Mice may seem like they are harmless. When you find the outside, in natural environments, they usually are. When they infest homes and neighborhoods and then cities, they are dangerous. Again, they only seem like they are innocent and harmless because they are tiny and don’t attack. This is a far cry from its large and distant cousin, the rat, that will also attack.
Instead, mice crawl about and scuttle into the dark places in the night without us even noticing but for the squeaks in the walls. You can find their droppings in the places they like to go. Those places are usually going to be where there is or has been food. They can spread bacteria, viruses, and even parasites very easily and all they have to do is walk across a surface to do this.
Not only will you have to keep the house clean to get rid of the mice, you will need to be sure that all food items or anything else that could be mouse food is tightly stored away at all times. Yes, this means pet food too and you need to think about this one well. Pets are important and cats may chase mice but mice can also eat the pet’s food and spread diseases to other animals.
Knowing how to get rid of mice doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. There are many ways to do it. You will find all sorts of solutions at a hardware store. The only problem is that most of these solutions are toxic, both to people and to pets, while they do work to get rid of mice. Who wants this?
The toxic methods may work well for warehouses and non-inhabited workplaces, but they are really not the best choice for domestic use. Instead of using an exterminator, which will also be toxic, you should learn how to keep things very clean as a mouse-proofing strategy before using any toxic methods.
This means you will, as stated, need to keep all food put away. Clean up all crumbs. Wipe down all the counters and floors well after preparing food. Even the scent of food can bring the mice in to look for more. While they are walking across the counters looking, they are spreading disease. When there is no food for them and no tracks of food or crumbs, the mice have no reason to be there anymore.