11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 03, 2010

Since the weather turned chilly, you can practically see mice families unloading their little U-hauls and setting up housekeeping in the nooks, crannies and hollows of our walls. Mr. Mod was on a rampage last night disinfecting every square inch of the kitchen. His mice catching technique is the old-fashioned one, not humane at all-peanut butter in a mouse trap.  (I really think he takes pleasure in flinging their limp bodies out into the woods--ick!) For the homeowner in need of kinder, gentler mice-ridding options, there are alternatives to the neck squishing snap. As long as a mouse can get his head through an opening, he can wriggle the rest of his body right on through. Not only do you have to catch them, you also need to deter and block them from entering.They're bad and they can carry diseases you want NO part of.

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1. Peppermint oil: The smell is too strong for the little varments. They turn and run. Douse cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them around openings where  you suspect mice are entering.

2. Seal entries. Look around the foundation of your house, block all little cracks and crevices. Try blocking the holes with the green scrubber pads.

3. Stick steel wool in mouse holes. They have a VERY hard time (and some hefty dental bills) if they try to chew through it.

4. Place trays of used kitty litter around the outside of the house where you think they could enter. The smell will send them back to their cabin in the woods.

5. Dried snake poo. (REALLY? Yuk.) This will work like the kitty litter. You can obtain this from a reptile center, zoo or pet store.

6. The tortuous baited traps using peanut butter or bacon grease. There are also electric traps you can use that electrocute the buggars. The glue traps will catch, but not kill. You have to carry the frenzied mouse out yourself.

7. Traps that catch a mouse in a box will let them live, but you have to find some remote location to relase them. (Don't leave a breadcrumb path back to your house.)

8. Drive them crazy and back to their old house using an electronic beeping unit. Home Depot for about $30.00. Some studies say this in ineffective.

9. Preventive-keep your home (kitchen) crumb free and clean. If there's no food, there's no reason for them to hang around.

10. Organic solutions for a huge area. Not cost effective for a homeowner.

11. Throw a towel over the mouse, put an overturned wastebasket on top, tuck the towel underneath and slide an LP under the rim of the wastebasket to seal it. Take mousey out to the field. (This sounds a bit simple and who has LP's laying around?)

One more way: Get a cat.

So, there you have it. The problem with poison is that if the mouse nibbles it and heads back into the walls, he'll die there and you know how dead animals smell.


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Peppermint oil, ammonia, sticky traps ( the spendy ones the only that work) and feed bait called rodent side ( dehydration to death)and I don't want to hear some whine bag boohooing about cruelty to nasty rats/mice. 27 gone in 5 days

We used to have chickens. The feed attracts the mice. You have to put the feed in a steel container. We used steel trash cans to put the bags in. The mice will chew through a plastic one. You also have to watch the feed mess the chickens make too. 

I put a plate of borax under the sink in our winter cabin.. When we went back in the spring it was the first time in 15 years there were no droppings. 


I have a Lab mix that is good at catching mice. She caught 3. She found out where they were and she would stalk each one until it popped into her sight and bamm, gotcha dead mouse. She is awesome at servelance.


I buy the peppermint oil at Wellington fragrance. You are not treating them for a disease, so what you need is the fragrance, it is a lot cheaper.


I have 2 hens and now I got rats..try to feed them a mixture of flour+ baking soda+ sugar with no results. Glue-traps, they walk out with them, poison while we were gone [with the cats with us]...There is even a visiting tom cat, but they are still here. Do I have to burn down the whole place?

Were you get peppermint oil
We used dry instant potato flakes with a bowl of water outside. Mice eat the flakes, go out for a drink then instant potatoes do what instant potatoes do. This is safe if you have cats that will now have meat and potatoes and you will have a mouse free area.
my cat kills the mice..but the problem with that is she eats the head and leaves the bloody butt...sso I tried the peppermint oil on the cotton balls and so far havent had another mouse around. Besides, my cat is fat enough
After almost 3 weeks in my car, I caught the little critter. (Catch and release trap surrounded by glue traps). He is now happily seeking a new home in a huge field with abandoned barn closeby. Just a little vegetable oil released the sticky.

HELP we have chickens and now have a big mouse problem.HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM!!!


Help!we have chickens and now have a big mouse problem I tryed to catch one today but did not get it,we have a lot more!HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM!!!!!

Glue traps are a quick death when brain them with a hammer.

I have 2 Yorkies.. last mouse in my house left pretty farn quick! If a Yorkie gets ahold of one they'll shake it to death and then disembowel them! They were bred to kill rodents!

The reason I tried the sticky traps was because they can be released by pouring oil on thee trap. I just got a catch and release trap that I will try. I keep telling this little critter he picked the right car. I don't want to kill him just relocate to a VERY remote location.
Sticky traps are cruel, as one or two of you mention you use,... How would you feel if you were stuck and couldn't move... Also, think about what you would do if you find the mouse alive and stuck on the trap, would you just let it die, or would you try to pull it off the trap, potentially ripping off its legs to put it back in the wild? Personally I'll try the peppermint oil, and probably keep using the snap traps - it's a quick death, unlike glue traps. Also, poison could hurt other creatures like cats, owls, dogs, etc if they eat the poisoned mice.

Put out bay leaves in and around all the nooks and crannies they frequent.  Similar principle as the peppermint oil, strong smell deters them.

I was in the hospital when the mice invaded. I had to put all my food in the fridge, except canned goods they got in my bedrooms and everywhere. I had to throw away all the bedding and a lot of other things. They are horrible creatures. Living in the country doesn't help either. I have had to put poison under my home which I hate but no animals can get in, but I worry about other animals if they get a hold of the poisoned mice. What other natural things can I do?

I have found that the black sticky traps don't work,they walk right off. If you can find the white ones they work.

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