The notion of mice running through your kitchen activates a bubonic plague derived terror in most homeowners, but luckily options exist for mice control other than dousing your home in a melange of dangerous chemicals. With the EPA removing some of rat and mouse poisons this year from the shelves, many people are understanding how horrible these substances are to our local environment- kids, pets and hunters of mice alike. If you are worried of a mouse problem in your home- fret not; there are a plethora of safer options for mice control with common household objects or animals.

      We may assume felines to be the common hunter of mice on a residential level, but in actuality dogs are considered more suitable in their abilities to prey upon mice in your home. With their own urges to hunt, cats prefer to roll around and play with their captive, while a dog prefers to immediately pounce and destroy in a pack-leader sign of dominance.  Many terriers, like the rat terrier, were bred for their ability locate and kill rodents on their owner's property.

      However, if domesticated animals are not an option for you, perhaps for allergies or landlord constraints, you should consider installing an owl box on your property. Falcons, hawks, and owls are arguably the best hunters of mice, and the rodents can smell their presence and avoid the areas these birds inhabit. Mice are nocturnal creatures, right when owls are hunting for their meals. People postulate that a a barn owl eats about one thousand mice per year. Unfortunately, you may not live in the most appropriate setting for owls, or it may not be an appropriate season for owls to make their nests when you notice a need for mice control.

       Most homes are stocked with some fashion of carbonated beverage, which is useable for mice control. The pests love drinking these sugary drinks, and are hard pressed resisting to steal some sips from an unattended soft drink. Mice are unable to burp or pass the gas that colas and tonics produce, and the indigestion produced spells fatality for mice. One of the downfalls of said method is that their death is not immediate , possibly allowing the mice to return into their nest in your home and perish in your walls, leaving very offensive smell for a long time. For instantaneous death, you can mix plaster of paris with a food souce that would attract mice- best for one which prompts immediate thirst. Peanut Butter or chocolate are a great choice for said method, and mice exit the litter's hiding spot to find a hydration source. Upon introduction of water, the plaster turns to gypsum in their digestive system- producing a cement blockade in their bodies and they perish on the spot. While these last two options are somewhat sadistic, they are successful in killing mice. If the thought is too unpleasant, calling upon mice control professionals is always an option, and poisons they use are now mandated to be safer for interaction in your home.