Having mice scuttling across the floor in your roof might not seem like the biggest problem in the world, but don’t be fooled. A single pair of breeding mice can produce a dozen or more litters every year. Mice of all ages love to chew through whatever their teeth can get through. If you’re lucky, they’ll only end up destroying some old papers and magazines. But in the most serious cases, they can chew through live wires and end up causing house fires.
If you suspect you have mice roaming free in your roof, you should deal with the problem as quickly as possible. The first step to ridding your roof of mice is to prevent any new ones from making their way in there. If you can find the passages and entrances that they’re using to access your roof, seal them off immediately.
Once you’ve stemmed the flow of rodents into your roof, you need to decide what to do about the ones that are already there. Removing any sources of food will force them to wander further afield in search of nutrients. However, this is unlikely to provoke the mass exodus you are hoping for. Whether humane or otherwise, mousetraps are another tried and tested method for reducing the number of rodents in our home. You will need to check the traps daily and either free the living specimens or dispose of their deceased brethren yourself.
At this point, it’s just a matter of waiting for the population numbers to dwindle and the remaining members to seek a better life elsewhere. Just don’t let yourself become complacent once you’ve dealt with one infestation or another will soon be along to start the cycle all over again.