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Got Mice in the Attic? Tips to Get Rid of Them Fast

It's normal to be at least a little bit unsettled by the thought of having mice of running all around your home. The thought of mice living inside your walls, and ducking out into your pantry or kitchen cupboards to steal food and crumbs while everyone else is asleep is scary. But it's also a 100% normal problem that many people face.

Learn even more great tips to get rid of mice fast.

Whether you are dealing with mice in attic spaces, mice in your kitchen or mice in your garage, you have come to the right place.  The information provided in this article will give you all of the knowledge you need to tackle this problem before it becomes a full-blown issue – to the point where you are hiring professionals to come in and "clean house". 

I think that you will discover just how simple it is to get rid of mice in the attic. First you will need to identify the signs of mice in attic spaces. Next you will need to trap and get rid of the mice. Finally, you will need to take steps to ensure they do not return. 

Let's dive right in and tackle the questions most people ask when they think they have a mouse in their attic. 

  • How do mice get in the attic in the first place? 

Thought you sealed up absolutely everything to keep the mice out of your house? Even if you have a brand-new home, you still may have mice in the attic. 

You see, according to a number of professional pest control and rodent removal services, mice only need a single ¼ inch opening to gain access into any building, space or structure. And once mice have taken up residence inside your home, they are very unlikely to leave on their own. 

On top of that, many of the products and building materials that are designed specifically to keep mice out are just not effective. It's not all that uncommon to deal with a bit of storm damage. This can open up the smallest of entry ways to the inside of your property and create a superhighway for mice to come and go as they please. 

  • Can mice climb? 

The answer is a resounding YES! They can easily climb up a vertical surface that has any sort of texture to it. Think about the outside of your house - is it very smooth? Probably not. 

Many houses are made of wood, concrete or brick which make it easy for the mice to climb up the side of your house and make their home in your attic. They are very fast climbers too! They can quickly scale the house & make their way inside before you even realize it. 

One of the most important tactics to getting rid of mice in your house is figuring out where they are nesting. This is why it is so important for you to look for signs of mice in the attic if you suspect you have a mouse infestation. 

  • How do I know if I have mice in my attic? 

There are a few different things that you should be looking for when you are trying to determine if you have mice in your attic. Mice can be almost like little furry four-legged ninjas making almost no noise whatsoever – but if you pay attention you can pick up on the "warnings" that they inadvertently leave in their path. Insulation that is all over the place, droppings, or little "nests" are sure fire signs of mice. 

You'll also want to make sure that you are looking for tiny little footprints, mouse droppings or boxes that have been chewed corners. These are the obvious signs of that you have a mouse infestation.

You'll almost always begin by hearing mice in attic noise filtering down during the night (and sometimes during the day). You may even hear scratching sounds as the mice move through your walls. Again, this almost always happens during the night. Mice have a tendency to move most when the lights go down. 

If, at any point, you start to hear a scratching sound or clues that make you believe mice are living in the attic, you'll want to begin setting traps. 

  • I see signs of mice in the kitchen, could I still have mice in the attic? 

The other thing that you need to realize right away (especially when you're trying to figure out how to get rid of mice in attic spaces) is that it's unlikely that your mouse infestation has begun where you're starting to see signs. 

Mice love to make their homes in attics. It's a warm and dry place to setup their nest. Plus they will have access to the rest of your house by traveling down the walls. 

They like to setup a nesting area in the area of the house that does not have a high level of human activity. And since they reproduce so quickly, they'll begin branching out into other areas of your home just as fast as possible. 

Even if you see signs of mice in the kitchen or garage, it could be that the mice have setup their headquarters in your attic space. 

  • How do I get rid of mice in the attic?

Once you have determined that you have mice in your attic, it's time to take action. There are several approaches you can take to get rid of the mice

  1. Mouse traps are a very effective way to remove mice from your attic. First make sure there is no other food that they can feed on in your attic space. Then set as many traps as you can. Using mouse traps in your attic is much easier than trapping them in your kitchen since the food supply is limited. 
  2. Choose a mouse trap bait that has a strong smell. Peanut butter, chocolate or bird seed are all good mouse trap baits to use when trapping mice in your attic. For more options, check out the best bait for mouse traps. 
  3. You can begin using poison to get rid of mice in the attic. The attic is a safer place to use poison since it is normally not frequented by pets or curious children. Just take care to follow all the precautions on the packaging. 
  4. You can also opt for a humane solution to get rid of mice in your attic. You can purchase live traps, then release them far away from your home. 

