I don’t want to use pesticides because I have two dogs and young grandchildren who visit me. How do I get rid of mice in my home? Thank you for your help.
Debbie, Biloxi, MS
I can help you plan how to get rid of mice in your home or garage as well as the way to get rid of mice in your house or basement. I’m glad to hear you want to avoid poisons and pesticides. If the mice eat poison, they go back to their nest and die, which leaves their bodies to rot inside the walls of your home. This creates more problems that are best to avoid in the first place.
Instead, your first step to get rid of a mice infestation and how to get rid of mice in walls is to remove their entry points and food sources. Begin by sweeping up crumbs right after a meal. Then store any food outside the fridge in containers with tight-fitting lids. Keep indoor and outdoor trash cans covered, too. And make sure you also put away pet food in sealed containers.
Next, take a look all around your home and garage for entry points and nests, no matter how small. The best way to get rid of mice in the garage is to seal up all cracks and holes you find – mice can squeeze into some pretty small spaces. Clear out any piles of brush and move woodpiles away from the walls outdoors.
Get rid of old appliances and other unused stuff where mice like to lurk. This is also how to keep roaches out of your house, too.
Now it’s time to lay down natural mice repellent that won’t harm your pets or grandchildren if they get into it. The full list of ideas is at this link:https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-home-remedies/
Since peppermint oil’s strong odor deters mice, soak some cotton balls in that. Leave those in places where mice might be entering, around your car or doorways and around pipes. Buy or make a DIY live trap to capture mice and release them a mile or more away from your home. Stay away from snap and glue traps, as they are inhumane.
Another useful trick is to spray a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Or you can also try installing ultrasonic devices that repel mice but shouldn’t harm your dogs.
In brief, I hope these tips do the trick for you.