You can tell if you have a mouse problem at your house if you see:
- Droppings: Small, dark, rounded droppings that are about the size of a grain of rice.
- Gnaw marks: Mice have strong teeth and will gnaw on almost anything, including food packaging, wood, and electrical wiring.
- Scratching noises: You may hear mice scurrying, scratching or gnawing in walls, ceilings or floors, especially at night.
- Nests: Mice build nests using soft materials such as paper, insulation, and fabric.
It’s good to get rid of mice because they can cause:
- Health hazards: Mice can carry diseases, such as salmonella, and can also trigger asthma or allergies.
- Property damage: Mice can gnaw on and damage electrical wiring, which could lead to a fire. They can also chew on wood, walls, or insulation.
- Contamination of food: Mice can contaminate food and kitchen surfaces with their droppings and urine.
Getting rid of mice as soon as you suspect a problem is important to prevent further damage and health hazards.
Here’s how you can make a mousetrap using a soup can:
- Take an empty soup can and cut off the bottom to make a flat surface.
- Take a piece of stiff wire, like a coat hanger, and bend it into a lever shape.
- Use glue, or tape, to attach the lever to the flat bottom of the can.
- Put a piece of cheese or another treat at the end of the lever, as bait for the mouse.
- Take a rubber band and stretch it between the lever and the bottom of the can.
- Place the can in a dark, quiet place where you think mice might be.
- Wait for a mouse to come along and take the bait, causing the lever to move and the rubber band to snap, catching the mouse.