Home Remedies To Get Rid of Mice

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When you’re experiencing the pitter-patter of little feet and it’s not a walking, talking bundle of joy standing on two legs, you may have a furry intruder in your home that needs attention. Hiding in a kitchen cabinet or tucked away in the corner of a shed, mice find ways to enter the cleanliest of homes, apartments, and other human dwellings. When the thought of using poisonous bait or inhumane traps is too much to bear, consider the following home remedies before resorting to other tactics.

Home Remedies To Get Rid of Mice

Signs of a Mice Problem [1]

A mouse is a nocturnal creature, meaning they do their dirty work when the sun has set and the lights are out. Mice are rarely spotted during the day unless a heavy infestation exists. Usually, a mouse problem is detected with one or more of the following signs: • Droppings: Mouse feces are moist, soft, shiny and dark, becoming dry and hard within a few days. Old droppings will look dull and grayish in color. •Little Holes: When small holes with chewed edges appear on items, such as cereal boxes, this is a dead giveaway that a critter is gnawing away at your packages. Scan your pantry and look for tooth marks and shredded paper. • Sound: At night, you may hear unexplainable movement, as well as gnawing or scratching in the walls or an attic. • Odor: Mice can cause a musty odor to infiltrate your home. • Nests: Hidden in boxes, mice will use chewed paper and cloth to create a nest for themselves in basements, attics, sheds, and drawers.


Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mice

When it comes time to get rid of mice, many people wish to repel and drive out critters before clearing away traps, locating dead carcasses hidden in walls, and shelling out the money to hire an exterminator. If you are looking for home remedies to get rid of mice, consider the following suggestions:

a) Peppermint and Peppermint Oil:

In just about every home remedy circle, you will hear that mice cannot stand the scent of peppermint or peppermint oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil of peppermint and place it at a suspected entryway.

b) Remove Food Supply:

While mice enjoy a nice meal of cereal grains and crumbs, they will also adapt to anything else they can sink their teeth into. If you remove their food supply, most mice are forced to look for other places to eat. Remove edible temptations from low kitchen cabinets. Place cereal and other boxed items in glass containers and plastic Tupperware.

c) Bay Leaves:

Some people have been successful in keeping mice away by sprinkling bay leaves in their kitchen and about the pantry.

d) Mint:

Keep new mice from entering your residence by adding mint plants to the foundation of your house. If you are already battling a mouse problem, sprinkle mint leaves in the parts of your home that the mice like to frequent. Mint is known to repel mice in most cases, but you must remember to replace old leaves with fresh ones on a regular basis.


e) Mint Toothpaste:

If you’ve located a hole where a mouse enters and exits a room, smear on a small amount of mint toothpaste. The smell should send the mice running in the opposite direction. You can also rub the toothpaste along the bottom of baseboards, and in other spaces that you think mice may enter your home.

f) Peppermint Tea:

Since mice are not fans of mint, try concocting your own peppermint repellent by boiling two cups of water, turning off the heat, and then adding 4-6 peppermint tea bags to the pot. Allow the tea to steep for 6-8 hours. Stir in two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid so that the solution will stick to the floors for a longer period of time. Fill a spray bottle with the tea and coat the baseboards, as well as any other places you suspect mice are entering into your home.

g) Steel Wool:

Mice enter your home in the most creative manner, but once you have pinpointed an access point, use steel wool to block their way. The material is much harder for mice to gnaw through than other options, like wood and newspaper, and when digested, will damage their insides. This is also a popular remedy for RV owners who will wrap the cable or hose that goes into the access slots of an RV with steel wool before making a connection. The scratchiness of the material creates a seal that keeps mice out [2].

h) Baby Powder:

When you are having a problem locating the point of entry of your uninvited guest, use baby powder (or flour) to check for tracks. Scatter a small patch on the floor along a wall or other frequented places. Some people like to bait a mouse by placing a cracker with a bit of peanut butter in the middle of the patch. Hopefully, you can locate their access point or at least, determine the direction in which they originate.

i) Ammonia:

Some people have driven away their mouse by leaving small bowls filled with ammonia in the places they like to frequent. It is said that the scent repels mice.

j) Peanut Butter:

Are you looking for an effective bait to lure your unwanted visitor? The next time you lay traps, use peanut butter as bait – a treat that a mouse cannot resist. Since the peanut butter is sticky, he or she is unable to swipe it before setting off a trap [3].

peanut butter

k) Brown Paper Bag:

Once you’ve snagged a mouse on a trap, it’s time to discard of the remains. If this isn’t your cup of tea, make matters a little easier to accomplish by setting your bait traps inside of a brown paper bag. This way, once the deed is done, you can close the bag and dispose of it quickly. Mice enjoy exploring small spaces anyhow, so this remedy may also increase your chances of luring a mouse to a trap in the first place.

l) Mothballs:

Mice have a reputation for setting up shop in a shed or garage for the winter season. If you place mothballs around your garage, mice will look for other places to live. In the house, mothballs are used to deter mice from kitchen cupboards, drawers, and other storage spots.

m) Caulk:

To keep mice from coming and going from your home, locate holes and other spaces that they may use, and fill with caulk.

n) Baking Soda:

Baking soda has been known to help keep mice out of the places they like to frequent. Shake a bit around their suspected hiding places, and they should stay away [4]. This home remedy for mice is also safe for pets and children, and is easily removable with the swipe of a broom or roar of a vacuum cleaner.

o) Onions:

The smell of onions has helped some individuals solve their mouse problem, as they say the odor is offensive to the pests.

p) Melt Your Cheese [5]:

We all know that mice are suckers for cheese, but over the years, these pests have gotten quite crafty – stealing a piece of cheese from a mousetrap is not as hard for a mouse as you would think. To make sure a mouse stays long enough to trip the trap, set the cheese in the trap, and melt it using a lit match or lighter. Since it’s harder to snag the cheese away, the mouse is there long enough to set off the trap’s spring mechanism.

House Mouse Standing

q) Dry Cement, Cocoa Powder, Salt & Flour:

For a remedy you don’t hear of often, a small amount of dry cement will go a long way in curbing a mouse problem. Add a bit of dry cement to a bowl along with one tablespoon of cocoa powder and salt. Add one cup of flour to the blend, and mix all ingredients well. You will leave this remedy behind in spaces where you’ve detected mouse droppings. You will also need to position a bowl of water nearby. Mice who eat this mixture will become quite thirsty, and rush to drink the water, which in turn…causes with the dry cement to make a hardened substance inside of their body that eventually kills them.

r) Tabasco Sauce and Soap Detergent:

To make a homemade mouse repellent, add ¼ cup of soap detergent and one tablespoon of Tabasco sauce to one gallon of water. Transfer the remedy to a spray bottle, and spritz the liquid in the areas where it looks like mice are assembling in your residence.

s) Bounce Dryer Sheets:

The original scented Bounce dryer sheets placed in the areas that mice seem to frequent, and in spaces that show the signs of mice infestation). The scent of these sheets repels the pests, and they will look elsewhere to live [6].

Resources [1] http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/L384.htm [2] More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 321. [3] Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg 251 [4] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin & Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin ; pg. 525. [5] More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 90. [6] http://www.stain-removal-101.com/keep-mice-out.html