There are a number of ways to succeed at getting rid of a mouse cheaply. There are definitely costly methods like electronic mouse traps which very well, but there are also low-cost methods that will help anyone on a budget looking for a quick solution.
Fill Those Construction Gaps
One of the first steps in getting rid of a mouse is meticulously looking for locations they could gain access to the interior of your house or building. I know it can seem to donate as you may not know where to start, but if you work systematically it may not be as tough as you think. Start with openings around heating pipes, plumbing fixtures, and air conditioning ducting, then move to harder to reach areas like the back of cabinets.
Did you know that a mouse can work its way through an opening as small as a quarter of an inch (6 mm)? It can also use its constantly growing incisors to chew through almost any type of construction material, including plastic, lead, and certain varieties of concrete so make sure not to overlook areas where you think they may not be able to get through.
Once you’ve pinpointed probable entrances, fill the hole with coarse steel wool. Then apply duct tape or expanding foam insulation to prevent future invasions through that location. Do this for nearly every nook and cranny, and soon you’ll have succeeded at getting rid of a mouse that may have been trying to enter your home.
Frugal, Humane, and Homemade
If you don’t mind having to handle live mice, then this technique is right up your alley. It won’t be easy, what with a wildly exciting rodent thrashing about, but it will cost you virtually nothing to put in place. Should final disposal of the trapped mouse cause spinal shivers, you could humanely release it outdoors, but this of course may invite the same mouse to come right back into your house again.
Rather than taking the time to drive out, consume gas, and buy traditional traps, as cheap as they are, making homemade devices can be the ultimate in frugally getting rid of a mouse. What does it take to make one? Easy! A container of some sort, a thin strip of wood to prop one side of the box up, and some peanut butter to apply to the top of the stick holding up the box. That’s it.
When the mouse goes for the bait, it will knock the stick over, thus causing the box to fall and seal the trap. This is can be enhanced by using a transparent container, then you’ll have visual confirmation your contraption worked.
Sticky Stuff and Springing Snaps
Not up for rigging Rambo devices for furry things? Cheap glue traps and spring-loaded devices from discount stores or home fix-it shops will have to do. An advantage is they’re proven to work as advertised, but you’ll have to deal with seeing the aftermath of the carnage.
Glue traps are not humane, as they hold the rodent in place while it goes insane trying to free itself. It may eventually expire from sheer exhaustion, starvation, asphyxiation, or a combination of all three. A gruesome way of getting rid of a mouse indeed.
With spring traps, near decapitation is a certainty, as are exploded bowels should the trap hit the abdominal area. Not a pretty picture, but you will be rid of these pests, at very low cost, which is your ultimate goal, remember?
Another issue is that these methods tend to look unsightly and embarrassing if seen by house guests or your customers. Though the trade-off is that they won’t see furry critters scampering across the floorboards.
To recap, low-cost ways of getting rid of mice include preventing them from entering your abode or place of business in the first place, building traps out of material already on hand, or purchasing low-budget traps. Any of these tried-and-true ways of pest control will suffice, but it is up to you which is best for getting rid of a mouse.