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6 Clever Ways to Get Rid of Mice That Actually Work

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In this post, I’m going to show you how to get rid of mice naturally. You’re not going to believe some of the clever ways I share with you, but they actually work!

Clever ways to get rid of mice!

How is it mice look so cute in cartoons and at Disneyland, but they are so gross and creepy when they are scurrying across your floor?

Not to mention the disgust at finding mouse droppings in your kitchen near your food! Oh my gosh. I cringe just thinking about it.

If you don’t want to use an old-school mousetrap or a glue trap, this post will help you solve your mouse problem. I do have to tell you though that most (not all) of these natural remedies will kill the mice.

Get Rid of Mice Naturally

If you have a soft heart for these tiny rodents, and I totally get it if you do, I’ll mention whether the mouse will die as a result.

Best ways to get rid of mice!

1. Steel wool.

It’s cheap and when you pull it apart and stuff it into any of the tiny places mice are getting in, that will be that.

Mice can’t chew through it, try though they might. It also doesn’t feel good on those little teeth, although a mouse has never actually told me that himself.

Best ways to get rid of mice!

2. Powdered chocolate milk mix.

You’re shaking your head and laughing right now, aren’t you? Hear me out!

Add the powder to dry Plaster of Paris, mix it up well, and leave it out someplace you’ve noticed mice or their droppings.

They will eat it up quick because CHOCOLATE, and then the Plaster of Paris will make them thirsty.

As long as you don’t leave water out for them beside their chocolate treat, they’ll head out to look for water elsewhere. The mice will die.

Clever ways to get rid of mice!

3. Mashed potatoes.

Before you head to the kitchen to whip up some Yukon Golds with a little butter and milk, I’m talking about instant potato flakes!

Sprinkle them wherever you’ve seen a mouse. They’ll eat them, their stomachs will expand and it will kill them. (Please don’t use this method if you have fur babies in the house.)

Clever ways to get rid of mice!

4. No cat? No problem.

Do you have a friend who has a cat? Ask for some of their used cat litter. I know! What a weird conversation to have!

Think about it. If we’ve learned anything from cartoons, we know mice are afraid of cats. Spread the used litter anywhere outside where you think mice are entering. They’ll stay away.

Clever ways to get rid of mice!

5. Onions will repel mice.

Put an onion out wherever a mouse has left droppings. According to experts, mice hate the smell.

Remember to change the onion for another one as they decompose. Also, make sure your fur babies can’t get to them.

6. Baking Soda

Cut a hole in a box of baking soda that is large enough for a mouse and place it in suspected areas. This will produce gas inside their stomachs when they eat it and cause them to die.

Those are clever ways to get rid of mice!

Hey, if it works and it doesn’t involve having traps everywhere, I’m all in to try it. What about you?

How do you get rid of mice?

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Do these tips work for getting rid of squirrels or do you have tips for sqirrels too?

Who would want to kill squirrels? If they’re in your attic, just put something up there that makes a lot of loud noise, like a stereo, and the noise will scare them out, then you just close up the holes. Mice infest your entire home and loud noises don’t bother them, but squirrels, you can effectively chase them out by disturbing them. It’s exactly how they humanely remove them from homes in the UK.

spray peppermint oil around where the squirrels are they don’t like the smell  I did this around the outside of my house to keep spiders out and the squirrels would not go near it

I’m going to try these. I’ve just started getting little visitors. Poison is not working!! I think they are getting wise to it.
Many thanks for the info.

I have many mice in the basement and that is where the litter boxes for my 3 cats are. Cat smell will not deter mice at all!!! The mice even took some wall insulation and made a nest in a clay pot sitting on the floor!

moth balls works for mice in our storage sheds and outside buildings and i dont know what it does ,the smell i supose.but it has been working for a good many years now

I was advised dryer sheets in an unused car

Sprinkle Cayenne pepper at entry points and that will keep them away also.

How about some tips for Rats?

Good luck, terminx set wooden rat snap traps with peanut butter. Rats ate it off and the trap never went off.

Will any of these have a secondary impact? Like if a cat or bird ate the mouse? If I used the instant potatoes where only a mouse could eat them but then they go outside. Thank you

Leann, please, please dont do that. Its immoral to torture helpless animals. Can you imagine a worse death than slowly ripping open? Oh my lord, what has become of humanity. You must get them out, no doubt. But there are live traps that can catch a dozen at a time, or you can give ’em hell for two or three hours with all the peppermint you can find, and chili powder, and get some horrible heavy metal and blast it for a couple hours and they will beat feet. Then seal their accesses with steel wool!

