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

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.   

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