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Eliminating Rodents When Mouse Traps Fail

Mouse traps are one of the oldest pest control methods around, and have been commonly found in homes since the late eighteen hundreds. There are many types of mouse traps, but if you’ve tried them all and aren’t having any luck you may need to consider some alternate rodent removal methods.

There’s more than one way to get rid of a mouse problem in your home. Poisons, sound-based repellents and natural methods are all common means of putting an end to a pest problem in your home. Pest control providers offer the most effective removal methods.

Secure Your Home

The first step in putting an end to a rodent problem is to ensure that more of these pests aren’t able to find their way into your home. Prevention will get you a long way, and by preventing rodents from getting into your home you will keep many other pests out as well.

It only takes an opening that’s ¼” wide for a mouse to find its way into your home. Keep this in mind as you search for potential entryways. Fill holes and cracks in the foundation of your home. If you encounter a hole that cannot be filled with caulk, consider covering it with wire or copper mesh. It’s hard for rodents to sneak through these products.

Consider Switching Baits

If you’ve been trying to catch mice with cheese you may be surprised to learn that you’re taking the wrong approach. Though cheese is often thought of as the best mouse trap bait there are many other foods that work much better. Meat products like hot dogs or bacon work well, as do sweet foods like gummy candies, chocolate and peanut butter.

Rodent Poison

Poisons are commonly used by homeowners, and they can be very effective, if dangerous. If you decide to use poison in your home be very careful, especially if children or pets are present in the home. Rat poison results in more accidental death among pets than any other product. Always store these products out of reach of both children and pets. There are several types of rodent poisons on the market, use extreme caution no matter which type of product you chose to apply.

Ultrasonic Mouse Repellents

Ultrasonic repellent systems transmit sounds throughout your home that make your home undesirable for mice. These devices are inexpensive, but due to their inability to transmit sounds through walls you may have to invest in several. An ultrasonic device should be installed in each room of the house, otherwise rodents will just flee to another room to avoid the sound waves.

Unfortunately there hasn’t been a lot of research done to support the claims of the manufacturers of these devices. These products may offer temporary relief but they do little to prevent pests from coming back once they’ve left. Do your research before purchasing these devices.

Introduce A Natural Enemy

Mice will avoid homes where a cat or other natural enemy is present. If you already have a cat and it hasn’t helped your mouse problem consider placing used kitty litter near any entrance of your home. When the mouse detects this litter they will decide that they are better off outside of your home. Building an owl box in your garden is another way to put an end to a mouse problem on your property.

If these methods fail you should turn to a pest control provider to get the results that you seek. Pest control providers are capable of removing mice and other pests from your home. Call a trust provider today to learn more about how an exterminator can take control when mouse traps and other methods fail.

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