What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Mice?

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The best way to get rid of mice is to remove potential food sources, remove hiding spaces and set traps. It is important to remember that mice breed quickly, so all steps should be taken immediately after spotting a mouse or signs of a mouse such as droppings, burrows, sounds, nests and gnawing marks.

Mice like homes because they find food from pet food bowls or on counter tops. The first step to getting rid of mice is to take away any potential food sources. Make sure all food is covered and stored safely. Mice also like to have hiding spaces where they can build their nests. Make this impossible for the mice in the home by removing junk cars and old boards as well as closing all the holes in the home with caulk or screens.

The final step is to use traps to remove the mice in the home. Humane traps that trap mice but do not harm them can be used. These traps allow mice to be returned to the outdoors. It is also possible to use poisonous traps that kill the mice once they eat the poison. Be sure to use gloves to remove the mice and throw them away.