Asked on May 19, 2014

How to get rid of mice?

Jessica Hill
by Jessica Hill

We seem to have some unwelcome Mickeys and Minnies in our house. What is the best way to get rid of them?

  130 answers
  • Z Z on May 19, 2014
    I don't know if this will make them leave, as I'm not sure they can find their way back out, but 100% Pure Peppermint Oil (about ten drops) on cotton balls placed throughout your home, will keep them out. Rodents are allergic to peppermint and will steer clear of its scent as long as it's from pure peppermint oil. Not extract. It has to be pure to cause an allergic reaction. Whole Foods has the best price that I know of, but it can be found at health food stores also. To get rid of those you have now, you may have to use traps. Partially cooked bacon or peanut butter works very well to draw them to the trap. Place the traps along the walls behind furniture where your pets and children cannot get to them. Good Luck! P.S. We've used the Pure Peppermint Oil on cotton balls for a decade now and I can attest to how well it works, even living in the country surrounded by corn and bean fields.
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    • Evelyn Evelyn on Feb 13, 2024

      My neighbor put up a chicken coop 7 yrs ago and since then we have RATS! They ate the wires on the engine of my new car TWICE 4 months apart to the tune of $1200.00. Living on SS and it being strictly fixed income it devastated me both times. I went to Home Depot as soon as I got my car out of the shop! The mechanic told me to use the peppermint under the hood. I didn’t feel capable to open the hood frequently as I have MS and difficulties lifting heavy things. I spent $39.99 on a Pest Repellent that plugs in. It’s a very high pitched small electronic box I plugged into my exterior outlet with an outdoor extension cord and shoved it under the transmission area on the driveway. WORKS GREAT. It can be used indoors too! If you want to “humanely” eradicate them, I read online about using peanut butter mixed with half the amounts of baking soda. It kills them because they can’t digest the baking soda. I haven’t done that, my Husky kills them when she catches them outside.

  • Stacie Vaughan Stacie Vaughan on May 20, 2014
    Cats were helpful for us!
  • Jan Kohlman Jan Kohlman on May 20, 2014

    I agree that 100% pure peppermint oil (not extract) does work. We have had "issues" with the pesky little furry critters in the past, but since using the peppermint oil they have vanished. Instead of putting it on cotton balls, we used some cheap glass salt & pepper shakers from the dollar store, enlarged the holes in the tops of the shakers and put in reed diffusers then added the oil. The only problem for us with using the cotton balls is that you are supposed to add more oil to them daily. As our "happy place" is 200 miles away from home, that wouldn't have been possible. We've used if for 3 years now and it works like a charm!

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    • Sue Sue on Mar 28, 2023

      Good idea. I have used peppermint essential oil but the salt shaker/reed method is ingenious.

  • Shelley Nelson Shelley Nelson on May 20, 2014
    Good ol poison! We had an infestation once when our kids were little and we had two dogs. My husband was against poison but I had had enough. I put boxes of it where our kids couldn't get it. Under our dresser in our room, behind our fridge. Never had another mouse again.
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    • Larry Larry on May 31, 2024

      you need to have them die where you can dispose them ie a trap. the dead ones smell after a few day remove quickly,. larry

  • Susan Susan on May 20, 2014
    First you have to search every area of your house to determine where these little guys are entering. These little holes, nooks and crannies are usually located under sinks, cabinets, etc. Once you find these openings, fill them up with stainless steel scouring pads. Works GREAT - better than any other method! Since using this method I've not seen a trace of another little critter!
  • Glenda D Glenda D on May 23, 2014

    Scatter bay leaves everywhere and plug up holes

  • Curt Warkentin Curt Warkentin on Jul 13, 2014

    One trick I have not tried yet but I heard works is a 5 gallon pail with a few inches of water in the bottom. Smear some peanut butter around the inside of the pail low enough so the mice can't reach it but can smell it. Then set up a board they can follow to the top of the pail... they fall in and drown since they can't get out. A buddy suggested that for my farm. I may just bury a pail in ground a ways to make life easier. Scoop dead mice out as necessary (with a net or anything you wish).