Regardless of the method you choose, make sure to check on the attic space frequently to determine your progress & clean up any mice that you have trapped. You're going to need to be vigilant, consistent, and smart about how you go about trapping mice in attic spaces. But it's better to get a jump start on this issue before they start to have babies and you are dealing with families of mice living in your attic. 

Hopefully these little "tips and tricks" will give you the safety and security you desire.  And you will be  able to get rid of the mice living in the attic for good.  

Three of the Best Ways to Get Rid of Mice

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Seeing mice in your home for the first time is very unsettling. The thoughts that run through you head may be: Oh no - Have they been eating my food? What have they touched? How many mice are living in my house and how did they get in?

Even if this is not your first time dealing with a mouse infestation, knowing you have mice crawling around in your house is not something anybody wants to find out. But it happens to the best of us, and there is nothing to do, but deal with the situation, and do it fast. 

Since I have a preference of living in the country, it is inevitable that each new house eventually has a few uninvited guests. Here are the three most common ways to get rid of mice & some tips from someone who has been through it a time or two.

Option 1: Hire a mouse exterminator. 

The easiest way to take care of a mouse problem is to call in the experts. This is the best thing to do if you don't like getting your hands dirty, don't have time to deal with the issue or if you just don't know where to start. Another reason people hire an exterminator is when they have tried one of the DIY methods and were not successful, or the mice keep coming back.

I have used a mouse exterminator in the past and was very thankful I did. What I appreciated most about the experience was how much I learned. 

Here are just a few of the things I learned.

  • He identified the areas the mice were entering my home & told me how to secure my home for the future. 
  • He also educated me on the best places to place the traps in my home. 
  • I learned what mice were capable of (they can climb up the walls, so boxes of cereal in my cabinet were not safe).  
  • Typically mice do not travel more than 25 feet to get food unless there is none. 

While some people may resist this decision at first, if you get a good exterminator, they will be more than worth in the long run. They will of course get rid of your mice.  But the real benefit is when they show you how to prevent mice from entering your home in the future. Here is a great article to make sure you ask all the right questions when interviewing a mouse exterminator to make sure you get the best one.

Option 2: DIY - Getting Rid of Mice using Mouse Traps.

One of the most common ways people use to get rid of mice is to use mouse traps. There are several important steps to take when trying to get rid of mice the DIY method. Here are some tips to help you get rid of mice using mouse traps. 

1.  Gather your supplies. You will need several mouse traps. I suggest six as a minimum number if you purchase the disposable traps. If you choose the re-usable traps, three is probably fine. Mice travel in groups, so it's unlikely you have just a single mouse. Read the best mouse traps article to help you decide which type of mouse trap is best for you. You will also need bait for the traps. Peanut butter, chocolate, pet food, nuts and seeds are some of the best types of mouse trap bait you can use to lure the mice into your trap. 

2.  Do a thorough inspection of you house in order to isolate the areas the mice are living. You need to find two places: where they are nesting and where they are getting their food. 

3.  Thoroughly clean the area where the mice were getting their food. Then place any food previously out in the open, in tight sealed plastic or metal bins. While you have mice living in your house, you can't leave a loaf of bread on the counter or a package of rice in the cupboard. The only food available to the mice should be the bait in your mouse trap. 

4.  Place the most mouse traps in the area closest to where the mice nesting. A few should also be placed near their previous food source. Make sure the traps are in an area that the mouse will feel secure enough to enter. The entry point should be next to a wall, and the trap should be placed in a slightly out of the way location. For example, place the mouse trap behind furniture or under the counter against the back wall. They will feel safer in this area and be more likely to enter your trap.

5.  Check your traps often and remove the mice as quickly as possible. 

Option 3: DIY - Getting Rid of Mice using Poison. 

Many people choose to use poison to get rid of mice since they do not want to see or touch the mouse traps. The way most poisons work is to dehydrate the mouse. Ideally they leave your home to go in search of water. The active ingredient in many common mouse poisons is Brodifacoum.

Poison can be effective, but there is a downside. 

Follow these precautions and tips when using poison to get rid of mice. 

  • Use the bait stations that include a plastic enclosure. 
  • Never use poison outside the home. 
  • If you have children or pets in the home, take additional precautions and make sure neither one has access to the same area where you place the poison

Whichever way you choose to get rid of mice, the most important step is to take action.  So pick a method and either start making phone calls to hire that exterminator or begin buying your traps or bait stations right away.  If you wait too long, what starts of as just a few mice can easily become a full blown mouse infestation.  

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