Getting Rid of Mice Naturally

While it’s pretty easy to Trap Mice, it would be much better to keep them from coming in, that would be the first thing I would want to start with…Here’s some information about what we’ve tried and what we are trying in our quest to keep our home mouse free without using dangerous poisons

To Poison Or Not To Poison

I was able to rid my house of these little pests with a few different ways that are listed below, you’ll see a picture of my house and most older homes have the easiest ways for these pests to enter. Not all of the things below will work for your house as yes some didn’t work for mine. But with a little trial and error I was able to keep my house free and I haven’t seen a mouse in over two years.

Eliminate by Mouse Proofing your Home – Make it harder for them to get in your house

If your anything like me you’d rather spend the time and save the frustration down the road by keeping them out of your home in the first place… Taking that little extra time to check the exterior of your home for potential entrance points to keep them out is well worth the time…Any opening large enough to admit a mouse is also a place cold air will enter your home so doing this has the added benefit of improving the energy efficiency of your home too…

Mouse Proofing

  1. You should be walking around the perimeter of your house and looking for any openings that are larger than 1/4 inch, like caulk openings that are smaller than 1/4 inch…Use copper gauze, medium grade or fine steel wool along with a combination of steel wool and caulking for openings larger than 1/4 inch…Be aware that steel wool can begin to rust overtime and can cause rust stains…A flashlight is helpful and you may need to use a hand mirror for areas that are difficult to see under or behind walls, sinks or basement foundations…Cover any holes that are three inches or larger with 1/4 inch woven or welded hardware cloth prior to patching or refilling…Rodents are very good at gnawing through rough surfaces but the shape of their front teeth make it very hard for them to gnaw into hard smooth surfaces…
  2. Check the foundation of you home for gaps where the concrete has crumbled or the siding has separated from the framing…Repair the concrete by sealing the cracks…Stuff medium grade steel wool or copper gauze within the gap between the siding and even the foundation…Be sure to have cracked or crumbling foundations repaired by a professional in that area if necessary to deter small rodents…
  3. Be sure to carefully check around vents for damage or places where vents have pulled away from the house…Repair and replace these if necessary…Check the exhaust vent for your clothes dryer and be sure rodents cannot enter through there…Place 1/4 inch hardware cloth behind cold air returns…It may be possible to cover power vents with louvered metal plates that let the air to pass through but not the rodents, so be sure they fit tightly…Check all of this regularly to be sure these screens don’t become clogged…
  4. Pay attention to any place that a plumbing pipe or electrical wiring enters the house…Your home could settle with age as well as in the spring when the ground thaws, causing an enlarging of any small openings…These little creatures are experts at gnawing and can enlarge an opening that was previously too small to allow them to enter…
  5. Check around doors for any openings that could of occurred over time…During the early part of the day close the curtains to see if you can see sunlight around the door frames…Use any type of weather stripping to close those gaps…If you have an unfinished basement you may need to seal the areas around door frames with some expanding spray foam, a copper gauze, or steel wool…Check the bottom of the door frames and install door thresholds if you have a space 1/4 inch or larger beneath the door…Again, these simple repairs will have the added benefit of keeping things warmer in the winter and should help deter spiders and other insects…We added high quality storm doors to our home and even in the garage that seemed to help deter the mouse problem…
  6. Check your window screens for holes and tears if there’s signs of wear replace them…Make sure that the screens fit tightly in place to avoid having any spaces…We don’t have a lot entering that way on the main level or upstairs of our house but have had the rodents gnaw through screens in our basement windows…You can now get metal rodent proof window screens which can help with this…
  7. Down the road our neighbors have problems with them entering through their attic…Check to be sure that the roof joints are tight and remember to be sure there is good flashing in place…Make sure that a mouse cannot get in where wires for satellite dishes, antennas, or even internet connections come into the house…
  8. Fireplaces and chimneys are other common places where these critters will enter the house, be sure to check and make sure sheeting or metal collars are properly installed to prevent entry…Be sure to check for cracked or missing bricks on rock fireplaces and see that drywall or siding near the fireplaces are closed enough to prevent entry…
  9. Drainage pipes and sewage systems are also entry points for rats as well as a mouse so make sure that the floor drains have metal grates firmly attached…Make sure the openings on the grates are less than 1/4 inch in space… Should you even suspect your sewage line could have been rat-infested, then you can have a “Rat Guard” which is a one way flap installed into your toilet…

