Household remedy to kill mice

Updated February 21, 2017

Mice are a cute animal that can become a big pest if they find their way into your food. They will chew through bags, eat food and leave nothing but droppings behind. They usually hide safely in the walls of your house and can be difficult to catch. Luckily, there are easy home remedies to get rid of your rodent menace.

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Instant mashed potatoes are one of the easiest ways safely to get rid of mice. Place a bowl of dried instant mashed potatoes near any area you think the mice inhabit. Simply look through your cabinets to look for mice droppings or look for holes chewed through the walls. The mice will eat the instant mashed potatoes. Once the mashed potatoes get in their stomach, they will begin to expand. The mashed potatoes will expand quickly enough that the mice will be killed. It is a fairly gruesome way to kill a mouse, but it is effective and cheap.

Peppermint Oil

Mice enter houses looking for food, and once they find a steady source, they will end up staying. If the mice in your house cannot reach your food, they will leave. Peppermint or peppermint oil can be used to repel mice from your house without killing them. Grandma's Home Remedies reports that mice seem to be repelled by the scent of peppermint. Soak some rags in peppermint oil and place them in the cupboards around your food. The mice will avoid these cupboards and quit getting into your food. Once their food supply is gone, they'll eventually leave to find a readily available source of food.


Mint is another scent that tends to repel mice. Scattering mint lives around your food will repel your mice and force them to leave your house. Mint leaves will eventually lose their intensity, so you must replace the old leaves with new leaves frequently. However, mint can also be used as a more long-term repellent. Planting mint all around the foundation of your house will actually repel the mice before they even make it into your house. This is a solution that requires a lot of work, including planting and watering your mints. In winter, these plants are likely to die and may need to be replaced. But this remedy works wonders.

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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.