11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice

 11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice

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.


Hey, looking for more tips on how to get rid of mice effectively? We've got an updated post with 10 more mouse-proofing tips right here.

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.

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

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 release 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.  Amazon-$19

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. Adopt one and make a difference today!

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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Eunice on Mar 28, 2018:

I have tried many methods such as poison, ordinary traps and using cats and none worked in the long run. The mic found a way to avoid the poison and traps.

A friend introduced me to electric traps and they seem to be working. I have killed more mice in a span of a week. Hoping to eliminate them completely. Here is a list of my favorite electric mouse traps bit.ly/2hR9Abp

Willyam on Nov 03, 2016:

Hello John! i try to make some poisons and thy works perfectly, i realy forgot th recipes but u can check here

felicia vallese on Oct 16, 2016:


Joy on Feb 03, 2016:

What if your problem is not mice trying to get in but cats that BRING them in?

Will on Dec 15, 2015:


There is a product, No Mouse in the House, that delivers the peppermint oil scent continuously for six months. It uses a reservoir and wicking system and uses 100% pure peppermint oil. Solves the drying out problem and the units are pretty cool looking, too.

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farmersdaughter on Jul 30, 2015:

I have 2 cats that hunt and catch mice constantly. Fortunately, unless the cats bring me a present still alive, I don't have any in the house. I have been brought several varieties, field mice, shrews, deer mice, voles, gophers and some cute little tiny ones with huge ears and big Bambi eyes......In the barn tack room, the cats can't get in there, I use D-Con and traps. I really hate mice, especially when they run across your feet or over you hand when you reach in a feed bin.

Red on Jun 20, 2015:

The peppermint does not attract ants. It isn't sweet. I have put it around the house, only deters mice til it dries. My minature pinschers have caught one each, and a chihuahua 1. But certainly wasn't enough.  Used to have a cat that would catch one then take it to the bathtub and bat it around til it died. The fill holes really helps, but if your house is as old as mine, you never know.

Karen on May 19, 2015:

If you have problems with mice or rats chewing up wiring in your car or else where, I've heard that tying bounce dryer sheets in areas deters them and they leave your wiring alone.

Anonymous on May 18, 2015:

I tried the peppermint oil cotton balls... Put them in a drawer with sentimental t shirts. That was the only drawer the mice went to in the dresser. Chewed up shirts... That's what I have.

sparky on May 18, 2015:

I just buy rat poison cubes and throw them.under the shed. No other domestic critter can get to them. Might not be the "natural" way, but it is for us!

Anonymous on May 18, 2015:

I have 2 cat. The only time I get mice in the house is when one of them very generously brings them home, live. My hubby and I spend hours catching them, much to the cats' entertainment.

Sheila on May 15, 2015:

I bought the plug in things and haven't seen a mouse or any sign of them in 5 years! They really work!

DD on May 14, 2015:

 Rosie ... sorry I disagree.  Never, would I use the glue traps, but mice are a health threat and a huge pest!! Releasing mice outside alive just allows them to re-enter your home

Anonymous on May 09, 2015:

My favorite comment here is the "My dogs kill the mice without injuring them".  hahahahhaahahahahahahaa!

Rosie, if you live with a ton of mice and find mice poops in everything, you would feel differently.  

kristi on Apr 18, 2015:

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.

Just Me on Apr 12, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Apr 02, 2015:

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!

denise on Mar 25, 2015:

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

Angela on Feb 24, 2015:

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 ?

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