If you’ve recently found small pellet-like droppings in your kitchen cupboards, or heard scratching in your walls – it’s likely that you’ve got a problem with rodents. Not only is a rat infestation an irritating intrusion into family life, it could potentially be very bad for your health – rodents can gnaw through electrical cables and spread serious diseases.
If not dealt with immediately, rat and mouse problems can quickly spiral out of control – so we’ve put together this informative article on how to get rid of mice and rats, including helpful advice on minimizing the risk of future infestations.
How To Catch a Mouse
You might have asked around and found that everyone has different advice for how to trap a mouse – but it’s likely that not all of the suggestions use humane techniques. For an alternative method – one that allows you to release the mouse outside unharmed – follow the instructions below.
You will need:
- A toilet or kitchen roll
- Some bait (food)
- A large bucket
- Some vegetable oil
Here’s how to catch a rat with the items above:
- Take the toilet or kitchen roll and flatten it along the length of the tube, so that it can sit flush on a flat surface.
- Place the bait at the end of the tube and position the roll on an elevated surface – like a table, or the top of a cupboard – with the bait end of the tube jutting out over the edge.
- Position the large bucket below the bait end of the tube and pour a small amount of oil in to the bottom of the bucket.
- Wait for the mouse or rat to run through the tube and then tumble into the bucket below. The oil will help prevent the rodent from being able to jump out.
- Now, release the mouse at a considerable distance away from your house, to ensure it doesn’t return!
After you’ve dealt with the problem, be sure to deep clean your kitchen:
- Making sure to follow the instructions on the label, use a disinfectant or diluted bleach, like Domex, to sanitize all your kitchen surfaces – any place that mice or rats may have been. Empty and wipe down the inside of your cupboards, behind and under appliances, and floors. Always wear gloves and the proper protective clothing when dealing with bleach.
How to Prevent Future Rodent Infestations
Even if you think you’ve managed to eliminate your adversary, you’ll still need to take these further precautions:
Seal all entry points to your house. Examine walls, floors, and ceilings for holes that rodents may have used to access your house and block up any holes. These won’t necessarily be large, since rodents are able to adapt their physique to fit through the tiniest of gaps. Check door and window frames and roofing too to make sure your home is as impenetrable as possible.
Make access to food difficult. Place all foodstuffs in hard containers made of glass, pottery or thick plastic to restrict rodent’s access to potential food sources. Clear food scraps away as soon as possible – don’t leave anything edible out on counters. Also make sure your trash cans have secure lids and are emptied regularly.
Keep the outside of your home clean and tidy. Make sure waste bins are placed as far away as possible from your home to avoid attracting rodents. Also make sure your garden or any pathways around your house are kept clear – mice and rats are not big fans of open spaces, but love nooks and crannies to crawl into.
By dealing with the aforementioned problems as fast and efficiently as possible, your house should be kept mice and rat free!