by Jason Johnson
I know it seems like every time I write about pests I am just declaring my hatred of rodents. It is true that there is a special dark place in my heart for these creatures, but I assure you, I am an equal opportunist. I hate all pests very much.
That being said, I have not had more trouble with a single pest in my life than I have experienced with mice. Every year during winter I have one or two unwelcome mice taking up residence in my house, but I normally serve them with an eviction notice as soon as they arrive.
This year was different though. It seemed like I had an entire tribe (pride?) living in my house and it felt It like the more measures I put in place the bigger the problem became. Pretty soon our tiny problem developed into a full blown mouse infestation. There were mice everywhere and as you can imagine, I was in agony.
What made matters worse was that I didn't use any rodenticides because I have two German shepherds who go insane when I even say the word "house" because it sounds a lot like mouse, and I didn't want them to get affected by any rat poison.
I soon realised that trapping was going to be my best option and because I am a freak for anything DIY, this provided me with the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a homemade mouse trap (Source: Five Gallon Ideas).
Truth be told, the fact that something I created could cause the demise of these critters really appealed to some part of me. So with a sinister glint in my eye, off I went to my trusty friend Google and got a few ideas for great home-made mouse traps. While these traps probably won't get your mouse problem completely under control, they could be a great help in conjunction with a mice control service from a pest control service provider such as Rentokil.
This is the DIY mouse control method that I settled on:
The Mouse Trap
What you would need:
- A 5 litre plastic bucket that you are no longer using. These buckets can usually be found at supermarkets or stores that specialise in plastics and are quite cheap to acquire.
- You will also need a thin metal or wood bar that you can drive through the bucket.
- A metal drink or beer can
- Peanut butter
- A wooden plank to use as a ramp
Firstly, you will need to pierce the bottom of the can to allow for the bar to go through. Make sure that the hole is big enough to allow the can to spin freely.
Also poke two holes on each side of the bucket facing one another. Make the holes close to the top and place the ends of the metal bar with the can attached in the holes on the bucket. This should remind you of refilling the toilet paper in the toilet roll holder.
Once you have done this, check that the bar is secure. Once you have established this, fill the bucket with water and rub the can with peanut butter as bait for your mouse trap. Now use the wooden plank as a ramp so that mouse can climb up and access the peanut butter. Once the mouse goes for the bait, the weight of the mouse should spin the can and the mouse should fall off into the water.
This mouse trap allows for multiple uses and catching multiple mice. Fair warning though, you may want to empty the trap regularly as the mouse carcasses will start rotting and release a very unpleasant fragrance into the air. (Great if you are into that sort of thing!)
Alternatively, if you want to have the mice alive so that you can fling them through the neighbour's windows from whence they came, you can omit the water. You will however need to coat the inside of the bucket with butter or vegetable oil to stop the mice from climbing out of the trap.
There a few other variations of mouse traps that you could check out. As I have previously stated, these traps work best in conjunction with a fool-proof rodent control service plan. They will assist with catching mice currently on your premises, but they will not help you prevent future rodent infestations.
DIY Mouse Control - to keep in mind:
The above mentioned mouse trap also works well if you are an animal owner and afraid of secondary poisoning. This occurs when if you use poison and your pet gets into contact with a rodent that has ingested the poison.
If you do decide to take the route of DIY rodenticides, please be very careful in use and application. Always refer to the label instructions and never place the bait where pets or children can get hold of them. First generation rodenticides pose health hazards when ingested and it is always best to rely on the professionals when it comes to mouse control services. Please refer to a previous blog post in what to keep in mind when using DIY pesticides, or refer to our section on what to watch out for when choosing rat and mice traps.
It's good to mention that Rentokil uses pet-friendly rodent bait stations as well as mouse / rat poison that ensures that your pets won't have easy access to the bait. The rat bait used is available in a wax block form and is inserted in a closed of rat trap, also referred to as a rodent bait station, to which children and pets do not have access.
Rentokil also uses multiple feed bait, which means that rodents will have to eat the bait in three successive feeds for the product to work its magic and kill them effectively. This means that should your pest ingest the rodent, that the amount of bait ingested won't affect your pet.
Need some more tips on how to get rid of mice that invade your home? Read more on what you can do to exercise mouse control at your home.
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