How to Get Rid of Mice

In this article, you’ll find out how to get rid of mice in the house. If you were looking to find out about rats instead, you can find more information in our how to get rid of rats in the house article.


Realising you have mice in your home can be stressful and unpleasant, but there are plenty of ways to tackle the problem. The most important thing is to remember you’re not alone and having a few mice is very common. These little critters are adept at gaining entry into homes, and breed at a rapid rate making an infestation highly likely once they’re in.


How to get rid of mice in the house

When it comes to knowing what to do if you have mice in your house, it can be easy to get bogged down in all the conflicting advice that’s out there. Firstly, you may only have seen one mouse and wonder whether this requires you to take action, or whether the problem will disappear on its own. The key thing to remember here is that, where there’s one mouse, there are usually more.


This might not mean you have a huge problem, but it should still be dealt with as soon as possible to stem the issue. The approach you take really is up to you, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s little scientific evidence to back up home remedies like peppermint sprays and dryer sheet stuffing.


For best results, we’d recommend following these simple steps:


  1. Clean your home thoroughly: Mice will go where there’s food so one of the best ways to start getting a handle on the problem is to give your home a thorough clean, and to seal food items properly. Take a meticulous approach to removing all crumbs and traces of food from every room and be sure to lock any open sources of food away. Many people think that simply storing food up high is enough to deter mice, not realising that mice can actually climb! For this reason, it’s crucial to properly seal food to ensure they have no way of accessing it.
  2. Find out where they’re coming from: It can be tempting to put mouse traps all over your home in an initial panic, but this won’t necessarily be effective. The key to dealing with the problem properly is sourcing the mice’s entry points into your home, as well as where they’re building their nests. Look for any holes in windows, floors and walls, and listen out for scratching noises at night. If the situation is bad, you may need a professional exterminator to help you determine where they are.
  3.  Seal off any problem areas: If you come to learn that your home is riddled with cracks, holes and gaps that mice can squeeze through, you should start the dealing with your mouse problem by sealing these off. Again, you might need professional help in doing this if you’re dealing with a serious infestation. There’s no point learning how to get mice out of your house if they can come back in, so make sure not to miss out this crucial step.
  4. Set your bait: Use an effective mouse bait like the d-CON Refillable Corner Fit Bait Stations, which can be used indoors or outdoors and are safer and cleaner than traditional traps. Set your bait stations out, spaced at 8 to 12-foot intervals in infested areas, and leave them to do the rest of the work. When you start to notice that the bait is being eaten, it won’t be long until you’ve got a mouse-free home. It’s worth noting that mice are naturally curious creatures, who will visit multiple bait stations if there are multiple to explore. That means that the more stations you use, the more bait they’ll eat and the quicker you’ll get on top of the problem.


Getting rid of mice in the attic

Mice in the attic can be particularly tricky to eliminate due to being in awkward, sometimes difficult to reach places. To tackle the problem, follow these steps:


  1. Set bait where you can: you might be lucky enough to be able to get bait into a place in your attic where the mice will come to it, in which case you’re halfway to problem solved! One handy trick for seeing if the mice are eating the bait is to put some flour around the station and then watch out for footprints. It’s also wise to wear gloves when you’re putting the stations in place, as mice have an excellent sense of smell and may be put off the bait if they can detect a human scent.
  2. Seal off any entry points: Finally, you’ll need to seal off any entry points to your attic which may involve hiring a professional roofer. Be sure to check for entry points from the house too, such as gaps or holes in your attic door.
  3. Hire someone with tile roof experience: If you don’t have any luck on your own and you have a tiled roof, you may need to hire an expert. They’ll be able to lift up your tiles to see where the mice are coming from and advise you on how best to proceed.


Getting rid of mice outdoors

Mice outside of your house can be hard to get rid of altogether, but they shouldn’t pose a problem if they’re not coming in droves.


If they are, you’ll need to take action by following these steps:


  1. Sanitize the area: Make sure you never have overflowing bins or a lot of mess outside your home – just cleaning up the area should help to get rid of the mice.
  2. Set bait in the affected areas: There’s nothing to say you can’t set bait outside the home as well as inside, which should eliminate problem quickly and efficiently. Just be sure to choose an outdoor-friendly option, such as d-CON® Refillable Corner Fit Bait Stations.
  3. Seal off any entries into your home: Mice love to hang around garages, especially in the winter when they seek shelter and warmth. If an uneven garage door means they can come and go as they please you might find yourself dealing with mice both in and out of your house. Fixing these problems can go a long way in eradicating your mouse infestation.


Dealing with a bigger, scarier rodent? Read our article on how to get rid of rats in the home for everything you need to know!