Using Steel Wool to Build Mice Out of Your Home: A Guide
Mice can get into your home in a variety of different ways, from doors left open to torn screens on windows. Once mice get into your home, they can quickly procreate and turn your house into a mess. Getting rid of mice in your space once they’ve taken up residence can be incredibly difficult.
The good news is that getting mice away from your home and keeping them out doesn’t have to be a costly, time-consuming proposition. Something as simple and easy to find as steel wool can help you get the job done right the first time.
Keep reading to learn more about using steel wool for mice so you can effectively build them out of your home.
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Will Steel Wool Stop Mice?
Steel wool is a product you’re likely very familiar with already. If your home is like most, you use steel wool or a similar product to get stuck on food and grease off your dishes and cooking utensils when cleaning your kitchen. This very same product can be effective when it comes to keeping mice out of your home.
The major issue for most homeowners is that cracks in and around your home can allow mice inside, allowing them to breed in your home and create a colony-like environment. How do mice get in house? Read here.
If you don’t have a lot of mice in your home now, or you’re simply trying to keep the ones you see outside from getting inside, steel wool can be an effective option.
- Steel wool can keep mice from entering your home through tight spaces that can be problematic, especially in older homes.
- You’ll need to remain vigilant when using steel wool, checking areas where you apply this treatment regularly.
- You may need to replace steel wool over time to keep mice out. Steel wool is not a long-term solution either, so it’s best to keep an infestation or problem you’re having outdoors from coming inside for a short period of time only.
Types of Steel Wool
Steel wool for pest control is becoming more and more popular these days as people look to avoid products that could be potentially harmful to themselves, their children and their pets. With so many types of steel wool products on the market though, it can be hard to choose the right option for your home needs.
- PestPlug DIY Kits
PestPlug products are designed to use a specially fabricated steel wool to drive rodents like mice away from your home. This product comes with everything you need to plug holes and areas where mice might come in. The DIY kits even come with enough steel wool for the average home, as well as safety gloves and scissors so you can properly use the product safely and effectively. PestPlug products can be purchased online through retailers like Amazon, specialty pest control retailers and in person at some hardware stores.
- XCluder Rodent Pest Fill
Designed to work in a way that deters mice from wanting to enter your home through the use of sharp, unpleasant steel wool, XCluder Rodent Pest Fill products offer enough steel wool to safeguard your whole home. You’ll need safety gloves and heavy-duty scissors to handle this product, which can be purchased online or through many brick and mortar hardware stores.
XCluder Rodent Block
A specialty product designed for blocking rodent access through large holes like gaps in your garage door, XCluder Rodent Block is a steel wool product that can be very effective for sealing doors and large holes. XCluder rodent block is stiffer and harder to cut, so it’s designed to be used in big pieces only, not to fill smaller areas like cracks in walls.
You can find XCluder Rodent block online, in some hardware stores or in stores where specialty pest control products are sold.Mice that eat steel wool typically die within 24 hours.
- Copper Blocker Pest Stopper
Similar to many other steel wool pest control products out there, Copper Blocker Pest Stopper is designed to be cut to fill cracks and gaps in walls, doors, windows and areas where mice may get into your home. The copper design is especially firm, making it much harder for rodents to gnaw through the material.
You can buy Copper Blocker Pest Stopper online through major retailers like Amazon or specialty stores.
Many pest control products made of steel wool exist, but you can create your own pest control product with regular steel wool if you prefer. These products are easy to find and can be purchased at almost any grocery store as well, allowing you to act quickly even if you can’t find specialty materials the same day you spot a problem.
A variety of brands of steel wool exist, including products from companies like 3M, Homax and more. Your local hardware store will likely also carry a store brand.
When shopping for standard steel wool, keep these considerations in mind:
- Heavy steel wool – grades #2, #3 and #4 are the stiffest and hardest, making them the most difficult for pests to chew through. Heavy steel wool is harder to work with though, making it best for large cracks and gaps where extra flexibility isn’t required.
- Lighter steel wool – grades #0000 to #1 are more flexible, making them easier to put into small 1/4” or 1/2” sized cracks where mice might get into your home.
Steel wool can get into your eyes causing great irritation when you’re cutting or shaping it to fit into cracks or holes in walls, garage doors or window sills. Always wear eye protection to stay safe when working with standard steel wool or specialty products.
How to Use
Steel wool, from the outside, seems like a product that would be better suited for washing dishes than tackling tough rodent problems in your home.
There are many ways to use steel wool products and standard steel wool to keep mice out of your home:
- Use steel wool products or standard steel wool to fill cracks in walls, window sills, garage doors and any area larger than 1/4″ where mice can get in. Even small holes and cracks can become a problem when mice begin gnawing in the area to get inside your home.
- Place steel wool into cracks and use caulk to seal it into place. This helps fill the steel wool, turning it into a product that mice can’t gnaw through or eat. Adding caulk to your steel wool filled areas also means that you’ll deter mice without killing them since they won’t be able to eat the steel wool and bleed internally.
- Check cracks and areas where you’re using steel wool or caulked steel wool regularly. Mice can dislodge steel wool, causing it to be less effective the next time a rodent wants to get into your home. Replace damaged steel wool right away.
Dealing with steel wool can be dangerous and it isn’t something you should begin without preparation.
Follow these precautions when using steel wool to control entry points and access for mice to the interior of your home:
- Always wear heavy-duty work gloves when handling steel wool for pest control. If you’re not careful, you could end up cutting yourself, especially when trying to fit steel wool into smaller cracks or damaged areas around your house.
- Protect your eyes with glasses or work goggles when handling steel wool pest control products or standard steel wool.
- Keep pest control products and standard steel wool away from pets and small children. It can cause injury, and in some cases, pets may put steel wool in their mouth, leaving them with cuts. Steel wool can be deadly for cats and dogs if they eat it since it can cause internal bleeding.
Steel wool can be an effective short term solution for keeping pests like mice and rats away from your home while you repair cracks in walls, windows or other areas around your home. In combination with electronic mouse deterrent products, they can be highly-effective, ensuring that no mice enter your home.
The key to using steel wool effectively is to act quickly once you see a mouse in your home or a problem beginning outside. If you already have droppings around your home or a big mouse problem, traps or professional help is your best bet.
Using steel wool can still be effective for keeping more mice out of your home, but it won’t resolve the problem long-term. Hire the pros, mouse exterminator, or seek other options for ridding your home of existing pests if you’re dealing with them now.
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