mice in my refrigerator
I found a large gap at the bottom front door, where I guess mice were getting in. I thought replacing it with a new fridge would solve the problem. But a few days ago, a mouse jumped out when I opened the door. After the usual screaming, I took everything out and realized one or more mice had spent lots of time in my fridge lately. I took out all the shelves/compartments that would come out, and washed them. I washed the inside of the fridge. I then put back only food in protective containers. Every day since, I've found new mouse droppings in there. I've not found gaps in or around the door. How are they getting in? At the very back, usually covered by a compartment lid, there's a tube. It comes through a hole. The hole looks too big for just the tube. It looks irregular in size, as if enlarged by gnawing. Lots of mouse droppings are around it. Could the mice be coming under the fridge, up through its wiring/plumbing, and in through this hole? Yesterday I grabbed a AA or AAA battery, wrapped some plastic bagging around it, and stuffed it into the hole, beside the tube. Today and tomorrow, I'll see if any mice have been inside anyway. But I worry that I might be damaging the refrigerator by doing this. Advice, anyone?