Will Coca Cola Kill Mice?

Consider other methods of pest removal.
Consider other methods of pest removal. (Image: Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

When rodents and other pests enter your dwelling, it may be tempting to rely on anecdotes and evidence given by well-meaning friends or relatives. These solutions are not always effective or humane.

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It is possible to kill mice using Coca Cola or other carbonated beverages. Mice have little to no gag reflex and cannot belch or vomit.


Using Coca Cola as a rodenticide is not recommended – the amount needed to kill a mouse varies depending on the mouse's size, age, overall health and individual digestive system. Additionally, this method is not considered humane; it takes a long time for a mouse to die from a buildup of intestinal gas.


Consider other options for clearing up your mouse infestation, including live traps. Speak to a professional exterminator if you feel you cannot safely and humanely rid your home of mice.


  • "Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians"; Joanna Bassert, Dennis McCurnin; 2009
  • "The Mouse: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet"; Stephanie Shulman; 1999
  • "Common Household Pests: a Homeowner's Guide to Detection and Control"; Philip W. Hadlington, Christine Marsden; 1999
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