Posted on: 2 December 2015
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mice and other rodents have the potential to transmit such illnesses as hemorrhagic fever, salmonellosis, and even the plague. If you spot mice running around in your garage, it is best to take immediate action to remove them in order to protect your family's health. There are a few methods you can use to accomplish this task.
Adopt an Outdoor Cat
Cats love to hunt and there is a reason why farmers and horse owners often have barn cats. Most local animal shelters have cats that are up for adoption that are listed as mousers, so in addition to allowing a cat to take care of your mouse problem, you'll also be doing a good deed by providing a homeless cat with food, freedom, and love.
Strategically place mousetraps where you've seen the mice roaming around. Use cheese, peanut butter, or even a piece of chocolate as bait on a few of the traps. Bait another trap or two with pieces of cotton to catch female mice who are trying to build a nest. Check the traps daily and reset as needed.
Purchase Professional Mouse Bait
For infestations that are a bit more than your cat or your traps can handle, purchase a container of professional mouse bait. Follow the directions carefully, as the bait may be toxic to pets and small children. Also, keep in mind that once you no longer spot any mice, you'll need to take the time to seal up any cracks or crevices around the outside of your garage that the mice are using to get in. Otherwise, more will eventually come and your problem will start all over again.
Hire an Exterminator
If your efforts to remove the mice from your garage are not successful, contact an exterminator, such as Environmental Services Pest Control. You may actually be dealing with a Norway rat or another type of rodent that an exterminator will quickly be able to identify and remove. The exterminator will also be able to show you the areas of your garage that you need to make more secure in order to eliminate future pest infestations.
Once you've utilized the methods above to get rid of the mice, make sure you always wear plastic gloves to dispose of the dead mouse, Place the mouse in a baggie and seal it shut. Then place that baggie inside a larger bag and seal it shut. You may now dispose of the mouse in your trash can.Share