How To Use Potato Flakes for Mice Control

Mouse infestations in your home can be horrible. In just six months, two mice can have 50 babies and collectively build up 20 lbs. of mouse droppings. This can cause health problems for people and animals living inside the house as well as compromise your dry food supply. While you can pay to have an exterminator come, there are plenty of non-toxic ways to get rid of the mice. Choosing to use the potato flakes method is easy and cheap, but you should know beforehand that the method will kill the mice.

Things You'll Need

  • Instant mashed potato flakes

  • Small bowls (2 to 3)

  • Water

Step 1

Sprinkle instant mashed potato flakes around the perimeter of any problem rooms for general protection.

Step 2

Pour some more instant mashed potato flakes into a small bowl and set it out at night time. Once in a mouse's stomach, the dry flakes will combine with moisture and puff up, eventually rupturing the stomach and causing death.

Step 3

Set out a bowl or two of water near the potato flakes for the mice to drink, which will quicken the process.


For non-deadly mouse control, you can purchase traps.

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