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    • Tdl105221551 Tdl105221551 on May 28, 2024

      I sort of did that. I took a hunk of 1 1/2" PVC smeared it with peanut butter, ran a stick trough it, wired it to the handles of the bucket across the top to hold it in place and laid a scrap of plywood from who remembers what as a ramp... I got a LOT of mice. I made a few, pantry, garage, set up in the kitchen overnight. 1 or 2 gal buckets work as well. I got 27 mice total and thought OMG! I knew they were making me crazy but WOW. I have the plug in things now and haven't seen mouse sign.

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on May 18, 2015

    I have a house on a raised foundation, I keep Decon poison under the house in the crawl space year round. Been in house 12 plus years and never had any inside house.

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    • Debra Delahanty Debra Delahanty on Feb 22, 2024

      We did that, they died and rotted under there, the stink was terrible so were the flies

  • Riserman Riserman on May 20, 2015

    I had mice, not wanting to kill them I bought a good live capture trap. I caught about 5 mice and relocated them, now no more mice and I feel better that I didn't kill them, cute little creatures just trying to survive.

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    • Ela50947811 Ela50947811 on Jun 07, 2024

      Well done👋🏼👋🏼

  • Start by eliminating what they need to survive. They can't live too long without food. Use sealed containers to put all your food in. If you have pets, make sure you put the pet food in sealed containers also. Mice love pet food, grass and bird seed etc. Place traps...many traps, perpendicular to the wall. Mice follow lines/like to run against another surface. Use food or even cotton on the traps. Mice pull the cotton to use as nesting material. It's more difficult for mice to remove the cotton without getting caught. Mice are naturally curious and will investigate anything new in their environment. Rats are the opposite. They will avoid anything new in their environment. Therefore, with rats it's important to pre-bait the traps. Place the rat trap without setting it to go off. In this way, the rat gets used to eating from this "new" item without getting hurt. Once you gain their confidence, then you can set the traps. This takes about four to six days.

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    • Linda V Linda V on Apr 27, 2023

      It isn't just food that attracts them. They like silicone also. We had the silicone collapsible measuring cups and basters as well as the straps on diving goggles stored in our RV. No food. But they got in and chewed on the silicone.

  • UpState UpState on Jan 12, 2016

    2 Ways:

    -Pepsi - they drink it and explode

    -Sponges drenched in Pepsi - they get exhausted chewing the sponge, then explode

  • Rats and mice dislike the smell of ammonia because it smells like predator urine. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup ammonia and 1 cup vinegar. Mix well and spray all areas the rodents frequent. Spray cotton balls with the solution and set them in the areas as well.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 08, 2020

    Soak cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and the scent will keep them away. If you don't like the smell you can use peppermint oil and/or cinnamon oil. You have to re soak the cotton balls as the scent fades. I purchased some rodent spray and you can just spritz it around.

  • Call the pros and get an inspection! They will show you points of entry and suggest how to fix. Keeping a neat and tidy exterior helps too.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Sep 25, 2017

    Use mice traps to catch them. In the future, you can tuck dryer sheets in out of the way places. For some reason, they don't like the smell. Also, caulking all cracks and little holes on the outside of the house will prevent them and other insects from coming inside.

  • Hbet Hbet on Sep 09, 2016

    Sprinkle crushed Penny-Royal leaves (mint family) on your outside perimeter. Sprinkle whole cloves on the inside perimeter. These remedies do not hurt people or pets. May need to be repeated. Where they are entering is the place for packing steel wool, usually at plumbing. Good luck to you.

    • Draco Draco on Apr 24, 2022

      Don't use regular steel wool as it will rust and deteriorate. Stainless Steel or Copper scrub pads are best. Hurts their gums and teath.

  • Darline Darline on Sep 09, 2016

    Steel wool sometimes does not work as well as copper wool, harder to find, but stronger than mice can handle. They really don't care for cayenne pepper either, or if you can find chili pequin pepper, that's even stronger.

  • Kwalker Kwalker on Sep 10, 2016
    This may sound crazy but it works. We had that problem in our trailer. First of all get some cheap steel wool and put it around all your pipes going in and out of the house. Make sure you do the water pipes under your tub and shower. Don't forget to do the washer and dryer vents . Mice cannot eat through the steel wool. Next go buy the biggest can of black pepper you can find. Put it at the back of all the cabinets, drawers, closets and if you can go without the AC for a day put some in an open container in the vents. We cleaned EVERYTHING in the house and then did this and we have not seen any evidence of mice for the last 2 months. At the first sign we will repeat the process.
  • Rebekah Rebekah on Feb 23, 2022

    If you are using Peppermint Oil to rid your house of mice BE CAREFUL if you have cats!! Peppermint and also Cinnamon Oils are highly toxic to cats and can kill them! Yikes! Just do a search: Is Peppermint Oil Toxic to Cats? to find out.

