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How to Remove & Prevent Mouse Infestations

Prior to engaging in any extermination or control methods, it is necessary to properly identify your pest population. Noises within walls may be a result of a mouse infestation; however, insects and even the building itself may make similar noises and will require different solutions.

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home

All possible feeding sites and entry points must be identified and eliminated. Human food sources should be kept in metal or glass containers with tight lids. Trash cans should be similarly resilient and sealed. Countertops, sinks and kitchen floors must be kept clean, and all possible entry points should be sealed. Cracks, holes and crevices should be sealed with steel or concrete. The open areas around pipes, gas lines and dryer vents should also be sealed. Holes as small as pencil erasers may allow entry and should not be disregarded.

Are mouse traps or bait effective?

Home extermination techniques vary from traps to baits. Snap traps may be dangerous for humans and house pets if not placed properly. Glue traps are similarly used to trap mice but also require proper placement to be effective. Live traps require homeowners to dispose of captured rodents. All traps require an intimate knowledge of mouse habits and behavior to use them effectively.

Baits may also be used but carry a heightened risk. Improper placement and use of baits can affect people, pets and wildlife. Homeowners would not be advised to perform baiting at their home.

Why are mouse infestations dangerous?

Mouse infestations are troublesome and dangerous to humans. Mice feed on human food sources and destroy cartons, paper, boxes and plastic in order to construct their nests. The urine, saliva and feces of some mice may contain viruses and bacteria, such as salmonella and hantavirus. It is therefore necessary to exterminate any mouse infestation. It is advisable to take action at the first sign of a mouse infestation. Populations grow rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate. It is best to target infestations when colonies are small.

How to Get Rid of Mouse Infestations

Mouse infestations can be extremely dangerous if not controlled, and keeping mice out of your home is an ongoing process. Trained to recognize mouse infestation signs, Orkin Pros use the proper tools and knowledge for the most effective strategies in mice prevention. Keeping rat infestation health risks in mind, Orkin knows exactly which steps to take in order to ensure safety and sanitation within your home.

Based on the layout of your property, an Orkin Pro will design a unique
mouse control and treatment plan that’s suited to your specific needs. Through a specialized approach to pest control for mice, Orkin can provide the right solution to help keep these critters away.

To learn more about how to keep mice out of your house and how to get rid of mice, contact your local
Orkin branch.

More Information

How Mice Enter Homes

Learn how mice can enter homes and what measures you should take to prevent them from getting in.

Mouse Repellent Spray

While there’s no magic mouse repellent spray that can get rid of these rodents, you can take these steps to prevent a mouse infestation.

Electronic Mice Repellent

Read about the effectiveness of these types of mouse repellents and how they work.

How Mouse Traps Work

From traditional to live-catch traps, explore the variety of mouse traps available and which are most effective.

How to Get Mice Out of House Walls

Explore what steps to take to ensure proper identification of mice in your walls and how to successfully remove them.

How to Kill Mice

Read about the many ways to get rid of mice and which ones are the most effective and safe for household pets or young children to be around.

How to Keep Mice Out of Ceilings

Mice only need a hole the size of a dime to enter and infest your home's ceiling and attic.

How do I stop mice from getting inside the house?

Sealing any entry points into your home is the first step to preventing a mouse infestation.

How much will it cost to get rid of a mouse infestation?

The cost of controlling and removing an infestation of mice depends on several factors.

Trapping Mice

Learn which methods of trapping mice prove most effective and how to do so safely.

How to Clean Up After a Mouse Infestation

Mice infestation health risks are serious, so it’s important to learn the proper steps in removing and sanitizing after an infestation.


Dig Deeper on Mice

What can we do about the mice above the ceiling?


Our basement is finished with JYP rock tiles on the ceiling, and we can hear at times (especially at night) mice scurrying above. What can we do?

Is it a mouse or a rat?


I can't tell if I have large mice or adolescent rats.

What should we do about mice in crawl space and attic?


What should we do besides put traps out?

Is it a mole or a mouse?


No websites give any information on getting rid of one in the house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Mice in the oven


How do you make sure there is no infestation, or that they have been removed? Is it safe to use the oven?

Mouse droppings in the house


We cleaned out the closet by the kitchen where we have seen the old droppings and have not seen any more. Are they gone?

What attracts mice in your house?


What attracts mice in your house?

How to Use Mouse Bait Stations

How to Find a Dead Mouse in the House

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