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How To Get Rid Of Mice Without Hurting Them

Updated on September 3, 2014
humane ways to get rid of mice
humane ways to get rid of mice

Signs that you have mice in your home

Rustling in the middle of the night, chewed up cereal boxes, teeth marks on woodwork and dark brown droppings? These are all sure signs that a family of mice have moved into your home. Given that mice breed at an alarming pace – one female can produce up to 10 litters per year, with about 10 mice in each litter – you are going to want to tackle this problem immediately.

Mice can make you ill

Even the most devout animal lovers won’t want to share their home with mice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents are responsible for several potentially serious diseases. Most of the diseases are passed on through eating food that’s contaminated with rodent urine or droppings. Some diseases such as Lassa Fever, can also be contracted just by breathing in dust that has been contaminated by rodents.

How can you get rid of mice without hurting them?

If you’re an animal lover then you’ll have ruled out any cruel, inhumane ways to get rid of mice. Glue boards and poisons are particularly cruel and should be completely avoided. Mice trapped on glue boards will struggle for hours, sometimes gnawing off their own limbs in an attempt to escape. Poison, can be potentially harmful to young children and pets. It can also enter the food chain if the poisoned mouse is eaten by a wildlife creature.

Multiple strategies need to be adopted to get rid of mice for good. The task can be achieved using humane methods, many of which are far more effective than snap traps, glue boards or poisons. Humane methods have also proven to offer more permanent solutions to ridding your home of mice.

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Use Peppermint Oil to get rid of mice

Mice absolutely detest the smell of peppermint oil so add a few drops to cotton wool balls and place strategically around any areas that mice may enter your house. The peppermint scent will act as a natural deterrent ensuring that your house remains mice free. You can also make up a peppermint solution with peppermint oil and water and spray around the perimeters of each room in your home. Remember to top up the peppermint oil every couple of weeks to make sure the mice stay away.

Tip:- As an added deterrent, grow peppermint plants outdoors near entrances to your home. You can buy on Amazon or at your local health store.

The Smart Mouse Trap is endorsed by Humane societies and Animal Rights Organizations in the U.S. and Worldwide

Use a Humane Mouse Trap

If using a humane trap, release the mice at least 2 miles from your home, preferably in a woodland area where they can easily re nest. Mice have a homing instinct so if you release them nearby, they will naturally make their way back to your home again.

TIP:- Humane mouse traps are a wonderfully effective way of ridding your home of mice without harming them. However, make sure that you check the traps daily as mice can perish if left inside for days.

The ET Pest Control System is extremely effective in getting rid of mice, rats, bats and many other pests.

Ultrasonic Pest Control Device

These devices emit a high impact ultrasonic sound that drives mice and other pests away. Some devices cover areas up to 5000 sq ft. The beauty of these devices is that you could rid yourself of bats and all sorts of creepy crawlies as well as mice and rats.

Tip:- There are several ultrasonic pest control devices on the market, some which users claim to have limited success, so choose carefully. One of the best ones on the market is the ET Pest Control System by D&R Technologies which is highly rated by users on Amazon. It's also suitable for use by cat and dog owners as the ultrasonic sound can't be heard by them.

Use copper mesh to seal holes

Forget using plastic, wood or rubber to seal holes around your house. Mice will just chew right through them! Use copper wool to plug and seal any possible entry points. Mice can squeeze their way through holes as small as 6mm. Copper mesh can be purchased in long rolls which can be easily cut and has the flexibility to be scrunched up to seal even the tiniest of holes.

Tip:- Copper mesh works better than steel wool as it doesn’t rust and won’t stain when it drips.

Rodent Repellent

Rodent repellents such as Fresh Cab Rodent Repellents can be very effective in both ridding your home of existing mice and as a preventative use in non infested areas.

Simply place the pouches around potential entrance points. Pouches last up to 90 days.

A cat can help you get rid of mice
A cat can help you get rid of mice | Source

Get a cat

If all else fails, why not get a cat? Cats naturally prey on mice and were first used as mousers in ancient Egypt. However, not all modern-day domesticated cats enjoy hunting, so if you’re looking for a pet cat that will also keep the rodents at bay you may be disappointed. Luckily, the scent of your cat should be enough of a deterrent though.

Tip:- If your cat’s more interested in taking naps than chasing mice, then put some used cat litter in trays and place around the entrances to your home. The cat urine odour should be enough to keep the mice away.

Hire the Services of a Humane Wildlife Control Company

Companies such as Skedaddle can help you rid your home of mice and other pests, whilst respecting wildlife and the environment. This of course would be a more expensive option, but could be a worthwhile alternative for those who have an extensive and re-occurring problem with mice.

Any comments?

Have you found this article useful? Have you had success getting rid of mice or other pests with any of these humane methods? Do you have an ongoing problem with mice that won't go away! Maybe you'd like to share your experiences in the comments box below.


