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Keeping Mice Out of Your Home

Mice often come into our homes to find food and warmth; keeping them out requires some persistence on your part. This is a guide about keeping mice out of your home.

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April 21, 2010 Flag
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I moved into a new construction 3 years ago. Since then, I've been having problems with mice. I'm not sure where they are coming from. I make sure doors are closed because there is construction around the area where I live and I know rodents tend to roam those areas. Despite of my efforts, I keep on finding mice droppings.

At first, I would find droppings inside my cabinets. Since there is no food in any of my lower cabinets, the mice are now outside in my kitchen area.

I've used traps and just this year I've caught 4. Where could they be coming from and more importantly how can I make sure they stop coming in?

By Ponce from Chicago, IL

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January 18, 20160 found this helpful

Look at every connection where a pipe or electrical comes in. We found mice had chewed a larger hole around the gas line behind the stove, also behind the caps against the wall on the water lines under our sink as well as the water line to the fridge.

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January 18, 20160 found this helpful

We got live traps from a grocery store and caught several with peanut butter. We walk away from our house and release them. But check all connections coming into your home and look for wall cracks so they don't return!

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January 11, 2013 Flag
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The house next door to us was empty for about 3 years, while the bank that foreclosed on it and renovated it back to habitability. There must have been about 20 people living there at one point. Thankfully, a lovely young couple with two small children, bought the house. The bank, also must have hired an exterminator, prior to putting the home up for sale, and the mice that must have been living in an empty quiet house, have decided to move into "our" house. We can not afford the expense of an exterminator. My husband has set traps, but I think the problem is bigger than just setting a dozen or so mouse traps. I have two dogs and am reluctant to put out poison. Any suggestions? I would prefer to just humanely make them go away, as opposed to killing them, but will consider all suggestions.

By Kathleen

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January 15, 20130 found this helpful

Check site for Riddex, it is something you plug in and somehow its electronic rays repel the mice. I don't remember the cost but it was cheaper than an exterminator and safe for my pets and children. I have one upstairs and one downstairs and, knock wood.

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March 20, 20160 found this helpful

They don't work have had three over the years guess what I found in my new apt. Tiny baby mice I saw them one caugt by hand too small to trap then saw another that night stayed up all night in the dark to catch them and caught another that morning. Think they were coming in thru the hole around plug behind stove. Too small to use traps they are too lite to trip any trap. They are extremely fast.fill up holes under sinks alsoand any where else. PS babies as young as 4 weeks of age can get pregnant and have a gestational period of 18-21 days. Good luck everyone.

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December 4, 2013 Flag
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Do the Pest Offense plug-ins keep mice and rats out?

By Meka

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January 13, 20160 found this helpful

Save your money, I wasted way too much on them and they do NOT work !!

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March 8, 20160 found this helpful

Tried using.. didn't work

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February 27, 2012 Flag
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Is there anything you can put around your house outside to prevent mice in a old home?

By Bev

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February 29, 20120 found this helpful

I had the same problem as I live in a new modular home. What I did was to take" steel woodL" and put it around all my water pipes inside my house or any where they already had made an entrance. I have hadn't had anymore problem's with mice. A box of steel wool goes a long and is not that expensive.

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March 11, 20120 found this helpful

I'm voting for a cat or two. And my wanton killer is a male. It just depends on the cat's temperment and skill!

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February 21, 2012 Flag
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Will moth balls help get rid of mice? My cat is too large to get in the space where the mice are getting in behind my cabinets. I could drop moth balls down there. Maybe the smell of the balls would deter the mice.

By LAL

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February 23, 20120 found this helpful

Years ago, I read in Mother Earth News that mice and rats have a one way digestive system, so they can't burp.

They suggested putting a lid of soda down and they will drink and go away and stop annoying you. I have also read on Diggs that if you mix baking soda half and half with a cake mix, then sprinkle it around the inside and outside of the "entry ways" it works like a charm. Worth a try, right?

The other posters are right, they don't bother with things that they can't eat. They don't have good eyesight so they feel their way along walls and baseboards by their whiskers.

And you can put it other places where your cat can get to, without any risk.

I hope this helps.

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February 23, 20120 found this helpful

Moth balls are poisonous to everything (including you) and have a terrible smell. They are just as bad as mice, really, in my opinion. Do not use them.

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March 18, 2012 Flag
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I had my Kenmore Elite refrigerator (with interior water dispenser) in the garage at the house I am renting (I had to use their frig) for the past two years. I will be moving and was cleaning up the frig again and found that mice/rats had built nests in the bottom of the frig.

I cleaned up what I can reach after removing the lower back plastic panel where the vents are, but I am scared it isn't safe or sanitary to use anymore. I am not sure where the air is being pulled in to cool the interior and if it is pulling from where they lived since I could not reach all of the interior of the frig, then I don't think it is safe. Also, they could have possibly chewed on wires so I don't know if it is now a possible fire hazard. Please advise whether or not the frig is safe to use. Thank you.

By Annie

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

Why not have Sears serviceman come and check it out? I think it would probably be fine, but you might sleep better if you have the wiring looked at.

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

If you have not plugged it in yet, please don't. Chewed wiring can blow a circuit or pop the breakers at the least.

If you have to, at least plug it into a wall that the circuit has been flipped off. Then, flip the breaker so you are not holding the cord or close to it. Good luck.

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April 24, 2013 Flag
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How can I buy peppermint oil spray to use to get rid mice in my home?

By Vivian E

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May 26, 20130 found this helpful

Just buy peppermint oil and add a few drops of it to a spray bottle of water.

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful

I currently am trying to get rid of mice from my kitchen. I've rubbed the inside of cabinets and doorways with peppermint oil and have even left an opened bottle of it in one of my cabinets. But seems to have no affect on the mice at all. I keep finding droppings exactly where I put the peppermint oil!

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March 7, 2013 Flag
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I want to know why mice are digging in my houseplants? I have had houseplants for last 30 years, but never had mice in my home. I live in a mobile home and have 2 dogs.

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