Joel Selby

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Joel Selby is a freelance illustrator at Joel & Ashley Illustration and designer/artisan printer at This Paper Ship. His current side projects include developing his half-acre yard… read more

Comments - How to Get Rid of Mice

Terri on Mar 22, 2021:

Well I live by a field and OMG the mice have ruined things in my home you'd think they pay the mortgage. I tried peppermint oil but honestly, they get used to it. I'm now using aspertym and they are eating it. But, I'm mixing it with minimal peanut butter. As soon as I see it's gone I put more out. If this don't work I'm gonna try the instant mashed potatoes. I am seeing less and less mice but, I won't stop until they're GONE. IT LITERALLY MAKES ME SICK TO THINK HOW MOUSE FECES AND URINE CAN MAKE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND PETS SICK AND POSSIBLY DIE. THEY'VE GOTTA GO. THE WAR AGAINST MICE ... UGGH GOOD LUCK TO ALL

Jo on Oct 04, 2018:

Tried many ways to kill mice under our mobile home that get up into our walls. Then read that when setting snap traps one should attach bait (I use a pecan nut with the flat bottoms) and attach it to trap with a glue gun. (Cheap from craft store). Did this and found 6 out of 7 traps with dead mice in them within a couple days. I think that they have to work harder at sneaking the bait out this way and that’s why this works so well. Best results yet. Poison did nothing. Good luck.

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

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.

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 ?

Diana on Feb 22, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Feb 22, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Feb 21, 2015:

I enjoy killing rodents and recording their death

lorna on Feb 19, 2015:

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...

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