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Mice

Mice

Did you know that mice are a lot like us? They become attached to one another, love their families, and enjoy playing with their friends and family. They will even help each other when one of their own is in trouble!

But even though mice are similar to us, some people think of them as “pests” and hurt them when they’re found in our homes.

Sometimes, mice are killed by humans with glue traps, which is one of the cruelest ways to kill animals because they cause a slow, painful death. Glue traps are also dangerous to other small animals like birds and even companion animals who might get stuck to the sticky boards. They can also spread disease to humans.

Mice feel pain just as you and the cats and dogs we share our homes with do, and they shouldn’t be cruelly killed—or killed at all—by humans. There are nicer, more humane ways to keep mice out of your house. For example:

  • Make sure you don’t have crumbs on your kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets.
  • Place all your dry food and pet food in containers that mice can’t chew on.
  • Seal trash bags, and pick up your animal companions’ food at night.
  • Pick up fruit and vegetables that have fallen from trees or grown in your garden.

The next step is to use a flashlight to find out where the mice are entering your house. Mice can squeeze through small holes, even ones that are the size of a dime! Once you’ve figured out where they’re coming in, you can keep them out by having a parent or guardian place a rag soaked in ammonia (they won’t like the smell) near the opening. You can also turn a radio on and play rock music! Pretty cool, huh?

When you see that they’ve left, be sure to seal up the holes. That should keep any mice outdoors and out of your home!

Want to do more to help mice? Be sure to share this information with your parents and friends so that they can be a friend to mice just like you are!

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