20 Ways to Get Rid of Mice

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Got Mice? There are a number of ways to get rid of a mouse infestation problem and discourage their friends from ever coming back, here are 20 of our tried and true home remedies to get rid of mice and keep them out . . .

We realize that most people just want the mice OUT of their homes, they’re unsanitary urinating and defecating on counters or in cupboards where food and dishware are stored, they’re annoying chewing through food packages in the pantry, etc. 20-ways-to-get-rid-of-mice

Repellents:

Make your Own Deer & Mice Repellent Spray

Bay Leaves– this natural repellent works wonderfully in the Pantry, simply crush a few leaves and leave them on the shelves and on the floor in the corners of the pantry, etc.

Mothballs– these work well in basements and attics but are toxic to pets and people, so ensure they’re placed where they can’t be reached.


How to Kill/Remove Mice

Get a Cat- cats are notoriously effective for removing unwanted mice. The downfall, they don’t always eat them and may leave surprises for you (examples include: squirrels, rabbits, snakes, and the occasional Opossum (or is that just MY cat??)

Mouse Traps- Mouse traps come in all different types and sizes such as:

Wood or Plastic Snap Traps: (which can be frustrating to set) and need to be placed where fingers, toes, and pets will NOT come into contact with them.

Glue Traps– these are placed flush against a wall in areas where mice have been seen.

Glue traps are not necessarily killing traps, you can release a mouse by spraying their stuck parts liberally with cooking oil (vegetable oil), do not spray it’s face or eyes, or by pouring some vegetable oil on the trap itself. The mouse will more than likely need your assistance to remove itself from the glue. This really should be considered a “kill” trap though.

Please note, disposing of mice in this method is a Long, painful, drawn-out death.

Live-Traps– where the mouse can be taken outside and let go such as Havahart brand.

Make Your Own Water Bucket Mouse Trap– effective way to get rid of Large populations in a very short time, particularly in barns, sheds, storage buildings that hold grain, bins of pet food, etc.

Mouse Poison– There are several issues with poisoning- firstly, as foragers mice are relatively smart. They consume small amounts at a time, if they don’t get sick, they’ll come back and eat more. So the item that you put out to poison them must work in very small doses and must work quickly.

There are several different types of poisons available:

Commercial Mouse Poison– these are available in the Pest Control aisle of the grocery store/supermarket (place in area where pets/young children cannot reach)

Homemade Mouse Poison, including:

Instant Mashed Potato Flakes– place instant mashed potato flakes on a shallow lid and place in areas where signs of mice have been found. Once they consume it they will seek out water, causing the flakes to swell in their stomachs, killing them. This is generally considered a pet-friendly method as you’re only placing a couple tablespoons of flakes out at a time for the mice and most pets won’t be remotely interested in consuming mashed potato flakes. (MOST). Will Not harm Pets or Young Children.

Nutrasweet/Equal (anything containing Aspartame) this is known to kill mice quickly as well. Mix a packet or two into a Teaspoon of peanut butter and place it in an area where mice have been seen or noticed. (place in area where pets/young children cannot reach)

Vit D crush 3-4 vitamin D tablets into a powder and mix it with a Tablespoon of peanut butter. After a sufficient enough amount has been consumed the free calcium levels are raised causing calcification in the heart, effectively killing them. (place in area where pets/young children cannot reach)

Zinc– crush zinc tablets into a fine powder and mix it with a Tablespoon of Peanut Butter- the acid in their digestive system reacts with the zinc to create a toxic phosphine gas. (place in area where pets/young children cannot reach)

Prevention- they say an ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure…

If you’d prefer not to kill them at all and want to prevent them from entering your home in the first place try these methods:

Seal areas around pipes/plumbing with steel wool pad pieces. Mice do NOT like to chew through this and will avoid them. They will, however, PULL them out, so be sure you ensure it’s jammed in tightly.

Mice are naturally repelled by plants in the Mint family, if you grow these as a border to your home it will go a long way in preventing mice from moving into your basement, garage or other areas of your home.

Mice are excellent climbers and will enter through open windows, doors, etc. Ensure that you have screens in any doorway or windows, or keep them closed.

Inspect the foundation of your home for cracks and crevices, Mice can squeeze through very small areas (1/4″) Use mortar, sheet metal, hardware cloth or steel wool to seal any cracks. Mice will chew through caulking or expansion foam.

Remove items that attract mice- keep floors swept and vacuumed, clean up any spills immediately as dirt and debris attract mice.

Clutter is attractive to mice, it gives them areas to hide and make nests to have their babies, keep old cardboard boxes, cans, bottles, boots/shoes to a minimum.

Mouse-Proof your pantry by storing good in plastic or glass storage containers. Mice will easily chew through boxes of cereals and grains.

