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Keeping Mice Out of a Dryer Vent

Mice can enter your home through very small holes. You don't want your dryer vent to become a thoroughfare for these pesky rodents. This is a guide about keeping mice out of a dryer vent.


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December 7, 2006 Flag

I'm having trouble keeping mice out of my dryer vent. They sneak right in through the louvers.

Granny from El Paso, IL

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December 7, 20060 found this helpful

Maybe you could try cover the vent with some mesh with holes large enough not to restrict ventilation, but small enough that the mice cannot get through.

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December 11, 20060 found this helpful

Stuff some steel wool in the louvres. The air can still pass thru, but mice won't be able to.

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December 11, 20060 found this helpful

I bought a plastic cover that just screws into the wall. It covers it but has small slits for the air to vent so nothing can get through it. Very cheap fix.

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December 13, 20060 found this helpful

Attach a piece of metal window screening to the pipe. Just make sure to clean the lint so the vent does not get clogged, or it can pose a fire hazard.

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February 15, 20070 found this helpful

a metal grate or strong mesh with games no bigger than 1/5 of an inch will go a long way to keeping them out.

Also, you can get rat bait stations and bait from a do it yourself pest control store fairly cheap now a days and put it a few feet away from the vent (look for grease stains around the vent to see where they traffic) and wipe them out for good.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Hardware cloth is great for keeping mice out. You can find large rolls of 1/2 inch, chrome or nickle plated 23 gauge hardware cloth that will keep them out. Steel wool is good, too, but be sure to secure it or the mice will just push/pull it out.

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

I have a new Whirlpool Duet Steam dryer. It is only three months old and caught fire. The serviceman came today and discovered a mound of dog food stuffed around the heating element. The dog food and the mouse shorted the element causing it to over-heat and catch fire.

The serviceman said that the elements in top loaders are standing straight up where the front loaders are sideways letting pests make nests. If I hadn't been home my house would have been destroyed. The warranty won't fix my $1500 dryer for liability issues. Any suggestions?

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