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In just six months one pair of mice can eat more than four pounds of food and deposit about 18,000 droppings. Food contaminated by mice is about 10 times greater than what is eaten. Also, food wasted by mouse nibbling is much more than what is eaten.
Here are some ways to prevent pets and children from being poisoned by using natural mice control.
Mice like to eat seeds, grains, and foods high in fat or sugar. These types of food can be used for bait. Such items include bacon and bacon fat, candies such as tootsie rolls and anise teddy bears, butter, peanut butter, avocados, pizza crusts and nutmeats. Chocolate covered peanut candy will kill mice. Chocolate is poisonous to mice. Switch bait occasionally--it makes mice more likely to investigate new food offering.
Place traps along walls between mice habitat and food sources. Place under cupboards or other furniture in dark to help prevent household pets from being injured by traps.
Don't leave pet food out at night--at least until you are sure all mice are caught.
Take a deep wastebasket or other container that is at least 12 inches deep. Put a plastic garbage bag in it along with cereal such as cornflakes, or other mouse food. Place it near a kitchen counter where mice are known to crawl. The mice will jump down into container but will not be able to crawl or jump back out. Dispose of mice in any way you choose.