Mice can be unwelcome pests that invade your home, spreading bacteria and chewing holes in most any household item they can reach. The good news is there is a variety of techniques for getting rid of mice effectively, and most options are very low-cost. From mouse traps to homemade repellents, following a few simple steps might well rid your house of these unwanted intruders in short order.
For preventing mice in your home, it is of primary importance to keep the home clean and free of food crumbs. Without food to eat, mice will lose interest in your home and move on to a new location. Keep eating areas as clean as possible by wiping or sweeping up crumbs after each meal, and also keep open bags of food sealed tightly closed, and stored in a cabinet or pantry.
Mouse traps are one of the most effective ways to kill mice that invade in your home or garden. These traps can be purchased by the pack for a few dollars, from any grocery or hardware store with pest and insect control products. Some traps will need a bait such as cheese or peanut butter, while other traps already contain a poison that mice will eat, then die immediately. Inexpensive sticky traps will stop mice in their tracks, where they will await disposal (or release outdoors, according to your preference). Check your local retailer for the type of trap that bests suits your needs and budget.
There are also a few options to consider when making your own mouse repellent, that will simply force the mouse to leave, creating a more humane option than simply killing the mouse. Peppermint is a natural deterrent for mice as well as other garden pests. Crush a few handfuls of peppermint and spread throughout the home and lawn, or create your own liquid solution by adding 20 drops of peppermint essential oil to one cup of water. Spray the solution around the garden and along baseboards of the home. Alternately, soak a few cotton balls in peppermint oil and place throughout areas where you have observed mice or evidence of their passage.
Citronella oil is another inexpensive repellent. Purchase a bottle from your local nutritional supplement store, and create a solution by following any of the above mentioned steps.