Have you ever killed a mouse?
If yes, how did you feel about it? Wasn’t it horrible? You probably felt wrong about that for days afterward. If your kids were watching, they would probably be horrified at that.
Also, it’s so very messy, with blood and gore splattered everywhere. Who is going to get rid of the corpse? That’s so gross!
Nobody likes killing animals, even if they cause as much damage or get on your nerves as rats or mice do. Most of us are familiar with the traditional methods used to get rid of mice such as glue traps, rat poison, etc.
Not only are these methods inhumane, but they are also very stressful and could result in unintended consequences. Let’s say you use rat poison to kill the mice – what if your pet cat or dog was to consume the poison?
Do you have a small child in the house? Then you should definitely NOT use rat poison to get rid of the mice. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 10,000 small children are poisoned every year from ingesting rat poison.
That’s why we make humane mouse traps and are such major advocates of humane ways to catch mice.
Before we tell you more about that, here are a few quick facts about American mice.
- Mice are the most common pests in the United States. We have three types of mice here, which live near human habitations – field mice, deer mice, and house mice.
- Mice have an acute sense of smell and great hearing, but poor eyesight. They are nocturnal creatures.
- Mice can multiply prodigiously. A single female mouse can conceive in 2 months, and give birth to a litter of 15 at a time, and get pregnant 48 hours after that!
- Mice like to eat a lot; they eat more than 25 times a day, which is why they are always near food sources.
- You may hate these creatures, and scream at the sight of them, but you can’t deny that they are survivors. Some of the smaller mice are even very cute – cute enough to be a pet.
Humane Ways to Catch Mice:
You’ll have to find a way to get rid of mice using humane and cruelty-free ways. Here’s a look at some we like.
Non-Lethal Humane Mouse Traps
We make various types of non-lethal, humane mouse traps, which catch the mice without harming or killing them. These traps use bait to lure the mouse into a small enclosure and make it impossible for the creature to climb out.
Mice have a sweet tooth, so the bait can be peanut butter, chocolate or cookie crumbs. The best places to lay these humane traps are areas frequented by the mice, such as the storeroom, basement or kitchen.
But this method works only if you have a few mice in the house, and not a full blown rat infestation. In that case, you will have no choice but to call a pest control service.
Mouse-Proof Your House
Mice and rats are attracted to unhygienic or unsanitary conditions. To mouse-proof your home, clear the clutter and make sure there is no food lying around. Keep anything edible in tin containers or airtight glass.
Also, trim the branches of the trees near your house, and seal any opening such as a hole or gap that the mice can squeeze through. Seal all window frames with weather stripping.
Keep the trash cans at a fair distance away from the house. Also, spray mouse-repellant scents around the house such as garlic, cayenne pepper, and peppermint.
Get a Cat
We don’t have to tell you about the unique relationship between cats and mice! Bring a cat home; that will get rid of the mice for you. Is that really a humane way to catch the mice? We think so because it fits in the natural scheme of things. Who are we to argue with nature?
We make humane mouse traps that catch mice without killing or harming them. Our mouse traps are basically catch-and-release traps and are certainly more sophisticated than the traditional models that you’re probably familiar with.