How to Keep Mice Away


Mouse on kitchen floor.

Dryer sheets don’t deter mice, here’s what you can do instead.

The Internet is rife with testimonials about the power of smell to keep mice out. The truth? Scent isn’t the best long-term solution for your rodent issue.

What Smells Do Mice Hate?

“Some smells repel mice for a short period of time, like cigarette smoke and certain colognes,” says Ron Harrison of Orkin Pest Control in Atlanta. “But mice are extremely curious. A strange odor isn’t going to keep them away when they’re looking for food or a place to nest.”

Do Dryer Sheets Keep Mice Out?

Don’t expect your box of Bounce to work any pest-control miracles. Dryer sheets don’t deter mice. Baited traps won’t solve a mouse problem, either.

How Do I Get Rid of Mice Fast?

“Mice are attracted to spots where light comes through, so if you see a gap where they’re entering, stuff it with steel wool or copper mesh so they can’t gnaw their way through, then caulk over it so no light can penetrate,” Harrison says. Holes larger than an inch should be sealed with drywall or another suitable material instead.

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