To Poison Or Not To Poison – You’ll have to make your own decision about this most people prefer not to use poison

poison

Stuff to Help you Keep Them Out – Trying to be EcoSMART

Trying to rid your home or property can be a daunting task, they are hardy little pests that just won’t take no for an answer… I believe that they are entitled to live, just not at my house, so I try to rid them with the most natural ways I can find…

  • Some people swear that spearmint and peppermint essential oils are a good natural deterrent to mice. Food grade extracts don’t seem to work – you have to use the stronger essential oils. Soak cotton balls with the mint oil and place them at known mouse entrance points. Remember that the smell fades over time and will have to be refreshed. Also, keep in mind that oils and stain some surfaces so you may want to place the cotton balls in a shallow glass, hard plastic, or metal container.
  • EcoSMART Mouse Repellent is a ready-to-use formula made from a blend of Peppermint & Spearmint Oil…It repels mice naturally , without harming pets or children…
  • A lot of people swear that mice hate the smell of Bounce fabric softener sheets. Everything we’ve read indicates that you should get the strongest scent you can find. These are small and clean so you can stuff them into crevices and niches that mice can access.
  • Or give an ultrasonic pest repeller a try, these use low fequency sound waves to repel rodents and in some cases bugs too.

It’s safe…It’s effective…It’s smart…Naturally…

Control at Our House – What we think about using poisons

Our family tries really hard not to use poisons because we have dogs and cats…We also don’t want to poison natural predators to them like coyotes, eagles, and of course the neighbor’s pets who might eat a poisoned dead mouse…A friend had a rat die in her wall and it stunk horribly and they had to tear out an entire sheet of drywall, thoroughly clean the area and then make the necessary repairs…The idea of these animals dying somewhere in our home freaks us out a bit…But honesty it now compels me to confess that we did have a professional come in once and they did use poisons…They told us that most of the time poisons make them extremely thirsty and they’ll automatically head outside in search of water…One thing to remember is that the amount of poison that could be toxic to a mouse is not often dangerous to other animals…Given that it would make sense and to insure that there isn’t any sources of water in the house…Also if you’re planning on using poisons, you probably want to do so before using the suggestions for sealing your house because you don’t really want them to be trapped inside…

Tools to Help Eliminate – Using air tight storage containers will help

Mice can chew through the boxes used for cereals, pancake mixes, pastas, and even dog or cat food…So to help eliminate the problem I store a lot of my food items like rice in gallon glass canning jars…

food jar

  • A plastic, metal, or glass container can keep your food from getting ruined by rodents, if they can’t get to the food source they will have no choice but to pack up their family and leave

Getting Rid of Mice in the House – Some steps that discourage them from making your home their home

Mice just want the same things you and I want, a warm place with enough food to raise their family in a safe environment…You purchased your home because it was a good place to raise your family and it may very well be that a mouse decided on your house for the exact same reason…A breeding pair of mice can easily produce 20 or many more babies in a very short time and once those babies start breeding the mouse situation in your home can get out of hand at a very fast pace…We once found a nest of babies under our kitchen sink…There are many tips for making your house seem like it is not the Canadian dream home for any small pests…

