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Even if you only see one mouse or the other at first, you should not ignore it, because these rodents multiply quickly and spread very quickly, so it comes to a real plague and then only a professional pest control can help, To prevent this, you should be active at the first sign and start building a live trap. This usually requires little effort and can still be very effective.
About a ramp in the trap
For these live traps you need a tall vessel, 1 wooden strip, alternatively thicker cardboard with a not too smooth surface or old books, which are piled up like a staircase, which then closes with the upper edge of the vessel. The wooden strip should be wide enough for the mouse to comfortably run on it, practically serving as a ramp. In addition, it should be slightly bevelled at one end, so have practically an L-shape. You can also nail together a long and a shorter strip or fix it with tape. As a vessel, for example, a clay jug, a tall glass or a bucket, at best, a 10-liter bucket, because this is high enough that the mouse can not jump out of the bucket again. Now only a suitable bait is missing, all things that are usually found in every household. The question of air holes does not arise in this case, since the bucket is not covered. Now it's up to the construction.
- On the bottom of the bucket you can give some wood wool or straw.
- But that is not necessary.
- Then there is a suitable bait.
- This can be a piece of toast with jam, nut nougat cream or peanut butter.
- Now you put the wooden slats at an angle to the vessel.
- The shorter piece should protrude over the edge into the vessel.
- Make sure that the ramp is not too steep.
- With a bit of luck, the mouse can not resist the bait and ends up in the bucket.
- Then it can be easily transported out of the house.
- Always leave the animals at a sufficient distance from the house.
Catch mice with a conventional can
Also for this case you need a high bucket, a corresponding ramp and in addition a round wooden rod, which should be longer than the upper diameter of the bucket and a coffee can. The box must be tightly closed at the top and bottom, if necessary, stick the lid tight. Since holes need to be drilled in the bucket, it is advisable to use an old one. First you drilled in the bottom and lid of the tin in each case a slightly larger hole in the middle. The holes should be large enough that you can easily push through the round wooden rod and move it easily or the can turns easily. In the next step, two opposite holes are drilled in the bucket a few centimeters below the edge. Also, they have to be so big again that the wooden stick turns easily. Now insert the rod from the outside in through the one hole in the bucket, then through the coffee can and into the opposite hole in the bucket so that the can is placed in the center of the rod in the bucket. To attract the mouse, paint the complete jar with jam or other bait. Finally, put a corresponding ramp of cardboard or wooden slats in the direction of the can at an angle to the bucket, so that the mouse, when she runs up the ramp and jumps on the can, this turns and the mouse lands in the bucket.
Tip: In this case, make sure that the can rotate easily at any time. Instead of the can you can also use a plastic bottle and instead of a round wooden stick is also a stronger and sufficiently long wire. Of course, the bottle must turn well.
Live trap from a shoebox and a salt stick
- For the construction of this life trap a conventional shoebox and a salt stick are needed.
- In the box, first of all, some air holes are stung.
- Place a piece of cardboard under the trap that is larger than the carton itself.
- This prevents the mouse from escaping and also makes it easier to carry away.
- Then you put the box upside down and a salted bar underneath.
- Place the salt stick upright under the cardboard so that it is at an angle.
- That's the whole trap.
- At best, the mouse has an appetite for salt rod and these are scarce.
- As a result, the box folds down and the mouse is trapped.
A typical symptom, in addition to live or dead mice, is the feces of these rodents. This is 3-8 mm long, spindle-shaped and almost black.At first you can only find it occasionally on running paths, both in the house and outside of buildings. Kotkrümel in different sizes can be an indication that the mice have already propagated. Another indication of a mouse infestation are gnawing traces, which can be observed on furnishings, papers, textiles but also on electric cables. In addition to traces of gnawing, one also finds so-called lubrication marks that form from dirt particles and body fat of the mice. If you follow these tracks, they usually lead to the nest or at least the hiding places from which they came. Once in the apartment, mice can create several nests. In areas where it is a bit dustier such. B. in the attic or in the basement, an infestation u. a. also on tracks of the animals.
Tip: Mouse feces can be very dangerous and in the worst case the so-called Hanta virus transmitted to humans, which can lead to severe infections by inhaling.
Keep mice away successfully
Mice belong to the storage pests and can gnaw through almost all materials. In order to protect themselves as possible from them, stores, including animal feed should always kept in sealed containers and Vorratskammern- and cabinets are cleaned regularly, which also protects against other storage pests. When cleaning, you should also include cages and stables of pets. Even garbage bags should always be well closed and disposed of daily. Birdhouses are a very good thing, but they should not be placed in the immediate vicinity of the house, because bird food is also very popular with mice. In order to protect themselves from immigration of mice, cracks and gaps should lead into the building or be sealed in doors. Also joints in wall and ceiling openings z. B. for supply lines should be properly closed.
There are many ways in which a mouse can enter the house. It should always be acted on as quickly as possible, because the longer you ignore an infestation, the harder it is to get rid of the rodents again. For this it is not necessary to kill the animals, you can catch them alive and expose them at a sufficient distance again. Live traps can be produced with the simplest means and are usually very effective. If the infestation is stronger, you should consult a professional pest controller if necessary.