Nobody likes having unwanted guests in their home. This is especially true if those unwanted guests are disease-carrying rodents, like mice. Mice not only leave droppings everywhere, but they also gnaw on wires and other objects that cause damage, and eat food that's meant for you and your pets. If all that weren't bad enough, mice carry a disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). While it is somewhat rare, there have been 728 cases reported in the United States.

If you have mice and want to get rid of them, here are three effective ways to do it.

Get a Cat

If you like cats and wouldn't mind having one around, getting a cat is one way to get rid of mice. In most cases, female cats are better mousers. There are also certain cat breeds that are known for catching mice. These breeds include:

  • Persian
  • Manx
  • Burmese
  • Siamese
  • Maine Coon
  • American Shorthair

It's important to note that not all cats will actually eat the mouse once they've caught and killed it. Because cats have been domesticated for thousands of years, they mainly hunt for the fun of it, not for survival.

Set Mouse Traps

Mouse traps are effective for getting rid of mice, but only if you can entice them onto the trap. The most common types of mouse traps are the wooden snap kind that you put a piece of cheese on or some chunky peanut butter. Other types of mouse traps include:

  • Electronic mouse traps that electrocute the mouse
  • Multiple catch traps that get one mouse after another
  • Glue mouse traps that cause the mouse to become stuck
  • Live mouse traps that enable you to catch and release them

Besides picking a certain kind of mouse trap, you'll also need to put it in the right place. Some of the best places to set mouse traps include inside cupboards, behind doors, and along walls.

Call an Exterminator

If you don't want to get a cat or you don't want to mess around with mouse traps, the best thing you can do is call the local exterminator in your area. Exterminators are trained pest control professionals that have the necessary knowledge to catch mice and other rodents.

Some exterminators will use traps but others will use poison. No matter what method they use, they are very effective in getting rid of mice. An exterminator can also help you determine how the mice are getting into your home so you can prevent it from happening in the future. Visit a site like for more information.