most of us are beginning to feel the first chills of winter, is also the time we might discover we have some new and unwanted pests sharing our home: we have a mouse problem.
By Jane Smallman
December 31, 1969
These unwanted visitors creep in to find the food and warmth that are in short supply outside. Luckily, there are some easy and effective do-it-yourself pest control
measures to get rid of them.
How you know you have a mouse problem:
- Droppings. One of the most obvious and reliable signs; usually found wherever food is stored.
- Nibbling. Usually on bags or boxes of food.
- Nests. Usually made from soft, warm things that have been shredded by nibbling, such as paper, fabric or furniture stuffing.
- Feeding Stations. Collections of food to be eaten later, usually in a semi-hidden spot.
- Smell. An unfamiliar musky odor.
You can cure your mouse problem by carrying out the do-it-yourself pest control measures listed below.
Do-it-yourself Methods of Pest Control:
- Seal up holes around the house. To stop mice from getting in. Check behind kitchen cabinets and cupboards, under the sink, around doors and windows. Block up any holes you find with wood, sheet metal or steel wool.
- Set traps. Baited with something the mouse likes, such as peanut butter or a small piece of chocolate.
- Clean up. Eliminate possible food sources by doing things like keeping food in mouse-proof containers; keeping a tight lid on your garbage can; cleaning up spilled food immediately.
These easy do-it-yourself pest control methods should help you solve your mouse problem and reduce the chances of it happening again. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive mice; they can be quite elusive.
About the Author
Jane Smallman runs a mountain guiding business with her husband. Her early training was in hotel management and she has worked in the hotel industry in France, Holland, the US and the UK. Following this she worked in an administrative capacity for a number of not-for-profit organizations in the UK, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Refugee Legal Centre. While doing this she earned a degree in Social Sciences through distance learning with the Open University. After graduation she progressed to the University of Sussex as a full-time student where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought.
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