Get rid of mice — the humane way
Thousands of people are sickened, and countless birds and other animals are killed inadvertently by a handful of highly toxic mouse poisons. Learn how to get rid of mice in your house naturally.
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The Environmental Protection Agency recently moved to ban mouse poisons that are the most toxic, as well as most loose bait and pellet poisons. Why? These pesticides resulted in thousands of calls to poison-control centers annually, and because they weren't contained in tamper- and weather-resistant bait boxes, pets and wildlife were also killed. (Bing: Find local pest-control pros)
Research has shown that pesticides used in and around the home can linger for years.
In addition to banning the use of loose baits, the EPA is banning the use of poisons called "second-generation anticoagulants" that kill by causing internal bleeding after a single dose. (These new rules apply to products marketed for home use, but licensed pest-control professionals may still use them in homes.) The poisons being banned are brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum. While the EPA has moved to ban them, they are still on the market in products by the following manufacturers, which consumers should avoid:
- Reckitt Benckiser Inc., maker of D-Con, Fleeject and Mimas rodent-control products.
- Spectrum Group, maker of Hot Shot rodent-control products.
- Liphatech Inc., maker of Generation, Maki and Rozol rodent-control products.
These companies have refused the EPA's request to adhere to the new ban, so the EPA must go through a legal proceeding to remove the products from the market. That, according to watchdogs, could take years. (For perspective, the EPA started reviewing data that led to this ban in 1998.) In addition to those three manufacturers identified by the EPA, the American Bird Conservancy recommends against using Woodstream's Victor rodent-control products.
- Seal cracks and holes in the house that can allow mice to enter. (You'll also save energy.)
- Remove food sources that may attract them, such as trash, pet food or fruit that has fallen from trees. Store your food properly.
- Housecats are nature's mouse predator. Just don't let them outside, because they also kill songbirds. Never use mouse poison, because your cat could easily ingest it along with the mouse.
- Capture mice with live traps and move them far from the home.
- Use snap traps with sensitive triggers that are more likely to kill quickly. Use as many as 10 traps near any known mouse hole, and position them about 2 feet apart along walls, with the bait end against the wall. Use gloves, or your scent on the traps may make them ineffective.
- Glue traps are unlikely to kill mice quickly, but can be effective. Keep them in place for at least five days so mice become accustomed to them.
- Repellent sound devices may or may not work, but are designed to annoy mice with a high-frequency sound that humans can't hear.
- Poison bait boxes can be used as a last resort. Look for tamper- and weather-proof boxes that use first-generation (multiple-dose) anticoagulants. Place them only in areas that are inaccessible to pets and children.
How can the Republicans apply these methods for the 3 million in jail?--I mean for regulars, like they dish on here all the time unless they are rich and stay at the Hiltons?
Then there are the Medicaid, and well fare ones next, and the one Hilton can then house all the rich ones left over--like say in Kansas!--This is needed to get all the rats together, so they can consolidate!
Then all the subsidies for pest control for farmers and businesses can be funneled through one place, They now have a new name for it now called "Trillions"--Oh wait what about the big bucks for selling food to those 60 million people?
Anti-conformity-- you're a pest
my sister used one of the glue traps and caught a mouse on it and she tried to pull it off to set it outside away from the house somewhere (it got in the garage when the door was open) but the mouse's feet stayed on the glue--she pulled the mouse off as you are supposed to do and it tore its feet off--she did not know what to do, so she put it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash hoping that it would suffocate it soon
a neighbor of mine was using one and I walked in his house right after a baby mouse got caught on it and it was squealling like a child
Human ways to kill mice?? What in the hell is this world coming to? They're pests, who cares if you kill them humanely or not, they are going to die regardless.
I experimented during my second winter with some of the scent deterrents (mice are nearly blind and navigate by smell). Some of the products - especially those who's main ingredient is mint - were ineffective, but I had great luck with something called Fresh Cab. (PS: I am in absolutely no way affiliated with the company.) Fresh Cab smells strongly of pine/balsam. The packets have to be replaced every few months as the smell dissipates, and you have to buy enough to really saturate the area with the smell (there are sq ft guidelines on the package), but I had ZERO mice so long as I kept a fresh supply in my basement. I did, however, have two mice in the spring after I got lazy about replacing it. Keeping them out in the first place is MUCH preferred to having to catch and dispose!
The real reason to ban these poisons (but allow so called professionals to use them) - so that homeowners have to pay these idiots to do what they can do themselves. These mouse killing products should not be banned.
Mice carry many diseases and people should not be forced to use "alternative methods" which do not work. Mice don't just poop - they urinate on everything. This disease carrying urine is hard to detect on table and other surfaces in the home.
Their claim of multiple poisoning of children and animals is bogus.
The EPA is worried about this???????
My God is all aspects of Our Government been hijacked by Righteous Retards???
It wont notice the iron shovel hurtling him/her towards that New York Subway Track in the Sky.