Mice. Cute but they dont belong in my house. I know about traps, peppermint etc.
You have to find the entry point though. That is the part I dont know how to do. I have a townhouse so two sides are firewalls betwen neighbors. Then back is kitchen so it is majority cabinets. The few feet that is not cabinets does not have holes. I only see their presence in the kitchen. The front room doesnt have holes either. My kitchen is on mainfloor but not ground level….as front is ground but back is not. Hope that makes sense.
What do I do?
I tried the peppermint oil and traps. They didnt seem to do anything. So I finally went through every nook and cranny of my home, and anywhere I found there was a possible access point, I filled with caulking and steel wool. Took a couple hours and maybe 20 bucks in supplies. It did work.
They can come through the smallest little cracks. What worked for me was putting traps anywhere they could come from and leave the lights out, I also put sticky traps out as well. Find out what they’re eating then bait with that.
Our mice are smart and avoid traps and nothing repels them. Sadly sharing a wall means your at mercy of neighbors efforts too. Don’t know if you can but our kitties are the best solution we have found.
Look outside, any opening in the exterior that is 1/4 inch or more will allow them entry.
Any gaps in doors? How about excess space under the kitchen sink where plumbing goes down? Do you have an attic? As crazy as it sounds, they get in my attic..
We tried and tried and could not figure our where/how mice were coming in. Luckily they stay confined to our basement crawl space and haven’t been up stairs. That being said. We have 3 cats 😂
I agree with the cat suggestions. However if you’re not a cat person, our chihuahua mix is also very “attentive” to small creatures, so you could get a dog with a mouser background in the breed.
Yea Im allergic to cats. I have a dog and he will try if he sees one but isnt very good.
Check where your townhouse meets the neighbors, there was a tiny gap in the foundation and we had chipmunks in our house. We found the gap and stuffed it with steel wool and then used expanding foam to seal it. We also have sonic rodent repellers to keep them away.
Check anywhere you have pipes coming into the house. Around pipes in kitchen, under the sink for sink and dishwasher plumbing…same for bathrooms. You can patch them as best you can and then fill any other small opening that’s left with steel wool.
Get a few barn cats for outside. I’m not a cat person but we have a barn cat. He’s pretty friendly and he catches all sorts of pests that could potentially get into my house.
We have a mouse in our garage, unfortunately the garage door is open a lot. They come in for the warmth, and I’ve noticed that they like it, and may have built a nest under the refrigerator. We have also tried traps, poisons, and sonic repellents. Nothing seems to be effective except for owning a cat. I’m allergic to cats, but they don’t require much attention. I’ve also noticed that they multiply worse then rabbits, everytime you think you got rid of them. There babies start making there way out, and you’re back to square one.
Snap traps, keep on them everyday and you will control them, or birth control for mice (it’s a real thing and I’ve heard its extremely effective).
Mice can get in the tiniest hole you might imagine. We found one when we replaced our siding. Now they’re back but the walls are poly foam so they picked an inner wall. Ugh
It’s possible the mouse (or mice) just snuck in one day when the door was open. I’d just set up a traditional trap (or a live-capture, if that’s what you prefer), and just deal with them that way. Once you’ve dealt with the culprit(s) you know, just keep an eye out for more. If more arrive, then you should do more investigating. But i wouldn’t worry about it until you’ve ruled out that these guys just got in by being sneaky.
The contractors who install kitchen cabinets try to cut corners and not seal pipes or walls. I would either pull the cabinets out and start over in the correct manner sealing everything or go inside each cabinet and seal with clear caulk, and under the cabinet where the pipes are with steel wool and caulk or joint compound.
Check around the pipes coming in under your sinks and look in the area behind fridge and washer and dryer. Check in cabinets for small cracks between where they join together.