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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.