Step 3: How to kill rats and how to get rid of mice using traps and poison
If you still find that mice and rats are making their way into your home, you will need to find ways of exterminating them. Traps and poison are the two most common and effective ways of doing this.
Mouse traps are by far the cleanest, safest and most effective way of killing mice. When a mouse is caught, it’s easy to dispose of the body straight away. Once you’ve chosen your trap, place it in an area that they regularly visit. You may need to experiment with different types of bait to find the one that works but mice are attracted to foods high in carbohydrates. Peanut butter, chocolate, bread, nuts, strong-smelling cheese and wet pet food are all good choices.
If you want a natural mouse trap and catcher, a cat is great for getting rid of mice. Even the whiff of a cat can make rodents flee!
When it comes to how to get rid of rats, poison is a more practical and effective solution to getting rid of them than traps. Place the poisoned pellets in a part of your house the rats visit while making sure they are out of reach for children and pets. Don’t worry if rats don’t automatically fall for the bait as it takes them several days to get used to something new.
This method will also work for mice but as they are smaller, they may end up dying in a part of the house that’s difficult to reach and causing a stench, so it’s preferable to use traps.
Getting rid of rodents can feel like a lengthy and ongoing battle, but once you’ve followed all three steps, they will eventually leave your house alone.