Finding mice in your kitchen can be a stressful experience, and rightfully so. These rodents can expose you to disease and cause sanitation issues, especially if they are settled in the area where you cook, eat, and store your food. If you’ve spotted any signs of rodents’ presence in your kitchen, it is the right choice to look for a solution immediately.
Here are three simple ways to get rid of mice under your kitchen sink:
- Install slap traps.
- Get humane cage-type traps.
- Set up a poison bait station.
In this article, I’ll discuss each of these solutions in more detail to help you choose the one that works best for you. I will also talk about other known methods of fighting mice and to what extent they can be helpful for you (or not at all).
Why Do Mice Like Under The Kitchen Sink?
There is always food in the kitchen, to begin with! Think about that next time you choose not to wash dishes or clean up after cooking. Don’t entice them lol.
Places such as under cabinets, including the sink cabinet, tend to be warm and feel cozy for them. Yup, just like those cartoons where mice live behind walls. If your kitchen is on a second floor, they are less likely to make it up (not impossible, however).
They tend to crawl kitchen sinks that are on the first floor for the most part. Especially if you have a habit of leaving food around and not mowing your lawn behind the kitchen for a long period of time.
1. Install Snap Traps
Probably the most well-known type of trap for mice is the snap trap. Snap traps are a truly time-tested method. You place bait on the trigger, and when the mouse comes for it, the trap springs and kills it instantly.
Put a tissue or a newspaper under the snap trap and place it under your sink. You can use fruit, pet food, soft cheese, or peanut butter as bait. The trap will catch one mouse at a time, so it is best to get multiple traps and place them at some distance from each other.
Mice avoid the human smell, so always wear gloves when setting up snap traps. Also, check the traps regularly, at least once a day.
2. Get Humane Cage-Type Traps
Not all mice traps are lethal. If killing living creatures is off-putting to you, get humane cage-type mouse traps that catch the mouse and trap it inside. You can put bait inside the trap, wait for the mouse to get caught, and then release it outside.
It is essential to check the traps as often as possible, ideally every hour. You don’t want the mouse to stay inside too long and end up dead by the time you find it because that turns the trap from a humane rodent control method to a tool of torturous death.
If you live in the countryside, release the mouse in a field or a wooded area. Do not try and make a mouse reconnect with nature if you catch it in the city. A mouse that grew up and lived its entire life in an urban area will likely die in the wild, so it would be best to release it within 100 yards (91 meters) from where it was captured.
3. Set Up a Poison Bait Station
A poison bait combines a poisonous substance with edible material that’s likely to tempt a mouse. Placing these in bait stations will prevent anyone but rodents from entering for a snack. That way, you can protect kids and pets from eating the poisonous bait and getting in danger.
Put the bait station under your kitchen sink using gloves so it doesn’t suspiciously smell like a human. Check the station regularly and add bait when necessary.
This method has its disadvantages. After eating the bait, mice will likely go minding their business until death catches up to them. Sometimes mice die in tubes or walls. This will result in a bad smell and further sanitation problems, not to mention all the trouble of finding and getting them out.
The biggest advantage is that you can be sure that poisonous baits will eliminate mice successfully. Unlike snap traps that often catch one mouse at a time, a bait station with one ounce of poison can eliminate more than ten mice.
What To Do After Mice Are Gone
Once you’ve dealt with the problem in the way you found most effective and comfortable for you, there are several measures to take regarding the clean-up and preventing infestation from reoccurring.
- Seal the entry points. Look carefully for the openings mice used to enter your home and ensure they can’t do it again. Use smooth and rigid materials, like metals, to seal the entries, so mice can’t drag them out or chew through them.
- Use disinfectant to spray dead mice, their droppings, and the traps you used. You can get one at your local store or mix ½ cup of detergent or bleach per gallon of water.
- Dispose of dead rodents and their droppings. The best way around it would be to put everything in a plastic bag, seal it, then put it in another bag and dispose of it. Remember to wear gloves.
- Clean up. Carefully clean the spaces where mice were found or lived with the same disinfectant mentioned above.
Controversial Methods of Fighting Mice
Aside from the already discussed solutions that have proven effective, I would also like to comment on some other popular methods of fighting mice. You may have heard of or been advised to try them out, so I thought it would be best to provide information on them as well. While some of these methods can be helpful, they all have certain controversial points that should be discussed.
Glue traps or ‘glue boards’ are another kind of trap that catches mice alive. You place bait on the tray, and the mice that reach for it will be stuck to the sticky surface until you come for them.
While glue trays don’t kill the mice, there is no way to free them, either. Rodents have even been reported to attempt biting their limbs off to escape. Instead of instant death, the mouse gets to be stuck, unable to move, and panicking until it dies of hunger, injuries, or stress.
By the time you decide to check the trap, the mouse will likely be dead from a heart attack. I strongly recommend not using this method, as it is extremely cruel and inhumane.
The idea of ultrasonic repellents is to scare mice away with annoying sounds that go beyond the reach of the human ear. Compared to other methods, like poisoning, killing, or trapping mice and releasing them (humane, but sort of stressful if you’re not the biggest rodent fan), this one genuinely seems like the most elegant way of dealing with the problem.
However, the bad news is they don’t work. Studies show that mice don’t react to the commercially available repellents the way we would like them to.
Initially, the noise might be perceived as a sign of danger. But after a short period with no danger showing up, the mice will calm down and ignore the sound, especially if they have a source of food and a comfortable shelter around. Though this is a promising concept and more effective models are being developed, ultrasonic mice repellents are yet to enter the market.
Getting a Cat
This one is actually quite effective for obvious reasons. Cats are hunters (some of them more than others), and you can get yourself a friend that will also guard your home against infestations.
However, not everyone would be comfortable with the idea of their pet hunting and killing mice. It’s also not exactly safe for your potential cat as mice transmit serious diseases.
Additionally, getting a cat to find rodents isn’t something everyone would commit to in general, as cats require care, attention, proper nutrition, regular visits to the vet, someone to leave them with when you go on vacation, and so on.
Lastly, some people have allergies and can’t have a cat at home. So while this method is effective, I still decided to put it into the controversial section because it is not for everyone.
Fight Mice Under Sinks In A Smart Way!
Fighting mice in your home can be stressful. But with the advice offered in this article, you have plenty of effective methods for any budget and mindset. You also now know what ways of fighting mice are reliable and which methods you might’ve heard of are questionable or worthless.