natural mice control

  1. First of all, if you have a heavy problem with mice consider getting a rodent expert in to to take care of the problem…You’ll find all of these services listed under “pest control” or “rodent control” in your phone book…We can tell you from personal experience that they will use poisons and traps to deal with the problem but that may be necessary to get your situation of a heavy population under control…While we don’t like to think about using poisons, they may be the only way in extreme cases…
  2. If you think there’s a mouse invasion happening in your house you should start using traps… Some people like live traps and others like the sticky traps…We still use the wood traps baited with bits of cheese or moist cat food…Other people swear by peanut butter or good old fashion cheese…Despite what you see on the cartoons they aren’t really attracted to the cheese that people try using…If you use some type of live trap be sure to release them far away from your house after all they figured out how to get in once they’ll figure it out again…Some people may consider it unnatural to use traps but from everything I can see defending one’s territory is a part of nature…These small creatures can present a real risk through the spread of parasites and disease and in my view that requires a strong response to the problem…
  3. Do everything you can to make your house uninviting…Everything must eat for survival so make sure they can’t get at any of your food…Glass, metal, and rigid plastic containers are a pretty good for deterring mice and are great choices for flour, cereals, rice or any dry mixes… You’ll feel safer about eating your food if you know that a mouse hasn’t taken the first bite, not to mention the mouse dropping they leave behind…
  4. Pet foods are a big problem we would often find a mouse’s stockpile of our dog or cat food in a shoe, drawer or even on our bookshelf…This is usually the first clue a homeowner gets to alert them to a mouse problem…A pet food bag made of paper is no obstacle at all to a mouse, so better to store pet food in a metal or hard plastic container with a lid…Mice can be really bold about taking food right from the dish and unfortunately some animals seem to co-exist rather with them and there are some cats that just refuse catch a mouse…Feed at set times and then take the leftovers away if possible…
  5. Everything needs water to survive so fixing those leaking faucets or drains won’t just save water, it’ll create a less friendly environment…Pet water dishes can be an issue but your pet needs access to water so there doesn’t really seem to be anything we can do about that part…

When it Comes Down to Mouse vs Man – Simple traps can help

Sometimes we are forced to use a more drastic measure, that’s where these mouse traps come in…I prefer not to harm, injure or even kill them but there are times when we have no choice…

mouse trap

  • When using any form of mouse trap be sure to keep all of your family pets or children away from where you have placed it, these can be dangerous

Some More Ideas for Natural Control

Here are some recipes and recommendations we’ve read for deterring rodents naturally…

  • They say that mice hate the smell and taste of cayenne pepper, peppermint, citronella, and cloves…All you need to do is lightly soak a few cotton balls in one of these oils and leave the cotton balls in places where you’ve had problems…
  • Make a few cheesecloth sachets from the dry cayenne pepper, mint, and even whole cloves and leave them in places where the mice seem to be, like maybe under beds and along walls behind your furniture…
  • In a bucket or sprayer if you have one put 1 tablespoon of Tabasco sauce and about a 1/2 cup of soap detergent to 1 gallon of water…Spray this outside all around your home’s foundation to help repel the little pests…
  • We’ve read that the sonic or electronic mouse repellants are not very effective, some say that they have limited or temporary use to them…Others point out that the sound waves do not really pass through solid objects so a sonic device in an open space isn’t going to be helpful when their in cupboards, walls, or even the closets…
  • Owning a cat can help – or not…We had one cat that had absolutely no problem with them living in our house, he seemed to enjoy the company…We had another cat that was constantly catching these small rodents even though he didn’t keep our house a hundred percent mouse free…Our first clue to a mouse invasion was when we would see our cat carrying a dead mouse in his mouth…If your cat is catching them for you be sure to have him wormed regularly since these have been known to carry parasites…Many people don’t feed the barn cats thinking that they will make them more aggressive mousers but all evidence indicates that a healthy cat that is fed regularly is a more effective hunter than a weak one…

Mouse Repellent – Deter Naturally

You’ve heard it said that a good defence is the best offense…

  • Step 1: Make it as hard as you can so that they don’t get into your house
  • Step 2: Make it hard for them to find the food when they do get in, that we they’ll have no reason to stay
  • Step 3: Use deterrents at your disposal both in and out of the house

Grab some repelling products you can use, even bounce sheets have been known to deter!

How have you Controlled them in your House? – This is the way we control our problem naturally

Our two cats don’t actually catch them, just having them in the house is what keeps these rascals away.

mice control

Tell us what worked – or what didn’t work – in you attempts to keep your house mouse free…We’d also love to hear about the moment you met a mouse in your house…

Share how you get Rid of Mice Naturally in your home

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