How to Get Rid of Mice
When temperatures begin to drop in the fall, mice start hunting for a warm place to spend the winter (and multiply!). Now’s the time to get serious about plugging the cracks, gaps, and crevices that mice use to gain access to your home
Think like a mouse Do a sweep of your home’s exterior, and look for openings a mouse could slip through—that means spaces as narrow as 1⁄4 inch. Likely locations include utility entry points, loose-fitting attic or exhaust vents, damaged weatherstripping, and the gaps beneath doors.
The right stuff(ing) Once you’ve identified potential entries, close them up using mouse-proof material. Skip sealants and spray foams, which mice can easily chew through. Though they won’t gnaw on steel wool, it has a short life span as it dissolves into rust. Instead, stuff cracks with a filler like Xcluder Fill Fabric, which is made from a mouse-unfriendly mix of stainless-steel and polyester fibers ($11 for three 1”x4' rolls; ). If rodents are coming in under doors, you can install door sweeps that contain the same gnaw-resistant material (Xcluder 36" Pest Control Door Sweep, from $50; ).
Bonus! In addition to keeping furry freeloaders at bay, closing up these cracks and crevices will stave off cold drafts, too.