How do you catch a mouse?—The 10 Commandments

Sabrina Werner Sabrina Werner
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When you discover that you have a mouse in your house, it's a big surprise. Where does the mouse come from? Where is she hiding? How many might there be? Do the children bite you? Are you infecting us with some disease? And finally the big question: How do you catch a mouse?

We try to find answers to all of these questions and give you as much advice as possible. Finally, the question How do you hunt a mouse? is always a bit urgent, as the small rodents can quickly turn into a nuisance. As always, at homify, you will receive valuable tips from experts on the subject of living.

So much in advance: Mice get in everywhere

It's getting colder and more uncomfortable outside again and mice similarly see this as us: they now like to stay in warmer rooms. Because of their size, they can get into the interior of houses, extensions, sheds and garages through the smallest cracks. If you have mice in your house, you have to deal with them and how to get rid of them—whether you like it or not. Catching mice—it's not that easy, as you may already know from your own experience. What do mice eat, which mousetrap or bait? All of these are questions that need to be answered to catch a mouse. However, if you follow our information and tips, you have a good chance of getting rid of your uninvited guests.

But now we wish you much success in catching your mice.

Buy mouse traps

As soon as the first signs that point to a mouse appear (excrement, tracks, bites, etc.) or if you even see a mouse yourself, you should buy a mouse trap. In addition, certain places are prone to the appearance of mice, especially in country houses surrounded by nature and equipped with basements such as storage rooms or wine cellars. Here, even if no mice are visible, it is better to take precautions and have mouse traps ready to prevent mice. At this point, we don't want to withhold from you another method of preventing mice: a cat. Cats were made into pets for this very reason—their skills as mice hunters!

Animal-friendly and highly sensitive live trap

This WERKTAL live trap is easy to use, highly sensitive and safe, hygienic, durable and also animal-friendly, because no mouse is killed here, but can be easily and easily released far away from the house after being caught.

A good bait

There are two types of mousetraps. The first type of mousetrap works with a bait that the mice try to eat and are then caught. The second type is a glue trap that is placed in the passageways of the mice. The mouse then gets stuck here and can no longer move. The question How do you hunt a mouse? However, it is more often answered with the first type of trap. But what bait do you use? There are a few foods that mice love, like peanut butter, chocolate, and of course cheese. If you decide to eat one of these foods, you should only use it for this purpose. It's best to put it in a separate container that you label accordingly so that the food you eat does not come into contact with the mouse or the mousetrap.

​Follow the tracks

Mice are exceptionally agile mammals. Therefore, even though we are much larger, we are unable to follow and catch them. It is much more practical to follow their tracks and see where their excrement can be found. Common places for this are high places because mice have no problem jumping and climbing. Mice usually always take the same route, with few changes. How do you catch a mouse at home? is a question that is easy to answer if you follow the trail of the mice and set up traps there, as they are sure to pass there.

​How do you hunt mice under cabinets?

Just as mice like to take refuge in the heights of furniture, they also like to hide further down. They prefer to stay under everything difficult for us to reach. They feel even more comfortable where there are carpets that feel soft and comfortable to them and even offer them some protection. In these places in particular, no traps should be missing and those that are present should be checked to see whether they are effective.

Look for holes in the wall

The mice come into the house for two reasons: for food and warmth. They find heat wherever there are holes in the wall. This can be the case with supply lines, but also with joints in wall and ceiling openings. If you want to catch a mouse, you have to think like them. Where could it fit through? Where could she hide? Escape where? Every little joint, every little hole and every little gap should be taken into account when answering the question How do you hunt little mice?

Your feeding places

Holes may provide shelter and warmth for mice. But when it comes to food, like us, they find it in the kitchen. Their food sources can be various, for example, the trash can, the pet's food bowl or the crumbs that fall on the floor. Before chasing a mouse, you should try to deny them access to food. This can be done by storing the food in such a way that the mice can no longer get to it. Then you have to set up traps where the mice previously fed. If possible, you should also move your pet's trash and food to a different location to avoid confusion and cause them to change their usual routes.

Since the kitchen is the primary place mice can find food, then we recommend you read 10-minute Kitchen Cleaning—How to Clean Your Kitchen Quickly.

Prevent access to the house

It is true that in houses with gardens or houses in the countryside, it can be difficult to prevent a mouse from entering the house. However, if it gets into the house, it should at least not find any food there so that it will disappear on its own unless it is winter and it is looking for a warm shelter or even a place where it can have children in peace. If this is the case, there are two problems to solve. On the one hand, it is important to remove the mice that are already present and find out where they have entered the house. In such a case, existing holes or joints should be well covered.

Always place traps near the wall

Mice are prey animals in nature. They know this and therefore look for protection at all times. They always move to places where there is the slightest risk. If they can get around underneath the furniture, they will. If they can hide behind boxes or chairs, they will. And if they can't hide, they'll at least stay near the wall. That's why you should always place traps near walls and near swings or shelves.

Poison is not necessary

So far we have only talked about mouse traps and preventive measures such as keeping a cat. Nevertheless, someone decides to use poison for mice. This is undoubtedly effective, but it also has disadvantages. Under no circumstances should you use poison if there are children in the house, as they can accidentally ingest it. The same applies to pets—and not just dogs. Some people live with small mammals such as guinea pigs, hamsters or other small rodents. Another reason that speaks against the poison is how the animal is expected to die. It is a gruesome death due to severe dehydration or blood clotting.

You can't live with mice

Anyone who speaks out against the aforementioned cruelty should not think that living together with the mouse is possible. Mice are a source of infection. They don't have to bite to do this. Their excrement, which is on the table, in the kitchen in general and other places in the house, is also harmful to health. While it's just a single mouse, it's certainly still manageable. But if you still have a mouse in your house after following all of this advice, you should take the next step to prevent them from turning into a nuisance and call the pest controller. Once the mouse has been eliminated, building cleaning experts will also help you get the house hygienically clean again.

What other ways would you catch a mouse?

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