How to … humanely get rid of rodent house guests

Unwanted house guests often fail to please us, especially when they come in rodent form.

How to … humanely get rid of rodent house guests

Unwanted house guests often fail to please us, and especially so when they come in rodent form. But as autumn rolls around, we aren’t the only ones keen on getting warm and cosy indoors, and rats and mice will seek ways to take up residence inside our homes. 

Not wanting their company does not mean we’re keen on the idea of killing them in violent or gruesome ways. For example, while glue traps may be effective, they also involve slow death from starvation … unless the mouse bites through its limbs to free itself. 

Thankfully, the homemaking advice website Housewife how-to has come up with a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of mice without the violence. 

The first steps are undoubtedly the most essential: stop rodents from entering your home. Rats and mice are trapeze artists and can enter houses through windows, cat flaps, under doors, small gaps in the exterior walls and seemingly through sheer will power. So it’s important that you inspect the exterior walls of your home, particularly around air vents or the entries of electrical wires, to ensure there are no mouse-shaped holes exposed. Put door snakes against exterior doors, temporarily seal or lock your cat flap and keep an eye on open windows.  

The next step is to cut off their food and water supplies. Put any exposed or packaged foods into sealed containers or old jars and store your fruit and vegetables in the fridge. This includes bags of pet food as well, as rats and mice will demolish them, too. Don’t leave old glasses of water lying around and consider where you keep pet bowls. Inspect your rubbish bins – both internal and external – and make sure they’re sealed. Stacks of old newspapers or even rolled carpet are often used as mouse bedding, so be sure to dispose of any lying around the house. Keep things tidy. Cleaning dishes, sweeping and emptying the bins regularly will help make your home a less appealing option for rodents. 

Third, scare them off with their least favourite smells. Luckily for you, rats and mice hate the smell of peppermint, so leaving peppermint oil around your home, or cotton balls dabbed in it in the back of your cupboard can help to deter them. Unluckily for you, however, they also hate the smell of moth balls and used kitty litter. Hanging either of these up in old stockings in front of vents or entry ways in the infrequently used rooms of the house deters their entry. 

Have you had any problems with rats and mice in the past? Do you have any tips or tricks for how to humanely get rid of rats and mice? 

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    Barbara Mathieson
    28th Apr 2019
    9:40am
    Rat or mouse trips work well!
    Mindy
    28th Apr 2019
    9:51am
    Whatever you do, do not use poison and baits (e.g. Ratsak).

    The rats / mice stagger outside and are picked up by Kookaburras, etc who are then poisoned.
    Janus
    28th Apr 2019
    10:59am
    Here in Tas, Kookaburras are vermin, as they were introduced, and have decimated the small bird and lizard populations. No problem with them dying off!

    However, other things eat the poisoned rats, including bluetongue lizards (not good for them), other raptors (not good for them either) and quolls and devils (which can both cope with the small amount of poison).

    Also be aware that the poison breaks down quickly once ingested, and we use it as a medicine. It is probably the least worst solution.
    Mondo
    28th Apr 2019
    10:24am
    But nature, the nirvana of environmentalists isn't humane! Our most effective rodent controller is a 10ft Eastern Python which suns itself on our front step. It's not humane but it is natural and effective and tends to deter certain uninvited religeous callers in a humane way! Now that's real pest control.
    danielboonjp
    29th Apr 2019
    9:52am
    has it got a sister?
    mogo51
    28th Apr 2019
    10:37am
    Why would you worry about 'humanely' just get rid of these pest however.
    Mindy
    28th Apr 2019
    10:46am
    As long as you don't kill native predators as an unintended consequence.
    Anonymous
    28th Apr 2019
    11:10am
    These creatures have just as much right as you to live, if you can't share then at least get rid of them humanely, cruelty to any animal is not acceptable. The world is full of scum and all of it is human,
    Mondo
    28th Apr 2019
    3:45pm
    trood. Yes I agree, let's give them counselling, teach them how to behave, not too harsh mind, no hard words or spanking! Only trouble is out here in the bush where rats and mice can be a real problem, we have a shortage of rodent counsellors.
    What I don't understand however is this idea of killing humanely. Most humanitarians I know of are against the death penalty, they think its inhumane. So how do you humanely kill vermin given the view that its inhuman to kill? Or would you prefer that we have no wheat for bread?
    Anonymous
    28th Apr 2019
    4:31pm
    Looks like you fall into the human scum category Cosmo
    Mondo
    28th Apr 2019
    5:45pm
    tripod, yes looks like it but at least I 've spent a good part of my life producing food and jobs so that unrealistic people living in the clouds can put something on their meal plates. What you do confirm however, is that people who can't explain their beliefs or the meaning of the words they use, typically resort to abusive name calling as their only defence.
    My python solution of rodent control is natural but its hardly humane how would you resolve that? Just give it a try without the abuse!
    Mondo
    28th Apr 2019
    5:48pm
    Sorry trood my auto spell checker mis-spelt!
    Janus
    28th Apr 2019
    10:53am
    How to get rid of vermin?

    I'm just going to vote them out...
    VicCherikoff
    28th Apr 2019
    2:17pm
    Nah. More vermin move in.

    28th Apr 2019
    11:05am
    I never had a mouse inside until my cat died. The scent of a cat is a winner.
    Aurora60
    28th Apr 2019
    3:35pm
    I trap them in a humane mouse trap - it traps the mouse but doesn't hurt them, then take the trap up the road and release it. A long time ago they were nesting in my oven. I put a trap in there and after listening to it scream for 2 hours went to investigate. It was pinned down by the trap across it's stomach. I will never kill one again ever.
    CountryCatkin
    28th Apr 2019
    3:55pm
    Can't believe how unpleasant and cruel some of you people appear to be! The kill mentality rules.
    At least be humane. Imagine if you had to die in the way you wish on some creatures. Perhaps Karma will visit you in some small way, one day. I despair of some so-called humans.
    danielboonjp
    29th Apr 2019
    9:49am
    peppermint plants around the house and you can buy peppermint oil and spray it at doorways and at food preparation areas.


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