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DIY Or Professional Mouse Control?

If you have mice, then there are a number of ways to get rid of them. The easiest method is to simply get in professional mouse control. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to do this, which can lead to disastrous consequences.

Maybe their budget is tight and they can’t afford to get a pro. Maybe they think the situation doesn’t warrant hiring an exterminator. Perhaps they don’t like the idea of having exterminators in their home. But does DIY mouse control actually work?

Alternatives to professional mouse control

What you first have to realise is that DIY methods often don’t work. Mice are highly adept at surviving, and you may have troubling getting rid of them. This is why professional mouse control is always better. That being said, there are certain things you can try.

First of all, remove anything that might attract them. This means removing all sources of food. To start with, make sure your kitchen is spotlessly clean, and that dustbins close and are frequently emptied. Also, make sure you store your food in air tight containers and inside of closed cupboards.

mouse hiding in clutter

Next, seal all entry points such as gaps, cracks, and holes in walls. You also need to get rid of  large piles of clutter. Clutter offers places for mice to hide, somewhere to live in and provides for building materials, so throw away any accumulating stuff you don’t need. Finally, you might want to get a cat. Certain species of dogs, such as terriers, are also highly effective at catching mice.

When should a professional be called in?

If these tips don’t work, then it might be time to hire professional mouse control. This is something that everyone should do, even if your mouse issue isn’t that serious yet, or seems to be getting better.

Mice in homes are far more common than people think. In fact, one study found that 82% of homes have mice. It’s quite possible that this many UK homes are affected. Mouse infestations get worse over time because of the alarming rate at which they breed. This is an important fact that means professional mouse control is worth spending money on.

mouse in a house in london

A professional pest control technician will go through your home with a fine tooth-comb. They are specialised in discovering exactly where the mice are located and where they build their nests. Homeowners do not have the skills to do this, and it’s possible that you may not be able to find the source of the mice. If this happens, then your problem will not be solved.

Professionals are also more likely to get rid of the mice for good. They have the skills and technology needed to do a thorough job, and know how to reduce the likelihood of the mice returning. For all of these reasons and more, it’s always better to use pros over doing it yourself.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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