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Stop Mice


Summary: Tips on how to stop mice from entering your home, plus steps to take once you have mice in the house.

Jen, Vancouver, Canada asks:

I have a hundred year old three-story house with a concrete foundation and partially finished basement, and for many years we have had a problem with mice. We trap them, but every fall when it gets cold, more come in from outside. Because they mostly live in the walls and ceilings, closing up the holes inside the house is not a viable option. I was wondering whether there is any way of sealing the house at ground level from the outside, so that they wouldn't be able to get in. Is this viable, and who should I call to have such a thing done? A mason? An exterminator? Thanks!

Dear Jen:

I, too, live in a 100+ year old home. Fortunately, I do not share your problem, but I can relate.

You can stop mice from getting in the house, but not without some effort on your part. Understand that mice look for places they feel protected. Inside the walls of your house is perfect. So, let's talk about how to discourage the mice from entering in the first place.

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Cut grass short

I'm taking an educated guess your house backs up into a wooded area. If that is the case, I would also guess that there are tall grasses and high weeds growing along the edge of the woods. These would be excellent areas where mice live in the wild. As mice explore their surroundings, their natural curiosity may have them exploring along the foundation of your house. Of course, as they run along the foundation walls, any holes with openings the size of a dime presents an opportunity for entry. Don't overlook the openings where electric conduits enter the house or where hose bibs and water lines come through the foundation. Repair bad thresholds under doors and garage doors.

Mice love places to hide. Take a look along the foundation and be sure to cut down high grasses. Move stacks of wood away from foundation walls, as well. Birds are messy eaters, dropping lots of seed on the ground, so move bird feeders well away from the house. Bowls of pet food will also attract hungry rodents. Leaf litter and any other clutter needs to be removed.

A good mouse program sometimes requires a first-line of defense. The placement of rodent stations along the outside perimeter wall may be called for. I would suggest one rodent station every twenty five feet. You

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Landscape "rock" rodent station

can get rodent bait stations disguised as landscape rocks online. These stations can be secured to the ground to prevent tampering.

As for the mice already residing inside the house, I would suggest snap traps and glue boards. Mice are easy to catch if you know how. Please read my articles on mouse proofing, mouse infestations and how to catch a rat.

I think a good brick layer can do tuck pointing and a garage door company can put a rubber seal on the bottom of the door. The installation of a high quality sweep on the bottom of pedestrian doors will also do the trick.

Hope this information helps.

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Comments

tkeddy
30 Oct 2009, 16:17
i live in a triplex and have been here almost a year...beside my appartment is a mud basement and since the weather has changed and gotten cold i have had some mice get in and i want to know how i can stop them...i do not have access to the basement but it connects to my laundry room and shares a wall with my living room...is there anything i can do,or do i just leave out a trap 24/7
Ask the Exterminator
31 Oct 2009, 15:51
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angela
01 Mar 2010, 04:08
can mice get in through grids on the wall where the chimney stack is thanks
ANNMARIE CAMPBELL
09 Nov 2010, 11:31
I LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME IN THE COUNTRY
IN 2 NIGHTS WE KILLED 19 MICE . I HAVE DOGS THAT LIVE IN MY HOUSE AND I WORRY ABOUT PUTTING OUT BAIT . IS THERE SOMETHING SAFE I CAN USE THAT WONT HURT MY DOGS IF THEY GET A HOLD OF A MOUSE THAT ATE SOME BAIT?? PLEASE EMAIL ME ABOUT MY PROBLEM..
THANK YOU
ANNMARIE CAMPBELL
Ask the Exterminator
09 Nov 2010, 15:05
I never recommend using rodent bait inside a house. Take steps to plug entry holes, cut tall grass and weeds around the mobile home and remove any clutter from around or under the mobile home. If you want to trap mice put out a few multi-catch mouse traps. You can see one at http://shop.asktheexterminator.com/rodents/catchmaster-multi-catch-trap-cle ar-lid.html.
amy sutherland
26 Dec 2010, 17:16
My mum moved into a 2 bedroom house on the 8th August 2010 and has found quite a few wild mice in the kitchen and one ran upstairs to her room. She won't sleep in the bedroom because she is so petrified of them. I don't live with her but I have been there to comfort her and I have been putting rentokil bait down for the mice but they keep eating it, I keep refilling it. Mum won't go in the kitchen or up in her bedroom. She is getting a exterminator out but they are not coming untill 7th Jan 2011. Mum has epilepsy and she fits if she gets to stressed, she does not find it easy to sleep at night and when she hears a noise it wakes her and upsets her. Also, she is a single parent. please help. what do we do?
Ask the Exterminator
26 Dec 2010, 22:58
If the mice are eating the bait they should be dying. If there are mice getting into the house and the openings have not been found and closed, you will continue to have new infestations. I do not advocate baiting for mice inside a structure. When they die
they smell. I much prefer to put out the classic snap traps and lots of them. Please read my article on how to properly pre-bait and position mouse traps. http://www.asktheexterminator.com/rodents/Mouse_Trap.shtml
Mags
11 Mar 2011, 18:24
Glur traps are horrible things I'm surprised they're still allowed. If you need to kill something it should be quick and efficient - not prolonged suffering - we are supposed to be 'civilised' these days - aren't we???
Michael
30 Oct 2011, 17:51
We use an exterminator to put poison downstairs where the mice are but even though the exterminator puts poison where I see the mice I still see 1 mouse crawling around the same place. I am the only one in my family who sees them and it ruins my day when I see the mouse. I know there are many in the house at least 5. Can you help me?
Ask the Exterminator
31 Oct 2011, 10:51
I never suggest putting poison inside a house. The mice can move the poison around, dropping tiny pieces where ever they travel. Instead, I prefer using traps. Properly baited and position traps will verify that you are capturing the mice. You also need to make sure that all the exterior entry holes have been properly sealed so you are not chasing a never-ending flow of new mice coming in from the outside.
mayme
23 Nov 2011, 10:46
I think mice are coming into my house through me doggie door. How do I stop this?
Ask the Exterminator
23 Nov 2011, 10:54
The doggie door provides ample room for mice to enter. As long as the entryway is present, the mice will get inside. You may have to invest in a new door or remove it, totally.
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