Many people think a house cat is the answer to their mouse problems, but do cats really get rid of mice? Not so much. While your furry friend is a good at exposing a rodent problem, they are not the solution. Find out why cats don’t always live up to their “mouse hunter” image.
Why Cats Won’t Get Rid of Mice
1. Cats often don’t have access to the areas where the mice are nesting like the basement, attic or crawlspace. Mice will quickly learn that they can avoid the cat by traveling through the walls.
2. Not all cats are hunters. Some are afraid of mice while others just see them as playthings. It really depends on the personality of the cat.
3. Cats can get fleas, ticks and other parasites from catching and eating mice. No one wants their cat to be sick or uncomfortable!
4. Mice reproduce so quickly that your cat can’t keep up. A female mouse can have a litter of 4 to 12 pups every three weeks.
5. Cats can’t fix the holes in your house. The mice are getting in somehow and it’s probably small cracks in your foundation, gaps where pipes enter your home or even the space under your entry doors.
How To Get Rid of Mice
The best way to get rid of your mouse problem is to prevent it in the first place. Mice can get inside your home through openings as small as a dime. Check your foundation for cracks and fill with silicone caulk. Make sure window and door screens don’t have any holes or tears. Install door sweeps on all the entry doors to your home. Trim back bushes and trees near your home to reduce shelter for rodents. Tidy up storage boxes in basements and attics to make it more difficult for mice to nest. Keep kitchen and pantries clean and store food in containers with tight-fitting lids. If you do have a mouse infestation, don’t leave it to the cat; consider contacting a local pest control company.
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