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Mouse-Proofing Your Home

Before taking your small pet out of the cage, mouse-proof the room.

By Audrey Pavia

Mice are very small creatures, and are good at disappearing into nooks and crannies. If you want to let your mouse run loose in your home for playtime, you’ll need to mouse-proof one of the rooms.

The safest room for a mouse is the bathroom. Close the toilet lid, plug up any holes or crevices, and remove electrical cords from reach. Make sure the entire floor is clean and chemical free. Keep the door closed to the room and make certain the bottom of the door is flush against the floor. A mouse can sneak through a gap as small as an inch, so if there is any room between the door and the floor, plug it up with towels.

If your mouse escapes and ends up loose in your home, confine any other pets so they don’t find your mouse before you do. Go to the hardware store and buy live traps that use bait. These traps are designed for the door to close when the mouse enters to get the bait. Place these traps all around the house with your mouse’s favorite food as bait. Check the traps several times a day. If you find a trap with a closed door, your mouse may be inside it. (Open the trap inside a mouse-proofed room or inside a different cage from the one your mouse lives in; it’s possible you have trapped a wild mouse instead of your small pet.)

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I have had a few escape artists in the past (and currently). Normally I place some of the mouse pipes near likely hiding places. My mice will go into the pipes as a secure space or they realise that the pipes will lead home. Then I just take the pipe back to the cage and they are safe at home.

I also have mouse supplies near the cages (beading, treats, spare pipes, ect) and these make good hiding places with food shelter and beading.
Sean, Chico, CA
Posted: 3/9/2013 8:08:19 PM
Another way to trap a mouse is to make stairs with books that lead up to a glass jar. You then put food in the jar. The mouse walks up the stairs and into the jar, but can't get back out because of the smooth sides.
Mice aren't always that keen to run away, anyway. A friend of mine had a mouse that dissapeared. A few days later, she found him happily curled up in the shavings bag, about an inch from the cage.
molly, teh, CA
Posted: 8/31/2012 5:55:33 PM
I have tryed the bath tub but with my hamster he loves it and it lets him have a good run without being in the ball but its really hard to get him back in his cage as he is so fast LOL.
Louise, Newcastle upon tyne
Posted: 5/20/2009 8:03:11 AM
I like to use the [clean, dry] bathtub as a play place. They slide down if they try to escape, and it's too high for them to jump out. Plus, cleanup is really easy!!
Kaitlyn, South Portland, ME
Posted: 3/19/2009 7:02:10 AM
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