Rodent Control

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It's easy for rodents to sneak into your garage or storage shed, especially during the winter. Getting rid of them can be difficult so preventing them from getting comfy in the first place is the best policy. This is a page about rodent control.


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If you have had problems with rodents invading your house in the winter, try this helpful tip. Place Bounce Softener dryer sheets into the little crevices and cracks where they are coming in. Place them around the pipes under sinks, too. They don't like the smell and they won't chew through them because of the taste. We had two mice last year that we caught with sticky traps. Then we started tucking dryer sheets into the areas they were coming in we never had another one!

By Shawna G. from Ann Arbor, MI

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November 5, 2009

To get rid of mice. I purchased bobcat and fox urine at home depot. Sprinkle this stuff in corner of basements and around outside foundation. Worked for me. Keeps animals out of gardens too. A fox is the only animal that will go after a skunk. Have not had skunk problems in about 5 years.


by Gene from Chicago, IL

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April 18, 2011

I have a problem here that is really disgusting me. I have mice in my apartment, coming in and out from the radiator, going through under the box of my bed. The box spring isn't even 10 years old yet, but they eaten through the bottom.

My boyfriend caught 4 of them in a trap. Then last year one came out of the hole in the top cabinet near the kitchen ceiling. My boyfriend caught that one too.

Later I bought Riddex, it helped with the kitchen, but they are still getting in at the radiator. Sometimes I can't sleep, I get worried, you know. Next I bought peppermint oil that didn't help either. I'm gonna find another way to work with the peppermint oil, because I would like to sleep and relax. Please can anyone give me some other advice for how to get rid of them?




April 18, 20110 found this helpful

Hello Marie Val - the invasion won't stop until you and yours (or your landlord if you don't own the place) can plug up the exterior holes that allow the mice to invade.

My suggestion is to consider this the first priority, then do what you can (traps - etc.) to eliminate the interior problem. Otherwise (as long as the mice have an unchallenged access) the invasive creepy, crawly, creatures are not going to be looking for other options beyond the walls of your home :)

If your landlord or landlady refuses to help with this problem, start keeping records (and references to specific events) of such rodent invasions and try to legally get out of the lease as soon as you can.


Mice are cute in cages and as they scurry about fields, but they are not roommates you should be expected to live with in the same structure if you are paying rent.

Good luck for getting rid of the unwelcome guests, but don't sacrifice your own sleep and sanity to stay in the same place if you are renting or leasing.

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

I had the same problem last summer, they came into my house through my garage. I finally got rid of them by putting out D-Con. It's trays of little green pellets. If you have pets make sure you put the trays where they can't get to them. I haven't noticed any smell from dead mice. I tried everything else including the things you plug into the walls, they didn't work. If you plug up the holes where they are coming in at with S.O.S. pads (steel wool) or aluminum foil that will help deter them also, they can't eat through it. Good luck.

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Is there a rodent bait that is safe for dogs? Our barn has a number of rodents, rats. To keep family dogs safe should they find dead one, I do not use poison.


I need a safe way to reduce (kill) rodents. I have tried glue boards and traps they just don't work. We keep feed in heavy metal trash cans with snug lids in a closed feed room. Yet the rats still thrive. I am ready to consider using poison, so please help. Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By cindi from Ocala, FL


March 30, 20110 found this helpful

Peanut butter works really well for mice; it may also work for rats?
[edited to add] Does require a kill trap, mind you!

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

My dad has horses & he had the same problem....rather than using poison or traps he got an outside cat. It worked, he hasn't had a mouse/rat for years.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

I'm so happy to see someone else thought cat. I wanted to post that but thought it would sound like I was mocking and that would not be intended.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

Cats do wonders to reduce rodent population. Female cats generally seem to be the better hunters than the males.


We have both wandering the neighborhood, and the female is always bringing home her "gifts" for her people. Best of luck with the rat problem.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

Quit feeding your dogs so much and they'll soon begin to hunt rats. Dogs are meat-eaters and rats are fine meat.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

The Coca Cola thing? My grandpa used to do this also. But Dad said they'd drink it and then they couldn't burp so they'd blow up on the inside!! Now I don't like mice or rats either, but dang that sounds horrible to me! I guess no worse than poison though.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for so many suggestions, just want to let you know
The rats are only in the Barn not in my loft house thank goodness
so I'll try several of your suggestions

As soneal dottie & notwrong suggests (my indoor cats do a lovely job in the house)but an out door cat would not live long here, foxes and bobcat are often in sight and hunt cats for a meal
Thanks guys, It was worth it.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

Any snapping type trap might injure an animal you don't want to hurt. Poison will kill the rats and those animals which might try to eat it. One reader suggesting you let your dog become a rat eater by feeding it less was really sick. Can you call an exterminator to see what they might try? Good luck to you.

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August 12, 2010

Is it true that if a rodent dies from the poison D Con, it does not leave an odor?

By cricket from San Diego, CA


August 12, 20100 found this helpful

That is what I have always been told.

