Block up holes in interior and exterior walls. Start with the interior walls; it’s best to leave a way out for the mice. They may leave your home or apartment for easier pickings elsewhere. If trapped within the walls they may chew new holes.
- Find the places the mice are using. Sometimes there will be greasy stains, and there will almost always will be faeces near an entryway. There is also a characteristic odour. Mark the holes with chalk and clean the area.
- Seal the entryways with scouring pads. The usual recommendation is steel wool. Unfortunately, steel wool rusts and is not a permanent solution. Instead, use green kitchen pads (those used for cleaning pans and such) cut to the right size, or copper scouring pads. The pads must be secured to the sides of the hole or the mice will eventually pull them out. Large holes will need to be repaired.
- After a couple of days, look for evidence of continuing mouse activity. If there is any, check the holes that you sealed, and look for more holes. Seal as needed.
- Once you are sure that the interior walls are secure, seal any holes on the exterior of your building. You may use plastic scouring pads, but in some cases walls may need tuck-pointing or other repairs.
Repelling and removing rodents from your home can be a hassle; but here are some quick and easy instructions to keep the rodents away in their natural habitat.
- Keep your home clean. If there is nothing to eat, they will be less likely to stay. Keep all food stored properly in airtight containers and in places that are safe from mouse attack.
- Put your trash cans as far away as possible from your home. Mice smell it and get attracted to your house.