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How to Get Rid Of Mice in Dryer Vents

On a cold day, is there anything better than putting on your favorite sweater or blanket, fresh out of the dryer and still warm? Unfortunately, mice enjoy the warmth of your clothes dryer just as much as you do. For rodents looking for a warm place to wait out the cold, a dryer vent is one of the easiest ways to get inside your comfy, cozy home.

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Mice and other pests use household dryer vents to get inside your home.

Any home with a laundry dryer inside has a vent on the outside to let the heat escape. If the vent outside is uncovered or damaged, household pests like mice can easily get inside. Once they enter through the vent, they will chew through the flexible tubing that connects to the actual dryer, giving them free access to the rest of your house.

Signs you need to get rid of mice in dryer vents include:

  • Strange noises such as squeaking, scratching, scurrying or thumping sounds.
  • Inefficient or ineffective performance.
  • Unpleasant odors.
  • Finding small black pellets, similar to rice in size and shape – these are rodent droppings.
  • Broken or damaged vent covers on the exterior of your home or building.

Why you should get rid of a little mouse?

If mice, or any other animal takes up residence in your laundry dryer vent, you’ll be facing a long laundry list of problems. The phrase ‘quiet as a mouse’ is a lie, and when the sounds of noisy rodents are amplified by the thin metal and hollow sound effects of a dryer vent, you’ll know why. The dryer’s efficiency will suffer if the vent is obstructed by a mouse nest or any rodent related debris; the risk of fire increases when there are blockages as well. Not to mention the diseases rodents can transmit, the terrible smell that will result if a rodent dies in a hard to reach area, and the overall “ick” factor.

Prevent rodents in dryer vents.

Prevent your mice problems.

Getting rid of mice is critical for your own health and safety. Preventing pest problems from happening again is important to protect your appliances and save you from expensive repair bills and replacement costs.

The best way to get rid of mice and make sure they never come back is to use a rodent repellent that has been proven effective like Stay Away® Mice. Unlike lethal traps or poisons, this scent based repellent is a pet friendly mouse control method that poses no risks to children or other animals. Mice follow their noses to find food and to detect danger — the fresh scent of essential oils in Stay Away overwhelms the highly sensitive scent receptors of rodents, causing them to flee the area. While traps and poisons are designed to attract mice before killing them, Stay Away repels rodents from the moment you unwrap the pouch.

Place the pouches wherever you suspect a problem or have seen signs of rodent activity. Leave the pouches in place for a few days to allow the mice to escape, then inspect your dryer vent and surrounding area to seal up any entry points so pests can’t get inside again. Make sure vent flaps are intact and working properly; cover the exterior opening with wire mesh and caulk around the vent where it enters your home. A little effort goes a long way and can ensure that your home remains mouse free.

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10 responses to “How to Get Rid Of Mice in Dryer Vents”

  1. I have a horrendous smell coming from my laundry room thank goodness it’s separate from the house and I can shut the door but I plan on moving things today and I’m scared to death of finding a dead mouse in there. Thanks for your information but it’s not what I wanted to hear of course.

    • Sorry to hear about the bad smell, but hopefully you’ll be able to resolve the issue now. Let us know how things turn out. Thanks!

  2. Just bought a house and we HAVE caught two small mice in the laundry room. Now we are noticing a really bad smell when you open the door to the laundry room. Smell is pretty bad. Left the house today for about a your and now noticing the smell as you first walk in the house. How do you get the smell gone. It’s so foul and I’m concerned that it could cause health problems. Getting ready to check the dryer vent to make sure they have gotten in the vent and died. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

  3. I just woke up from a nap and my wife takes me down to the laundry room as she explains to me that she heard a boom like sound and when she was done with the clothes, she smelled a dead rodent. I put my head down in there and sure enough, I can smell it. You cant smell it on the clothes, but I’ve read the advice that you furnished, so she has 3 wet loads left, should she still dry them?

    • I would recommend hanging any remaining items to air dry and then consulting with an appliance repair expert before using the dryer anymore. Also, investigate the dryer vent on the outside of your home to make sure it is covered to prevent any more pests from getting in. Thanks for reading!

  4. Those commenting on bad scents in laundry rooms – they usually have floor drains, which have “traps” (S-shaped pipe under the floor) to keep sewer gasses from entering the house. If the water in this trap dries out, the smells come up. Dump a bucket of water in the drain. If you have a septic tank that’s over-full, even with water in the trap, gasses will bubble up.

  5. I just realized today, a mouse has chewed the dryer vent hose at the elbow point. I now have figured why the cats keep trying to get in the laundry room. I am going to buy a cage for the outdoor vent portion, not sure about the inside part of the dryer vent hose. So at least I know the mouse has not gotten into the house. Because we have 4 cats, but I do not want to use poison (because of cats), are the stick pads very attractive for cats? I live in Western Washington.

    • Hi Cynthia,

      I’m sorry to hear about the mouse in your dryer vent. I’m not sure if your cats would be attracted to the sticky pad, but I would suggest using a rodent repellent instead. If the mouse is caught on a sticky pad, that may make it more attractive to your cats. Even if the cats leave it alone, you will still have to dispose of the mouse and the sticky pad it is caught on, which is quite unpleasant. Botanical rodent repellent is made with ingredients that can be used in the house and around pets without worry. Use our store locator to find a retailer near you.

      Thanks for reading!

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