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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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I was told from my dad…. North balls works…. Even with squaral…
I never needed to try it.

I’ve read peppermint oil! I put drops in cotton balls and it keeps them away. Even my dogs won’t go near them. Just be safe with children, and your hands, the oil will cause burning sensation. So be careful and wash hands immediately.

The solutions you have lead to a smell somewhere you might not be able to get the dead mouse out from.
Traps are better they don’t move if you don’t like the snap ones use sticky traps just pick it up and throw it I. I put bird seed on it works great

Something to consider. It may feel less brutal to use a regular trap. (I use one of the plastic traps similar to a chip clip. They are easy to set and they rarely miss.) But if you will feel bad for it using a trap. Think about dying from poisoning. Slow, painful….ugh.. but in addition. You have no idea where it will die. In your ceiling or your walls. They will decompose there and the odor is disgusting. Imagine a few of them rotting in your walls. Yuckers!! Use a trap that snaps their neck or chokes them out. It’s the most humane and you can dispose of their body with certainty. Of you have kids it’s a teachable moment about death and you can do a funeral and bury it outside somewhere.

Irish Spring soap bars. Leave one bar in each corner of your garage. Replace when you can no longer smell the soap. Apparently rodents hate the smell and flee the scene. It’s worked in two states we’ve lived in when neighbors around us had problems with mice.

Will not work for our mice. I bought a bunch , some I broke up, others left them whole. Came back in May. Some of the soap had chew marks on them.

It worked for a couple weeks, they ate it

Peppermint oil has kept them out of my silverware drawer. I douse the cotton balls every couple weeks.


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