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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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 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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