  • Ken Ken on Dec 15, 2017

    Check your drains. Most drains have cross bars, a pop-up waste, or a screen over the drain. Yours may be missing or never had any of these. If it did not, replacing either the entire drain, which is not as difficult as you might think, may be the best option. If the current drain is a standard size there are replacements for the chrome ring that you see in the tub which will allow you to install a pop-up drain or screen that will keep the little beggars at bay for less than $20.

    • Linda Sandsness Linda Sandsness on Jan 30, 2023

      So you think they are coming in from the sealed plumbing system? Sewer rats could come in from the sewerline if in a City. But in the country, rats & mice do not live in Septic tanks that I have ever seen. (Many decades in plumbing) Without a break in the system they cannot get in & out to forage.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 15, 2017

    Check if mice are coming up the actual bath tub drain, if they are then you have more problems than just the mice. If they are entering up the inside of the bathtub drain pipe, then the drain pipe is disconnected or broken somewhere under your house which means the bath water is draining underneath your house and could compromise your foundation. Your drain line to the septic tank or sewer line could also be broken or has come apart. If this is the case contact or and get a plumber or plumbing contractor out there right a way. Have them run a camera down the drain and find out how the mice are getting into the tub drain line.

    • Linda Sandsness Linda Sandsness on Jan 30, 2023

      Exactly, 27524803! Even if the mouse got in they could not get out to forage & eat. Big cities' large sewerlines have sewer rats with many breaks in the system to let the sewer rats (snakes and alligators?!) in.

      But a residencial system tying into a septic tank has no breaks in the line hopefully. And IF they were to fall down a vent they would die without food. They cannot get out.

  • VintageHippie VintageHippie on Mar 31, 2015

    Not sure if this actually works or not, but a friend of mine used a product called Fresh Cab in her RV to keep critters out. It's pine scented as I remember. She always said it was the only thing she's found that worked. Now, I have never used it myself, and I'm sure it needs to be rotated and replaced fairly regularly, but if you are bothered by the peppermint, this may be an alternative. I'm sure amazon has it.

  • Oliva Oliva on May 05, 2019

    Check your chimney, does it have a device installed to prevent access to rodents?

    Have you checked gable vents or soffit? You may find the gable vents pushed in to permit rodent access, or holes in soffit/siding. From there, rodents can gain access to the attic and walls or lower areas of home, depending upon the home's composition.

    If gable vents need repairing, screw in "hardware cloth" wire mesh, with edges folded over and secured to prevent future entry.

    Make sure the areas are not infested with rodents, which will require installation of high intensity strobe lights or a professional exterminator.

    • Caroline Caroline on Jul 10, 2023

      Our neighbor moved out and they're well fed, giant rats moved into our house!!! We went to one of the animal rescues that lends out their t&r traps for catch and release for cats and they let us borrow them and we relocated them far far away near a dumpster.

      I personally don't like killing any living creature but if you have children or your house is really infested and you can deal with killing them then I vote for adopting an older cat most rescues give them away free as working cats. Some will even let you borrow them. I found having cats are the most effective ways they don't come near our house so you do a good deed you rescue a cat.

  • Jlj8260515 Jlj8260515 on Aug 10, 2016

    Mix one cup of lime and one cup of corn meal in an old bowl very well. Then place this mixture with a thin layer of “cornmeal” over the top in small foil pie tins and scatter them where ever you have rodents. They love cornmeal and will eat down into the lime mixture. This will not kill any other animals. I use this on our ranch.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 11, 2018

    Mice are attracted to food no properly stored or left out. Keep the food in tightly closed containers so they can't get to it.

    Feed your Guinea Pig at certain times during the day and do not leave food in the cage. People tend to put out food for pets and leave it out! Not good!

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    • Wab68721032 Wab68721032 on Oct 06, 2022

      Obviously, you do not have cats. They like to nibble all different times of the day.

