You've spotted a mouse in the house and now you're in panic mode. If you're seeing one mouse, there's a chance you have more than just one of them living in your home, so acting quickly is important. Mice can mate fairly quickly, and you wouldn't want to deal with both adult mice and baby mice roaming all over your home because of the damage they can cause.
Eliminate Open Food Sources
Don't leave food laying around. If there are crumbs on the kitchen counter or even on the floor, mice are going to be attracted to your home because there is a food source available to them. It's not always easy to keep the crumbs off the floor, but try to do a quick check for crumbs of food before going to sleep at night. You wouldn't want to give the mice something to enjoy when they're roaming around in your home.
Put Out Some Traps
Find out where the mice are going and put out different types of traps. If the thought of doing this is creeping you out, you should leave it to a pest control expert. You can hire someone to find some of the different spots where the mice are hanging out inside the home and put traps down to catch them as quickly as possible. There are tons of different traps to choose from, such as:
- Snap traps
- Glue traps
- Humane traps
Snap traps are often most effective, but glue traps work well at capturing the mice and keeping them in one spot until they eventually die or are disposed of because they can no longer get off the trap. If you want the mice out of your home, but you don't want to harm them, humane traps are available. These traps would capture the mice without killing them. The pest expert could take the mice and release them in an area where it's safe for them to live, and that area would be far from your home.
Keep Peppermint Leaves in Your Home
After getting rid of the mice by using traps and getting help from a pest control company, try to keep any mice from coming back by spreading dried peppermint leaves around your home. The scent of peppermint is too strong for mice and they don't like being around it, so if the entry door of your home has a peppermint smell, they may decide to run the other way! If you can't find dried peppermint leaves, you could always use a peppermint oil spray.
Mice are a hassle, but you can get rid of mice. Eliminate any open food sources, put out traps, and then use peppermint leaves around the home to keep any other mice from trying to make your home their home.