6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
A quick summary of ways to get rid of mice.
- Place peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls near mice entry points.
- Scatter kitty litter around the perimeter to deter the mice.
- Attract natural predators like barn owls.
- Set up a humane mice trap.
- Plug holes using steel wool.
- Set up a trap using a bucket and peanut butter.
Effective Mice Control Products
Check out these great mice control products if you need an immediate solution to getting rid of mice at home or in the backyard.
Eco Defense Mice Repellent
This spray is made using an all-natural organic formula. Spray this around the household to repel all sorts of mice including country mice, field mice, and house mice.
Snap-E Mouse Trap
Set up a few of these mouse traps around the household. All you need to do is to fill the designated cup with some bait (e.g. peanut butter) and let the traps do their work overnight.
Peppermint Oil Mice Spray
Peppermint oil and spearmint oil is combined to create this all-powerful mice-repellent spray. Apply this spray on high-traffic mice area such as cabinets, drawers, and floorboards.
How to Get Rid of Mice Naturally
There are a couple of reasons why you should not use poisonous bait to get rid of mice at home. The poison bait does not kill the mice immediately. In some cases, the mice may return to a safe haven (e.g. inside of the wall) and die. These places may be hard to reach. If you don’t find the dead mice immediately then they will rot and eventually release an unpleasant odor.
Here are some alternate solutions that will either help you trap the mice or repel them. Natural is the way to go if a mice infestation needs to be taken care of.
Peppermint Oil Cotton Balls
Mice don’t like the smell of peppermint oil or spearmint oil. Soak some cotton balls with a few drops of the essential oil then place them next to common mice entry points. This is one way of deterring mice from entering the household.
Deter mice from entering your home by making use of something that’s been used by their friendly foe the cat. This will only be effective if you have a cat at home so non-cat owners can skip to the next tip. Scoop out used cat litter (preferably where the cat has urinated) and place it in a plastic bowl or tub. Next, place the bowl near high-traffic mice areas. This will be very effective if you can place it near the mice entry points.
Interesting Mouse Control Solutions
Attract Natural Predators
Cats aren’t the only predators of mice. Do some research and figure out if barns are native to your area. Barn owls are excellent hunters and can do a great job hunting rodents like mice, gopher, and voles. Learn more about attracting owls by reading our article on creating a wildlife-friendly backyard. Other natural predators include hawks and snakes.
Bucket & Peanut Butter Trap
Create your own trap using a large bucket, peanut butter, and a stick. Smear the deeper-end of the bucket with some peanut butter then place the stick on the side of the bucket. The goal is to have the mice climb up the stick then fall inside the bucket as they reach for the peanut butter. Some online resources will ask you to fill the bucket (to drown the mice) but this isn’t always necessary. If you are looking for a humane way of dealing with mice then this is one way of going about it.
Mice Prevention Tips
The best way to get rid of mice is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Here are some simple mice prevention tips for homeowners.
Store Your Food Source
Make sure the mice can’t reach any food lying around the household. You should also seal all food containers to prevent the scent from traveling.
Get in the habit of cleaning up your home on a regular basis. Get rid of the trash and vacuum the floor or carpet. You don’t want any food crumbs lying around.
Patch Up Holes
Block all mice entry points. This also applies to small holes and crevices on the wall. As a temporary measure, you can block off these holes with steel wool.
Types of Mice
It helps to know what type of mice you are dealing with. Here are the most common types of mice that may be roaming around your home.
The house mice have short hair with the color varying between light brown, gray, and black. Adult house mice can grow up to 20 cm in length. Their droppings are generally rod-shaped. House mice have the ability to reproduce very quickly. A single female could have up to eight litters a year.
The deer mice are slightly smaller than their house counterparts. Their body length may range from seven to ten cm. Deer mice have large ears and short tails. Adult females may have up to four litters a year.
Published on April 6, 2017 by Sam Choan.