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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well i live in the country 12 chicken houses behind me we have 11 dogs 4 chickens and alot of bunnies only one english mastiff in the house he is my best friend and yes the mice came one by one started last month and i cant sleep due to i can hear them ~i almost peed on myself cuz i was scared to go to the potty and my best friend 'Mater" would not get off the bed and go~dont worry i made it then my mouth is dry so i jumped in the bed after the poddy~i started throughing things in to the kitchen hoping someone would hear and get up~lol~it worked i ran to the kitchen and back to  bed with a drink~and a snack~im trying not to laugh it scared my husband who fell asleep in the living room~lol~he set up what what~~well i guess i shouldnt have laughed i just opened a nutter bar and 1/2 the stupid thing feel~yea under the bed~i aint puttin my hand under there nor am i probably gonna get sleep~crap


i have  used the baited glue traps this morning and i have caught 4 of them but getting to where they are coming in would be a start if we knew where they are coming in at, I heard of moth balls, put them in bags put holes in it and set them out, around the house. they definitley wont come around

I have 6 kids and just need a safe way to get the mouse to not come in I have only seen one but where there is one there is more with the pepeemint oil would it help to put it out side the house to
Guys who ever has rats does not have mice my home is infested with the mice and the traps I don't bother they jump over them and the best thing to do is also the worst buy a pet rat or borrow it from a friend leave it for a phew days with food and water and the mice well they'll be gone I did it myself it actually worked though I didn't really like the rat luckily it was a kind friends rat ugg


For all you pet ownees who are having trouble with the poison you are using...its because of the remedy for the mice you are poisioning is found in you pet food. Certain vitamins that are in your pet food counteract the poison and heal the mice. I am going th try the artificial sugar method. All other methods have failed me since the flooding from hurricaine sandy. Best of luck to all!
I bought the "just one bite" bait. I kept finding droppings under our stove. I placed the bait there, but they didn't eat it. I knew they had been there because there were more droppings. I got smart & put peanut butter on the outside of the package. The first night, the mouse chewed into it. The second night I put more peanut butter around the opening and on some of the bait. It was all gone by the third night. Haven't found any droppings since.
I live in an older home that has been split up into apartments. Our unit was empty for 3 years before we moved in and became the mouse hotel. I tried the poison pellets, but was still seeing mice almost every day. I also have 4 dogs that don't scare the mice away, either. I heard the peppermint oil trick and decided to try a peppermint scented candle. I stopped seeing the mice and finding their droppings. I stopped using the candle and about a month later I saw another mouse and started finding droppings again.. so I brought out my peppermint candle again (I use it on a candle warmer, I don't actually burn it).. hopefully it does the trick! I also have a Scentsy wax warmer with peppermint wax that I use.

I did not have much success with the peppermint oil either.  While I think it kept them out of my kitchen for a time, they were still in the house and that was not acceptable to me.  Last year our handy dandy neighbor took me on a tour of the outside of our house and showed me all of the little places the mice could and would enter.  He then showed me how to shove a springy steel wool product called xcluder into each crack and hole.  We still had to trap the ones that were already in the house, but after that I didn’t have any more mice that winter.  This fall I did another circle of the house and pushed the xcluder in a few new open cracks and we have not had a single mouse issue at all this year.  (Knock, Knock, Knock)  So the solution was as easy as just not letting them come in and the xcluder did that for me.  Apparently you can only purchase it on line (buyxcluder.com), but it was inexpensive, arrived really quick, and was simple to use and now I have plenty to last me.  So now that I don’t have any mice to deal with I can spend my winter looking for a solution to keep the squirrels and chipmunks out of my potted plants next summer and out of my pumpkins next fall - ugh!

I don't get it. Three days ago I bought a large bottle of pure peppermint oil at the healthfood store and proceeded to douse cotton balls in it and even rubbed it directly into the suspicious areas (kitchen cabinets, bin, around openings, etc). Though you can smell our apartment from a mile away now (my sinuses are great, but I have a headache) -> it seems to have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Since then I've seen at least 3 mice scurrying around (ick!)...and I have barely been home :(

I have a question about using the peppermint oil to get rid of mice..... We have 6 dogs, 1 cat, 15 chickens, and 3 snakes.....we were using snap traps with peanutbutter until the mice out started to contraptions, we moved to glue traps and they pull themselves free. I want to use the peppermint oil but I'm concerned it can "harm" our animals? Is it possible it can mess with their sinus'?

Seriously, try sprinkling aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, etc...) around the walls and corners. Like I said in the comment below, it turns into formaldehye during digestion, like it does in humans, and well, embalms the things that eats it. You really dont need much either. Another thing that I found works well is spreading used cat litter around the outside of the house.

We live in a 1940's log home. Well have the house is and the addition is from the 80's. We didn't do the addition. We have a cat and 5 small dogs. Actually 2 of them have caught a mouse or two. The problem is there are so many nooks and crannies in this house I would need a zillion cotton balls and tons of peppermint oil. I have used moise traps and warfrin( but not that any more due to the animals). Just found 2 baby mice, one lastnight and one this morning. Even as I was reading this page one was scurring along in the kitchen and it went under the fridge,ugh! Out comes all the traps today. Any other suggestions? Oh, I forgot to mention the rats too. Even worse!

Another great method is to spread aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, store brand artificial sweetners, etc..) around their running paths and possible hiding places. They will eat it, and it will turn into formaldehyde during digestion, as it does in humans, and will kill the mice. The best part, since they will be embalmed, they will not stink, if you cannot find the dead body.

We thought about using the electronic devices, but with three levels and huge attic we decided to the try the peppermint oil first. We had a cat and dog at the time and didn't want it to bother them either. I'ts nice to know you've had good luck with them though. 


I did use the electronic device, and yes, THEY work.  That is the trick: use one device for each room, working 24/7.  Before that,  we had tried EVERYTHING else, short of the traditional mouse trap, including poisonned traps (and nearly lost our dog eating crumbles of the said poison), and FINALLY, electronic devices worked.

The peppermint oil really works. We've used for years now. We live in the country surrounded by corn fields so you know the potential if high for those awful critters finding their way into your home. Even if your home is new and you think it's air tight, those little varmints can find their way in. The first winter we lived in our new home I kept telling my hubby we had mice, our precious Max Cat was aging by then and going blind so he was beyond taking care of them, hubby didn't believe me. Well not until I let out a blood curtling scream when one appeared in a drawer I had just opened. I had no clue I could really scream. I can.

We bought those huge potato chip clip looking traps and set them up around the basement and I started the count. When I reached 23 I gave up. Too grossed out and didn't want to think about having two dozen of them creaping around in our home. More were trapped, but I wasn't told how many. Not sure hubby wanted to tell me since "I was right!". Ha ha ha. 

So just make sure you get the PURE pepermint OIL. Not extract. We buy ours at a healthfood store. They'll know what you are talking about when you ask for the pepermint for keeping out mice.  We've not had even one mouse since we've done this. We put up new cotton balls each fall.

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