and do forget how unhygienic a mouse attack is and to which problems this can lead. In addition, mice transmit dangerous diseases. In general, mice can transmit all virulent diseases.

Particularly the infection with salmonella and with the triggers of the so-called Weil’s disease, which causes the kidney disease, is dreaded. Pathogens for this disease can be found in the excretions of mice. If a mouse is sighted, a hygienic problem is also detected at the same time because mice are defecating and urinating permanently.

The risk of becoming ill increases if there is a mouse infestation. Bitten food becomes inedible. Mice also always scrape in their hiding places like in the attic or in the basement and therefore cause disturbing noise, which in the long run is unbearable. A pest control for the defense of mice becomes inevitable.

The appearance of the mouse

The appearance of the house mouse is characterized by its brown to gray fur top and a bright fur underside. The body of the house mouse is about 7-10 cm long, the tail is has got clearly visible rings, slightly hair and is about as long as the body. The weight of the house mouse amounts to approx. 20 – 25 grams.

Way of life of the mouse

The house mouse has now spread its habitat in the vicinity of man. In contrary to the wood mouse or shrew, the house mouse usually finds shelter in homes, on farms, in supermarkets or food markets. If food sources and shelters are available within a certain environment, this area is suitable for the house mouse.

The more food and space there is, the larger the number of mice. The house mice try to build their habitat near to the source of food – in fact as close as possible. Mice are stubborn placeholders, so they don’t drive away, even if the environment changes.

Pairing of the mouse

The breeding of mice can be equated with the rapid reproduction of rats. A mouse already is sexually mature 10-12 weeks after birth (lucky one! Haha). The offspring is born about 24 days after the sexual act. The number of newborns is about 4-8 young mice. They are mating up to 8 times a year. It is quite possible that a pair of mice will get up to 1 million relatives within 2 years if the offspring survive completely.

(So good luck if the all the relatives will come for celebrating Christmas and Eastern! J)

Therefore a fast and effective cast out of the mouse from human habitats is necessary. A young mouse is a very small creature after birth, but grows within a few weeks.

Damages by mice

Significant damage is caused by the infestation of mice in the house and garden. In the household, the rodents are chewing cables to electrical and electronic devices such as cookers, power lines or EDP, causing short circuits and possibly fire.

In addition, mice muck contaminates living spaces and spreads stench. To counteract this damage by mice, I recommend mice defense products, which permanently expel mice from the apartment, the basement and the attic.

(The old fashioned way – keep a cat!:-) )

What is the best way to get rid of mice in your house?

Keep mice out the house! 🙂

Ultrasonic devices can drive away mice (recommended gadgets you can find HERE).

Of course, there are also radical solutions against mice. But if ever you use a mouse trap you should prefer live traps.

Be cautious if there are children or pets in the house. Traps and baits quickly attract their attention and accidents can happen quickly. To prevent this, the mouse-trap can be packed in a plastic case.

Mice do not necessarily have to be killed to get rid of them. It is enough to catch them alive and to expose them far away. The mouse live trap cage snaps when a mouse moves the bait hook and then the rodent is trapped. A mouse live trap made of plastic works quite well.

It is also an advantage that the risk of touching the animal is significantly reduced. Another mechanism uses the seesaw mousetrap. It closes as soon as the mouse tilts the trap when trying to get the bait.

If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny!

Yours, 
George

Or you just….. 🙂

6 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Mice in The House

  1. Excellent article on how to get rid of mice in the house.
    Thank you that was very helpful , as lately I started to have mice problem in my house and I started looking for
    different solutions how to get rid of them .
    Never heard of the ultrasonic devices to keep them away, I think I’ll try that.
    Thank you,
    Alex

    1. Hi Christine,
      I fully agree – glue traps are the most painful ones. Brrrrr never could imaging using that …
      Hope to see you here again!
      Best,
      George

  2. Very nice article about how to Get Ride of Mice in your house. I have a question, why would people want to capture them alive? I am interesting to hear other people answers as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Carole,
      thanks very much for your post!
      Personally I’m not a friend of killing animals. Especially if I will not eat them 🙂
      I’m neither a best friend of mice but I rather catch them alive and bring them somewhere out into the woods. Far away.
      So far I could catch them before giving birth. Though at the moment we don’t have a lot of problems with mice because there are many cats around in our neighborhood 🙂
      Best,
      George

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