Before we start, a warning: NEVER USE POISON for mouse control. It doesn't kill all the mice, and they quickly return, and the mice that do die will rot in your attic or house and cause a terrible odor. Poison,
is temporary, ineffective, inhumane, causes odor problems. Read about mouse poison
. Do it the right way
- seal them out.
Find out how the mice are getting inside your house. There are holes outside, leading into the building. Vents, gaps in siding, areas where wires and
pipes go into the house, roof lines, etc. Mice enter in these areas, then crawl up the walls and into the attic, which is an ideal nesting and hiding place. You will never get rid of all the mice permanently until you find out how they are getting inside.
Seal every last entry point shut - anything larger than 1/4 inch. Use steel mesh or metal flashing, because these little rodents can chew though
lesser repairs, such as mere caulking.
Trap and remove the mice. Set snap traps, at least ten of them, wherever you see mouse trails or droppings. I usually do this in the attic, where
mice have left ample evidence with trails and mouse poop in the insulation. How to trap mice
Clean the attic space, if necessary, to get rid of germs, pathogens, and mouse odor that attracts new mice. This also helps prevent the growth of
mold, which can happen with mouse urine and feces.
If you need to hire professional help, click on this National Wildlife Control
directory that I have carefully compiled
over the last 8 years. It contains hundreds of different companies throughout the USA, all of which I have talked to over the years, and who I trust to do great mouse
removal work in your home town.
Why do mice like to live in the attic? It's warm and dry and safe, that's why! They breed up there, they build mouse nests in the insulation, they poop, they pee, they store food. They make little tunnels and runways in the insulation. Click here for mouse poop photos
Most people seem to notice the noises in the attic or walls at night. If it's a light pitter-patter, it's likely mice. Sometimes the noises seem loud, if the mice are running directly on the drywall. Some people report to me hearing
noises like rolling nuts in the attic.
Mice in the attic can cause damage by chewing on electrical wires. They also spread diseases and odor. They often crawl down from the attic and into the house and kitchen, where they chew on various things, and get into the pantry and contaminate food. If you need to hire professional help, read about how much does mouse removal cost
How To Get Rid Of Mice In The Attic -
If you know that you have mice in the attic, then you may be thinking that it is the worst place for mice. Some of those worries are warranted because you can tell why a mouse would think that the attic is perfect; it is small, dark, and there seems to be infinity of places where a mouse can hide. The attic is also a place that does not have much human traffic because it is not every day that you need something from your attic. But just because it is dark, small and has those hiding places does not mean that it is difficult to catch mice there.
If you are asking "how do you get rid of mice in the attic" you will be surprised at how simple the answer is. Use traps with mouse trap bait
that mice will find irresistible, and more importantly, set these traps in
the proper location, after you have sealed all of the mice's entry holes leading into the attic shut permanently. You just need to place the traps in the attic and leave them. Soon you will notice that the traps begin to work. The mice may be hiding in the attic, but they eventually have to leave their hiding place in order to feed. Peanut butter will get them in the trap within hours. Seeing mice in the attic may be tough, but trapping them is not. Read about how to kill mice
How To Get Rid Of Mice In The Ceiling -
There are many that might find that you have mice in your ceiling. You can hear them scampering about. So, the question for you is how to get rid of mice in the ceiling? You have come to the right place to learn how to get rid of them.
You have to lure them out. When you are looking at how to get rid of mice in the ceiling, some have set up traps up there and have put out peanut butter or cheese. That would be one way you can do this. This won’t kill them unless they just die in the traps, but at least you can get rid of them to some extent.
Another idea for others who are looking at how to get rid of mice in the ceiling when you don’t want to use traps would be poison. They will go to die up there so you will have to go up to get rid of the dead mice, but that is a way to handle them as well. You don’t want them in your ceiling as they can do damage if they start chewing on your ceiling. So, try these things when you find those rodents up there.
Getting Rid Of Roof Mice -
There are many places in your home but the one that is a bit more complex to solve is the mice on the roof. The reason why the roof presents problems is that it gives the mice a way out as well as a way in. It is also not the easiest place for you to get to. So there are a few things that you will need if the objective is getting rid of roof mice. Because getting the mice from your roof can be a bit dangerous you should be really careful if you are going to give it a try.
The best way to get mice from your roof is by far to use some sort of mouse poison. The reason for that is that there really is no good place to put a trap when you are on the roof. You will need to use a ladder to get there and once on the roof place the poison in places where they would be accessible to mice, but try to hide it from other wild life. If you can place the poison somewhere that it will not get wet that will make it more likely that the mice will find it.
Repellents - Remember, repellents do not work. Go ahead and try them if you don't believe me. It's a waste of time. You won't solve the problem until the entry holes are sealed. Read more about mouse repellent
Getting Rid Of Mouse Trap In My Attic
If you have placed a mouse trap in your attic, but you have already gotten the mice out then you will need to get rid of those traps. They are easy to get rid of unless they were dragged somewhere that is hard to reach. Of course you may have had to place them there because of household pets. When that is the case you will need to know tips for “getting rid of mouse trap in my attic.”
Whether the traps are easy to get to or not you should make sure to trigger them before you handle them. This is done by using a stick or something that will help you push the trigger mechanism without being injured. If you handle the traps without them being triggered first you could risk getting a cut or worst break a finger. Once the traps have been triggered then you can simply pick them up and put them away or dispose of them. Keep in mind when you are removing mouse traps to always make sure to put safety first.
If a mouse did trigger them then use rubber gloves or a plastic bag. You may want to consider the use of a cage trap for mice
, but in general these traps aren't as effective, nor are they even more humane.
What if it's a different animal?
If you hear noises in your attic and don't know what type of wild animal is living up there, read the animal attic pest website
which identifies all the
major animal species that live in attics, including raccoons, squirrels, opossums, bats, birds, and yes rodents like rats and mice. It is an excellent resource.
Do You Need Help?
I wrote this website to provide information on How To Get Rid of Mice in the Attic in the case that you have
a mouse problem and need to make an informed decision about what to do. If you
have any questions you may email me, but I do know from experience
that mouse removal is not simple. If you need professional help solving your
wildlife conflict, I recommend that you talk to a professional mouse
control expert in your town by clicking on my National Wildlife Control
directory, which lists experts who I recommend in every USA city and town who can
help you with your mouse issue. Or you can read more mouse control information, on these topics:
Get mice out of the wall
Mouse poison analysis
Do mice live in urban or wild areas
Do mice come through the plumbing
Are glueboards good to catch mice
Can you catch a mouse in a cage