If you’re more of a do it yourself type, first, welcome to the club. Second, getting rid of mice is something you can definitely tackle on your own without calling the exterminator.
Follow the tips on this page and you should be able to rid yourself of all but the most determined mouse infestations.
The steps are simple, humane and very cost effective.
Three things we like in any solution to a problem!
How to get rid of mice
Getting rid of mice is a process and not a one-stop shop. Even if you get the exterminators in, there will be things you need to do yourself to stop pests coming back.
We consider our way to be far better, and cheaper than using a mouse exterminator!
The process includes:
- Identifying your pest
- Identifying their habits
- Placing your ultrasonic mouse deterrent
- Removing food and nest materials
- Filling entries and exits
Identifying your pest
Your first task is to make sure it’s mice you have and not rats. While the approach is identical, the speed at which you do it might change.
Both mice and rats can pose a health hazard, but rats more so. If you have rats, you need to move faster than if you had mice.
Either way, the sooner you begin, the sooner your home is pest free!
Identifying their habits
You will rarely actually see a mouse. You may detect their passage or the signs they leave behind though.
Those signs include mouse poop, footprints, gnaw marks and sounds at night.
Do what you can to figure out where the mice are, their chosen routes around your home and where they are finding food.
While most mice will gravitate towards the kitchen, it isn’t the only room they will use.
Do what you can to localize the mice so you know where to put your ultrasonic mice control device.
Placing your ultrasonic mouse deterrent
You’ll need to place an ultrasonic mouse deterrent in each room you see signs of movement.
That’s why you need to identify where they go and how they get there.
Ultrasonic frequencies cannot travel very well through walls so we need to target close to where they nest and where they eat.
Plug the ultrasonic mouse deterrent into the mains somewhere in the room, turn it on and give it a while to begin working.
It can take a couple of weeks to remove mice completely but you should detect fewer and fewer signs of them over that time.
Removing food and nest materials
While your ultrasonic mouse deterrent is working its magic, give the kitchen a good clean to remove food debris and sources of food.
Place food inside plastic containers as mice can always get into cupboards. Clean up immediately after meals. Take out the trash regularly. Try not to leave pet food out overnight either.
Finally, clear up any loose fabric, wood shavings or other material mice can use for nesting.
Food and nesting material are two prime reasons why mice live in our homes.
Remove these two and mice will be even more incentivized to move on.
Filling entries and exits
While all that is happening, do a thorough check of your property inside and out to see where mice are getting in.
Check for cracks in your render, gaps between exterior materials, badly fitting windows with gaps around the edge, attic or roof vents, gaps around pipework and holes underneath your home.
Don’t fill them all yet but you can make a start if you want.
We need to provide an escape route for mice driven away by your ultrasonic mouse deterrent, so we don’t want to fill every gap yet.
Give it a little while and then begin filling every ingress route you can find.
Once done, maintain a clean kitchen and put pet food away overnight. Keep your ultrasonic mouse deterrent running 24/7 and you should soon find yourself living in a pest free home!