Getting rid of mice and rats isn’t easy. If you’ve found their pellet-like droppings in your kitchen or heard them scratching at your walls, you have a rodent problem. Rat and mice infestations can be irritating, but they can also potentially be a major health hazard – plus they could gnaw through electrical cables or spread disease.
Rat and mouse problems can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t get onto it fast. Read on to find out how to get rid of mice and rats, and how to minimise the risk of more infestations.
How to Catch a Mouse
There’s so much different advice on how to trap a mouse, but it’s important to find a technique that’s humane. Read on for a mouse control method that allows you to release the rodent outside unharmed.
You will need:
- A toilet or kitchen roll
- Some bait in the form of food
- A large bucket
- Some vegetable oil
Here’s the best way to get rid of mice with the items above:
- Flatten the toilet or kitchen roll along the length of the tube so that it sits flush on a flat surface.
- Position the bait at the end of the tube and place it on an elevated surface – like the top of a table or cupboard – with the bait end jutting over the edge.
- Place the large bucket below the bait end and pour some of the oil into the bucket.
- Wait for the mouse or rat to run along the tube and tumble into the bucket below. The oil will stop the rodent from jumping out.
- Take the rodent a considerable distance from your house and release it from the bucket.