Tips To Prevent Mice From Invading Your Kitchen

Reblogger June Piper-Brandon
Real Estate Agent with Houwzer Inc MD RE License 579412

This is an article after my own heart!!  Everywhere we have lived we have had a terrible mouse problem.  Our house is clean, however, we still have mice.  I had an exterminator come and he found 8 entry points into my house which he blocked, then he laid bait stations and set traps and for a time we didn't have that many, last fall we started seeing them again.  We caught 6 mice, but the remaining ones are persistent.  I am going to try a few of these tips and hopefully, they will be gone in short measure. 

Original content by Kate Steven

No one wants mice in their kitchen. These pests are vile and extremely irritating and are prolific at the moment in areas like Essex that are being hit hard by the pandemic. Not only that, they also contaminate food and spread disease. If you’re currently being plagued by mice and want to do something about it here are some tips you can follow.


Clean Up Your Kitchen


To prevent mice you need to start by keeping your kitchen spotless. Mice are nocturnal and avoid humans as much as possible. What this means is that they most often come out at night when you’re in bed. They rampage through your kitchen collecting any available food. They also have a tendency to defecate and urinate all over the place.


To stop them doing this you need to remove all food waste from your kitchen. Before going to bed at night, make sure to thoroughly clean your kitchen. Start by sweeping and washing the floor. Remember, there may be crumbs on the floor and this will attract mice. Next, clean your countertops. All counters should be wiped with some type of anti-bacterial spray.


Then do the dishes. You absolutely cannot afford to leave dirty dishes in the sink. Dirty dishes are essentially a buffet for mice. Finally dry up around the sink. Like all animals mice need water to survive. By wiping around your sink you prevent them from getting this water.


Remove Rubbish


You most likely have some type of food waste in your rubbish bins right now. This will attract mice, warns Mark from Pest Exterminators Essex. To prevent this, he says, your dustbin should have a lid which seals tightly. In fact, the best solution is one of those dustbins which fits inside the cupboard. You also need to remove rubbish from your kitchen as often as possible.


When your bin bag is full do not take it out of the dustbin and leave it next to the dustbin! Too many people are in the bad habit of doing this. Instead, take the bag outside and place it in another bin. Also, throw away your rubbish on whatever day the bin men come. Do not leave it to accumulate for weeks.


Keep Food Tightly Sealed Away


All food in your kitchen should be kept away from mice and stored properly. Do not leave any food out. This includes loaves of bread and fruit. Place everything into containers and put those containers into cupboards which shut tightly. This includes dry goods in boxes and packets. Mice have sharp teeth and can easily make their way through breakfast cereal boxes, pasta packets and so on. For this reason all dry goods should be transferred into plastic containers.


Set Mice Traps And Lay Poison


Mice are fairly easy to get rid of. They are not nearly as vicious as rats and are not hard to exterminate. In fact, many store bought deterrents are highly effective. In your local grocery store you should find various poisons and mice pellets. You can also experiment with the traditional mouse traps, or more advanced bait traps. On the internet you’ll also find various designs for non-lethal mouse traps. One solution involves a bucket, spoons and peanut butter. Place the bucket somewhere beneath your counter. Above this place the spoon. On the end of this spoon smear some peanut butter. The mouse smells the peanut butter runs onto the spoon and fall into the bucket. This mouse trap is simple but elegant, and there are many more available online.


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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Mice do not like oil of peppermint - put it on a cotton ball and then place the cotton balls near locations that you have seen mice - under the stove, near the furnace (watch out for flame sources obviously) - I got rid of a mouse that thought he was auditioning for a part in a Disney movie he was that persistent and unafraid of people but my tenant was very afraid of him - he avoided traps and glue plates and all the rest but left with the cotton balls

Jan 17, 2021 03:59 PM #1
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Get a cat or dog that likes to find mice and rats!  We have 2 Jack Russel Terriers and they let us know when some vermin are nearby.

Jan 17, 2021 04:50 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Call the shelter, June! Tell them to send you a cat to foster for a week or two! The cat will catch the mice and you'll probably fall in love and wind up adopting a great pet!! 

Thanks for sharing these solutions - sage advice as we have them in our area and it's something I've never really known what to do about to share it. I like Lise's oil of peppermint suggestion too!

Jan 17, 2021 05:55 PM #3
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening June Piper-Brandon ,

Love some of the comments on your post..especially Debe Maxwell, CRS suggestion. I think she is on to something..calling the shelter to adopt a cat could be the perfect answer!

Jan 17, 2021 07:20 PM #4
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