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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114 comments on “6 Clever Ways to Get Rid of Mice That Actually Work”

  1. Very cruel, which is unnecessary. There are humane traps which are cheap and work perfectly. If there are many mice there is a trap which is easy to make with a bucket covered with thick clear plastic and a hole in the middle and they will go in and not be able to get out again. (See YT vid with red bucket.)

  2. Since mice hate the smell of mint, I used bits of Irish Spring soap. Just remember to change it out every couple of months. RULE OF THUMB… If you can still smell the soap, mice can too.

    1. That doesn’t stop them at my house. I put a cut up bar in the bottom drawer of the stove. Yesterday I cleaned it tons of mouse droppings. Fortunately my cat hung out and got the mouse.

  3. Here’s a problem with this. Mickey crawls back into his hole and dies between your walls. They may be small, but mouse decomp.is very unpleasant. We used to tie our traps down as the dearly departed often flopped all over in his death throws and could make it a good way before he succumbed.

    Clean up is often the hardest part.

  4. Phyllis Vudhivadhana

    These ideas sound great! I have a lot of wild birds around too. If they kill the mice, can the birds die too?

  5. Mike Jolicoeur

    Suspend a pop can across a pail of water. Coat the can with peanut butter.
    Set a ramp for the mice to climb up .
    When they leap onto the can it will roll and they fall into the water.
    I’ve caught over 2 dozen in a day out in the garden

    1. DEBORAH A Moeller

      if your market has a deli that sales hots meal asks what instant they use what i did found they used a bag type right they sold nice size cheaper than boxed brans

  6. The best way I have found to kill mice is….I super glue a piece of Frito to the trap. It works every time!

  7. Live traps. Put a bit of peanut butter inside the trap. Mice enter the trap but can’t get out. Sometimes multiples. Put trap in a box and drive 5 km down the road to release the mouse/mice in a field to live happily ever after. Yes I do this.

    1. When my family had an issue with mice we tried this. It didn’t work. The steel wool in holes worked best for us. I have mice now, and I live in the city. It isn’t feasible to trap them and take them somewhere. We don’t have a vehicle, and can’t take them on public transportation. It’s best for us to just plug up holes with steel wool and caulk so they don’t get in to begin with.