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How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice

Updated on April 12, 2016

Rodent Pests

Mice are a big problem, even though they are very small in size. They can get into the food in your kitchen and ruin it, along with items you have in storage. They can live inside your walls and spread diseases. The larger rats are capable of doing even more damage than mice, but they usually only live outside. Here are some good ways to eliminate these pests. You can take a quiz about mice and vote in a poll on this page.

Variety of Trap Choices

I use the Catchmaster glue traps. They're an excellent inexpensive choice.

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How to Get Rid of These Rodents

Mouse Traps

There are different kinds of traps. The spring trap that you bait with cheese or peanut butter and it snaps the mouse is the most popular. There are glue traps that come with the bait already in the glue and the mouse gets stuck in it. Those are my favorite trap to use, and they are inexpensive. There are some new disposable no kill plastic cage like traps where the mouse gets trapped inside, but they are the most expensive trap.

Mouse Bait

Cheese is the most popular food that is used for bait. Just look at all of the jokes and cartoons about it everywhere. Peanut butter is a good choice, too. Mice will get into and eat a wide variety of food that is commonly found in your kitchen, so almost any kind could be used for bait.

Bucket Traps

If you need something inexpensive and you don't want to kill the mice, you could use a five gallon bucket, tub, or trash can and put some bait in it. The mice will climb in, but can't get back out if the container is large enough. Then you just take them to a better place and set them free.

Cat and Mouse

Some cats that are really good hunters will catch mice and keep their home rodent free.

Facts and Observations About Mice

Paper and Styrofoam

The pesky rodents will chew through anything to sample it to see if it's good food or not. They will chew up any kind of paper. They will chew through cardboard boxes to get inside, and if there is any packing styrofoam, they will shred it. In a kitchen, they will shred foam coffee cups. They like it even better than paper and cardboard.

Soap and Candles

Mice will chew up bars of bath soap if they can reach it, but the little pests like some brands more than others. They love Irish Spring, but they hate Coast and they won't chew on that. They like bars of hotel soap.

They also like to chew on scented candles. Their favorite is coconut lime.

Clip Art, Public Domain Pictures of Mice, Jack2205 Photographs.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Great article. I never thought about training my cats to catch mice. They just seem to do it naturally. The thing I would train them to do is not carry it into the house to show me their prize. LOL

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      An old friend once told me about a remedy they used for rats in a barn (some folks won't like this) You take dry powdered cement and mix it with cornmeal and set the bowl next to another bowl filled with water. You can use your imagination to get the results. Nice lens! I wish I had read all of it before I took your polls! =)

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Lately I've been the mouse killer in the house. I always beat the kitties to the mouse :)

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I'm helping a friend who has mice - he suggests D-Con

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Yes. They are interesting creature. But sometimes, they spoil clothes and papers.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Fortunately up here in the south we don't seem to have a big problem with mice. When I lived in a cooler climate they were everywhere and constantly getting into the house.

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      LampsPest 5 years ago

      interesting stuff

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      One winter I caught and killed 15 mice in the house when I was living in Indiana. Got 3 mice this winter in the garage in England. Looking for a sonic repellent now though, one that works with cats too, and noisy neighbor teenagers.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      I love cats for two reasons. One, because they are soft and cuddly and Two, because they catch mice. Nice lens!

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      jp1978 6 years ago

      Zero out of four!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Crap, I put out decon and it apparently killed my mouse population but, they died in the walls and then the flies found them and then I had fly infestation after they did their thing. Crap... just catch them and take them to Alaska and they will freeze to death. Problem solved!!!

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      My mom is super scared of mice, even the tiny ones. She was up in the attic, saw one, and jumped down the stairs and broke her arm when I was younger.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We do not have mice. We have the bigger rats. My husband and two dogs are the traps in our yard. At night rats raid the fruit trees. The dogs find and bark, the owner stuns them down with the BB gun and the dogs run after them and sadly give the rats the fatal shake. We have noticed no rats lately.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      We discovered the bucket trap accidently. We had some mice that got into our trailer and they went into an empty trash can and couldn't get back out. Lensrolled to my Rat in toilet lens.

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      NatureMaven 7 years ago

      I went for a night time walk in my neighborhood and stopped to say hello to a friendly outdoor cat who was relaxing in the grass. While I was petting him, I noticed a small animal jumping around next to him. It was a mouse! I really think they were companions because the mouse didn't run away, and the cat acted like it is perfectly normal to have a mouse jumping around next to you. I guess they were playing Cat and Mouse, huh?