Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
If you have young kids and do not want to put mouse poison in your house, you might be looking for a safe alternative way to get rid of these unwanted pests. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do this that are completely safe, and many of these options involve placing the right types of foods out for the mice to eat. Here are three foods that will typically kill mice if they eat them.
Baking soda is a common household ingredient that is very affordable, and it will kill mice if they consume it. Baking soda is made up of sodium bicarbonate, and this is a gas. It is used primarily in baking as a leavening agent, and it is a completely safe ingredient for your children and animals to be around.
When mice eat baking soda, it will cause their stomachs to be full of gas. Mice cannot burp, which means they have no way to eliminate the gas building up in their stomachs, which is what causes them to die. To make baking soda more attractive to mice in your house, you can mix it with bread crumbs. You can then sprinkle this mixture around the areas where you think mice are traveling.
Instant Potato Flakes
Another option you could try is instant potato flakes, which is also a common and affordable household ingredient. When mice eat these, the flakes expand in their stomachs. Once this happens, the mice will typically die. You can also mix this with bread crumbs, or you could mix it with baking soda to make the mixture even more potent.
If you sprinkle any of these ingredients in areas where mice travel, the mice may end up walking through the powdery mixtures. If they do this, they will try to clean their paws off by licking them, and this is a great way to force them to eat the mixtures you spread out.
Eating peanut butter will not kill mice in your house; however, peanut butter is a food item that mice seem to love. Mice are attracted to peanut butter more so than many other types of foods, and you can use peanut butter as bait. The best way to do this is by spreading it on mouse traps and placing the traps in areas where you think mice travel.
These are three effective options you have for eliminating mice in your house. If you have questions about this or need professional help, contact a pest control company that offers rodent control services.