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      3 years ago

      ladyquesteur, July 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm It would be possible yes, but diednpeng on the cat and the human involved. A cat could be convinced not to hunt certain animals, such as particular pets, though it may not carry over to other creatures, but I doubt even with the most dedicated training could make a cat interfere in another cat's hunting.Due to their extreme independent nature, many people do not think you can train a cat and very few humans have the time or patience to be diligent enough to be effective, but it is possible to communicate your demands so that the cat MAY decide to appease you.My case in point:I had taken in a stray that was about a year old, actually he adopted me I brought him to my small farmstead and he stayed as an indoor/outdoor pet. Since he had been hunting to survive, he kept bringing small birds to the house even though he was now well fed. I convinced him not to bring them in the house, but did not try to deter his hunting until my chickens and ducks started breeding. Once the chicks went ranging, I caught him in the act 3 times each time I would pick him up by the nape, take the chick from him, raise the volume in his face and rattle him. I made him very uncomfortable and since it was a very unusual and intense correction, it was memorable. I am always gentle and loving with my animals, but his discipline had to be swift and in contrast to the norm. I communicated that they were MY chicks, and the pens were OUT of bounds. The last time I also tossed him in the duck pond to show him consequences . I lost only the first chick and he never entered the pens or harassed them again though he would still sit on his ledge and watch intently. He still brought sparrows back from his hunts, but it was obvious he could discern the difference. Though the hunting instinct is stronger in some cats more than others, as is their sense of regard' for you, you could realistically try to instill a behavior.If you just don't want your cat hunting wild mice, then you'll need to rid the area of mice if possible, or better yet don't allow your cat to stray indoor cats are just as happy as you make them, they are healthier and safer too.Though I work mostly with dogs, fundamental training concepts do work with other animals generous reward, respectful correction , and appropriate consequence. Pick your battles carefully however, as the bond is tenuous, so a cat could very easily snub you.ADDED: It is very easy to accustom a young cat and rodent (I highly recommend a female rat instead of a mouse) to each other as pets. Do separate them while unsupervised, but they need close interaction to bond the cat needs to make the connection to be safe. Let them become friends with you being the Guardian of both. I have taken older animals and conditioned them to be tolerant of each other, but two young animals brought up together is by far the easiest route to take. Have fun.

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      4 years ago from UK

      Hi melissa, Thank you for sharing what worked for you in ridding your home of mice. I completely agree with you about mouse traps. They are very cruel.

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      Hi Beliza, Thanks for your comments and welcome to hubpages! Hope these ideas come in useful if you have a mouse problem.

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      4 years ago from UK

      ktnpl, yes that's a really good point. Using mouse poison can upset the food chain as it's very harmful to other creatures who consume the dead mouse.

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      4 years ago

      In Kansas we found that the combination of the ultrasonic devices and putting dried goods into sealable plastic containers (tupperware, ziploc bags etc) was the best way of keeping the rodents away. Also, they like to nest in boxes full of clothes or blankets, so keeping those in plastic containers helped as well. Great hub--mouse traps are so cruel!

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      Hi Pico Triano, It sounds like your cat is doing a great job of deterring mice from moving in to your home. Thanks for sharing your experiences of keeping mice at bay.

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      relationshipc, Thank you for sharing your experiences of how you managed to remove a mouse from your home without hurting it. It's good to know that you finally managed to find a new home for the mouse by driving it to the other side of town.

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      Ologsinquito, many thanks for reading and commenting. You're right! All of these are better, non-toxic and humane ways to get rid of mice.

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      4 years ago

      Great Hub, I need to get a few of these! I don't like to kill mice.

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      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great article on not only how we can get rid of these unwanted creature but also keeping them safe. This is very important because creatures are important in food chain.

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      4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      We've opted for the cat option although I can't say that is always humane. Mister can play with them for hours although he dispatches them fairly early in the game. Not many get past him though and we live where we'd get infested in no time at all.

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      4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      We are huge animal lovers, and I don't see a need to kill or torture a mouse just to remove it from the home. I can't understand how anyone could feel good doing that.

      A few years ago we had one mouse in the house. Despite having three dogs, that mouse roamed around the house (sometimes around the dogs) without much worry. Eventually we trapped it in a box and put it outside. But just like your article says, he came back very quickly. You really do have to drive him away. I would take him much further than a few miles. I would go across town!

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      4 years ago from USA

      I really like all of these suggestions, they are non-toxic and humane.

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      Hi greatstuff. The ultrasonic device is a good choice if you want to get rid of mice without hurting them. The good thing is that it should keep them from coming back too so works as a preventative method too. Thanks for commenting.

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      4 years ago from Malaysia

      The glue option worked for us as well. I will now try the ultrasonic device as it seems to have a wider coverage.

    • Maggie.L profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UK

      Hi Devika, Glad to hear these ideas will come in useful in helping you get rid of mice in your home.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I had to know this one for sure. Recently I had a problem with mice and really can't stand having these creatures around the home. Your ideas helped me especially about the peppermint oil. We did try the glue option and that worked out well.


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