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Got a home infestation on your hands? Before you call the exterminator, try these solutions to rid yourself of insects, rodents, and more.
You Will Need
- Snap traps or glue boards
- Peanut butter and/or chocolate
- Steel wool
- Caulking compound
- Door sweeps
- 24-gauge galvanized steel
- Moth balls
Set traps in areas where you’ve seen mice. Put a dab of peanut butter or a bit of chocolate on each. And don’t be stingy—put out a lot of traps.
Eat out or order takeout for a few days so you can stick a few in the stove and under the burners, where mice like to nest.
After you’ve caught some mice with your traps, rearrange the furniture a bit and put out traps in some new patterns. Always wash your hands with hot water and soap after disposing of a mouse.
Go from room to room looking for holes in the walls, floors, and baseboards. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as dimes.
Patch up the holes by stuffing them with steel wool—which mice won’t chew through—and then sealing them with caulking compound.
Examine doors that lead outside; they should have a 'sweep' at the bottom that prevents mice from running in. If they don’t, install them.
Scatter moth balls
Scatter moth balls in front of your front door and garage door. They’re a great mouse repellant. But don’t put them indoors—they’re highly toxic.
Check for rotting walls
Still not gone? Have a handyman pull out your sink; the moisture often leads to rotting walls. If that’s the case, have 24-gauge galvanized steel installed where needed.
Prevent future infestations
Prevent future infestations by storing food in strong, lidded containers (especially pet food and bird seed), using covered garbage cans, and taking the trash out promptly.