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How to Get Rid Of Mice and Rats

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Rodents are insufferable little furry creatures that march inside our homes (uninvited) and munch on everything and anything. They leave their waste on every available surface without a care in the world. For rats and mice, the world is their oyster and their shindigs know no limits and they do not care who they are hurting in the process.

And that’s right, while most other pests are just that, pests, rats and mice are actually dangerous to the health of housemates whose abode they have invaded.   

For this reason, it is obligatory that we strive to put an end to these rodents as soon as possible. Before we provide you insight into getting rid of rats and mice, first you need to know more about these uninvited guests.

What We Need to Know About Mice and Rats

Not only do rats and mice walk around our house and eat at their own will, but they also occasionally end up deciding to take a walk on a human body. And their malice does not stop there. If they are in the mood, they might even end up trying to take a bite. Yes, rats bite and it is not at all pleasant.

This horrific act by rats results in bites and scratches all over a human body and subsequently causing diseases and rat-bite fever. That’s not all; the urine left by rats all over the house is also responsible for spreading leptospirosis–a liver and kidney damaging condition.  In fact, leptospirosis can be contracted just by inhaling scat (rat dropping). In addition to affecting liver and kidney, it also causes several cardiovascular diseases.

Leptospirosis is not the only diseases these rodents bring with them, they also carry allergens on them that causes triggers serious allergies reactions in people.

In addition to Leptospirosis, following diseases are caused by rats and mice:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

  • Rat-bite Fever

  • Salmonellosis. 

  • Plague

  • Colorado Tick Fever

  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis. 

How to Get Rid Of Mice and Rats  

Now that you are convinced that letting these mice and rats stay in your home might not be such a good idea, let us give you some good news. They are not entirely invincible either, with these methods you can get rid of them easily.

  • Traps

The oldest, most tried and tested method of getting rid of these pests is by setting traps. You don’t need to make mouse traps yourself, especially since there are number of them easily available. You do however need to set them in the right spot so that you manage to catch them before they had the chance to venture deeper inside your home.

However, this method is only effective when you have one or two rodents in the house that have drifted off course. This will not work if you are dealing with mice or rat infestation. It works only, when you are dealing with occasional ones.

Setting the trap is easy too, just make sure you are setting it where you are sure the mice and rats come in.  For bait, you can use any edible item which will entice the rodents.

  • Steel Wool

Different homes have different rodent stories. Some suffer from rats and mice because of the sewerage line, while others seem to have a wall full of them. Those who are a victim of latter can put an end to their sufferings by creating barriers in the wall using steel wool. Rats and mice have sharp teeth, but there are some things even they can’t nibble their way through, and copper mesh is one of them. Just block their access with steel wool and they’ll be left with no choice but to back off–meaning, they’ll die.

  • Block Entry

Similar to the last method, you need to find out where the rodents are coming from in the first place. It is much easier to find these sources and get rid of them instead of setting traps all around the house, filling every crevice and hole in the wall with steel wool and then crossing your fingers for good luck.  

If nature has given you rats and mice, then it has also given you peppermint oil. Mice and rats have a fairly sharp sense of smell and for this reason, where peppermint oil is like a pleasant smell to us, it is extremely overwhelming and offensive to the rats.  While it might not completely help to eradicate the rats, it still helps at repelling them.

All you need to do is, dip the cotton balls in peppermint oil and spread it strategically around your house. As soon as the rats will smell these, they’ll run as fast and as far away as possible.

  • Ammonia

Prepare this mouse deterrent spray at home. All you need to do is, mix two spoonful of detergent in a bowl, and pour a quarter glass of water along with two cups of Ammonia. Mix well and place this detergent where the rats and mice appear frequently.  One whiff and they’ll be on their way.

Preventing the Invasion of Mice and Rats

While it is important to get rid of mice and rats from the house, the real trick is in keeping them away. First off, get rid of every small and big hole in the house including tiny cracks and crevices. You can use caulks and steel wool abundantly. Pay extra attention to chimneys, pipes and vents.

You can also use mothballs to keep the rats away. Just place them in the attic and the rats and mice will stay away. And most importantly, keep the house clean, leftover crumbs, uncovered garbage cans, cardboard boxes; dry grains and cereals, all attract rodents.  

Keep food source in control and do not offer them a buffet to eat at everyday.  We suggest using bait stations and rodent bait on the exterior of the home and structure.  This will help you get rid of rats and mice in your home.

 

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