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Question DetailsAsked on 1/13/2017

mice are in the motor of my fridge how do i get rid of them

mice live in the back of my fridge where the compressor is (because it is warm) how do i get rid of them?

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I would get the mice first, to avoid disturbing them and having them relocate elsewhere in the house when you are trying to get them - then after you have gotten them all, clean the back of the reefer and underneath - as well as a thorough check and cleaning of all lower cabinets and stove and pantry area, and thorough cleaning of stove and countertops also.

I would get a 3 or 6 or even 10 pack of traps at box store, and bait with peanut butter with cereal or seed or bacon bits (not real bacon- that will go green and stink very quickly) pressed into it. Yes, the Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry and similar cartoons have everyone thinking mice prefer cheese, but pork products and seeds/cereal and peanut butter actually attract them much better. though they do REALLY go for the bacon bit Cheese Whiz too - at least the field mice and shrews in our area do.

Keep traps active for at least 3 days AFTER you get the last one, and remember unless you thoroughly clean a used trap (after a kill) with bleach and detergent it will normally not work again - the scent of mouse blood or dead mouse on the trap will keep others away, so better to just get a larger pack of traps (at less than $1 apiece in larger packs and at Amazon) and use them only once, just throwing the trap with mouse out in the trash together.

Place traps out of reach of any pets or children or course, and place where the mice are likely to travel - behind/alongside reefer of course, along base of cabinets if no child/pet issues, if it will fit in the opening commonly found behind the rear of the base of cabinets, and along walls - and put where you can see the trap to see if it has caught one or not - you do not want a dead mouse sitting in the kitchen for days and days.

Also - check under doors and all around the house foundation and any basement or crawlspace screening and any dryer or bathroom vents for gaps or failed screening/louvers where the mice could have gotten into the house in the first place. Fix any screening issues, use louvered vent covers made for that purpose (NOT screening) on dryer vents, plug holes with metal wire screening shoved into hole or stapled over it (top prevent them chewing through), then caulk the hole with exterior caulk.

Here are a few other previous similar questions about mouse control with answers FYI -

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