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This DIYer has mice in the house and like most with this problem, wants to get rid of them as quickly as possible. But what's a humane method that's effective? The Forum discusses possible solutions to this rodent infestation.

Original Post: Fastest way to get rid of mice?

mikehende Member

So after some years we have mice in the house. Last week I bought d-CON cubes and put one under the stove, another at the back of the fridge and two in the food pantry where I saw the droppings. They're still there. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of them quickly?

JIMMIEM Member

The first thing to do is get rid of the food source. Then, see if you can find where they are getting in and seal it up. To follow their trail you can sprinkle some talcum powder and check for footprints. They usually travel along walls.
I had this happen recently and found broken food packages on a shelf. I found their point of entry and put down some snap traps—caught one the first night. You can buy snap trap bait or do your own....peanut butter mixed with bacon grease is supposed to be irresistible to the little critters. Or, call in a pro who will put down bait traps and snap traps, depending on who lives in the house.

CarbideTipped Forum Topic Moderator

I live in the woods, and mice are pretty much a constant battle. I use snap traps baited with peanut butter near areas where you see droppings. I use the covered snap traps so the dog doesn't get into them.

Around the outside of the house, place rodent bait stations with mouse poison blocks. Inspect and rebait them as needed. Those will keep the number of mice that make their way into the house to a minimum, and the snap traps will get those that do. Use the bait stations so pets and larger animals won't eat the poison. I don't like to use the poison inside as I prefer the mice not die in a wall or the attic.

Of course, it's worth spending some time sealing up potential entry points, but since mice can enter via very small spaces, it's hard to eliminate them all.

PAbugman Forum Topic Moderator

To entice the rodents to eat the rodenticide, it's important, as stated above, that all competing food sources be removed, otherwise they won’t change their habits. If you have an attached garage, check it for grass seed, bird seed, etc. Pet food is a big attractant for rodents. Snap traps are always good to have in place. Today I placed several in our detached garage.

Is there a basement or crawl space in your house? If so, I would bait/trap on top of the foundation wall but below the kitchen. There are enough pipes and wires coming up to the kitchen that they are probably using those openings as avenues. The top of the basement/crawl foundation wall is only 10”-12” below the basement floor.

mikehende Member

Aside from snap traps, anything more humane or less messy that can work just as good?

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

What makes you think a snap trap isn't humane? Normally it kills them as soon as it catches them.

stickshift Group Moderator

I agree, snap traps are about as humane as can be—glue traps are horrible.

PAbugman Forum Topic Moderator

Search “Tin Cats.” They make live traps for mice. I’m not big on live trapping mice and releasing them, but Tin Cats work. Get the kind that don’t need to wind up as the spring usually breaks.

stickshift Group Moderator

Bugman has good advice, except I don't believe there to be any shortage of mice in the world and therefore see no reason to let them live when releasing them if it means they are going to try to get back into your house or someone else's.

mikehende Member

Good point—I don't wish to release any of them for the reasons mentioned above. I prefer the traps, which they can go into and be disposed of without seeing them. Just don't know how effective it is, so I will get the snap traps as it's also not nice to have them living on glue traps.

CarbideTipped Forum Topic Moderator

Get some d-CON Ultra Set covered snap traps. They work well, and at most you will only see a bit of tail. It's easy to tell if they are tripped as there is a little indicator. You can stick the whole thing in a trash bag, release the arm, the critter will fall in the bag, and you can reset the trap. No muss, no fuss, no mess.

mikehende Member

Actually, we had bought a couple of those last night plus the glue ones, thanks!

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