Birmingham: Mother discusses mice infestation in council flat
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House mice may look cute but they can be incredibly destructive creatures if they’re not removed. Mice have a very keen sense of smell which helps them significantly when it comes to avoiding traps. Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have shared their simple hack for deterring mice from homes.
Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, is a cleaning and lifestyle influencer with more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram.
In recent years, fans of hers have taken to social media to share their cleaning questions and advice.
On one such group, a Facebook user asked cleaning enthusiasts whether they knew how to deter mice from entering their flat.
Yareli Luna asked: “Tips for getting mice out an apartment? They freak me out completely. We spotted one in our apartment yesterday.
“It looks like it’s coming from the heater holes coming from the downstairs apartment.
“Since we’re renting, don’t know if we can really do much to block the hole.”
The post was inundated with more than 100 comments but the most suggested response was to use steel wool.
Lorraine Fitzpatrick replied: “Try steel wool. They can’t chew through it. Good luck.”
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Angela Butterworth commented: “We had this problem. Wire wool in any holes (no matter how small as mice can squeeze through tiny holes) they can’t/won’t chew through that stuff.”
Toni Copeland said: “Stick a bunch of steel wool in every opening.
“They can’t chew through it. I have used SOS pads they work also.”
Mary Jo Kieffer Mckenzie suggested: “Plug hole with steel wool, they don’t like it.”
Elena Rahn Clement replied to the post: “Steel wool they can’t chew through it.”
Jean Fritts agreed and said: “Put steel wool in any holes you see. They can’t chew it and get in. Had to do that at my place.”
Debbie Piles-Sweeney wrote: “I had that problem years ago. My father-in-law came over with steel wool and a screwdriver.
“He put steel wool around all pipes with the screwdriver. Mice can’t eat through steel wool. No more mice! Good luck.”
MaryBeth Utley Lathrop replied: “Block the holes with steel wool.
“Around pipes and check spaces around windows and doors. It’s disgusting and a health hazard. Complain to landlord.”
Steel wool is relatively cheap and can be bought online or in local shops.
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Wilko Steel Wool Assorted Three Pack costs £2.50, while Wickes sells a Pipe Cleaning & Smoothing Wire Wool Pad for 65p.
Arctic Products Medium Steel Wool costs £5.59 from Screw Fix.
Liberon Two Metre Cut Length 2M 0000 Ultra Fine Grade Steel Wire Wool costs just £2.87.
Other suggestions for ousting mice included using peanut butter and bicarbonate of soda, peppermint oil, poison, traps or getting a cat.
Marge Sylvander said: “Peanut butter mixed with baking soda. They eat it and blow up because mice can’t pass gas.”
Tina Fiford replied: “Put some strong peppermint oil on cottonwool and put it around the holes, they really don’t like the smell of mint.”
Jay Brown commented: “Get a cat. Even if the exterminator is called all they will do is place traps, which still means somebody will have to remove them.”
Angie Robinson wrote: “Metal sturdy or sturdy plastic traps. Set up a few traps with cheap chocolate on them.
“Empty the dead mouse every day on them until the traps are empty.
“Get a small stick and flick the dead mouse into the outside bin. Keep going until no more appear.
“Don’t panic and sweep old small black poops away. Wipe cupboards out if you find any poops. They usually run behind fridges or kitchens more as if crumbs.”
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