How can I get rid of mice naturally in my house?
I hate that I did this, but when we had a mice invasion in our home a few years ago I finally gave into my husband's suggestion of poison. Previously, at my insistence, we tried several different catch and release gadgets and home remedies with absolutely no success. Too boot, our older, indoor cat was merely amused by watching the critters run away and honestly thought she had done all that was expected by just observing! She was 12 years old that winter and had never seen a mouse in the house, let alone the yard, so really was a well intended, sweet natured, pet!
I'm not "scared" of mice, but it does freak me out when I see one out of the corner of my eye scurrying across the INDOOR floor. (Yes I've been known to scream and jump up insanely, again, just startled, not frightened. Okay, I confess, my husband didn't believe this story either: Scared me silly as that less than golf ball sized, brown, blob with legs ran across the floor in the room we shared!)
Then I got irritated when one or some got into an unopened box of Bisquick in the pantry. (Darn it, I wanted pancakes for breakfast that morning.) What signed their death warrant was mouse droppings on a skillet in a cabinet with no food, how dare they?
I'm sorry the critters died but they were not invited guests and couldn't take a hint that they were not welcomed in our home. Seriously, we captured a snake in a pillowcase once (he got in via the dirt floor basement of our very old home) and released him into the wild. The only bugs I kill outright are flies and mosquitoes as others are usually caught and released. But these mice, these fast and furious and hungry mice, refused to cease, desist and evacuate even with a free pass (the humane traps.)
Not advocating killing all pests, but some just need to go, regardless! Hoping your mice get smart and leave but if not, it's your house, not theirs so act accordingly, ASAP! If you can find a "natural" way, please share such. Otherwise, I understand! :-)
Find all the entrance holes to your house, anything larger than the size of a quarter. Fill holes with steel wool (medium to fine) and one moth ball. Also place steel wool and moth ball into any holes around pipes like under sinks. Close up any access that they may have to your cupboards. Make sure doors close tightly and there are no holes or access points into your cupboards on the inside of the cupboard. That should help prevent the return of the mice.
Next place good old spring type mouse traps near your garbage can, but out of the way of you stepping on the trap. Bait trap with peanut butter. This will catch any inside of the house. Next, is there anywhere nearby that the mice can be breeding. If you live in the country, there isn't anything you can do, however, if you live in the city the mice may be breeding nearby and entering your house for food.
For me, the mice were breeding in an old abandoned truck on my neighbours property. Once the truck was gone, so were the mice.
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I haven't tried these as eucalyptus sprigs around the house seem to work well for me, but if you are really having problems getting rid of them, you might give these folks a try.
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Get a cat, most natural method in existence. I have also heard there is some kind of smell that mice don't like and they leave the area alone. I think it was mint, but maybe someone else can verify.
Since I was a child I've been petrified of mice. My next door neighbor (God bless him) sets my traps and empties them if one is caught. Then I read somewhere (on here maybe) to put peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them where needed. That was 3 months ago and not one mouse anywhere. It's the dead of winter here also. :)
There are traps available in stores that catch the mice but do not kill them, They can then be tossed out. Anyway until you plug the holes where they get in you will get more later. Once that is done, that's all.
Like 'Suntydt' said, get a cat. But be certain it's a "natural" cat.
The cat method has always worked for me. Far more effective than anything else. And do not use mothballs. They are terribly poisonous, and the smell is intolerable to humans; I don't know how anyone can tolerate it at all. And should that smell permeate your house, you really will have a problem!
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