If you see a mouse in your house, don’t kid yourself—his entire extended family has moved in with him. Reclaim your home, once and for all.
Step 1: Set traps Set traps in areas where you’ve seen mice. Put a dab of peanut butter or a bit of chocolate on each. And don’t be stingy—put out a lot of traps.
TIP: Snap traps and glue boards work equally well, but snap traps are more humane because death is instant.
Step 2: Don’t cook Eat out or order takeout for a few days so you can stick a few in the stove and under the burners, where mice like to nest.
: Don’t set traps near any pilot lights!
Step 3: Repeat After you’ve caught some mice with your traps, rearrange the furniture a bit and put out traps in some new patterns. Always wash your hands with hot water and soap after disposing of a mouse.
Step 4: Inspect rooms Go from room to room looking for holes in the walls, floors, and baseboards. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as dimes.
Step 5: Patch Patch up the holes by stuffing them with steel wool—which mice won’t chew through—and then sealing them with caulking compound.
Step 6: Examine doors Examine doors that lead outside; they should have a 'sweep' at the bottom that prevents mice from running in. If they don’t, install them.
TIP: If you can fit a pencil under a door or in a hole, a mouse could crawl through it.
Step 7: Scatter moth balls Scatter moth balls in front of your front door and garage door. They’re a great mouse repellant. But don’t put them indoors—they’re highly toxic.
Step 8: Check for rotting walls Still not gone? Have a handyman pull out your sink; the moisture often leads to rotting walls. If that’s the case, have 24-gauge galvanized steel installed where needed.
Step 9: Prevent future infestations Prevent future infestations by storing food in strong, lidded containers (especially pet food and bird seed), using covered garbage cans, and taking the trash out promptly.
FACT: When you begin exterminating the mice in your house, they instinctively step up their breeding, leading to even more mice!