  • Mix 1 part flour, granulated sugar and baking soda. Place in shallow dish where mice are most likely to find it. You can sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar, chocolate powder or finely chopped nuts to make it more enticing – just add a bit more baking soda to compensate. What happens is when this hits their stomachs the baking soda forms a gas which rupture their stomachs = dead mice.

    • Kathy C Kathy C on Jan 25, 2023

      But won't they crawl in your walls, die, & stink really bad ? Or does it work really fast while there standing there eating ?

  • Karen Karen on Mar 08, 2022

    potato flakes and cats and easy setting traps especially in the spring,,,besides closing all holes esp, by pipes and wires,,we live in the country..flakes blow up mice but not cats,,

  • Richard Richard on Mar 09, 2022

    Tried and true!!!!! Make a mixture of two (2) cups of Plaster of Paris, one (1) cup of Self Rising Flour and one (1) cup of Cup 'o Soup and set out on their "runs" and replentish as mixture gets lower!! This mixture "ruptures" their bodies and the problem is taken care of!! They are infestive creatures and carry many diseases and therefore are NOT needed in the hierarchy of the scheme of things!!!!! Think "Bubonic Plague"!!!!!

  • Elle Elle on Mar 10, 2022

    We use peppermint - we found even very strong peppermint tea made them avoid the area, but we didn't use pure peppermint oil, because we do have a cat. Peppermint extract seemed to work fine for us.

  • Jjf9789637 Jjf9789637 on Mar 14, 2022

    We live on a farm and always have trouble with mice. We bought several of the electronic plug-ins things. NO MORE MICE!! You can also get battery powered ones to put in camper and vehicles.

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    • Myr78512458 Myr78512458 on Feb 20, 2023

      Yes! When I bought my house those giant spiders were all over. They have a beam

      Do not put anything on front of them. They work on everything but silverfish.

      I have a lot of boxes. When I fill them, I add boric acid to each box. Instead of newspaper ask retailers if the have any foam sheets their products came wrapped in.

      After reading the posted solutions, I have asthma and no way I could use peppermint oil.

  • Kevin Kevin on Mar 28, 2022

    no electricity needed.

    A 5 gallon bucket, a sheet stiff plastic, approximately 6mil thick

    super glue or hot glue the plastic to the rim of the bucket. next, draw a circle in the center of the plastic and draw a pattern of 8 wedges in the circle, cut the wedges from circumference to circumference to let mice in. do not cut the circle out

    Make any kind of ramps to allow mice to gain access the floor to the top of the bucket, one on each side of bucket.

    sprinkle some seed around to bucket to entice and some in the bucket. That's it

    Now you just have to get past the demise of a ton of mice that this will catch, because they will not be killed by this method

  • Olivia Canela Olivia Canela on Mar 30, 2022

    Be careful peppermint and other citrus oils are toxic to pets, so make sure they are able to access them.

  • Susan Frost Gerhold Susan Frost Gerhold on Apr 17, 2022

    take dead mice with no poisons injested and put out side like on a stump or a table or a big stone the crows or hawks wwill eat them recycled yes?

  • Suz62764205 Suz62764205 on Apr 22, 2022

    Cats. Mine kill rats too! A rat won't last five minutes in my house. I literally went out to the shop for that long to briefly close it up - leaving the back door open, and when I came back into the house, there was a dead rat on the floor with my two kitties looking it over to see if it would still twitch. I think the poor critter came right in the open door.

    • Merrilee Bauman Merrilee Bauman on Jan 24, 2023

      And cats are a pretty fast and humane way to deter rodents. When a person told me, many, many years ago, before I had cats and hadn't researched much about them, that cats are "cruel" because they "play" with their prey before they kill it - - the real explanation is that the cat is trying to keep the prey from biting him, and trying to position it, and/or wear it down so he can get a bite in the back of the neck to make as swift a kill, and as safe of one for himself, as possible. They DO chase most things that run, or move fast, etc., but that's just nature. And, yes, when a Pope (one of the early Gregorys, and possibly more than one person in authority or of influence) declared that cats should be killed whenever seen because they were associates of witches, what happened? - - as someone also said previously - - the plagues. I'm not saying other methods are not fine, too, and even better in some cases. I'm just adding my two cents about cats. (There were more reasons for plagues than cats being almost obliterated in west Europe, such as lack of knowledge about sanitation. But lack of sanitation DOES lead to mice/rat populations, and cats help keep their numbers lower).

