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Local Articles in Pullman

Pest Control

A homeowner's guide to hiring an exterminator or pest control company to rid your home of insects or rodents.

Mice and Rat Extermination

A homeowner's guide to dealing with rodent infestation, including how to identify when there's a mouse problem and what to do to get rid of mice and rats.

essential oils glass jars

Try using essential oils as an all-natural solution for spiders, mosquitos and other pesky bugs.

bowl of apples and oranges

Before you call pest control, learn how you can kill fruit flies and keep them at bay.

peanut butter bait wood snap mouse trap (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Exterminators know that catching mice with a trap requires thinking like a mouse. It helps to understand the basic mechanics as well as rodent psychology.

Yes, he's cute but mice have bad habits and can spread disease. (National Institutes of Health)

As the weather outside gets colder, mice and other pests are more than willing to move into your home. Protect yourself from infestation with these tips.

Angie's Answers


You have a lot of questions. I will try to cover them all.

First, mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
Second, unlike rats, mice are very small; it would take a major infestation to generate a persistent odor as indicated.

Elimination starts by sealing the exterior foundation of the home, door sweeps, broken windows, cracks in the foundation, holes around electrical service, water faucets and dryer vents.

Secondly, food sources must be eliminated. Mice only need 1 gram of food a day and they extract water directly from the food they digest.

Next, mice infestations are more localized than people think, bait under the house might not have any effect. Heat sources like refrigerators and hot water heaters are suspect as a base of operation.

Snap traps are highly effective when used where dropping are found. Use a variety of bait, peanut butter (avoid this if children are present), brownie, fruit and even dental floss tied to the pedal (nesting material).

As for the odor, look for an enzyme based cleaner / deodorizer.


If the problem continues seek the help of a Pest Control Professional with rodent experience.

Hope that helps,

Andrew Deluca

The quickest way I've found to get rid of them (as opposed to preventing them - see answer above) is to put a half cup of cider vinegar (must be cider vinegar) in a jar or bowl and put a half-dozen drops of dishwashing liquid on top of it.  Leave out on a counter wherever the problem exists. Empty and refill as needed.
Legally, it needs to be pest control - wildly boring technical explanation regarding Federal pesticide laws that I won't bother you with.  Having said that, depending on where they are located in your chimnet, you could do it yourselt.  Most wasp control products will shoot 12'-20'.  So, if they are in a lower section of your chimney you wait until dark (they return to their nests before dark) and reach up above your damper and spray the nests.  If you're not averse to being on your roof, do the same thing from the top.  Otherwise, hire a professional.
An exterminator - you have to careful that the pests are driven out of the attic BEFORE the entrance they were using is closed up, otherwise you have dead decaying animals in your attic - can cause a stench that lasts for weeks.

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Bill Foreyt



307 S 9th Ave #356
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1140 15th St

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