How to get rid of mice in our house?

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Haven't had this problem before, no idea how they are getting in! What to do?

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 30, 2019

    Hi Julie,

    Somewhere there is a tiny hole where they are coming in. We had a problem when a neighbor had rotted wood in their yard behind our house. We had a small hole from an OLD cable that allowed us to take a laptop outside and still connect to the internet (before wi-fi). We were shocked that the mice got through that tiny hole. We took down the old cable, filled the hole with steel wool then patched over it. No more mice. BTW, we were advised to use the steel wool because we were told that once they've gone through a hole in one place, they will continue to gnaw that area to get back in. The steel wool stopped them. I hope this helps you. Wishing you the best.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 30, 2019

    They are pests. Put out d-con whee pets and kids can't get to it. They eat the poison and go off to find water. They don't need a lot of space to squeeze through. From personal experience...check closet shelves and places you don't often look for nests. If you have bags of potting soil check for holes where they have gone in to nest. If you have old boxes or bags of clothing check for holes where they may be nesting. Cats are not dependable as mice control. They must be taught by mother to be aware of them as food.

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 30, 2019

      if the cats,dogs,birds eat poisoned mice they dehydrate from inside out slowly horrible death even for mice!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 30, 2019

    Check around the outside of your house, they don't need but about a half inch sized hole to get in. Anywhere something goes into the house needs to be checked and blocked if there is enough space for them to get in. We had a horrible infestation once in another house we lived in when they tore down two houses by us that had been empty for over a year. They took them down when it was getting cold out in the late fall and they went to all the nearby houses. I used sticky traps and regular mouse traps baited with peanut butter to get them under control. I did not use poison, we had dogs and cats we didn't want them to be harmed and also did not want them dying in the walls or anywhere we couldn't get to. It took a bit, we had a bad infestation, but never had any again.

  • Karol Anderson Karol Anderson on Mar 30, 2019

    Mice / rats/ spiders do not like the smell of peppermint. I would plant peppermint around / close to the house ; make them part of the landscape. Would put infused peppermint tea bags throughout the house in hidden nooks& crannies. No matter what the pros say, do not use rat poisons for the sake of the birds and cats that hunt mice/rats. You will be marking them for a slow, brutal death if you do. BARBARIC ! sHOULD YOU SEE SLOW MOVING OR SEEMINGLY STUNNED MICE OR RATS YOU HAVE TO KILL THEM AND BAG OR BETTER BURY THEM. iN OUR COASTAL AREA, WE HAVE RECENTLY SEEN OWLS, EAGLES DYING FROM RAT POISON IE: WARFARIN sICK CATS ARE A COMMON OCCURENCE. MOST DO NOT SURVIVE. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED W. AN EYEDROPPER IMMEDIATELY(take a charcoal capsule and mix it in with lukewarm boiled water) I do digress,i know and this is because I have become passionate about this common problem that does not have an easy solution.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 30, 2019

    They don't always come into houses looking for food they also come in to find safe place to have babies,find nesting supplies or get food they have stored from earlier foraging outside like last fall ; fill plug any holes with steel wool & spray foam. They can get thru holes smaller than 1/2" even down to 1/4"& that is a full grown male so anything smaller & they are in. Look for dark dirty greasy looking track/drag marks on holes,ledges,wires,walls,ceilings along pipes they leave these trails when their fur rubs on something. Then set spring loaded traps or live traps to catch them along these trails,use peanut butter with bird seed in it for bait and just enuf to bait it or they will just steal & eat excess. Check traps daily. Remove any debris from outside/along sides of house that will conceal them. You can buy traps both spring & humane live traps at Walmart,hardware stores,online-Amazon or make this trap and let them go far from house, when you release them every 2-3 days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChpMSrBbn3I

  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 30, 2019

    There's a construction tape that comes in several widths. It is black and very strong. Seal everything! Pipes entrances under sinks, etc. Seems this tape starts with "bit..." No matter how small the opening in your house a mouse can fit through.