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How To Kill Mice In the House, Attic, or Walls

In short, never use poison. Glue boards aren't very good. Always use snap traps. I recommend the good old wooden snap traps. The Victor brand is good. Set the traps in the areas you hear and see mouse activity in the form of droppings. Bait the traps with peanut butter or chocolate or bits of meat like slimjim or bacon.

Using Poison To Kill Mice: Never use poison. It's like putting duct tape on a leaky pipe. It'll fail. Not all the mice will die. Those that do die will stink up your house. New mice will just keep coming. Poison is a horrible approach. It just doesn't solve the problem. It just temporarily tortures a percentage of the mice, and the problem isn't solved. You've got the seal the mouse entry holes shut, then trap and remove the mice.

Using Glue Pads: I don't like glue pads. They don't always work, they're harder to set properly in order to be effective, and they're really, REALLY inhumane. The mouse just lies there, stuck, slowly starving or suffocating. C'mon man. Don't use glue boards.

Using Snap Traps: The best method. After you've sealed the house shut so that no more mice can get in, set the traps in the areas you hear and see mouse activity in the form of droppings. Location of the trap is far more important than type of bait. Set at least a dozen snap traps where you see the mouse activity, such as droppings or nesting material or paths or tunnels in the attic insulation. Set along walls and edges, with the trap pan facing the wall.

Mouse Removal Methods - Main mouse page.
Mice In the Attic - The most common area for mice to inhabit.
How to Get Rid of Mice - A comprehensive guide for many areas of a house.
How To Trap Mice - A more in-depth trapping guide.

Killing Mice In The House - Where there is food and shelter, a mouse family can thrive. A few crumbs each day is enough for them to survive on. Although cleanliness may not prevent mice from appearing, good sanitation will impede the availability of food for mice and may drive them to greener pasture. Cupboards, walls and small spaces are all prime areas for mice to nest.
Trapping is the most effective form of killing mice, as it means dangerous poisons and toxins are avoided. Checks can also be made to ensure that the mouse is dead, and the body can be disposed of promptly before it begins to rot and cause a smell.
It is also possible to use electronic devices that emit ultrasonic sounds that are so unpleasant to the ears of mice they soon vacate the premises, although many report these get poor results.
Poisons should be avoided where possible, as they are inhumane and cause the mouse to die by slowly bleeding to death internally. They can often go away and hide somewhere to die, meaning that a body may not be found. The carcasses can also present a risk to other wildlife such as birds that may eat the poisoned mouse and in turn be poisoned themselves.

What To Do When Poison Kills Mouse In Attic - The benefit of using poison outside, such as in a barn, to get rid of a population of mice is that it is lethal and somewhat effective in the short term. The problem that comes with this method is what to do when poison kills mouse in attic. Having decaying bodies in your home can cause an awful odor as well as release toxins into the air. For this reason your best to find the body and remove it. Many people don’t have great sources of light in their attic and if you fall into this category it’s a good idea to bring a strong flashlight and some basic tools with you. Once you go into the attic looking for the dead animal you’ll want to be prepared to remove it even if it’s in the wall.
When you find the dead animal you will want to take care to clean it up while being careful not to touch it. It is suggested you wear gloves and that you disinfect the area with bleach or ammonia. Finally, after the animals are exterminated and their bodies cleaned up you’ll want to check your home to make sure that you cover any places the rodents may be able to get into your house from.

What To Do When You Find A Dead Mouse - Finding a dead mouse can be a rather grim experience. There are many of you who don’t know what to do when you find a dead mouse. The initial reaction for some is to climb up on a chair and look for its friends. This is often an exaggerated response. The first thing you should do if you find a dead mouse is to remove the animal and dispose of it. Some people will want to bury it but if you have pets this may not be the best answer. Others simply decide to dispose of the animal with the trash. This is the best method especially if it is done swiftly. The animal will start decomposing quickly so it’s best to clean it up faster.
Once you have actually disposed of the dead mouse then you will want to consider what else is going on in the home. Most likely if you have found yourself wondering what to do when you find a dead mouse then you will have many of the animal’s live friends also in the home. This means it’s time to set up traps, glue traps or poison to rid you of the animals. A mouse infestation can be one of the more difficult to get rid of.

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