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How to Get Rid of Mice from Your House

Updated on April 30, 2012
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Matilda the Mouse in a Humane Trap
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‘There’s a moose loose around this hoose’ is a phrase commonly used where I live.

Last Autumn I had very many little furry visitors in my home. I first detected them by noticing little droppings in various places around my flat. Many of us live in ancient Victorian flats here – they have thick walls and thick floors between each other. Often mice can be heard in them.

This is an account of what happened and how I eventually got rid of the little pests.

One night – very late- I was sitting on the floor in the front room watching TV as you do. I became aware of a movement beside me on the floor and there was a little furry mouse watching TV too – I looked at it and it looked at me and then ran away under the sofa. Later, when I was in my bed I became aware of a presence beside me and there was a little furry person staring at me. So I thought – right – this is enough and declared war!

I’m a pacifist by nature so could not countenance killing or injuring the little darlings by using lethal traps, poison or sticky flypaper stuff. So this is the procedure I adopted:

1 Locate and fill up any entry points in walls, skirting boards, fireplaces etc using steel wool (bad for their teeth)

2 Don’t bother with peppermint oil or naphthalene – the mice just ignore it.

3 Electronic and ultrasonic repellent devices can be useful at keeping the little blighters from entering, but I didn’t find them useful at getting rid of them once they’re established.

4 The magic solution is humane traps using course peanut butter as bait – they adore it. Be prepared for many trips outside at all hours as you should not leave them in the traps for long periods – they get stressed. My neighbours must have wondered at this figure creeping around the bushes and trees releasing the mice! Release them at least 200 m away from any dwelling as they are incredibly good at finding their way back.

5 Persevere – if you have seen 1 mouse that means there are probably 10 or more. I caught 21 eventually – some of them were obviously very young.

And I haven’t seen or heard any trace of them since.

So the secret is humane traps, course peanut butter and perseverance!

I wish you well if you have the same problem!


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      Mithun 5 years ago

      Great hub :) it's works for me.My House is now mice free.thanks for you can read more mice control tips from here

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you for stopping by, Peggy.

      I'm glad you haven't had a mouse problem - mine have all gone now! I must read your squirrel Hub - were they very destructive?

      I think the best thing to do regarding Amazon is just to search for 'humane mouse traps' at the site - that gives many options. Putting in links is difficult as we all live in different parts of the world!


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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Fortunately we have not had a mouse problem. We have 2 inside cats, so will probably never be bothered. I am unfamiliar with humane mouse traps. If Amazon sells them, you could put a link in this hub so that people could purchase some if interested. That is kind of you to not want to harm the little creatures.

      We once had squirrels in our attic, however. Wrote a hub about how we eventually got rid of them. Ha!

      Voted up and useful.

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      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks for the comment, Moobjam - in answer to your question you put the peanut butter in a humane trap (at the far end), place the trap, the mouse enters and the door closes and there you go - you have another 2am walk to undertake!!


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      Moobjam 6 years ago

      I commend you for your avoidance of unnecessary violence. I too take pests (spiders and flies mostly) gently out of my house carefully to not harm them.

      Interesting about peanut butter. Do you just leave a container of it out or something else?

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Ian yeah sure you can borrow kitty, she has been annoying me so maybe her talents might be of use in mice catching lol :)

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      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks, Cal.

      It did work but it was a pest having to release them at all hours of the day and night.

      Can I borrow Kitty from Catland to scare any future ones off?


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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Ian

      Great hub, am glad you have written it, as your points are fantastic and can help people who are undergoing a similar circumstance with furry visitors. :)