Keep kangaroo mice out of my house?


I live in the middle of nowhere in the desert my problem is mice and they jump they call them kangaroo mice. We bought property with a noble home on it an old one. We are still fixing it up redid floors walls carpet put a new kitchen in. But pest control is out of the question at this time due to we stuff everywhere till we finish bedrooms. But I cannot handle these dirty little varmints anymore!! How do I get rid of them?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 30, 2020

    I know when my brother owned a mobile home the main place rodents came in at was where the skirting needed to be replaced around the foundation of the home. Is your skirting in good shape?

  • Oliva Oliva on Jun 30, 2020

    Can you soak cotton balls in essential oil of peppermint and place them around the home, atop pieces of saran wrap or similar (so they don't stain the floor)? I've also used many sheets of scented dryer sheets inside stored autos to keep mice outside and away from wiring, hoses, etc.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2020

    essential oils especially peppermint is what mice doesn't like so I would put that all over

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 30, 2020

    You will have to block all the possible ways they could enter, go outside and take a look where they maybe entering and block them, usual areas would include gaps in the skirting. There is a spray-in foam at diy stores that cuts their face as they try to chew through it.

    Their diet includes small seeds and insects, so maybe look there.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jun 30, 2020

    There are lots of great ideas here for getting rid of your unwanted guests:

  • Ellis Ellis on Jul 01, 2020

    If you have shrubbery or plants against your house, trim them back. Find any entrance holes (mice can get through a hole the size of a dime!), plug any large holes with copper mesh or plain (not soapy) steel wool, and use Great Stuff Pestblock foam sealant.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jul 01, 2020

    Here's a post that might help you -

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 01, 2020

    "Just One Bite" is a good poison, it works very quickly. It will take care of gophers so probably will handle these as well.

  • Patty Fekay Patty Fekay on Jul 02, 2020

    Yes but will it harm dogs I have three

    • LorriLJ LorriLJ on Jul 08, 2020

      Yes it will. I would go with a non-toxic repellent. Diatomaceous earth (I buy it at TSC Villager) with peppermint oil mixed in. About 15 drops to a cup of earth. You can put it in small containers placed in and about your home. And you can also do a “chalk line” around the outside of your home. You can reactivate the earth with fresh drops of oil as needed.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 08, 2020

    Insure your pet food is secured at all times. After pets have finished feeding, wash bowls immediately. Secure any grains, flours, seeds, etc. in tightly sealed metal or glass containers. If you have bird feeders, cease feeding them, as these attract vermin. Remember that mice enter through spaces the size of a dime, and multiply, rapidly, carrying fleas, ticks, diseases. Scrub your cupboards and food containers well, at least 2x/year. Wipe containers of any residue that can accumulate on them, as you've used them. Wipe both sides of refrigerator and cabinet door handles.

    Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter bag. Insure all pet waste is securely bagged and disposed of in rodent proof, metal, heavy duty containers.