There are several DIY over the counter treatments to remove mice. These include:
These can be effective if you have just one or two mice in your home and they have not yet started breeding. If you suspect your infestation is much bigger than this (usually evidenced by mice droppings in several areas, gnawed containers and evidence of food being eaten, chewed cables etc) it is advisable to contact a pest control specialist for advice before going any further.
Mice are becoming increasingly resistant to over-the-counter bait so you will need to place it in several areas, replacing the bait every two weeks.
Always protect your hands and face when handling bait.
Never place bait in areas where pets and children can encounter it. It is poison and can kill.
Dispose of old bait and containers in sealed bags placed in external bins ensuring this is permissible by your local council.
These are popular alternatives to bait and the old-fashioned mouse traps. However, they have a poor success rate and must be checked every 12 hours so that any mouse caught in a humane trap is not distressed. Please be aware it is illegal to release a pest that is alive onto land not belonging to you.
If you release mice from these traps near your property it is likely the mice will return within a day as you have taken them from a place where they know they can find food, breed and of course that is their nesting place.
Humane traps are often inhuman because a person will forget to check the trap at the required intervals to ensure the mouse does not suffer. You also run the risk of the mouse biting you and escaping when trying to release it.
These include ‘sticky boards’ which as the name suggests traps a mouse by sticking them to the board. These are inhumane unless used by trained professionals as the mouse can live for days in a highly distressed condition with dislocated limbs. We do not recommend these for DIY under any circumstances. They also can trap other animals causing great distress and possibly prosecution.
Mice will exploit holes the size of a ball point pen so they can enter your home or business and travel around using the smallest of spaces to squeeze through. They travel along terraces and through larger buildings such as offices or residential blocks using the same routes that pipes and cables use to supply services such as water, power and broadband.
We do not advise you block air vents for safety reasons without consulting the relevant professional first.
Within your home and garden, the best proofing often lies in the cleaning and restriction of access to food stuffs, water, and nesting materials.
Mice frequently enter and seek refuge in homes or businesses to avoid the cold and find food plus nesting materials. The domestic (pest) mouse is generally around 70mm in length, with their tail adding a further 90mm. They’re usually brown grey in appearance with sharp incisor teeth which are kept down through gnawing. Often the signs of mice are ignored or not seen until an infestation is so firmly established that all the signs below are evident.
If you have an infestation of mice in your business or home, they are likely to hide in many places and will move from place to place often during the daytime but especially in the evening. Where mice hide homes and offices include:
And more! Once mice have infested your home, they will make any out of sight area a place to hide and this is what makes them such a challenge to locate and remove if you are attempting DIY mice removal.