Everything You Need To Know About Pest Management
Wherever you look today, both off and online, you are sure to find many DIY pest control and mouse removal options. With the economy being what it is and household expenses rising every single day, it is absolutely understandable for homeowners to seriously think about doing their own pest control and extermination.
So why wouldn't you take this on yourself? Why do you need to spend money that you may not have to hire a professional mouse removal and pest control company?
Pesticides are poisonous
Although this is not the ultimate reason why you should avoid taking on pest control as a Do-It-Yourself enthusiast, it is a very good reason to, at the very least, think twice before doing so. Most pesticides are poisonous. Maybe not as poisonous as arsenic, but dangerous enough to cause severe health hazards when mishandled. Instead, here are some home remedies that could help you deal with the issue, at least until you can get a professional to get rid of that mouse infestation problem.
That sweet fresh scent of peppermint might smell great to us, but it doesn't really work that well for mice. They hate it. (Some repellent trash bags now available are scented with peppermint). Try placing some peppermint oil on cotton balls and then place them in suspected entry points, kitchen cabinets and entryways. This will have mice scampering away from your home. You can also plant mint along your home's exterior to keep them off completely. That’s effective, pretty, and useful, too (since you can always drop a mint leaf on your chocolate cake as a garnish…just be careful where you throw the cake if you don’t finish it, since mice love cake as much as we do.)
Used Kitty Litter (!)
This is a good one! Cats and mice are natural enemies. Naturally, mice do not want to share the same space with cats, so whenever they suspect that a cat might be living in the same location, they will head in the other direction. Farmers suggest that you should place some used kitty litter near suspected entry points. As soon as the mice smell the cat urine, they will head for the hills, literally.
You have probably picked it up by now that doing something about suspected entry points is a big plus when trying to keep mice from your home. In many cases, you can try filling up holes and cracks that act as entryways to mice using different materials. Steel wool is the most practical because mice do not like it. Since they cannot chew through the material (it hurts their teeth) they will either try to find a new entry point or they will simply move on. And if they do chew it, it will not be kind to their insides…
These are just three simple home remedies that you can use when trying to deal with a mouse infestation. However, if you find that none of this is working, or your problem is very bad, then you should call a professional exterminator who will get the job done right on the very first try. They have experience and access to the tools of the trade that you don’t.