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Video:Get Rid of Mice the Friendly Way

with Danielle Lessovitz

The unexpected visit you get from a mouse probably makes your skin crawl, but you might not feel comfortable killing these unwanted guests. Learn easy and organic tricks for preventing, repelling, and removing mice from your home, the humane way.See Transcript

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Transcript:Get Rid of Mice the Friendly Way

Hi my name is Danielle Lessovitz for About.com. Mice may be cute and furry, but they make horrible pets. In fact they carry disease. Snap traps, glue traps, and poison are all relatively effective and available at your local grocery store, but some of us may not like the blood and gore that come along with them.

So what alternatives are there for those of use who want to get rid of mice without killing them? In the next few minutes I'll show you how to get ride of mice the friendly way.

Supplies to Get Rid of Mice Humanely

Here's what you will need:
  • peppermint oil
  • cotton balls
  • steel wool
  • 3 brick-shaped items
  • peanut butter
  • a five-gallon bucket

Clean the Mouse-Infested Area

First we will want to eliminate the reason for why the mice are here in the first place: food. Make sure to clean your countertops thoroughly and never underestimate the power of a good sweep.

Repel the Mice With Peppermint Oil

Next we will want to repel the mice, for this we will need our peppermint oil. Pour a generous amount of peppermint oil onto a single cotton ball. You'll want to place the cotton ball in the area the mice frequent, in the living room, on countertops on the kitchen floor. The peppermint is simply too strong for their noses. Continue this process until there is a cotton ball with peppermint oil present in every problem area.

Close Off Mouse Entry Areas

Next we'll want to prevent the mouse from reentering the house. The easiest entry points are along access lines such as water, gas and electric lines. This simplest and most effective way to plug up these holes is to simply insert steel wool in the hole. Tear off a piece of wool that you think is appropriate amount and stuff it into the empty space. Common alternatives to the steel wool are wire mesh and spackle and foam. And that should do the trick now.

Construct a Humane Mouse Trap

I'm going to show you what to do if you still have mice, and that of course is to make a trap that catches mice without killing them. It is not the most beautiful decorative piece, but it will work. Place your bucket in an area where mice frequent, grab your peanut butter and spread a small amount on the inside of your bucket. This is the bait, now take your bricks, or in my case, cigar boxes and stack them vertically. This will be our mouse staircase. The mice will be lured to the bucket and will fall in while trying to eat the peanut butter. Then you can pick up your bucket and set your mice free in whatever natural environment you think suits them the best.

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