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Comments - How to Get Rid of Mice

Liz, Ontario, Canada on Feb 18, 2015:

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.

ddn on Feb 11, 2015:

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.

Jan on Feb 10, 2015:

Have 3 cats that will kill any mice in house. All 3 got as kittens

HisMommy90 on Feb 09, 2015:

Question with the peppermint oil.. Won't this attract ants..?

Ruth on Feb 09, 2015:

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.

Penny on Feb 09, 2015:

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 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.

Teddie on Feb 09, 2015:

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

Barb on Feb 09, 2015:

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..

Anonymous on Jan 04, 2015:

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

Rosie on Jan 02, 2015:

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. 

Anonymous on Dec 31, 2014:

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.

Eliza on Dec 01, 2014:

I purchased a 76 year-old home last Spring. During the summer I stuffed steel wool in holes/gaps around the exterior of the home, followed by sealant.  The same was done inside the home, and in a thorough manner.

 In the garage there is a wooden patch on a wall that was not fitted properly that I didn't get around to repairing this summer.  Two and one half weeks ago, I found mouse droppings under my kitchen sink. The ill-fitting patch feeds into the kitchen wall.

Two weeks ago, I placed "balsam fir" bags under the cabinets in the kitchen (and sprayed water and peppermint oil) to deter the mice.  On the garage side, I purchased a live catch mouse trap with a clear cover.  I used glue boards on the interior of the trap.  I smudged some peanut butter on the edge of the glue board to lure the little guys in.  To my surprise, overnight there were several mice inside of the trap.  Six to be exact!  

Since this first episode, my live catch trap has been checked each morning.  For two days, there was one mouse per morning.  On the third morning there was a mole (must have wandered in from the yard).  Since then, there has only been one other mouse.  All of the mice (and the mole) caught on the glue boards have been dead in the mornings.   

This weekend I will do my best to seal off the cabinets and the access to the inner walls of the kitchen.  Then I will need to remove the garage wall patch, clean the area out, and repatch the wall.  I feel very confident that all of the mice in the garage/kitchen wall are "gone". 

I would recommend live catch traps.  You can use them with or without glue boards.

Phil Rogers on Nov 24, 2014:

I just did!!! put a french fry on a trap and it goes and trap snaps!!

Phil Rogers on Nov 24, 2014:

I got one! use a trap with old potato fry and stick it on the bite part!! It goes for it and..snap!! I did it and got 4 this past day in my house of bulit in 1870!!

Anonymous on Nov 23, 2014:

A tip about cats and mice: to get a good mouser you need to get a cat or kitten raise with its momma that's been exposed to live mice. A mother cat, if allowed, will bring live bait to her litter to teach it to hunt. A cat raised inside for example may have the instinct to chase, play, stalk but may not know to kill. The best mouses come from barn cats. Adopt a former barn cat or kitten. It will appreciate it's inside life (and are easy to litter train) but also kill and likely eat* mice when they find them. *and other reason to not use poison.

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2014:

Ive tried spring traps and they were not working. One night i left my crockpot out soaking. The next morning there were two dead mice in it. Eeeewe gross! But it gave me an idea, I put a very deep large bowl on my counter and filled it 3/4 of the way with water. In under one week I have caught five this way! Works like a charm!

Maggie on Nov 20, 2014:

Bowl of pop is great!! They can't burp and they don't smell when they die. Also sticks of gums!

Palanivelu on Nov 14, 2014:

Two easy ways of killing the rats.
1) cut into small pieces of sanitary napkin. Soak them in mix of sugar and coconut oil for two minutes. Place these pieces around all the places where rates enter. They eat this.the napkin pieces will become big due to moisture inside rat stomach and hence they will die.
2) cut a dead rat into small pieces. Mix this with equal amount of jaggery. Keep this in a tight closed container for 10 days. When you open you will not get bad odour but a thick solution like honey. Add water to this solution with ration of 95% water and 5% solution. Spray this around the entry of rats. They will ran away.

Tim on Nov 14, 2014:

Conventional spring loaded traps are still the best. They are cheap so you need not use them more than once. Just throw them out with the dead mouse. A small amount of Tootsie Roll softened and affixed to the trigger works the best.

cristina on Nov 14, 2014:

Glue traps work great. On the very first night, I caught 2 mice and 2 large dogs in one trap. They had a chaotic six legged race around the house.

Ellen on Nov 13, 2014:

I have tried all these methods to get rid of mice without using poisons.  Befoe I got through I had mice everywhere.  I had to put my food in plastic cotainers or on top of the freezer (the only place they could not get).  We have a cat who, at first would kill them.  Then he decided it was more fun just to play with them.  I finally had to resort to poison.  I would put it every place that the cat or the dogs could not get to .  In just a short time they were all dead.  They do leave an odor until they completely decompose.  Our house did not smell very inviting for awhile, but we no longer have any mice.  I only keep one open container of poison in the houe now and have not had a problem since.

Michelle on Nov 13, 2014:

I have 6 cats I love them but when it comes to catching mice in my house they are 100% worthless they love to watch them just not willing to get up and do anything about them lol

Anonymous on Nov 13, 2014:

I've had glue traps end up with just a patch of hair left on them, so there's a bald mouse with a heck of a Brazilian wax job running around somewhere. The battery operated zapper traps by D-con seems to work well if baited with the right yummy mouse delicacies.

cat owner on Oct 14, 2014:

We have two cats and there are still mice in the house

LM on Oct 08, 2014:

Rodents don't just eat people food. They love the coating on electrical wire, and will go after that without getting into your food supplies. I just had a washer fixed due to a rat eating the wires, and I am really worried about the knob and tube in the wall, because I've heard a mouse or rat scampering there. They have plenty to eat outside, they come in for the wires.

I'll try some of these solutions, but in the foothills where I live, it's tough.  At least mice aren't as bad as mountain lions!

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