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How To Get Rid Of Mice

Watch more Insects, Rodents, & Other Pesky Creatures videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - If you see a mouse in your house, don't kid yourself--his entire family has moved in. Get rid of mice with this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Set traps 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. Tip Snap traps and glue boards work equally well, but snap traps are more humane because death is instant. Step 2: Don't cook 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. Warning Don't set traps near any pilot lights! Step 3: Repeat 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. Step 4: Inspect rooms Go from room to room looking for holes in the walls, floors, and baseboards. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as dimes. Step 5: Patch Patch up the holes by stuffing them with steel wool—which mice won't chew through—and then sealing them with caulking compound. Step 6: Examine doors 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. Tip If you can fit a pencil under a door or in a hole, a mouse could crawl through it. Step 7: 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. Step 8: 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. Step 9: 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. Did You Know? When you begin exterminating the mice in your house, they instinctively step up their breeding, leading to even more mice!
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