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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

  7. I’d rather use a snap trap or a glue trap and be done! Because if you allow them to run off and die from most of these methods listed above, you have a dead mouse smell that you can’t find.

  8. For mice I use D con and Tomcat poison along with a five gallon pail with a ramp to the rim bated with sunflower seeds.

  9. Another one: put Coke, 7-Up, Pepsi, etc in a jar lid where you have seen mice droppings. They will drink some and their stomachs expand. Rodents can’t burp, that’s why they will die.

  10. I use diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it in cupboards and anywhere pests might be getting in. It is salty pests eat it and die.

  11. Holly Pender-Love

    I like the idea that I saw you offered on Facebook called Anti_mouse bags, with Cinnamon, Cloves, Chili flakes and star Anise. But there was no suggestion how this works? do the mice move to another part of the house, or do you put the bags in every corner of the house till they are all done, or? At the very least, the house should smell good.

    1. I used to live in Montana – try getting rid of pack rats, and oh yes very cute but did not take long after the smell and distruction to become very eager to get rid of them. Same with mice, I use both glue and snap. I have found out that honey on a soft piece of bread works better than peanut butter. They get so engrossed with licking the honey plus you can leave it on a trap for a very long time. Also I have found that most mice that get caught on a glue trap die pretty quickly, they do not languish for days. My worse problem is my van, may try some of the ideas here using the oils.

    2. used in attached garage I put in each corner gone within a week and have not been back-no didn’t get house-having major remodeling done no mouse droppings in house

  12. I mixed corn meal with Plaster of Paris to get rid of pack rats in a shed. I can’t use it now because I have cats.

  13. Susan Hildebrand

    I don’t like killing anything, especially a cute little furry mouse. That said, mice are a real unsanitary pest. If you feel you must kill them, I think a snap type trap is more humane than a glue trap. The glue trap will trap anything that walks on it and the animal will slowly die of starvation! Personally, I use a small plastic trap that you put peanut butter in, and when the mouse goes in, the door shuts behind it. Then I drive it a couple of miles away and release it in the woods. Much kinder. And it’s cheap at Amazon and reusable.

    1. Vickie Gautreau- Jones

      Nice. Some of the methods described seem barbaric, even if it is just a mouse, it’s stilla living creature, and the methods that cause their stomachs to boat or blow up seem really awful THey are just trying to get through the day-like any other living creature.

    2. I laughed at the cat litter suggestion. I had 5 cats at one point. Mice used their litter boxes to bury squash seeds for feasting on later! I now have two cats and the mice are still coming in to dine.

    3. I use these traps and they really work well. Once I catch the mouse we take a drive, a couple miles and I set it free. I always tell it not to come back because it may not be so lucky next time… I have a cat.

    4. Judith DeWitt

      I use battery operated mIce traps. You put a tiny dap of peanut butter at the end and give the a shock that kills them. The new one will let you know on your cell phone when they die. I change the batteries once a year.

    5. Just a note: Mice have been known to travel 50 miles to get back to a home they find perfect for their existence.

    6. Are these similar to the humane mouse Traps you use, the Wanqueen Store
      “4 Pcs Humane Mouse Traps No Kill, Live Mouse Traps “

    7. Teresa Leblanc

      Some time if they get om the glue they will eat one of there foot off to get free .

  14. Traps do not work for us.  The little buggers are too smart.  We have had three traps out for months and they keep avoiding them.   Thank you for the tried and true methods.  I will certainly write this down and give it a go.   

  15. Gail D Wiley-Thompson

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

    1. I think that’s what got rid of some of our mice. I had a spray bottle and I had mixed water with mint essential oil and I would spray around the baseboards every couple days. And I sprayed it where the most dropping were. I also put some on cotton balls and put them in the little restaurant containers that you get ketchup in. And put those in the drawer. I mean there is a lot less mice. And you got to keep cleaning up the droppings everyday because the mice usually stay where the dropping

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. Ditto on the Irish Spring, I had bars throughout my motorhome and they chowed on the bars and pooped green. 

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

    1. We put mothballs in combines in the off season to keep mice from chewing the wiring. 

  20. 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

    1. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. Pamela Ridley

    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…

  25. I have used peppermint oil and they don’t like that n it’s safe for everyone and they take off somewhere else. I’m going to try the onion I just found a new one left his calling card.

  26. Putting out small bars of Irish Spring soap in areas you think mice are coming in. The scent deters them. I cut full size bars in half, which is not easy, I admit. They need to be replaced each season.


  28. I have used some of these tips at one time or another, I do have other fur babies do consider. The steel wool works in most areas but mice were still able to find other ways in. Peppermint also works to ward them off they don’t like the smell. Altho I have not used the things the mice injest, I have had mice going off to die on their own, is the smell of a dead mouse afterwards. My home was built in the late 1800’s. It still has the original transom windows above the doors and porcelain door knobs. Unfortunately it also has all kinds of books and crannies for mice to get in, or to die in and smell for days afterwards..

  29. Carol Thornton

    As cute as they are, mice and rats were known to spread bubonic plague, I have several methods because I live rural, closer to the mouse front. From peanut butter mixed with poison under the house to live traps, mothballs and when needed glue strips. I do have a great mouser so don’t like to chance too many poisons. Thank you for the information and I will give them a try.

