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.

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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I use plaster of paris with bird seed and a little bacon grease mixed in it so they will eat it and when they go to water their stomachs set up and they die.  It doesn't hurt dogs if they die in the back yard.  It is good to use in the chicken coop too that is you have to put it where the chickens can't get into it.

We use magic tree car air fresheners, mice hate the smell. Started putting them under car bonnet after expensive repairs from pesky mice chewing pipes and wires. Now use them in the kitchen where they come in behind the boiler.

as far as using the decon traps they do not die in your walls they eat it then leave in search for water and never come back.I used this method when I had them in my attic with blown insulation and it worked like a charm!

we have 4 cats, the mouse didnt mind, just sat  there with them, till I told the little daschund  dog, "go get him! " and she did, the cats just ignored it

Thanks for all the help I can't stand hearing them in the walls and I live across the street from agricultural area it's mice rates gopher since my chow passed she used to cat h them they are coming like crazy I have little dogs they just eat their food . It has been a nightmare we have one that died in the walls smells won't leave we don't use that room any ideas ?

Mice come into homes through access. If you have never had mice before, then something has moved, shifted, or broken down and allowed them entrace.

Mice like chocolate and peanut butter and if you put this into a tall bucket, trash bin, they will get in & won't be able to get out. Then take the bucket to a farm field or wooded area away from your home.

We have mice in our home. We have 2 pit/lab mixes that make GREAT mouse catchers. They kill them without injuring them or making the mouse bleed all over. We have the traps around with Frittos (they seem to like those). If you have guinea pigs (or other rodents in your home)...i recommend NOT getting the one that makes noise because it actually puts them under stress.

I enjoy killing rodents and recording their death

thank you for all good comments; i had mice droppings in the cubboard under the kitchen sink cubboard where i keep my household cleaning stuff; it was when i went into the cubboard to take out the washing powder i notice mice dropping i then cleard out the cubboard to see whats the black/brown looking like rice gran was i scoop it up  then realise it was mice droppings ; after bleaching and scrubbing the cubboard i notice few hole running from washing machine pipe and undercubboard water pipe i went to the DIY store and got some  wire wool and filler and blocked up the hole i then notice all along the kitchen cubboard doors there was gaps all along the cubbord i filled all the gaps under the cubboard door and not seen any since, i also got a packet of moth balls and drop some of it behind the kichen cubbord where i couldnt reach to block out... and no sign of mice since. ...i will be trying the peppermint oil and peppermint tea bagand put it around the house just in case... thanks for all your helpfull tips...

I guess we have smarter mice in Canada. They avoided the traps after an astonishingly short time. We found warfarin got rid of the mice already in the house and steel wool in the brick and soffit ventilation holes kept them out. Replace as it rusts. When we first moved to the country we used humane traps and changed to kill traps as we got tired of the pests. It's true: familiarity breeds contempt.
Lye with dog food, they love dog food. The lye dissolves their body and you never even know it. Till you clean the bones. Fast too.
Have 3 cats that will kill any mice in house. All 3 got as kittens
Question with the peppermint oil.. Won't this attract ants..?

I think the electronic devices work best.  We used to have mice in the walls every fall.  Since getting the devices three years ago I haven't had any mice.

I lived on a canal and across a driveway from an unkept blueberry farm which had an open field that got cut once a yr.I'm sure you can figure the problems I had when the field got cut! I tried mothballs which kept snakes away which resulted in an even larger rodent problem! The pure peppermint oil which I bought online from louannaoils.com worked great and the house smelled wonderful as an added benefit. The trick is to put 2-3 drops on the smaller cotton balls and add more oil when the scent begins to fade(about once a month)and you can just use the original cotten(if you can find where you placed them, I used them about a foot apart).place them in storage areas on counters,drawers,and behind appliances,as well as sheltered areas outside(but in places where children and pets can not reach them.I haven't had any further problems since,they just went away.

Moth balls around the outside of your house and in holes where they come in works great!

To encourage your cats to kill feed them raw liver a few times a week and cut back a bit on their kibble.. instinct will take over again..

Well Rosie if you would supply your home address, I'd be more than happy to drop them off at your house. Then you can mouse sit them for me and problem solved

OMG! Just get a have-a-heart trap and release it up in the woods or something. How disgusting can you be to feed a mouse cement or use a glue or snap trap? Good for you having to listen to it writhing in pain. I  hope you have nightmares for eternity. If owls die a horrible death; what do you think happens to the mouse? Life? Death? Pain and suffering? Humanity? You choose death, pain, and suffering? I can tell where you're going when you die a painful death. 

I tried the peppermint oil thing in 3 of my kitchen drawers. May have worked for a little while, but when I went to open a drawer the other night I saw a tail scurrrying the other way and discovered that my pastry brush was in tatters. I am going to re-soak the cotton balls in peppermint oil, but am going to have to break down and get some live catch traps. I don't like having mice, but can't stand to kill anything. The last mouse trap we had set, I just happened to be in the room when it snapped and the mouse starting squeaking and it nearly killed me to listen to that.

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