How to get rid of household mice

Mice can prove to be pesky, irritating and unwanted household guests – fortunately there are a number of pest control methods to rid your home of mice infestations.

rat in kitchen

Mice are pesky and unwanted house guests that are easily gotten rid of. A mice infestation can cause a few problems in the home. Mice in the home can stop you from sleeping by hearing their little feet scurrying up and down wall cavities and across the floors and small holes can appear in furniture, wiring and food packets. All of this will need to be replaced which will of course cost money. There is a risk that these little creatures may carry diseases with them.

Getting rid of mice takes time and the effort is worth taking as mice can multiply at a phenomenal rate. The easiest way to get rid of mice is to hire a pest control professional.

Looking for signs of mice

Before you hire a pest control company or lay traps look around for signs of mice in and about your home. Look out for small holes in walls, droppings and piles of mess. Also try sprinkling talc along skirting boards and seeing where the little foot prints go. If you do see mice write down a description to give the pest control people. Field mice and wild mice tend to be a lighter colour than house mice and different baits are used for different mice. If the mice are more than six inches long you probably have rats.

Stopping mice getting into your home

The best way to prevent a mouse infestation is to keep your home clean and tidy but even so they can still appear after changes in weather. Remove any possible nesting sites, store food and waste correctly and cut off any sources for food. If you have pets always clean the dishes after they eaten so mice aren’t attracted by the smell. Unwanted clutter in spare and little used rooms are good places for mice to hide. In the garden keep all weeds and grass cut short so there is nowhere for mice to make homes and nests. Go around the outside of your house and look for any holes taht a mouse could get through and block them up.

Laying traps

Conventional baited snap traps are the most common way to catch and kill mice but the mice are not always killed immediately. A better option is a zapper trap that kills the mice with an electric shock. The problem with these is the constant changing of batteries. Always wear gloves when you are disposing of dead mice. A trap will only cost you a few pounds.

Poison should be a last resort but it can also harm your pets and people and some give off an unpleasant smell. If you have a large infestation you should hire a pest exterminator. The cost can be as little as £50 depending on the scale of the mice infestation.

Humane ways to deter mice

Nearly all rodents including mice have an aversion to mint so if you grow plants in your front and rear gardens you are deterring them naturally. You can encourage mice to leave your home by placing cotton balls with peppermint oil around your home. Using catch traps is another way to treat mice living in your home by catching and removing them. Take them to a rural area with plenty of food around and your home should stay free from a mice infestation.

Professional eradication of mice

A professional pest exterminator will get rid of mice in your house from £100 to £155. This includes more than one visit and is classed as a three treatment job. The big commercial concerns will charge you a lot more at around £400 for the same service.

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kabindra khadga says:

Hi

I have mice problem in my flat and I am look for help to get rid of it. I wonder if you can recommend pet control company that I can contact?

Thanks

Kabindra

mjackson says:

Hi

Thanks for your post.

In order to receive contact from up to 4 local companies please complete our online form.

We will then aim to match you up to 4 local pest control companies who will each contact you in order to arrange the free quotes.

We hope to be of more assistance in the future.

Mark @ ServiceMagic

Cimone says:

Hello

My boyfriend and I have a very cute little field mouse staying in our kitchen cupboard. I naturally want to catch it and he wants to buy a mouse trap. I told him to give me time to see if I can’t get him caught and then set him free in a park somewhere. I’ve read mint chases them away. I would lay the cotton balls with mint oil down but we own two pitbulls and they will eat it. Can you please recommend a safer way to catch the dogs without killing the mouse or my dogs?

Cimone

mjackson says:

Hi Cimone,

Nearly all rodents including mice have an aversion to mint so if you grow plants in your front and rear gardens you are deterring them naturally. You can encourage mice to leave your home by placing cotton balls with peppermint oil around your home. Using catch traps is another way to treat mice living in your home by catching and removing them. Take them to a rural area with plenty of food around and your home should stay free from a mice infestation.

We hope that this information helps.

ServiceMagic

Georgina Rockson says:

I live in a three bed house and have seen and heard some mice in my house.I need good and low cost company to help me get them out of the house .Am having sleepless night
Thanks

mjackson says:

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for your post.

We recommend getting quotes from local pest controllers which you can do by filling in our online pest control request form.

We will then ask up to 4 local companies to contact you in order to arrange the free quotes.

We hope this helps.

Servicemagic

Hello, the other night I saw a mouse it was quite small and brown, i put poison down in various places like behind washer,fridge-freezer, and poison as disappeared from behind my t.v, behind my sofa and near my gas cupboard, but as stayed in all other places, the strange thing is I’ve not seen any droppings and not of the food in the cupboard as been nibbled at, I’m frightened to death and not to sure what to do next, can you please help me, thank you.

mjackson says:

Hi Jade,

Thanks for your post.

Please feel free to fill in our online request form and we will aim to match you with up to 4 local pest controllers who will call you in order to arrange a convenient time for them to visit you and provide you with a free quote to have the problem dealt with.

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