How To Rid Your Home Of Mice Humanely: Three Approaches To Consider

Posted on: 4 January 2022

An invasion of mice in your home can be a nightmare, but you may be wondering about humane ways to rid your house of these pesky pests. Traditional traps can lead to messes you might not look forward to cleaning up, while poisons can potentially endanger pets and small children. Humane removal can help you say goodbye to an infestation while helping you feel more at ease. Here are some steps you can take to remove mice safely while still valuing the role these rodents play in our ecosystem. 

Food Source Elimination

In some cases, a single source of food may be the reason mice have begun to enter your home. This might be a bag of lawn seed stashed in your attached garage or bags of pet food left open in your mudroom. Whatever the main source of food available to mice is, getting rid of it or securing it can help deter the rodents from living in your house. Without a source of nourishment, the mice will be more inclined to leave in search of a better source of food. In the meantime, you'll also want to secure all foods in your home, such as cereal, flour, rice, and even soaps. Place these and similar items in sealed plastic or glass containers to help prevent mice from accessing new food sources in your home. 

Catch-And-Release Traps

Catch-and-release traps work similarly to traditional mousetraps, with a source of food serving as bait to attract the rodents inside. Once a mouse has reached the food, such as cheese or peanut butter, a trap door will close to contain the rodent. You'll want to take the traps far away from your home, preferably to a field away from other houses, to release the mice safely. It's essential to check the traps often, as failure to do so will result in dead mice you will then have to dispose of. 

Humane Mice Control Services

Not all exterminators will use rodenticide or kill traps to manage the infestation in your home. Those practicing humane methods may instead focus on the root causes of the infestation, such as entry points in the exterior of your home the mice are using to get inside. Catch-and-release traps placed indoors are used to capture those already living in your home, while the exterior precautions work to prevent more rodents from gaining access. Some exterminators may set up one-way doors and outdoor food baits to lure the mice outside once all potential entry points to your home have been sealed. Make sure to review all methods your mice control service uses to ensure you're comfortable with the way the rodents will be treated as they are vanquished from your home.