Seriously?.. apparently you haven’t had every part of your life effected by these little assholes… they are germy RODANTS so if killing them to save a human is what needs done then so be it! What trap them and take them outside?? Your a few French fries short of a happy meal aren’t you? They will only come back! They have gotten into the bottom of my oven and guess what I turn the oven on and cook the little jerks and enjoy every second of it knowing that one won’t be damaging the wires in my home causing a fire for my small children to possibly be harmed .. get out of here you weirdo must not have kids to act so stupid

It’s bizarre how personally you’re taking the natural behaviors of animals, as if they had enough emotional intelligence to even be aware of your feelings regarding them. And how rabidly you’re attacking someone you don’t even know. It seems like you may want to invest in a professional exterminator and some therapy if you’re life is so inconvenienced by the issue and your truly so outraged over a stranger’s comment on the internet. That’s just not how normal, well adjusted adults express themselves. I don’t know why you would bring up someone’s child-having status as if it’s some sort of insult and call them a weirdo and stupid over something so benign other than not having adequate control of your emotions, but as you have made it clear that you do in fact have children (congrats, I guess, I mean quite a few of us do…), it’s concerning what sort of example you set for them in how to treat people, and how you react when they do something to trigger you the way this apparently has. 

I get it. They are in my walls chewing on my wiring! I am terrified my house will catch fire… and in the walls and attic first! that’s a death sentence to whomever is in the house. Kill the little bastards any way possible. Not to mention all the disease they spread!

Who has time for all that?! Dying clearly had to be in its calling if its in my place!

I feel sorry for anyone who has to interact with you irl. You clearly have some unresolved issues that must make your existence (and the existence of those around you) miserable. Couldn’t imagine getting this angry about animals trying to survive and some stranger’s comment on the internet. Seek help, buddy.

Wow, seriously? Guess you’ve never been poor and had newborn or small children.Nor fur babies… In fact, my ex husbands dog had pups…ALOT of pups. So many that she just couldn’t keep up with nursing them all. So when his father took sick suddenly( God rest) he couldn’t find anyone to look after the momma n pups. He made puppy formula and put a few saucers down. Upon coming back the next day…you…person who so loves animals…would change your mind about poor little rodents. 2 pups were eatin, 1 half of it was gone.. obviously it was dead…the 2nd was barely still alive, can u imagine? Both rear legs and tail had been eatin by a rodent…and a 3rd had lost half of it’s left rear leg. Imagine those poor babies. Being eaten alive by your buddies.. now if you ever have a baby..picture waking up to find her/ him having both back legs chewed off. Don’t talk to me with your poor little rodent B.S. I bet you’ve never had to live in a dilapidated mobile home w holes in the floors just to keep a roof over your kids head..u probably either hv a well off mommy daddy or hubby…or would rather take government money. 

Thanks for your help I actually hate them I have a heater in my room now I don’t know if that is good or bad and it’s close to my bed it’s on the bottom shelf of my drawer my drawer is close to my bed I’m scared

Dasia, please be careful putting a heater by your bed, dear. Blankets are combustible. And dont be afraid of the mice. You have to run them out. That is your space! Dont give the little buggers an inch! Just dont take it personally. Theyre cold, theyre hungry, theyre mice doing mouse stuff. Dont fear, youre the boss of things!♡

Olbas oil (the strong smelling stuff people use for clearing blocked noses), Peppermint essential oil and fresh mint plants has always worked for me, The smell is too strong for them and it doesn’t harm them.

This is the most gruesome, disgusting thing Ive seen in months, only made worse by your amused cavalier tone. I can NOT believe you would slowly blow up a living creature, letting them bleed out as their…no. I dont even believe you. I think you just looked up how to torture tiny animals for fun and profit. Clever? Its unconscionable. You are twisted. You might as well get hooker to go stomp them, you sadistic freak. You evil, soulless ogre.

Thank you for having compassion. It’s a rarity to find someone who actually has empathy now at days. 

Guess youve never had these little bastards invade your home to the point of insanity! Daily cleaning trying to get rid of mouse poo while listening to mine and my daughter cough steadily worsen because of their filth! I love animals I really do but when it comes my or my child’s health the animal will always take a back seat! Priorities!

It’s downright creepy how many of you are okay with torturing animals to death. Imagine if someone decided to treat stray/feral cats this way. Most of y’all would throw a fit. Rodents are just animals being animals – like literally any other animals. Just buy some snap traps if you’re too lazy to deal with the problem without killing someone in the process. You’re a psychopath if you consider “death by exploding stomach” to be an acceptable way to deal with someone you don’t like.

You should make it your personal endeavor to start a business and go to everyone’s home and do your humanitarian thing a catch your precious nice and rats, then take them all to your house, feed them and let them multiple in your house, and when you have no more food left to feed them,, your precious will start to feed on you… please tell us all, how your precious and you will continue to live then!!!!!!

Downrgt creepy that you would say that if you read my other comment about them actually feasting on flesh of helpless babies.. but it’s all the spoiled ppl who always had mommy daddy money..then marry for money and never lived in less than perfect places that never saw a newborn w sores from nice bites..or a sm puppy literally eaten alive.. but perhaps karma..will someday show you by way of someone you love( someone..who isn’t wealthy enough to live in perfection.)

