The battle is on! You have identified at least 1 mouse has found its way into your home and you now want to get rid of it/them!
Don’t panic… In this post, we are going to run you through the 10 step process for how to get rid of mice!
Not only do we cover the process of getting rid of mice, but we will also give you some tips for how to keep them away, or at least reduce the chances of ever having mice again. You can consider this post to be a complete mouse control guide!
- Mice – Understand Your Enemy
- How To Get Rid Of Mice – 10 Step Guide Mouse Control Guide
- How Can I Stop Mice Coming Back And Taking Over My House?
- Frequently Asked Questions
First things first, we need to understand mice.
Mice – Understand Your Enemy
This is your first step for total mouse control! Before you go into battle, take some time to learn about mice. Here are the important things you need to know about these rodents before you get to our 10 step guide for how to get rid of mice.
- Mice are nocturnal. This means they are more active at night. Your traps are most likely to catch a mouse at night as they travel through your home in search of food and items to construct their mouse nest.
- Mice prefer to travel in narrow areas. This knowledge allows you to place your mouse traps in areas where they are most effective.
- Mice only need a hole as big as their head to enter your home. Use this knowledge to search around your property to identify weak points where mice can gain access. Seal them up!
- Mice carry nasty diseases. Protect yourself when coming into contact with mice by using a respirator, and strong gloves. Thoroughly clean areas where mice have been, paying most attention to areas littered with urine and mice droppings.
- The gestation period of a mouse is between 19-30 days. So you need to hunt them down and get rid of them before they begin to spread!
How To Get Rid Of Mice – 10 Step Guide Mouse Control Guide
1. Draw Up A Battle Plan
First things first, the battle plan for getting rid of mice in your home!
Where have you heard the most noise? Did you realize you had a mouse problem because you heard noises in your attic?
Keep a diary of all the times you heard mouse activity around your home. Write down what you heard, where you heard it, and what time you heard it. These are the places where you need to begin, and these are the times you are most likely to catch the mice.
Recommended reading: Places where mice love to hide in a house.
Plan your attack. Here is a list of items you will need to get rid of mice:
- Effective mouse traps
- Mouse bait
- Strong gloves
- Additional clothing protection (Foot covers, protective coverall)
- Strong cleaning equipment (anti-bacterial cleaner, sponges, strong bags)
2. Seal Entry Points
A mouse only needs a hole big enough to fit its head into to get into your home.
Now is the time to thoroughly check the outside of your property to ensure there are no small holes big enough for a mouse to gain entry.
Check the following:
- Cable holes
- Air conditioning outlets
- Gaps in window/door frames
- Roof holes
- Gaps in your roof
If you find any weak points, then you need to seal them up immediately.
Recommended reading: How to find common entry points for mice and seal them.
3. Store Food Correctly
Mice are attracted to your home because it offers comfort, protection, and food!
Make it difficult for mice to find food by storing it correctly in the first place.
Mice can chew through a load of materials, which makes it a bit of a challenge to store food in a ‘mouse-proof’ way, but not impossible.
We recommend storing food in strong plastic, or glass containers.
4. Get Some Mouse Traps
If you want to get rid of mice, then you will need some of the best mouse traps!
Consider which mouse traps are best for your situation. If you are hunting small mice, then you will need mouse traps for small mice. If you have a cat, then you need to consider some cat-safe mouse traps.
There are so many mouse traps for you to consider!
We tend to use standard snap traps, like these snap traps on Amazon. If you have an infestation, our preference is to use something like this humane mouse trap, which has the ability to live-catch up to 30 mice! Simply add the bait and leave the trap to catch them.
Recommended reading: Best mouse trap options for effective capture
5. Prepare Mouse Bait
Mouse traps are useless without some tasty mouse bait!
When setting mouse traps, we use peanut butter on most of them. Just in case there are a few mice that do not like peanut butter, we load some up with bacon, nuts, or pet food.
Recommended reading: Bait we use to catch mice.
6. Set Traps
So, you have mouse traps, and you have mouse bait. Now you need to set the traps down!
The key point here is that you set down your mouse traps in areas where you know mice are regularly traveling through. Time to check through your notes from step 1.
Lay your mouse traps down in narrow areas, or against walls with the trap facing the wall. Also, add traps near any nests you have found, and always set the trap so the ‘entrance’ is closer to the wall. If you do not set your mouse traps correctly, you may end up with a mouse trap that keeps disappearing!
Recommended reading: Best places to put mouse traps.
7. Check Traps
You should be checking your traps every day to see if you have caught a mouse.
As part of your checks, you should be changing the bait every 2-3 days to keep it fresh.
If you have not caught a mouse within 3 days and you have evidence they are still in your home, consider moving the trap to a better place.
You should still be recording each noise you hear in your battle plan. If new areas begin to appear in your plan, move the traps there for more success.
Disposing of a mouse changes depending on whether you catch the mouse alive, or your trap has killed the mouse.
Disposing of a dead mouse is easier. Simply place the dead mouse in a strong bag (double up if you need to) and add it to your trash.
Clean the area and trap thoroughly before re-using.
If you have caught a live mouse and you need to dispose of it, then that is slightly more difficult! You need to transport the mouse at least 3 miles away from your home in an area where the mouse can thrive.
We release live mice back into a wooded area where there are plenty of food sources for it.
Recommended reading: How to dispose of a live mouse.
9. Clean Up
After catching a mouse, you need to clean the area thoroughly!
You can use bleach, vinegar and water mix, or antibacterial cleaners to clean the area. We use a combination during clean up operations.
After the deep clean, it is worth ventilating the area and applying some odor absorbers too.
10. Confirm The Mice Are Gone
Are you confident that all the mice have left your home?
There are a few tricks you can use to check! After you have caught the last mouse, you should take some photographs of the areas they have been. Take pictures of everything the mice have chewed.
You can also scatter some flour or talc over the floor. Check the talc after a few days to see if there are any tiny mouse footprints in it.
If you haven’t heard any mice-related noise for 1 week, and no footprints have been seen in the talc/flour, you can be confident that all the mice have gone.
Recommended reading: How you can be sure that all the mice have gone.
How Can I Stop Mice Coming Back And Taking Over My House?
Simple – perform a thorough check of your home for common entry points for mice! If you find any, then seal them up quickly. You have a mice free house now, do not ruin it by giving them a chance to get back into your property.
You can also get a cat, which is a great way of keeping mice under control.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What scent will keep mice away? Some folks say that peppermint and citronella can keep mice away. Although it has been shown to work, you have to keep the scent strong enough to repel the mice.
- What home remedy can I use to get rid of mice? Peppermint oil has been shown to repel mice however, as we mentioned above, the scent needs to be strong enough to repel the mice. There is no remedy like preparation! Make sure your house is not open to mice. Seal those entry points.
If you want to know how to get rid of mice then we are confident that you have found everything you are looking for in this post.
The best thing you can do is create a plan before the begin anything. Get your gear together before the battle!
Having mice in your home is very common. They are tiny creatures looking for a warm safe place to bring up baby mice into the world. Whilst mice may look cute, you have to remember that they can carry and transmit some nasty diseases to you and anyone living in your home. Diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonella, and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis.
Good luck, and stay safe!