best ways to get rid of mice in the house

Get rid of mice in the home

The best ways to get rid of mice in your home are often the most humane. Poison is not an option you should choose lightly because you could be risking your pets lives and your children's health could be affected. How would you cope with dead mice rotting away in inaccesssible places around the home? Old fashioned mouse traps are undoubtedly effective and relatively cheap. But not everyone feels comfortable collecting dead or half dead mice and then disposing of them.

Now, personally I have a totally irrational fear of mice but I would feel bad about killing the things. Really, I would just want rid of them. Obviously, you could call out experts such as Rentokill and pay them approx £300 to deal with the problem. However, a much cheaper solution is to buy a humane ultra sound electronic device. You can buy these cheaply online or in many high street shops. If you have pet rats or gerbils ( shudder the thought) this will cause them distress, so this would not be an option in that case.

There are some ingenious mouse traps which use bait and then trap the mouse without killing them. You need to place them in places you know the mice are visiting. Before you do this you must of course cut off every source of food to these unwelcome visitors. All your food should now be placed in airtight containers. You will need to thoroughly clean behind the fridge, under the cooker and down the back and sides of armchairs and settee. Don't worry, no matter how many mice are in the house , you will get rid of every single one. The most effective bait seems to be peanut butter,chocolate, oats, nuts and berries.

Some imaginative people have successfully set up their own home-made devices using nothing more than a huge plastic bucket. They have smeared foodstuff such as peanut butter or chocolate around the top of the bucket and the mice topple in and are unable to climb out. You need to provide some dodgy steps up to the bucket to get the mice to fall in. This is not going to work fast enough if you haven't cut off the food supply.

Now when you have caught these live mice you have got to dispose of them. Obviously you don't want them coming back again so you need to let them off well away from your house. Experts suggest at least a quarter of a mile away and preferably one mile away.

Once you have dealt with the problem you need to plan how to make sure you don't get a new family of mice turning up to your house. Mice only need a 6mm gap (the size of a hole made by a pencil) to enter your house. So you need to block every gap you can find (except air vents). Mice really don't like peppermint so it's a good idea is to grow mint plants outside your house and even indoors. This is an easy preventative measure. Soaking peppermint oil in cotton wool works as well but it is a bit of an eyesore. You can also buy plug in devices that release a peppermint odour but these need to be constantly refilled.

Humane mouse traps

Humane mouse traps are very effective and are an absolute bargain compared to bringing out the experts. I would advise everyone to purchase a patented humane mousetrap but to also experiment with your own homemade trap. Who knows you might get yours patented and make a fortune. Also if you ever get mice back you can quickly rig up your own trap.

One final piece of advice, make sure you use disposable gloves if you ever touch a dead mouse.

If you would like to read about my phobia of mice it is explained in why I am scared of mice.

glue traps - bad

I would strongly urge you not to use the glue trap boards. These are very inhumane. Many mice are only half killed by these devices and the mice take ages to die. If you want to kill mice then the old fashioned mouse traps are the cheapest and the most humane way of doing it.Good luck. We can rid ourselves of these pesky creatures.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Best guaranteed mouse trap is to obtain two blocks of wood, or plastic. Place mice between and press together. Works every time...

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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Get that idea patented, right away. Someone on the web is gonna steal this idea. No time to lose. Act now.

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Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

Great article. I'm not afraid of mice, but I sure don't want them in my home. I also don't like to kill them. We had an ingenious device made from some rabbit wire, a regular mouse trap, and an empty cottage cheese container. It worked great too. Caught the mouse, didn't kill it. I released it outside and I believe it promptly returned to experience the whole thing again. I realized I would have to release it further from my home. Eventually, I wore it down with sheer perseverance and it finally gave up. Whew.

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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Thanks karen, that device sounds intriguing. The return of the mouse conjures up a Hitchcockian nightmare. You need to do some research and file one of your ace reports on such a scenario.

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

@dallas93444: Your technique sounds efficient, economical, and effective. And gross.

Well done.

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Entourage_007 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

Great article, I have never heard of these types of mouse traps, it sounds like a much better alternative to actually killing the mouse.

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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Thanks Entourage. The glue traps sound horrific. I must try and track down a youtube video for the humane traps.

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Stacie L 5 years ago

mice are a big pain in the neck once they get into the walls, gnawing away, it can drive one crazy!

