More often than not, mice are seen as cute and friendly – take a look at Jerry.
In this article, we will find out how to give our furry little friends a proper send-off, and how to do that without getting our hands dirty.
How to dispose of a dead mouse?
Before picking the mouse up, make sure that you are wearing gloves. Once this is ensured, get a plastic bag and put the mouse inside. Wrap it in another plastic bag to ensure no further infestation, and dispose of it in the bin. If you find any other things related to the mouse or it has been in touch with such as other objects and excrements, make sure to include those in the bag as well.
Clean up around a dead mouse
Mice bring about infectious diseases and parasitic bodies. Wear gloves and continuously disinfect your hands after dealing with these rodents.
Make sure that you pick up any other remains such as feces and throw them away. We also recommend 30 minutes of ventilation of the area by opening all of the windows and doors of that room.
Down the rabbit hole vs. down the drain
Although a multitude of people use the bin and we recommend it, not everyone likes the idea of a rotting mouse in their garbage.
Another place to dispose of a dead mouse is a hole in your yard or garden. As they decompose, they make for excellent fertilizer.
Do not throw them in a toilet. Disposing of a mouse this way will only contaminate your water supply.
No need for an exterminator, for now
The most crucial step in disposing of a dead mouse is finding a dead mouse in the first place. To ensure no mice are infesting your houses, we recommend three ways to get rid of them.
These three would consist of a standard mousetrap, a glue trap, and a humane mouse trap. These traps all require a different way of disposing of the dead mice.
But, they all must be handled with extra precaution, a pair of gloves, extra plastic bags. In the case of the glue trap, some vegetable oil is essential to release the glue.
Properly laying out the traps
There are strategies in place to guarantee that the mice will be trapped. You need to ensure that all the visible signs are there.
These signs include but aren’t limited to shredded paper or cloth, some sticky substances such as urine and even feces. You may even be able to notice gnaw marks across some of your house’s surfaces.
Set the traps closest to these areas, coupled with bait like peanut butter, or bits of cheese.
Why are mice infesting your homes?
Mice infest homes due to various reasons. These could be due to some food they enjoy or because it’s easy to get inside some homes.
Sometimes, it’s even caused by a large clutter, such as uncleaned storage areas, in homes that mice tend to love.
They squeeze through crevices and cracks scattered across the house as well. We recommend patching up these cracks, and replacing any doors that they might be able to fit through.
Prevention is still better than a cure
To prevent mice from coming in and infesting your homes, we highly recommend planning. This plan of action should include where you keep your food, how to organize any clutter, and having to do a perimeter check inside and outside of your house.
To make sure no more mice get in your house, make sure your food is always sealed. Conversely, clean up any clutter in storage areas and make sure any wood or debris is far away.
Additionally, doing a perimeter check helps you patch up any loose ends that the rodents can pass through.
Leaving it to the professionals
Although we have previously recommended traps and other preventive measures, it still wouldn’t hurt to have a professional oversee the whole ordeal.
They have detailed knowledge on where these mice might nest and how to get rid of them accordingly. They are also equipped with appropriate tools to properly dispose of these rodents.
If you have the means and time to get a professional, then, by all means, do so.
Frequently Asked Questions on mice infestation and disposal
What if the traps aren’t working?
If you don’t spot any trapped mice after a few days of setting up the traps, then most likely, these traps weren’t in the right spot.
There are also traps that are reusable and those that fit exactly where the nests are. Get the ones most suitable and most effective to the situation.
If the traps aren’t placed near the core areas of a mice nest, it wouldn’t be effective even with bait. Always make sure the traps are in the right spots.
Can you get sick from dead mice?
Some mice, such as deer mice or white-footed mice, are known to give diseases like hantavirus. If they or their droppings are touched, it could spell bad news.
Direct contact can also be dangerous. If a mouse bites, licks, or urinates near or on you, that might bring about multiple illnesses.
This health risk is why we recommend extra precaution and not having any form of direct contact with a mouse either dead or alive.