Methods of mouse repellent
Numerous theories exist on the most effective means of mouse repellent.
According to The Times' top ten methods of pest control, looking out for clues of rodent activity is the first step in the fight to keep mice from homes.
Tell-tale signs include droppings - since mice produce approximately 80 every day.
But if these droppings measure more than 10mm in length, a rat infestation is more likely to be an issue.
Checking behind fridges is a good place to start when planning for rodent extermination, since the water contained there provides a good drinking source for mice.
Whilst in the kitchen, it is worth checking cables on appliances for signs of gnawing damage.
Using sense of smell is just as important as sight when trying to get rid of mice.
An ammonia-like smell is often left by the pests and can be more noticeable in enclosed areas.
Once a mouse problem is identified, thoughts turn to repellents. First steps include trying to fill in any gaps measuring more than 6mm where adult mice are able to enter homes and businesses.
Getting rid of any food which is not kept in containers can also help to control pests.
But sometimes, no matter what preventative action is taken, mice can work their way into property.
Getridofthings.com cites the case of Jonathan Hatch, who tried many forms of mouse extermination.
"I'll spare you the details about my experience after using poison to get rid of mice, and tell you never to use mouse poison because you don't know where they're going to finally kick the bucket - and it's usually in hard to reach places," Mr Hatch said.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) noted that pets have often accidentally ingested mouse poison.
Chemicals which attract the rodents can also lure in pets, who may suffer from life-threatening problems such as bleeding and kidney damage as a result of ingesting rodenticides.
Mouse traps may be used as an alternative, but they work by snapping the rodent's neck or spine and some believe them to be inhumane.
Humane Mouse traps are a substitute, but mice caught in the devices must be despatched approximately half a mile away from homes, which is often impractical.
Electromagnetic pest control ensures that mice are repelled from properties by omitting waves throughout the building.
They are environmentally friendly, clean and a more humane way of dealing with pest problems.