If you have dogs or cats and you know you have an issue with mice do NOT leave your pets food dish setting out with food in it. The mice will have a field day collecting pet chow and storing it in your walls for later.

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Interesting Facts about Mice:

  • Mouse Urine glows under a blacklight so if you’re wondering whether they’ve been in your pantry, screw in a blacklight bulb to a lamp and look for glow spots of dried mouse urine.
  • Mice are omnivores and will literally eat almost Anything, the eat 15-20 per DAY.
  • A mouse can jump down 12 feet without sustaining injury.
  • Mice see best in Dim lighting
  • Mice are considered the 3rd most successful mammal on earth, following Humans (1st) and Rats (2nd)
  • Female Mice can give birth to up to 12 babies every 21 days, each of those babies is old enough to breed within 2 months.

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8 Comments

  1. OMG, I didn’t know about instant mashed potatoes or Equal. I am going to use them both, so I can finally get rid of ours, for a while anyway.
    They always seem to find a way into our house.
    We have a cat, but… she thinks they are just toys and is too old to play anymore, I guess.

    • omg, i didn’t know about instant mashed potatoes or equal. i am going to use them both, so i can finally get rid of ours, for a while anyway.
      they always seem to find a way into our house.
      we have a cat, but… she thinks they are just toys and is too old to play anymore, i guess.

      did u try this and if so how did it work

  2. I live in a wooded area so mice and rats are a constant problem. I would prefer not to kill them as they generally die in the most inconvenient place possible, like under the dryer. Ever dried a load of clothes after one of those nasty little buggers died under the dryer?

    I did.

    Unknown to me that there was a dead mouse under there. Took several washes and vinegar rinses to get that stink out. Most people hate snakes, not me however.

    They eat mice and rats.

    So I will be trying some of the deterrent methods. Don’t want the stink or to kill the good snakes that eat them.

  3. The steel wool method doesn’t work – we’ve tried it. We’ve used decon, snap traps & my pit Bandicoot, the mighty playmate hunter without success. It’s extremely frustrating – I lived here well over a year before we saw them, or their remnants, for the first time…..

    • The steel wool method doesn’t work – we’ve tried it. We’ve used decon, snap traps & my pit Bandicoot, the mighty playmate hunter without success. It’s extremely frustrating – I lived here well over a year before we saw them, or their remnants, for the first time…..

      Me too!!! I lived here a year and a half before I ever saw any. They scare me to death!!

      I can deal with snakes and spiders but you put a mouse in front of me and I will completely freak out!

      I put some D-Con bait out last week. Its definitely working; however, they are dying inside my house. I keep paying the neighbor kid $5.00 to remove the bodies.

      I’m going broke!

      I need to try the potatoe flakes and aspartame so they will leave. I had some stuff from the pest control people which also deydrates them but that’s getting too expensive, as I only get about 2 weeks where I don’t see either them or their presents before it starts again. I want to move!!

  4. We have mice outdoors but neighbours are not concerned (urban setting). That’s what I decided. I bought food that attracts mice, mixed it all up and sprinkled it (late in the evening) along their fences and backyards.

    I want all mice to go there and plenty of food wii attracts lots of mice.

    I sprayed my fence (bottom part) with ammonia and plan to put felted wool balls soaked in mint oil or/and ammonia in my backyard at strategic points. Hopefully mice will stay where there is a better supply of food. I’m letting neighbours to deal with it.

    Yes, I can be very mean.

    Well…. I’m very extreme situations 😉

  5. Search for “walk the plank mouse trap”. They cost ~$10 (or you can make one from scrap). Attach it to a 5 gallon bucket with a teaspoon of peanut butter, and add 2-3 inches of water.

    The mouse walks the plank to get to the peanut butter, once it passes the fulcrum the mouse gets dropped in to the water, AND it automatically resets itself and the peanut butter is usually untouched.

    I’ve had issues with mice making nests in the engines of yard equipment (mowers, snow blowers, etc) while they are stored in their off season. It’s a pain to get the nest out or if you don’t realize there is one, you will either not be able start the engine or (speaking from experience) end up with an engine fire.

    Now, once a week during the winter I empty a bucket of dead mice (they pump out 12 babies every month, I don’t feel bad) and replenish the water & peanut butter as needed. It is a better mousetrap.

    • Search for “walk the plank mouse trap”. They cost ~$10 (or you can make one from scrap). Attach it to a 5 gallon bucket with a teaspoon of peanut butter, and add 2-3 inches of water. .

      Yes, it’s already listed above, “Make Your Own Water Bucket Mouse Trap– effective way to get rid of Large populations in a very short time, particularly in barns, sheds, storage buildings that hold grain, bins of pet food, etc.”

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