    1. I’ve tried 10s of thousands of dollars on Poisen, snap traps, sticky traps, catch and real ease boxes, homemade farmers tricks, they are so smart! The jump snap traps and usually get the bait without snapping the trap, even when you bend the pin to a hair trigger. If you don’t change Poisen constantly they won’t eat it anymore (weird) like they’ve had it before…? Outside Poisen boxes, they get off the sticky traps, I’ve bout 4 of the 50.00 shocker traps, they get out, I have a Siamese who acts like he’s terrified of them! Will a mouse fight a cat and hurt then? I’ve done EVERYTHING, most days that’s ALL I get done is cleaning up and trying to think of ways for them not to piss on all our cloths, which has a horrible odor. You can see where rhey have went right behind you the min you turn around cause they’re be a sign of something they dropped that I know I just scrubbed clean! The ultrasonic wall removers are an absolute waste! Catch and release they can get out of. I’m telling you they are smart ass holes! They terrorize my autistic son who is hypersensitive to their movement. He’s non verbal but when he doesn’t want to go in his room, and the cats acting like a weirdo, they are getting in and I’m realized rhe only solution is new Poisens I caught one on a sticky trap still alive and had to beat it’s brains out but with the terror and trauma they have put me and my son theough I actually didn’t feel bad at all actually got out a little frustration and got a sick enjoyment out of killing one. If you had seen how they terrorize my poor son, believe me you wouldn’t mind so much. Nasty disease carrying cable chewing death trap makers for us when they start a fire and I’m supposed to feel bad for not wanting them chewing and pissing on everything they can destroy? Not if I can kill them first! And I don’t care HOW!!!! People care more about a nasty rodent than an instant human baby these days! I say OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!! LITERALLY IF I CATCH THEM!!!! Nasty little disease carriers!!!!

  30. Jim Kartechner

    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!

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

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

  31. Leviticus Bennett

    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.

  32. 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. 

    1. 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.

    2. I live in a rural area too. Being rural means my garden regularly floods and both field and house mice occasionally come indoors in order to survive. I’d never kill any animal without a very good reason, especially when the methods outlined on here are tantamount to torture.
      I’ve used humane traps for years and I relocate the mice to under my shed at the bottom of my garden. They only come back in the house if they are released individually, so the best idea is to put them in a high sided bucket (with food and water of course) and wait until you’ve caught them all before releasing the whole family at the same time. If you take care with food hygiene and storage in your kitchen it’s highly unlikely that they will want to come back indoors.

    3. 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)

    4. kristy Sluder

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

  33. Annie Bartlett

    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.

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

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

    4. Theresa Shay

      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!!!!!!

    5. It’s hilarious how angry and out of control people get when someone mentions having compassion on a small animal who’s just trying to survive as best it can, like them. So predictable and typically American.

      Judge people’s goodness by how they treat the little things, and you’ll never go wrong.

    6. kristy Sluder

      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.)

    7. 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!!

    8. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

    1. Annie Bartlett

      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!♡

  36. 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

    1. Annie Bartlett

      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!

    2. Anything upon entering uninvited (be it ants mice possums or people) lost their “poor thing” privelige.

    3. 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

    4. Peyton Matthers

      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. 

    5. 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!

    6. You are sick in the head, little psycho who speaks like a 12-year-old. Go take a xanax.

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

    8. 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.

    9. kristy Sluder

      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. 

    10. Yes. Here is a person who has humanity and a brain that knows how to solve problems in ways other than throwing a grenade on the situation. You can protect your space without being a soulless, heartless jerkoff. It just takes a little more thought, research and effort.

    11. To actually answer your question about the instant potatoes, instead of arguing over things that GROWN ADULTS should easily be willing to “agree to disagree” about, yes the instant potato flakes may harm other animals like cats or birds depending on how much the mouse ate. It’s better than the poison that also makes them thirsty I suppose. & FYI dryer sheets, moth balls, peppermint spray and loud noises will never ever get rid of mice for good. Ever. Sorry but when you have small children then you have to pretty much kill the mice. But I would do it in a way where they don’t suffer. Old school snap traps & the electric shock ones that kill them instantly. Not those evil glue traps trust me. Steel wool does keep them out! It’s the best thing to use to make sure they don’t return. 

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

  37. 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

  38. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. Peanuts….lol Just kidding. Trying to lighten the mood in here. But I do know for mice (and I think squirrels too) go and get Peppermint Oil and just a couple drops is the corners of each room or where you can hear them chewing. Just repeat if or when they come back. If it’s in the walls soak a Qu-tip and either find or make a screw hole through the drywall and push the Qu-tip through it. Either patch the hole or fill it or just hide it with a picture in case you need it again. BUT don’t use to much because it will be very over powering and you will have just kicked yourself out of that room until you air it out. I was fed up and just spashed it in all 4 corners and the baseboard where they chew and it got so strong I couldn’t go back in there for like 2 days, so just a couple drops here and there is good and the smell is very pleasant. Hope this was helpful. Oh for attics or garage or shed/storage puts some on cotton balls and toss them in. To detour them from coming in just plant(or buy) peppermint plants near doors and windows they can reach or get in to. Remember to wash your baseboards and where they walk as often as you can because they rub their scent on all of it and use it like a road map and use that same route all the time cause it shows them the fastest way back to safety. I also just love the smell of the oil and it’s harmless for everyone and thing it makes them change their own minds on being your roommate… And it hasn’t ever hurt my feelings once…lol