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Mice in basement.

By May 18, 2019 19 Comments

I’m not terribly surprised to see mouse droppings. After all, it is a basement. Is it something I should address? I haven’t come across any deterrent with great reviews.

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  • burgeoningboysclub says:

    Do a deep clean of your basement first… Throw away unnecessary clutter.

    Once done, find any holes. I caulked some of the holes in my basement. And I used steel wool to stuff the crevasses.

    Get yourself some large glue traps and a few of those rodent motels. I prefer the snap traps, but most people elect for the glue traps.

    *My grandfather sprays mint to deter mice. Not sure if it works for sure, but I guess it’s worth a try. A spray bottle, warm water and a couple of drops of mint essential oil.

  • rayhiggenbottom says:

    Look for holes they could be getting in and fill them with steel wool and caulking. A mouse can get through a hole the size of a dime. Also clean up anything they may be eating or drinking, they must be feeding off of something. A mouse can go a while on a little bit of food but they need water every day.

    To kill them, I don’t like using them because I’m a wuss but there’s always glue traps. Or poison. The problem with live capture is unless you take them a mile or more away to release they’ll just find their way back. But really the best way is to seal any entries and keep away access to water and food.

  • schluftman says:

    You do want to worry. They will multiply if left alone and they will spread to the rest of the house.

    The snap traps work. I’d set one close to the droppings. If you catch one the next day, set two. If you catch two, set three.

    They are cheap and really the best way to be rid of mice.

    About once a year — usually in the fall — I see mouse signs. I go through my process above and usually catch one or two. When I first moved in, it was closer to 50.

    With that said, mice are essentially harmless (and here someone will point out how they carry disease — which is rare) . Just gross. And just being gross doesn’t seem like enough reason to be killed.

  • WesleyPosvar says:

    i’d get rid of them, but you do you

  • Renaliunsult says:

    Get a cat or borrow a good mouser from a neighbor for a few weeks

  • HurlingMonkeys says:

    Mice are very destructive. Get rid of them unless you want thousands of dollars of damage to your house. The multiply quickly and can be a nightmare if not addressed right away.

    Snap traps, in my opinion, have always been the best way to get rid of them. The only thing I would add that others haven’t is to tie down the trap somehow. Sometimes the mouse doesn’t die instantly and the last thing you want is to play find the dead mouse before it starts to smell.

  • TotalJagoff says:

    [“A rat or mouse in your home can carry a lot of risks. Rodents can spread disease, and both rats and mice can cause a great deal of damage to the structure of your home as well as eating and contaminating your – and your pet’s – food.”](https://www.thespruce.com/damage-from-rats-and-mice-2656752)

    I would opt for removal and then steps to prevent recurrence.

  • beachparty42 says:

    If you get an ultrasonic scream or it will drive them out of the building and you won’t have to deal with killing them. Make sure you get a good quality unit and plenty of them. They will chew on everything including your wires and your insulation. They need to go and the sooner the better. Good luck

  • potionholly says:

    Get a cat!

  • trmark123 says:

    Yes. Fill holes and clean up. Also, heard that putting chunks of Irish spring soap around helps deter then.

  • Zindel1 says:

    I’ve had really good luck with the Tom cat snap traps and their bait. Another one I’ve seen is the bucket trap. There are two versions but one is a rolling bar that attaches to a 5 gallon bucket and another is a plank that dumps them into the water. I think that one is called walk the plank mouse trap. It’s on Amazon and so is the roller kind.

  • grandmagellar says:

    I have an absolute abhorrence of snap traps after a very, very bad experience with one. Glue traps aren’t much better. This style of live trap with peanut butter crackers has never failed me. It’s my go to when moving into a new house to make sure it’s mouse-free.

    I have not been averse to releasing them in the yards of bad neighbors, but you may want to release a little farther away for peace of mind. But caulk and seal any gaps, cracks, or holes that you find to prevent new mice from coming in.


  • jou-lea says:

    DeCon bait comes in boxes

  • Tedstor says:

    Glue traps…..work every time.

  • silorme says:

    We had a couple rats that would get into our utility room. They were pooping out the poison and not dying (green poop). They were eating the bait off the spring traps (tomcat traps suck, the cheap ones work great!). They also managed to escape the glue traps!

    My wife walked in on one once and it could not get up to the ceiling to the hole it had gotten in from fast enough, so it jumped in our open dryer. The wife immediately slammed the door. She wanted to try to catch it with a bag and opening the door. I, on the other hand, discovered that 10 minutes on low heat does the trick. She spent a good hour disinfecting the dryer after.

  • PhragMunkee says:

    Rodents are f’ing awful. It took us 2 years and a couple thousand dollars to get the problem under control. Our problem was rats.

    We had to cut lots of holes in our basement ceiling to place traps. The easiest and most effective trap was the t-rex with the jagged teeth. The rats were adept enough to get the bait out of the regular snap traps without setting them off. The bait in the t-rex traps is inside the trap, so it’s almost impossible to get the bait without setting off the trap or getting out of the trap without dying.

    We also set up a half dozen poison bait stations around the outside base of the house. This also helped with the chipmunk and vole population. Chipmunks and voles were not a problem inside the house, but they were wrecking our vegetable gardens.

    And, finally, we stuffed steel wool into any holes we found. We then used the pest control Great Stuff foam in the steel wool as well. To find some of the holes, we bought a small fog machine and placed it in parts of the basement ceiling (where we had to cut out for traps). We then pressurized the house using a a window fan and some box fans blowing in doors (forcing outside air into the house). This forced the fog from the fog machine to escape through holes that we didn’t notice. We used the steel wool + Great Stuff on those as well. After about 3 weekends of this, we sealed up everything that we could reach. As far as I can tell, there’s only one hole left that would require us to tear apart the front porch and possibly remove our front door and the tile + subfloor of our entryway (which would be a huge pain and expensive).

    After all that, we haven’t heard or seen any signs of rodents in a year or so, which is the longest stretch of time since we bought the house 6 years ago. Take care of the problem ASAP or it gets real bad real quick. Mint didn’t work for us. The ultrasonic deterrents didn’t work. Glue traps were awful because you had to kill the rat yourself. Traditional spring/snap traps either got robbed of bait or didn’t kill the rats. Good luck!

  • Mariiriini says:

    walk the plank style mousetrap, into a foot of water or so. You’ll make a serious dent in their numbers, and can kill them all if you have good bait and nothing for them to scavenge.

  • dyerjohn42 says:

    It’s coming until late spring / summer, unless they have a really good food supply they will most likely leave. But next fall they’ll be back for sure.

    I go to Home Depot and get the old school wooden victor traps. They’re dirt cheap and work well in volume. Mice can lick peanut butter off and not trip them, they can gnaw pepperoni off and not trip them. I tie the pepperoni on with string and when they’re tired of pepperoni I switch to peanut butter. The peanut butter sticks in the old string and forces them to trigger the trap. Last year I had 10 traps going to get rid of them. I was only getting 1 every couple of days but with lots of traps by mid winter they were finally gone.

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