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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Agreed Stacie, they certainly can drive you crazy. I once lived in a rented flat and couldn't sleep at night for hearing them . I threw things at the wall to encourage them to scurry off to a higher floor.

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

Very good, well thought-out tips. I like the bucket idea. I remember my mom just used to use my brother and I to get rid of mice because we'd catch them in the house and play with them - too much, I guess, because they never lived very long after we caught them :(

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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Thanks glassvisage. I guess I'll add breeding children and teaching them to catch mice to the list.

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KStyle 5 years ago

soj,so glad you wrote this hub. We recently discovered droppings in our home and weren't really sure if it's from a mouse,gecko or palmetto bugs. I keep a scented bar of soap in my bathroom drawer and something has been eating it and leaving droppings nearby. I'm thinking this must be a mouse that thinks the soap is cheese. It sounds funny but it's disgusting! Thanks for the tips, I'm going to try peppermint soap next apparently he likes the sandalwood scent.

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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Kstyle it's the not knowing what creature is about that would unnerve me. Hope you track down the critter.

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aleemah 5 years ago

very nice...

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quicksand 5 years ago

Wonder why you have to go through all this hassle when you've got the solution right at your fingertips! Wanna know how? :)

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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

I sure do quicksand.

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quicksand 5 years ago

Well, those two cats that guard the entrance to your profile page ... (the cats in your avatar!) ... just give them a day off and set them free in the critical areas and see the results!

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Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

I flipping hate mice! I've worked in a death-row prison and dealt with that fear fine, but let a mouse walk by and I'm an idiot. I've learned flour is one of the best ways to get a mouse to a trap, right behind moving. I personally don't care if the little sucker dies, I'm not going to touch it either way. I prefer not to kill things unnecessarily but if it comes into my home, it's like an intruder. Too bad for the little mousy.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

I had an exterminator put glue boards in my basement and I really did not know how they worked. When I went to check, there were poor mice stuck there and still alive! I never used them again.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Alex, that sounds so horrible. The exterminator should have explained his methods beforehand.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Tams, I agree, little mousey is a real nuisance.

glensa 4 years ago

we had an exterminator who dumped the mice down the road. my neighbor saw him as he was leaving for work. i'd have been better off doing it myself because i would have killed them, not set them free.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

The exterminator should not be dumping them in a street. Very anti- social.

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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

My cats seem to do a pretty good job of keeping rats and mice at bay. I hate finding their little mauled bodies though. I've never had any luck with those electronic thingys. I wish they would work, but they don't seem to.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

I agree, cats are brilliant at keeping those pesky rodents at bay.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

We just had this problem a little mouse was going in our dog's inside kennel. He would get out than look back at his kennel and the cat would come and also look in the kennel. I told my husband that there must be a mouse. We tipped it up and there was a mouse. He got away. Funny that he did our cat is the best mouser. We'll get him yet. Good hub vote up.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Thanks moonlake. That sounds like a real cheeky mouse invading your dog's Kennel. They spend their whole lives looking for free lodgings.

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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I find the glue traps to be just awful! We used to occasionally have mouse trouble then it seemed like having a cat around helped. This year, they are back and don't seem to care about the cat. I am using old fashioned snap traps. I can't see catching them and setting the vermin free.

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Hi Dolores. Hope you get rid of the pesky things. You need to have strong words with your cat for not taking its duties seriously.

amylynn 4 years ago

Great article and comments! We've had mice (yup, mulples) since Christmas. The glue traps may not be "nice", but if you're an unwelcomed guest in my house, I don't plan to be nice! Baiting the traps with a small piece of dog food is working. We caught what we believe to be the momma mouse (huge), now we on the offspring!

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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Thanks Amylynne. I comletely understand what you mean. Desperate situations call for desperate remedies.Also don,t rule out asking a friend if you can borrow their cat. Good luck.

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seanorjohn 3 years ago Author

Hi Faysal. Sorry to hear you may have been visited by mice. I like your hub on getting rid of ants. You offer some great tips.

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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Great tips on rodent control. We used to have mice when the house was new, but now that the surrounding areas have developed they have disappeared and are no longer a problem. Great hub!

seanorjohn 2 years ago

Thanks Mel, glad to hear those psky mice have disappeared.

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