We woke up this morning to a cute little mouse walking around my home office.
We have suspected for a little while that there might be mice nearby, but the proof was very sparse and every month or two.
Now we know.
The problem is, we don't really want to kill them. Especially this one, he's just a baby. We just don't want them in the house.
I remember reading in one of the Dalai Lama's books that Buddhists take not killing animals seriously. That includes ants and mice. In Japan, the story goes, people keep their houses so clean that ants don't even come inside. There's nothing to eat. I like that.
With that in mind, I did a little research and found a few ways to keep mice out of the house without killing them.
Here are six ways I found to get rid of mice without killing them:
- Remove all food sources in the house - Mice choose houses with lots of food. To avoid sharing your home with them you should stop feeding them. Store all food in plastic or glass containers with tight fitting lids. Don’t leave pets’ food in paper packages and don’t feed pets between mealtimes.
- Make your house clean and tidy - Even a couple of spills left on the table after breakfast can be enough for a mouse. Don’t leave clothing in the corners; your home shouldn’t be stuffed because mice can easily find places for nesting.
- Use peppermint oil - Peppermint smell is too strong for mice. They won’t get close to it. Consider using cotton balls with peppermint oil in areas where mice can get in the house easily. Another way is to grow peppermint outside near the entrance.
- Close all possible entrances - Mice are tiny creatures and they can easily get through the holes which are less than ½ inch. Make sure there are no ways for them to get in. Cover the spaces with steel wool or aluminum netting.
- Use repellents - This method will keep mice outside your house and help you to solve the problem how to get rid of field mice.
- Have a cat in the house - A cat's presence at home can prevent mice from coming inside.
I was able to catch our little guy and put him outside. They advise taking them a mile away so they can't come back, but this one was just a baby so we put him a few hundred yards away.
To, hopefully, keep them out for good in the future we'll try these tips out and see how it goes.