How to Get Rid of Mice

Want to know how to get rid of mice? Here's our best list of techniques, everything from natural home remedies to store-bought live and kill traps.

How to Get rid of mice

Nobody likes to cohabitate with mice. But whether you care to admit it or not, your home most likely has had a rodent visitor at one point or another. There are plenty of different ways to get rid of them; keep reading to find out the most effective mouse elimination method for you.

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. 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.


11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice (without killing them)

1. Peppermint oil: The smell is too strong for the little vermin. 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 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. 

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.



How To Get Rid of Mice
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10 More Ways to Keep Mice Out of Your Home

1. Prevention is the most important element in eliminating mice in your home. Vacuum your kitchen often (and anywhere else where there might be food particles). Be sure to wipe down the counter after you cook as well. 

2. Seal off any cracks or holes in your foundation where mice could be getting in. The same goes for the interior of your home. The harder it is for them to get in, the better. Try using steel wool to plug up small holes. Mice will get a hefty dental bill if they try to chew through it.


How To Get Rid of Mice
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3. Peppermint oil is a natural mouse repellent - the pungent smell will deter mice. Place peppermint-soaked cotton balls anywhere you have seen mouse droppings. Cayenne pepper is also supposed to be an effective deterrent. Read more at eHow.

4. Cat urine and snake poo is also supposed to work well. Apparently mice hate the smell, which is not all that surprising. 

5. Ultrasonic repellent machines are another option. They plug into the wall, emitting high frequency beeps that are supposed to scare mice away.


How To Get Rid of Mice
Photo: Kness

6. Now onto traps. Live bait traps are the most humane type of trap. Here, the rodent is caught using a trap door sort of contraption and then you have to transport the trap far away to free the mouse. The Kness trap shown above is available on Amazon for ~$16.

7. Sticky traps are quite effective, but the mouse will likely die of starvation over the period of a couple of days - or you have to do the deed yourself if you prefer not to let it suffer.  

8. Electronic traps zap the mice with the force of a few D batteries, ensuring that they are killed quickly. Most also have a no-touch feature, perfect for anyone with a phobia of rodents.  

Tips: How To Get Rid of Mice
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9. If you aren't squeamish, the most effective way to get rid of mice is by placing traditional wooden snap traps along the walls of your home. Rumor has it that peanut butter with birdseed is the best bait.

10. And if you have an all-out infestation, consult an exterminator. Some problems are best left to the professionals. 



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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


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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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