Waking up in the middle of the night and hearing mice scratching around in your walls or ceiling has a way of immediately filling you with feelings of dread. Those sounds are always closely followed by finding droppings in your cupboards and half-chewed packets of food. If this sounds like your life currently, then I have bad news for you – you have a mouse problem. Fortunately for you, there are at least five clever ways for you to deal with this problem and they are listed below.
- Get A Cat
As cute as mice can be, they make awful houseguests. The first clever solution is to get a cat. Cats are natural predators of mice, and they will do a wonderful job of culling that unwanted nest of mice that you have living in your home. If you don’t want to commit to a pet in the long term, despite all the benefits of owning one, then borrow someone else’s cat for a week or two. They will hunt each one of those mice down and make short work of them.
- Call In Professionals
Not everyone has the time to spend on controlling and eliminating a mice infestation. The most efficient and effective way to deal with a mouse problem is to call in professionals. They will know what to look for and how to assess the magnitude of your problem, after which they can immediately create an action plan to help you to reclaim your space.
- Keep Your House Clean
Mice require three things to stay alive: shelter, water, and food. If you stop them from getting those things from your house, then they will move somewhere else. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that your house is kept clean and tidy. Never leave food scraps lying around and always wash the dishes before going to bed at night and again before you leave for work. If you take away their source of food, then they will move out on their own.
- Cocoa Powder
I know this may seem like something that would have the opposite effect, but cocoa powder or chocolate milk powder should be in your anti-mouse arsenal. The trick is to then mix this powder with plaster of Paris, which will make the mouse thirsty after eating it. Once the mouse drinks water, the plaster will set, and the mouse will die. Make sure that your children and pets are kept far from this delicious smelling concoction.
- Used Kitty Litter
If you can’t (or won’t) get a feline helper to assist with your problem, then this one could be a good compromise. Get your hands on some used kitty litter – not literally, just a bag of it will do and most people will gladly not have to dispose of it themselves. Sprinkle the litter in your ceilings and around the places where you think the mice may be getting in. The smell of the cat that made that litter may prove to be enough to scare them off for good.