Top 5 Methods to Get Rid of Mice Fast and Keep Them Away

Here are top five methods that will ensure your home is rodent free.

1. Mice-proof your home

First, you need to eliminate entry points for rodents. Mice can squeeze through tiny cracks and holes. Use metal weather stripping under doors, and weather strip windows. Patch cracks in foundations. Stuff steel wool around pipes before caulking or plastering. Cover dryer vents, attic vents, and soffits with fine mesh metal screening.

50 comments on “Top 5 Methods to Get Rid of Mice Fast and Keep Them Away
  1. Shari says:

    I’ve done a lot to get rid of field mice. So small they don’t set off traps. I’ve filled every hole crack in and outside. Keep getting them in the same place. Landlord put poison pigs in kitchen, NEVER had any but in one room. Trying to get moved in. So I hope when all the boxes are gone they will go to. Hate the critters. Don’t know what to do.
    HELP. SHARI.

    • Chell says:

      Peppermint oil (sprinkle around house or mix in with cleaning spray. I have put in candle wax burners as well) toilet bowl fresheners that you hang in the toilet (crush & sprinkle against walls an corners or u can hang low on wall low to the floor) an believe it or not dryer sheets…throw behind furniture an appliances …house will smell fresh an rid of mice (I change every 3 days. I know Im wayyyy late but hope it helps.

    • Eurica says:

      The green blocks are good. They are at Walmart. However be careful if you have pets that could get to them.

      • If you can have one, cats work well. Otherwise the old spring traps work with peanut butter on the trigger. Also the glue traps if you dont mind throwing them away with a wiggling mouse still attached to it, or throwing them into something that takes care of the mouse…..i.e. water, the freezer, etc.

      • Tommy says:

        I have used five bags still have same rat.it don’t work for me

      • dawn says:

        placed 3 in my garage, noticed 1 had been nibbled on and literally within 2 days they all 3 up and walked away so thinking rats and mice cause I saw 2 mice…..

    • Nita says:

      This is what l did. I Purchased some peppermint oil Spray.

      Spray pepperment oil in all 4 coners of each room of your house & basement for one month. Check; after two week. If you still see them, continue to spray until you never see them again.
      Don’t get frustrated, because this depends on how many were hiding in your home.

  2. Carl E Ramsey says:

    Have a historic one story building, formerly a 19th century external cook house, currently used to display 54 mm historic models on shelves and tables. Small rodents are knocking over valuable displays on shelves and tables.

  3. Amanda midcap says:

    Hello my name is Amanda and I have mice bad I tryed traps don’t work tryed decon they eat it and it don’t kill them what can I use to kill them or home remedies that will work please help me

    • Villarreal says:

      Use the sticky pads with peanut butter in middle got rid of17. Mice in 10. Daus

      • Christina says:

        tootsie rolls instead of peanut butter works a lot better. chew them up to make them soft then put on pressure pad just takes about 1/4 if a mini tootsie roll to bait a trap. Killed 25 in 1 day with 5 traps it really works if you know where to put them.

        • Ernestine I Sanchez says:

          Where do I put the traps? There is on big hairy mouse I can’t get rid of it, any suggestions? I’m disabled & desperate!

    • Cloyce says:

      Pack the hole tightly with steel wool then cover with duct tape the steel wool must be packed tightly you will need gloves

    • ANGELA Hopkins says:

      1 cup baking soda, 1 cup sugar or sweetened chocolate mix, I chose powder sugar, and 1 cup of flour or cornmeal. Mix the 3 ingredients together very well spend along paths they travel if possible. They will return to it. Sugar will attrack, baking soda will kill the rodents. Happy hunting

    • Donny says:

      MY boss would go buy steal shavings like steal wool but thicker and sharper he would make balls (pingpong size) cover them up its peanut butter and put where he would see them. They aren’t seen usually again. Kinda crude but they eat the mettle (believe it or not ) and it cuts up their insides causeing well death. Problem eliminated. He never really had any after that. He used peppermint and good smells but they got used to it and flourished for several months. After bout. 2 weeks or so he didn’t have but a few then just gone

  4. Shawn Edmondson says:

    Get a pet snake…. that makes for free snake food

  5. Krista logue says:

    I have a mice problem in side the walls over winter we had a vole living in our home so I’m not sure if it mouse or vole but either way nothing is killing them I can hear the critter at night when taking a bath. Last night he was directly behind my head scratching at the wall? What can I do to get rid of whatever kind of critter it is?

  6. Sandra says:

    Amanda, I recommend you to buy mice buy traps and put a small amount of peanut butter and poison on the trap. Also call a professional exterminator to seal up your hole if any in your apartment. Also, if your entry door to your apartment have a gap on the bottom of your door get a sealer.

    Hope this information works.

