To eliminate mice, remove all food sources, seal the home and set live or snap-style traps in the infested areas. Bait the traps with food, such as raisins, and check the traps frequently. Remove any trapped mice, and reset the traps until the mouse population is under control.
- Seal the home, and remove food sources
To prevent mice from entering the home, seal all cracks and crevices that are 1/4 inch or larger with metal or another suitable material. Do not use rubber, vinyl or plastic to seal cracks, as mice chew through soft materials. It is also necessary to remove food sources, such as crumbs, pet food and bird seed, to prevent and eliminate mice. Seal all dry goods, such as flour, in airtight containers.
- Set traps
Install live traps or snap-style traps in the affected areas of the home, and check the traps daily. In heavily infested areas, place two traps back-to-back to prevent the mice from jumping over the traps to avoid capture. The traps can be baited with bread or another food to increase the effectiveness of the trap.
- Reset the traps
After removing the trapped mouse, reset the trap, and bait it. Continue resetting the trap until several days pass without capturing a rodent.