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August 13, 20101 found this helpful

We have used all types of rodent killers over the years, and the only thing that does not cause an odor, is if they are caught in a trap and disposed of immediately. It never mattered what brand of poison we put out, if they died anywhere near the house, such as in the walls, or under the house, they always smell. Maybe it makes a difference in the locality, such as heat, humidity, etc.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

When I was married every now and then we would have a mouse and we always used d-con. That is all my now "ex" would use and it never smelled. This is in South Dakota and believe me it gets hot and humid here, in the summer. I imagine if a person has enough of the critters in the house they might smell when they die. What my "ex" said is that with d-con they eat it and go back to their hole before they die.

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October 21, 20101 found this helpful

As a training Vet Tech and having gone to school with people in funeral service, Medical fields and near taxidermists i can say one thing. Dead things smell! (even after being pumped with formaldehyde and other preservative the scent of decay can be smelt on people at least.

As the body decays going threw the may stages of decomposition it's bound to leave a tall tale Odor. The body issues turning to a soupy slush of flesh blood and liquified organs no amount of poison or air freshener outside of professional death scene clean up can completely remove the Oder. It may take a bit more time since its dehydrated (the poison) but overall if left in the walls or house it will smell once it begins liquefying.

The only issue is how bad and that's more based on location. Naturally if it dies in an air vent you'll be smelling it in no time. In the basement wall. You may have a better chance of avoiding the smell. But chances are certain poisons make rodents thirty and they will go outside to get water. That's when the poison kills them. So the 'no smell' is just that they died outside.

So if you have pets (or there are endangered birds or animals in the area) they may eat the sick and dying mouse and get sick itself. And if it dies in your walls even if by some miracle it doesn't smell who wants a dead animals in there walls growing harmful bacteria. (or in a child's room where they can touch it). Best choice is a snap trap. Something you can check regularly and throw away to prevent any illnesses and it'll let you see that you indeed caught the culprit.

Hopefully that's helpful.

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May 30, 2007

I am looking for a "natural" repellent for rodents.

Brad from Pagosa Springs, CO


By Joan (Guest Post)
May 30, 20070 found this helpful


Catnip or mint are supposed to keep rodents away.
Living plants are said to work better than dried. You can get seeds from herbal supply stores. Both are easy to grow.


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By Dyann (Guest Post)
June 1, 20070 found this helpful

You can get mint oil from the pharmacy at the counter. Then put some on cotton balls and put them around. It's supposed to work well and is easier than growing mint plants. You could do both however. Oir for now until the plants grew. Good luck

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By Jean in GA (Guest Post)
June 1, 20070 found this helpful

I read somewhere for snakes and the like, spread lime. I have lizards, which are as bad as snakes, so I plan on spreading lime around.

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By joe (Guest Post)
June 6, 20070 found this helpful

get a cat.

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December 20, 20070 found this helpful

This products "MGN" performs repellent action to animals (wild dog, stray cat, mouse, snake, weasel, fox, bat, mole, deer, wild boar, etc.) and bugs (cockroach, slug, leech, bee, gnat, mosquito, centipede, etc.) for garden, orchard, field, etc.
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May 12, 2012

Is borax effective for the (permanent) control of attic rats?

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March 29, 2011

We live in an old house and I wish we had the time, money, and patience to close off every opening/crevice to our home, from attics, walls, crawlspace, etc. but that seems impossible. We also have two dogs, so poisons are too big of a risk. Does anyone have rodent control suggestions? I have some traps in the crawlspace, I'll work on getting peppermint oil and boxes of mothballs. (We're not cat people.) Gosh, I feel like we have NO options, but if you any ideas, I'd love to hear about it! Thank you!



Rodent Control Suggestions

I too am unwilling to use poisons, even weed killer, because of my dogs. Other than live trapping or finding some natural thing they hate I don't know what to do besides filling the holes in. I would do an internet search for some natural repellents, too. (01/17/2005)

By Vicki

Rodent Control Suggestions

Don't use moth balls, they are poisonous to humans too! Check out various sites regarding the dangers of moth balls.


By ElectricC

Rodent Control Suggestions

I don't know what type of rodents you have but I have heard of people using hair clippings (from the barber shop) to keep animals away in gardens. They may be worth a try in the out of the way places in your house. (01/18/2005)

By Ann4

Rodent Control Suggestions

Coca Cola in saucers, they drink it and go away to die. Apparently painlessly. It as worked for me with rats and mice. (01/18/2005)

By ang

Rodent Control Suggestions

I stuff steel wool in all the cracks and around the pipes that come through the floor. I also use glue traps where the dogs cannot get them. Glue traps go into a bucket up water when filled and then into the garbage.
I use blocks of dehydrating poison behind things dogs cannot get. (01/18/2005)

By Susan from Hamilton

By Shannon

Rodent Control Suggestions

A hunter told me that Red Fox Urine bought at the sports store- sprayed around the attic (or wherever you need to repel rats and mice) works well. Pee yew hold your breath while spraying, but no rats in the attic since I started this! (03/25/2005)

By lindajean

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