Q&A: What child-safe products or tricks can we use to get rid of mice?
Our home has a minor pest problem (mice). Are there any child-safe products or tricks that we can use that won't harm our children but will take care of the problem?
Mice can be cute when they apear in the storybooks you read to your little ones or even when it is Mickey Mouse at Disney World, but the real life creatures are far less adorable and can be dangerous to the health of your family.
Rodents are big-time germ carriers and can expose your family to dozens of diseases. Some germs can be transmitted via airborne particles and others through direct contact. One of the most important aspects of controlling pests is prevention. It may be too late for that now, but taking a look at the cause of the problem will hopefully keep it from happening again. Rodents are attracted by food and will look for even the tiniest opening to slip inside.
Outside the house:
- Keep compost bins, recycling, and trash in well-sealed cans away from the house.
- If cooking or using outdoor grills, make sure spills and food are cleaned up.
- Inspect the foundation of your home to see if there are cracks.
- Inspect your attic, windows, door frames, basement windows, and porches for openings.
- Seal openings with steel wool or other methods.
Inside your home:
- Make sure food is stored in plastic or metal containers.
- Inspect under your sink and in cabinets for small openings.
- Look for evidence of infestation (droppings or torn food containers).
Getting rid of the pesky mice:
Use these tips from the
Environmental Protection Agency:
- Call a professional, licensed pest control company.
- Use traps instead of powders (rodenticdes). BUT, if using traps, it is extremely important to make sure they are well out of reach or sight of curious children or household pets.
- If handling the situation without the help of a professional, read instructions on traps and baits carefully.