Let me tell you how to get rid of mice in the house. Whether you’d like to hire me to make it easier on you, or you’d like to save some money and attempt it yourself, it’s important to have an idea of how to get rid of them, as well as some important bits of information that you should know about (especially if you currently have a mice problem).
How to Tell if You Have Mice
How do you know for sure if you have a mice problem? Let me teach you a few basics. The most obvious indicator that you have mice running around in your home is to, well, see them running around with your very eyes. Now, if it’s the very first mouse you have seen running around your home, there is a very slim chance that you might just be dealing with a stray who has wandered into your home. Regardless of whether that mouse is a stray or not, you should still get rid of it ASAP. Often times, if they find what they’re looking for, and they will usually find it, then they will settle in and make that their new home. After that, it doesn’t take long for their numbers to multiply.
Other signs you can look can be found in your kitchen. Look for strange chew marks. Look for boxes and containers with little chew marks. If you notice small bits and pieces missing from your boxes or containers, they might have been chewed out by mice. If you leave out any food that is attractive to them, they will go right ahead and dig into them too.
Another sure sign of having mice are their droppings. If you find mice droppings, you know you have mice. The more you have, the bigger your problem. I talk about mouse poop in more details here, so check that out to learn more about their droppings and the risks they carry.
How to Keep Mice Away
Knowing how to keep mice away will make your efforts to get rid of a mice infestation drastically easier. There are a few ways to keep them away including:
- Blocking all entrances
- Limiting their access to food
There are other things you can do, or use such as natural mice repellents, but these two are the most important.
Blocking all entrances
The most important thing to do when you’re trying to keep mice away and when you’re trying to get rid of them is to block all entrances. It might be difficult to close off all possible entrances, but with a little effort, you can close off most of them. Closing off most entrances will make it a lot harder for more mice to enter your home from the outside. If you don’t close them off, you can try to get rid of the mice in your home all you want. But the problem is, it will never end because more will just come from the outside.
Possible entrances are small holes, cracks, or gaps. You can fill them up with caulk for openings that are small enough to be used with caulk. For entrances that are a little bigger, you can use expanding foam, but if the opening is in the foundation, you’ll want to really consider using mortar, or even a repair kit made especially for concrete repair. The good thing about closing off these entrances is they will also help keep out other pests like roaches and other unwanted insects.
Other potential areas to check include:
- Where a pipe/wire enters/exits your home
Limiting access to food
Once you have closed the doors, you need to limit their access to food as much as possible. The best way to do this is to put everything in the fridge that can be refrigerated. For anything else, you need to place them all in sturdy plastic storage containers. These storage containers need to have a tight fitting lid that will not stretch easily. Place anything that a mouse can chew through in these containers and place them in the higher cabinets if possible. Any other food items that has to be left out will need to be securely placed in sturdy plastic containers. Placing your food in containers not only limits their access to food, it also helps to minimize the risk sickness and disease that mice can bring with them when they are exposed to your food.
Once you have finished sealing up your food, you have to be very persistent and consistent in keeping your house clean. Make sure you clean up every night. Clean up as much crumbs as you can. Just a little bit of crumb can be enough to sustain them and allow them to multiply. You will also want to get a tall garbage can that is placed in an area that is difficult to access for the mice. Preferably, a garbage can with a lid is desired. With a tight closing lid, it will make it harder for them to get in there and if they do get in, it will be that much harder for them to get out.
Best Way to Kill Mice
You can find a bunch of ways to kill mice, but the best way to kill mice, and to get rid of them for good, is to just stick to the basics that has worked for many years: mouse traps and mouse poison. Using either of them, or even a combination of them is how to get rid of mice in the house. You will need to make sure you’ve taken care keeping them away first though. Keeping more mice from being able to enter will make it easier and faster to get rid of them.
Mice traps are my favorite solution to getting rid of mice. When used properly, they do a great job of getting the mice. There are various different options when you’re using traps, but I only recommend using either the classic spring snap trap, or the glue traps. Sure, you can find some “humane” traps that will not kill the mice it catches, but when it comes to getting rid of mice, you don’t want to risk any chances of them escaping. It’s either you or them, so surely you don’t need me to tell you which is more important.
Snap traps are fairly simple contraptions, so any that still sticks to the classic design will work. Just make sure you use the traps correctly. You will also need to make sure you are using the best mouse trap baits. Without the right bait to tempt them, your success rate will drop dramatically.
You will also need to make sure you place the traps the right way. Snap traps have a trigger that will slam the strike bar on to the mouse when triggered. The trigger needs to be placed facing the wall. The reasoning behind this is behind mice have a tendency to run along walls. So when you place the trigger right up to the wall and facing it, there is a higher chance they will trigger the trap.
Glue traps work differently from snap traps, but they are used almost the same way you would use snap traps. Place them the same way you would with snap traps and use the same bait. The only difference is you can use a bigger glob of peanut butter in the middle of the trap. You don’t want to use too much so that they can just reach it from the side.
If the traps aren’t working too well for you, you may have to resort to using poison. Mice poison work very well, but I don’t like to use them unless I absolutely have to. Sure they are a much faster and much easier solution, but they can be too risky to use in homes where there are children and pets. Plus there is the negative side of not being able to control where the poisoned mice dies. That means they will often times die in a spot where you can’t reach it and it will rot there. The smell can linger for months before it disappears enough to the point where you can’t smell it.
There are a variety of different options, to choose from, but I won’t cover them all there. Instead, I’ve covered already covered the best options in another article about the best mice poisons. So make sure you read that if you think mice poison might be something you want to use.
After reading through this, you should now have a better understanding of how to get rid of mice in the house. These are just the basics and if you’d like more details, I really recommend you read the other articles as well. If you think this is too much work for you, you can always schedule a free consultation with me. If you think this is something you can tackle by yourself, then by all means, please do so, but take caution and make sure you learn as much as you can first before attempting to tackle this problem.