5 Quick Ways to Get Rid of Mice in the Walls and Ceilings

Mice Control Traps

When the cold weather kicks in, so do the mice. Learn how to use simple home remedies to deal with mice that scurry around inside the walls and ceilings.

Best Mouse Deterrents and Exterminators

You want to get rid of the mice soon before they start to breed and multiply in numbers. Here are some mice control products we recommend to speed up the rodent removal process.

Mouse Deterrents

Authenzo Humane Mouse Trap
Catch and release the mice in the walls by using this humane mouse trap. Just place some tasty bait at the end of the trap to lure the mice in.

Mice Scent Repellent Pouches
Drive the mouse out from the walls and ceilings by placing these scented pouches around the house. The pouches contain balsam fir oil, a type of essential oil that has a woodsy aroma. Each pouch may last for up to 30 days.

Home Remedies for Eliminating Mice in the Wall

Here are the remedies that will help you catch the mice humanely. You’ll first need to identify where within the wall the mice are entering and leaving from.

1. Set up a Rolling Mouse Bucket Trap
This mouse removal method can be achieved with items that you most likely have at home. You will need a tall bucket, a drill, a wooden plank or foam board, a soda can, and a wire hanger that’s wider than the width of the bucket.

The first step is to cut the wire hanger so that what remains is the long and straight part of the hanger. Next, poke two tiny holes near the top of the bucket. The holes should be big enough for the hanger piece to fit through.

Next, assembly the rolling component of the mouse trap by drilling two tiny holes into both ends of the soda can. Insert the straight hanger piece through both of the holes. There should be enough space for the can to easily roll when a bit of weight is applied.

Now, all that should be remaining is to thread the hanger line through the bucket holes, and to place the wooden plank on the bucket so that it becomes a ramp that the mice can easily climb up on. Make sure to also dab plenty of peanut butter on the middle of the soda can.

Place this mouse trap next to an opening of the wall. Even the smartest of mice will fall for this simple rolling trap. Keep experimenting with placing the trap in different locations until all the mice in the walls and ceilings are gone for good.

2. Get a Plank Bucket Trap
Don’t have the means to create your own rolling trap? No worries. You can get a plank bucket trap instead, such as the FABUTA plank mouse trap. It works in a similar way to the rolling trap. All you have to do is to place a tiny bit of bait (e.g. peanut butter, honey) at the very end of the plank.

The mice will get lured in and fall into the bucket as soon as the plank tips over. The main benefit of this trap is that the plank will reset itself to its original position after it tips over. This means the trap will catch multiple mice without any user intervention.

3. Use an Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller
These electronic devices emit an ultrasonic wave that only rodents can identify due to the low frequency. Think of it as if the mice is hearing the high-pitched screeching sound that TVs and radios can make when there is a broken transmission.

Plug multiple ultrasonic repellers around the house to maximize the deterring effect. The mice will soon leave the walls and ceiling in search for a more comfortable home.

4. Deter the Mice with Essential Oil
While it isn’t the most effective, the scent of essential oil may help play a small part in repelling the mice in the walls and ceiling. You can either make your own diluted essential oil spray or grab some essential oil pouches and place them around the house.

Essential oils are made from natural substances but should be kept out of reach of children and pets. The essential oils can be poisonous if they are accidentally ingested.

5. Clear Away Open Food and Water
The mice will continue to scurry around the walls and ceilings until you take away their food and water source. Do a thorough examination of the kitchen and bathroom and make sure all the food is stored in hard containers. The mice will easily chew through low-quality containers.

You should also fix any potential water leaks, especially from the attic and basement. There’s no reason for the mice to hang around in your house if there’s nothing for them to consume.

Can Mice Climb Walls and Ceilings?

Yes, mice have ninja-like abilities. According to information from Utah State University, certain species of mice, such as the deer mice, can vertically jump up to 18 inches, enter openings that are less than half an inch wide, climb up vertical surfaces made of materials such as wood, brick, and concrete, and easily crawl through pipes.

The mice are able to do all this thanks to their sharp claws. The claws allow the mice to easily grip barely-visible holes and imperfections along the surface of the walls and ceiling.