I’m sure if you dealt with a rat and mice infeststion, with children and pets in the house and the tiny cute little creatures ate bait of the traps to only leave the still set trap but no food or rats decided to make their home inside your mattress and you get poked by their claws every time you roll over one at night, all the ways you try to get them out fail over and over again, you would change your mind. A friend of mine had 6 pet mice and 3 pet rats when we were in jr high, they were the cutest and smartest little cute things to ever live but the wild rats and mice have a completly different way of living. They not only eliminate waste as they walk or run, they will attack u or your kids, pets if they feel threatened or scared. Grow up do some research, invite about 50 of each kind into your home… They breed and give birth very frequently so it will triple in less than a month, by that time you will feel differnt about all the ways to kill them, u can’t do live traps to only release them outside, duh they are going to laugh and go back in your house. You can’t live trap them then release them far from your house, thats not their environment and they aren’t with the rest of the crew and something wild will eat them or injure them to suffer a painful death. Cats wont work, mine will catch the mice but they havent messed with the rats, which btw some are roof rats (black) and some are sewer rats or norway rats (Brown or grey) dont forget the roof rats can climb and live in trees, sewer rats will come up your pipes into your toliet. Smh!!

It’s a rodent that invades homes… these people are talking about rodents, not actual people. Mice have the ability to carry many health risks. Gaslighting people under this comment section is quite sad. They have their reasons. And please use terms correctly, they are not being psychopaths for wanting to keep their child safe. These are wild rodents, not pets.

Thank you for the tips.  We live on a farm   I will be trying probably all of the tricks   But for those who are offended, please come and try your Pied Pipery. Save as many as you can. 

Really?? Let’s not torture a living creature? They are mice. They carry diseases. I bought the biggest box of potato flakes I could find.‍♀️ Sorry, my health and the kids health come first. I am not catching the things to release and have them crawl back in…for Pete’s sake.

It’s not about saving… it’s about not being cruel.  “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)

Thank you! Someone with common sense!( which is less and less common these days..worse with each passing generation..starting w millennials)

Oh, I really appreciate your tip to stuff places where the mice are getting in with steel wool. Still, that doesn’t get rid of the mice that’ve already found their way in. I’m thinking of hiring a pest control technician to come out and get rid of the ones that have infiltrated my home.

I’ve had a problem with mice in my garage. For me, the most effective method was, purchasing the old style mouse trap(s) and placing a small amount of peanut butter on the trigger mechanism. Then, I carefully shred some newspaper over the top of the trap, so it look like a small tent, so to speak. Works every time!

Dont waste money calling pest control they DO NOT HELP YOU and advise you to go get your own traps ..(for mice,&,rats)

I found that to be the case also. The trap and bait given me by the exterminator were ignored by the rats.


another one that works really well, is cayenne pepper. I sprinkle it around my house on the outside, then around the water heaters, furnace, any holes, doors ways ECT…

Raw sweet potato forms a cyanide reaction in a rat’s stomach; hence, mixing them with any of your food is a good natural rat repellent. … It blocks the digestive system by aborting the necessary vitamin A and enzymes needed for the rats to digest the protein and starches.Dec 23, 2014 copy and pasted.

Mice EAT onions. They got into mine.
Abolished them.

There’s been tests showing that male mice breed more actively when they smell cat urine. Probably (and this is my theory) because the cat is a natural “enemy” so they breed more to shore up their numbers. Mice actually pass their “knowledge” through their DNA to the next generation. That’s why if you don’t get rid of them ASAP, they get more difficult to get rid of. They start avoiding multiple types of traps and you’re always having to come up with new ones. I live in an apartment so I have neighbors, and some of them, since the pandemic have been lax in making sure we don’t have issues with pests. So, for a year, I’ve been battling with mice finding a way into my apartment. And because these mice can go to other apartments they continue to come to mine. I have been battling with them for over a year and they ignore the Plaster of Paris baits, no matter what I add to them, mashed potatoes aren’t working any longer either. The numbers have dwindled, but these buggers just won’t stay out of my apartment. My dog has even taken them out. I plug up the holes they make, and they just make new ones. I even had them chew a hole right under an electrical outlet and come out from under the plate. They’re getting creative.

I’m so glad you brought this up because I’ve been wondering why these damn nightmares won’t take the bait in my traps lately and now I know! I’m going to switch it ASAP! Try the bristarboy noise or frequency sound repellent. I don’t live in an apartment or a flat but I did read that several whom do & even those who already had mouse issues within their flat bought some of these, plugged them in & it was really helpful in driving the mice out of their home. It allegedly works for bugs too so may as well give it a go if you’ve tried everything else. I had mice enter through our pipes. How effing sick is that? UCK just thinking about it makes me want to barf!

Don’t use steel wool, use copper scrubbers like “ChoreBoy”, steel wool rusts.. Also if you mix the copper with caulk, and seal the hole up, the chances of the mice chewing through it again are very low. Every hole I’ve ever plugged up using copper scrubbers and caulking has never been breached. They make new holes, but they don’t breach the old ones.

All these comments about people not wanting to hurt these poor little creatures. I have no problem or feeling killing them and I couldn’t give a rat’s ass how much they suffer. I just want them gone

I wonder what goes through their brain honestly… they really tried comparing rodents to puppies to try to gaslight people. These creatures are small but can be dangerous- healthwise, mostly. i hope you the best in getting rid of them