  • Suz62764205 Suz62764205 on Apr 22, 2022

    Of course every once in a great while, the cats will fail to completely dispatch the poor animal to the afterlife - and for those occasions I have a bottle of chloroform in the shop (I keep it safe from tipping over and breaking of course) but I hope to ease the suffering of "the un-dead" by placing gently in a plastic tight-lidded box on a soft towel with a chloroform-soaked paper towel. It kills them in the most humane way I can think of.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 25, 2022

    Call in the Cat!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2022

    Start by eliminating what they need to survive. They can't live too long without food. Use sealed containers to put all your food in. If you have pets, make sure you put the pet food in sealed containers also. Mice love pet food, grass and bird seed etc. Place traps...many traps, perpendicular to the wall. Mice follow lines/like to run against another surface.

    • Mary Munsch Mary Munsch on Jan 29, 2023

      In my pantry, where all dry food is stored, I have mice eating holes in the potato chip bags, donut bags, etc... I keep lots of different kinds of chips for the grands. The mice do not put holes in the Frito or shrimp chip bags. ??? Way too many bags to put into other containers, yes I will try the blow em up technique as I am soooo tired of them. Right now I have a container of Jiffy cornmeal muffin mixed w/sugar and baking soda. I put this out about a month more mouse poop on the chip shelf and no holes in new bags. I saw poop on one of my bathroom shelves under the sink, no food there. Gonna put a container under there also. This concoction will not harm other animals or humans.

  • Tambra Tambra on May 02, 2022

    Cats are Great. You will need to get a Female. They are the hunters in the den. As long as we had a female, NO MICE INFESTATION, if you get a male all they want to do is eat and sleep. They have got to be one of the laziest creatures that I have ever seen. No hunting skill whatsoever. Keep that in mind when you are choose your little Exterminator...Get a Girl...Good Luck.

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    • Adina Nechama Hirschmann Adina Nechama Hirschmann on Oct 07, 2023

      My unaltered male Moishe was the best mouser I ever had. Looking for another one.

  • Lauren Lauren on May 03, 2022

    I found that my 9mm worked good! But ya gotta be quick and good!

  • Richard Richard on May 05, 2022

    Make recipe of:

    One (1) Cup of Plaster of Paris

    Two (2) Cups of Self Rising Flour

    One (1) Package of Cup O' Soup

    Take my word for this as Gospel. I used this and in "jig time" there were NO mice. Just make sure that you continue setting this recipe out long enough to make sure there are no more of them!! No poisons, no traps, just be sure that you keep any pets you may have away from the area that you have this in until you are sure you have eliminated the problems!!!!!

    • Tony Tony on May 17, 2022

      Ok but which copy of the gospel shall we trust? The first one several comments ago or this one? The first stated 2 cups plaster of Paris 1 cup self rising flour, and 1 cup o soup

      Now this one flip flopped the plaster of paris and the self rising flour (1 cup and 2 respectively) I tend to better trust recipes that do not change each time they are made. One almost certainly would be more effective than the other.

  • Sba30773758 Sba30773758 on May 15, 2022

    The absolute best way is to get ultrasonic sound generators. Believe weird as it sounds, it really works!

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    • Jwl110479063 Jwl110479063 on Jun 30, 2024

      I have had one of these for years andm still have mice/rats making nests in my shed within 3 feet of the gaedget! In my experience they do NOT work.

  • Amanda Amanda on May 29, 2022

    Equal parts baking soda and hunny cornbread mix in a container with a small hole for them to get in and out. They will eat leave and never come back.

    • Kathy Kathy on Jan 14, 2024

      That does sound like an easier recipe. Except I don't want to share my honey cornbread mix with vermin.

  • J.dexter J.dexter on Jun 01, 2022

    If you want to Kill them equal parts of cornmeal and baking soda works on mice and rats. Get dollar store quart containers cut a hole large enough for them to get in to eat the mixture and the the stomach juices activate the baking soda. That takes care of the problem.

