Finding small pellet-like droppings in your cupboards is one of the first signs that you might have a rodent problem. Scratching in your roof or walls is another. Not only are rats and mice a serious health risk because of the diseases they carry, but they can also cause damage to your home if they start chewing on furniture or through electrical wires.
A rodent problem can get out of control quite quickly, which is why we’ve written this article to make getting rid of mice and rats that much easier.
Mice and rats will usually enter your home in search of food. If you want to make sure that your rat traps work, you’re going to need the right bait. Peanut butter and sweets are great alternatives to cheese.
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Advice for Catching a Mouse or Rat
So, you’ve just discovered that you have a mouse or rat hiding in your house and while there is lots of advice out there, most techniques are not very humane. Here is an idea for mouse and rat traps that will leave rodents unharmed:
This is what you will need:
- The cardboard tube from a toilet roll or paper towel
- Bait such as peanuts or sweets
- A large bucket
- Sunflower oil
Now you’ll need to combine these items to set your trap:
- Flatten the cardboard tube so that it’s able to lay flat on a surface and not roll.
- Place your bait at the end of your tube and put the roll on the edge of a high surface such as a countertop or table with the bait hanging over the edge.
- Place the bucket underneath the edge of the baited tube and add the sunflower oil to the bottom of the bucket.
- Once the mouse or rat runs along the tube, gravity will take over and it will end up in the bucket. The oil will prevent the rodent from being able to climb out.
- Take the bucket outside and release it far away from your house to prevent the rodent from returning.
Once your rodent problem has been resolved, thoroughly clean and disinfect your kitchen.
- Dilute some bleach or use a product such as Domestos to sanitise your surfaces or any areas that mice and rats might have been. It’s advisable to always read the instructions on your cleaning products and to use gloves or protective clothing if necessary. Be sure to clean your floors and wipe behind and underneath your appliances.
Tips for Preventing Further Rodent Infestations
Once you get rid of the mice and rats in your home, you need to make sure that they won’t come back. Here are a few precautionary measures:
Create a rat repellent by sealing off all possible entry points around your home: Inspect your floors, ceiling and walls to block any cracks or holes. You’ll be surprised at how easily a rodent can squeeze through a very small space so seal even the tiniest of gaps. Doors and window frames are another common area that rodents get in so check those too.
Store your food correctly: Use thick plastic containers and glass to store your food to make it difficult for rodents to access it. Throw away any leftover food as soon as you can and don’t leave anything on countertops that might attract rats and mice. It’s also a good idea to secure your dustbin lids both inside and outside.
Maintain the outside of your house: Keep your municipal bins as far away from the house as possible as a rodent control measure. Keep your garden and walkways free from leaves or objects that rodents can hide in as they don’t like open spaces.
By getting rid of mice and rats sooner rather than later and taking regular precautions, you should be able to keep your home rodent free.