How Do I Get Rid of Rats and Mice Without Poison?

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To get rid of rodents without poison, block off the rodents' access to the building, remove or properly contain any potential food sources, and place traps in the rodents' most frequented areas. You need a sealant, storage containers and effective traps.

  1. Block off access

    Locate every crack or hole that is possibly giving the rodents access to your home. Use a sealant, such as a polyurethane insulating foam, to seal the openings. Paint over, stain over or sand the foam if the opening is located in a highly visible area of your home.

  2. Remove potential food sources

    Store dry foods, such as cereal and rice, in airtight containers. If you have pets, store dry food in an airtight bin. Do not leave dry pet food in bowls that are accessible to rodents for long periods of time.

  3. Place traps around home

    Place traps around the areas of your home that the rodents are most likely to frequent. For live traps, secure the rodents in the traps, and set them free away from the home. For kill traps, purchase snap traps that utilize a highly sensitive trigger. Put on gloves. Bait and set the traps, and place them along the wall that contains the rodents' entrance hole. Set 10 traps per one hole.