  • L L on Jun 26, 2022

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  • L L on Jun 26, 2022

    Ultra sound waves work. every time. I have used them in every place we have lived in. They work on spiders too .

    WARNING. Do not used if you have any rodent pets like rabbits hamsters gerbils etc

    It may take a week or more to make all critters leave..

    Humane method and does not bother other pets like dogs and cats.

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    • Mgm106643227 Mgm106643227 on Jun 20, 2024

      Do you have the name of the ultra sound machine that worked. I have not had success with the one I bought. Thanks, MGM

  • Can56115167 Can56115167 on Jul 01, 2022

    Best Answer - Not a Cat

    My cat is apparently a conscientious objector. He kills nothing. The solution is the green cakes you buy at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, and any other hardware stores. You don't need the trap portion so save your money. Use your empty plastic bottles. Cut off the mouth portion so that the opening is just barely big enough to fit the cake into. Put these bottles in strategic places (of course, the kitchen) but also in the basement, underneath the house, and in your storage shed. Mice give birth to their babies inside your home walls and in roof rafters and crawl spaces. These cakes are desiccants that the mice will take enough of these cakes to their nest (killing their spawn).

    I had a LOT of mice until I placed enough cakes around for about six months. I now have zero mice but I still keep a bottled cake or two underneath the house and in the shed. Cats are great but they can't get into the wall spaces and... you could end up with a useless cat (except for eating & petting) who turns out to be a conscientious objector (or perhaps they think that the mice are just another pet around the house).

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    • Sue Sue on Nov 30, 2023

      lol our mouser is now a lap cat!

  • Kate Groves Kate Groves on Jul 01, 2022

    If anyone does use a glue trap - and regrets it as i did, I found a solution. Dip a q-tip in baby oil [generous amounts] run it on all sides of the mouse repeatedly. Hold the mouse by the tail and gently pull up as the glue gets neutralized by the oil. Have a jar handy to put him in and release it at least a mile from home. Read somewhere they can find their way back if you let them go too close to where you found him. Will definitely buy the peppermint extract in the future!

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    • Xeriina Xeriina on Mar 07, 2024

      Dawn dish soap is also great for neutralizing the glue and releasing an animal stuck to it.

  • Barbara webber Barbara webber on Jul 03, 2022

    mothballs scattered away from pets and left in in RVs will eliminate mice problems~

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    • Marie Hooke Marie Hooke on Oct 28, 2022

      Don 't use Mothballs - they are toxic to humans and pets because of the toxic gas that is part of the mothballs. Look it up. Really bad idea.

  • Ellen Ellen on Jul 08, 2022

    We had a 2nd floor walk-up apartment in Center City Philadelphia and, at the sight of the first mouse, I did the peppermint oil/cotton ball thing. The building had mice in the 1st, 3rd and 4th floor apartments, but not ours. The landlord even called to say he was sending an exterminator and offered us his services. But there was absolutely no need! Peppermint works. (I also line my 13-gal. kitchen trash can with Mint-X trash bags from Home Depot).

  • Zepher Zepher on Jul 09, 2022

    Last year I started traps I caught 77 mice and 4 pack rats . We have 5 cats and they don't go near the pack rats . I seen a spray at Lowe for mice was going to buy some but no tellers anywhere , they said go to the self checkout, well I refuse to do that people need jobs ( the ones that want to work ) so I left it on the counter and went home . 30 miles away , I'm in the mountains .

    • Charlotte murray Charlotte murray on Apr 09, 2023

      I won't use "self-service either. Love all these suggestions! Never had any mice trouble & I will be 77 in 2 days!

  • Mommaduck Mommaduck on Jul 10, 2022

    A few years ago our whole neighborhood had mice everywhere from too much construction in the neighborhood and we also got skunks that moved in under our shed. I'd read coyote urine (yuk!) worked or ammonia. I went with the ammonia. I bought tiny glass jars on amazon (like what they use for jelly samples). We used a nail to make holes in the cover, tucked a piece of old towel in the jar and filled with the ammonia. We tucked them everywhere! Under the shed, deck and around the inside of the cellar. I got ones with a gold color lid so they are easy to spot so we can refill as needed. We have cats and wild bunnies in the yard and didn't want them to ingest the ammonia so the jars worked great. The skunks moved out and so did the to get rid of the tunneling chipmunks......