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How to Get Rid of Mice Naturally: 3 Natural Repellents and 1 Deadly Deterrent

July 5, 2016
Get Rid of Mice

Mice have a way of plaguing the homes of every society, and chances are, this will continue for thousands of years. But you can pass on advice on how to get rid of mice naturally to your kids and grandkids in an effort to keep future homes free of mice.

We assume that you’ve already done the basics to keep mice away:

  • Remove any and all food from the reach of mice
  • Remove garbage and any “lures” that attract mice
  • Filled in any entry holes into the home

Keep in mind that even small holes that are 1/4” – 1/2” are big enough for mice to squeeze through.

If you’ve cleaned up, removed food and fixed all of your holes, you can solidify your efforts by getting rid of mice naturally – no poisons necessary.

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Help! There’s a Mouse Infestation

An army of mice is approaching.We’re going to be talking a lot about how to get rid of mice through repellents and deterrents, but if you have an infestation, you’ll find that there is really only one way to stop the problem: traps.

Rodents hate things like peppermint oil, but there are other smells that repel mice (more on this soon), too. However, once they’ve made your home their home, mice will overlook these smells. And some seem to even like the smell or ignore it to the point where you’re left scratching your head, wondering why so many people recommend some of these solutions.

If you have a mouse infestation or repellents don’t work, trapping mice is your only option.

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Trap to Kill

Trap-to-kill traps are inhumane, and they may not kill the mouse initially. This can lead to prolonged pain and suffering, which some homeowners would rather avoid when possible. If you don’t care what happens to the mouse, you have a few options:

  • Snap Trap: Spring-loaded traps that snap on the mouse’s head (ideally). These traps will break a mouse’s neck, but if not positioned properly, you can break bones or cause other massive injuries without killing the mouse.
  • Electric Trap: A rather new invention, the electric trap will electrocute mice that enter. Some traps are able to kill 150+ mice with one battery.

All you need to do is bait the mice, and let the traps do the rest.

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Trap to Release

There are traps that are meant to catch the mice without killing them. Multiple options are available. This can be a commercial product or a homemade mouse trap that closes the gate on a mouse that takes the bait in a cage.

There is only one issue with this method: release.

You can’t just take the mouse into your backyard and release it. If you do choose to catch and release mice, release the mice several miles from your home so that they don’t make their way back into your home.Glue trap with dead mice.

Glue traps are available, too, but proceed with caution when using these traps. When the mice get stuck in the glue, they’ll live, but when removing them, they often lose a limb in the process, which is equally as inhumane.

Help! I Want to Repel or Deter Mice

There are a number of things you can do to repel mice. Let’s take a closer look at the most effective methods, and one deterrent that works wonders: cats.

What Deters Mice?

Cats. If you want to deter mice, you’ll find that nothing works well, and if it does, it doesn’t work for long. But if you have a cat (the ultimate predator against mice), they’ll think twice about entering your home.

Cats will pounce on mice before they can skitter into their holes.

Rumor has it that mice also despise the smell of cats, but I’m not sure about the validity of this claim. It’s far more likely that mice are petrified of the agility, speed and deadliness of a cat, and don’t want to live near such a ferocious predator.

Nothing works better than a cat as a mice deterrent.

What Repels Mice? 3 Methods You Can Use Today

Maybe a cat isn’t a practical option. Is there another way to keep mice away? Yes. In fact, there are plenty. Some methods work extremely well for some people, and hardly at all for others, so it’s best if you incorporate several repellents to get rid of mice.

  1. Peppermint Oil, Mice Hate It: Peppermint oil and mice are not a match made in heaven. Mice hate the smell of the oil, and it helps to mask the scent that mice follow when traversing your home. Placing peppermint oil on a mouse track will work to eliminate the scent used to traverse the home, or dip cotton balls in the oil and place them strategically around the home to keep the mice away. You need pure oil that has a very strong smell for this method to work.Toothbrush with toothpaste and fresh leaves of mint.
  2. Ammonia Works Well: Filling small bowls of ammonia and placing them in areas where mice frequent is said to work well as a repellent.
  3. Mint Toothpaste: Minty toothpaste isn’t just a proven way to enhance the smell of your breath – it keeps mice away, too. Smear the toothpaste on places where mice enter or frequent, including the baseboards in your home.

But, I have no idea where the mice enter or frequent! A lot of homeowners don’t know where the mice are coming from in their home. A trick that many grandmothers recommend is to use baby powder or flour as a way to keep track of the mice.

The idea is to place the powder or flour along baseboards, entryways and even the counters.

Keeping the powder in place overnight, you’ll wake up to little mice footprints that will lead you to their entryway. These tracks will be areas where you’ll want to put the three deterrents we talked about previously.

And if all else fails, place traps in these areas. Just make sure that traps are out of your animal’s and child’s reach, so they don’t get hurt in the process.

If an infestation is so bad that nothing works, it may be time to call in a professional to remedy the problem.

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