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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We have two cats and there are still mice in the house

Rodents don't just eat people food. They love the coating on electrical wire, and will go after that without getting into your food supplies. I just had a washer fixed due to a rat eating the wires, and I am really worried about the knob and tube in the wall, because I've heard a mouse or rat scampering there. They have plenty to eat outside, they come in for the wires.

I'll try some of these solutions, but in the foothills where I live, it's tough.  At least mice aren't as bad as mountain lions!

Don't do the "catch and release" thing.  You are just giving your problem to someone (or at least, somewhere) else.

Make a trap w/ 5 gal bucket. Drill holes near top of bucket and ends of soda can. Grease inside bucket and add few inches of water. Thread rod through bucket with can centered. Put PB on can. Make cardboard/wood ramp to rod. Mice try to get PB and fall into bucket. Don't use water if want to release.

I have a Dachshund that keeps them away, I have never seen one inside our home,thank goodness. Garage unfortunately yes. We've caught her once or twice with one in her mouth, sucking them dry. Ewwwwe.  Trying the peppermint experiment in the garage, hope it works.

I have a recipe that really works, my family has used it for years. You take equal Parts of FLOUR, SUGAR, CEMENT mix it all in a ziploc baggie and put it under your house of anywhere you suspect they are getting in at. put in a pie pan or something they cant chew. They empty it over night. NO SMELL and I dont think any other bird or anything can eat hardened cement. We used it at the barn for River Rats I wish I could put this in the stores beside of Decon nothing like a dead rat stinky.

Mice are extremely dirty and annoying to have in your home, but please consider using alternatives to poison. Poison does not usually work right away and the mice go outside where they are consumed by predators such as birds of prey who then die. I have seen firsthand what it can do to owls and they die a horrible and painful death.

I have an old house with a rock foundation so I get field mice every fall.  I use the live traps and make my son drive the mice off into the woods.   I have an indoor cat but all he does is play with them and then takes them into other parts of the house and lets them go!   Just the other day, I watched my neighbor's cat chase a mouse up the sidewalk across from my house.  She would catch it, fling it around, let it run, and then play with it somemore.  It was pretty funny but then the cat lost interest and just let the darn mouse go.  Last I saw it, it was running across the road straigt for my house!  I should have let the Labs out because they are pretty good mousers.........

I just moved into a rented house (in-law apt.). Lady has rodent problem but she is elderly and doesn't care and doesn't hear them like I do-I'm downstairs and they are in the walls and ceiling!

So, a multi-pronged approach is best:

1) Rodents hate the smell of amonia; soak rags or cotton balls and leave where the mice congregate.

2) I use peppermint oil diluted in water and spray everywhere; this deters spiders mostly-didn't know mice don't like it either. Plus it smells good (better than amonia).

3) The plug-in electrical devices don't work b/c they only emit a single high- pitched tone that humans can't hear. There's a device that is battery operated and emits several different tones so the vermin can't adapt to it. I've only seen this sold at Hammacher & Schlemmer (worth a try for $30).

4) Most important to block access to foundation by plugging up holes that rodents get into. Maybe try a pet snake instead of cat. Not all cats are mousers and most snakes love to eat mice; that'll deter/get rid of them for sure. Of course, when the mice are gone you'll still have to buy live ones at the pet store to keep your snake fed.

5) If you do a catch & release trap, make sure you take the varmits at least 100' (or yards?, I don't remember) away from your property or they will find their way back.

Happy mousing!

As for mice, an exterminator told me go ahead and poison them and if they die in the house/walls, it won't smell.  Why? Because mice have no bones, only cartilege (that's why they can get into such tiny places - it's all flexible).  The smell from dead animals comes from the bone marrow.  So you don't want rats dying in your house.  A different exterminator did my FIL's house for rats and used outside bait stations.  They're plastic boxes,  almost a foot wide, with a couple of holes in them, baited with green blocks of poisoned foods that rats like.  They eat their fill, then take pieces back to the nest (rarely inside a house, but outside somewhere: hollow tree, shed, garage, doghouse, etc.).  The whole gang eats and they do dehydrate in less than a week, and their smell stays away from you and your house.  Poison and traps are the only way to get rid of rats since they can gnaw through ANYthing, even concrete!

I had a cat and all he did was bring them in and play with them. I have those electronic devices in every room, I have traps, live traps, and poison under my trailer. I have steel wool in every hole I can find and now I am trying the peppermint oil. I hope something works. I am so tired of cleaning up their mess. I can't sleep because I have nightmares about them running over me in bed. YUUUUUKKKKKK!!!!

Cthu, no don't burn ur house Down! I got 2 dogs and 2 cats, I got 3 mouse hunters. We have them now, last year we had none.

I like sticky traps they make good hood ornmments

Another preventive is to keep the grass mowed and the shrubbery around the house trimmed way down. Better yet, don't plant shrubbery around the house and dig up any shrubbery that is already there. I trimmed mine way down and got rid of some and haven't seen a mouse in months.
Can't get a cat when you're allergic! :"( we've tried all these things other than a cat or kitty litter. But everyone in my house is allergic. My house is spotless idk why we can't get rid of them. :(

Chickens are excellent mousers

I have had mouse problems for years! It's disgusting and it doesn't matter how or what I do! I'm now going to try the peppermint! I'll see if it works!
I had mice and rats in the walls. We tried many methods.the steel wool.traps. Peppermint oil. I even had 6 cats. One good mouser. But when the suckered are on your wall that's unacceptable. They also like quiet. So I counteracted it by playing music. Sounds silly but I placed my boom box. Yes I just said boom box aka radio. I put several in the my kitchen cupboards and blared rap music and heavy metal music at night. Shut the cupboard doors and blared music. It worked I had no more noises. I always bang ceilings..walls if I heard noises. Let them know I knew they were there. You look like a fool cussing out the ceiling or wall. But those lil suckered know not to mess with me. Yes the cats are helpful. But I don't like mice and would prefer my cats NOT eat them.

Problem with poison is other things find them ,eat them , die also. Cat's well my 3 are as old as me havent got a chance, They let me know we had a mouse, as all 3 started sleeping in the kitchen. So I use glue traps and peanut butter, hammers are easy.

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