Humane Mouse Control

Humane Mouse Control

Prevention is the best cure for mouse infestations. Removing any food sources as well as shelter will lead the mice to go elsewhere for these requirements. Therefore, mouse proofing the home or business premises is imperative in order to achieve eradication and prevention. There many humane methods of mouse eradication, some are more effective than others.

Pest control products such as the Rentokil Beacon FM89 are a great mouse repellent for deterring mice from entering buildings, they work by emitting an ultrasonic, high frequency noise that is an annoyance for mice. Not only do they emit a high frequency noise but also use electromagnetic technology to deter mice from harbouring in cavity walls and other spaces in the property. It works on alternative frequencies and cannot be heard by people or pets but will drive out and deter mice from the property. As stated prevention is the greatest cure, however, there will always be cases where mice do enter and thrive in the property. Live capture traps are a great way of humanely removing mice from the building. There are many different live capture traps available on the amateur market with the humane multi-catch mouse trap and the humane trip trap leading the way in terms of effectiveness and ease of use. Simply set and bait these traps and wait for a rodent to get trapped. Mouse attractants should be used and the most effective are peanut butter, chocolate and professional mouse attractants. Live traps are a perfect poison free solution to mice infestations and are particularly useful in situations where the use of poison is not feasible such as kitchens and other food preparation areas. Once a mouse is caught the only thing left to do is release it back into the wild. Releasing a mouse in close proximity to the building will almost certainly cause re-infestation, unless adequate mouse proofing has occurred. The mouse needs to be released into the wild in a habitat that reflects their natural habitat or else they may not be able to find food, water and shelter and without these necessities will almost certainly die. The Animal Welfare act states when a live rodent is trapped the welfare of the live rodent is the responsibility of the person who caught it. Mice can easily die from dehydration or stress induced disorders if they are not treated right thus It is vital to check the traps on a regular basis. If they are not treated humanely then an offence under the Animal Welfare act may arise. The Wild Mammals Protection Act requires that animals trapped by humans have to be killed in a humane manner. The easiest, safest and quickest way to kill a mouse is by a swift, powerful and accurate blow to the head which will destroy the brain. Removing the mouse from the trap can be quite challenging, it is imperative to avoid bites from the mouse due to the dangerous diseases they can carry.

Humane mouse control plays an important role within the pest control sector, as not everyone is happy with killing mice if it can be avoided. However, there are some important things to remember.

Important things to remember

  • Sufficiently mouse proof the home.
  • It is advisable to research the humane mouse trap.
  • Releasing the rodents back into the wild needs to be done in an area that imitates their natural habitat and a suitable distance from the building
  • If mice are going to be dispatched it needs to be done in a humane manner.
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