  7. To Boo, traps may be gross but I would much rather have a trap with a dead mouse in it than to have a dang live mouse in the house and not know what it is destroying and concerning the lawsuit that should be filed against DeCon, that is ridiculous. That is a problem with our country now, to many frivolous lawsuits. A lot of people like to file lawsuits anytime that something happens or doesn’t happen to suit them.

    • Christina says:

      so very true bunch of dumb people protecting nasty vermin that cause property damage and can cause illness the breed and multiply as fast as rabbits maybe faster these no kill people should have to wallow around in these creatures they want to “save”.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly feel the same.

  8. kathleen says:

    I use slim Jim’s in the traps they go for it every time

  9. Nancy says:

    Have mice. Have 4 cats, 2 are very good mouser, but still have mice. Peppermint oil, tea tree oil, mothballs, dryer sheets, still have mice. Can’t use poison, 1 cat likes hot meals. They ignore the traps. I don’t know what to do. We named 1 Fred. We see him often, the cats play catch and release with him and only him. We live in a very wooded area, and they are everywhere. We thought all the holes were plugged, guess not, but can’t find it. Ideas?..

    • Willie says:

      We got a especially rampant filthy creature that got into our house. Nothing worked until I tried peppermint oil everywhere, the creature hated it. I loved the smell, it’s so fresh smelling. I spray it for air freshener, clean with it, mopping and wiping counters all over house. Place near door ways along walls etc. Use outdoors around foundation of house and in garden. Add drops to heating vents also. Use eucalyptus oil also in areas where you cannot use peppermint oil or mix them. Worked for me with some adjustments made as needed. Hope this helps I was wits end with disgust

      • Brenda says:

        I was wondering if anyone ever heard of using powder baby powder spraying it in a woodpile or a shed floor does anyone know if this is just a Mith?

  10. Daphne says:

    I have mice or rat dropping just about everyday at my front door. Tries mouse traps and here recently, sticky traps but it doesnt seem to work, they go pass it or around it..
    How can i keep them from coming back.!!! Any suggestions.?

  11. Kevin says:

    I too have a very very bad mice problem. I have to clean my dang cabinets my bath towels an rags because there is so much mouse crap all over it. They even get into my bed which is also very very disgusting!!! I’ve tried an still using the old mouse traps technic. I also throw decon under my house. Even though there are glue traps to me those are very to disgusting an very cruel. Next I’m going to try an get the main thing fixed an that is to seal the gaps underneath my doors. I’m even considering getting a cat even though I have a dog.

  12. Stacey says:

    I live in a Trailer and it’s right next to a field so we get field mice. I have a 4 year old in the home so I worry plus have a dog. We have tried everything to get them to stay out, they were really bad during winter then stopped having any for a little while, but now they are back. Please help what can we do

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  14. VLCK says:

    I have big dogs, they don’t catch mice, but considering they carry disease, I don’t want them to. We put Decon (green blocks) in the holes. The traps with pb and cheese, caught momma in trap yesterday. Today, 2 babies with the same trap, then 2 babies on 1 glue trap together. We r gonna keep trying. Those vermin were all on my counters and chewed my water lines on my sink and refrigerator causing water to leak into my power box. They had to go. This is humane!

  15. Twiggy says:

    I have had mice problems for months. I tried deacon peppermint oil traps. I mixed in bowl drano bug spray with nuts peanut butter and baking soda they just keep coming back. They are very smart they avoid all the traps. Any ideas?

  16. Sharon says:

    Go to your neighborhood hardware store and get some one bite. You won’t see him smelling here him no more after a week they come in packages and then blocks throw them any and everywhere you think they may be coming from and around your house and you’re under porches

  17. Cloyce says:

    Pack the hole with steel wool must be packed tightly then cover with duct tape to keep and place will need to use gloves

  18. Sandy says:

    We have mice, we live in a wooded area. I found a video on YouTube explaining a trap using a bowl of oil. So far we have caught 4 mice in a couple nights. Works better than anything else we’ve ever used.

  19. Betty Hayes says:

    My daughter have mice and have 3 daughters what can she do do moth balls work

  20. Robin Kapanka says:

    I cannot use decon. I had 2 dogs eat a mouse outside and both died due to neighbors using the stuff.

    If you live in a country setting you are bound to get mice. I use a half gallon container of plaster of paris. Open carton and sprinkle chocolate into it. The mice eat it then go for water. Upon drinking after eating the chocolate plaster of paris it hardens and kills the mice with no worries about anyone animals.

  21. Richard Fritz says:

    got mice what can I do.

  22. Nita says:

    first thing, know where they are coming from, secondly, set a trap with cheese – be sure to tie it on the trap, set it right along the wall where it came from and finally, close the hole with a piece of wood or steel wool and duck tape.

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