Using a Natural Mouse Repellent as a Deterrent
Many homeowners would rather not to use toxic poisons or chemicals
to control rodents in the house, preferring to seek out
humane pest control
options instead. The use of a natural mouse repellent
is something to consider with the caution that deterrents like these have
received mixed reviews. Some people claim that work great, while others
state that they did not work at all. Here are a few options.
- Peppermint oil is said to be unpleasant to mice, causing them to leave the
area to get away from the smell. Drizzle some oil on a piece of cotton and place in areas
where mice like to nest or travel. If a drizzle of oil doesn't work, trying soaking the
cotton instead. The oil will also need to be replaced regularly to keep the smell potent.
Don't leave too much cotton available that's not at least drizzled in oil, as cotton is
a very attractive nesting material for mice.
Be sure to use use peppermint oil, not peppermint extract. If you
prefer, you can try the leaves of a peppermint plant instead although the smell might
not be quite potent enough.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE PEPPERMINT OIL IF YOU HAVE CATS.
CATS CAN BECOME VERY ILL!
- Make little sachets of cayenne pepper to place in areas where mice like to
hang out. Again, the smell of the pepper is supposed to drive them away.
- Ammonia is said the mimic the scent of predators. Fill small containers and
place them around the house where mice are known to live. There are also commercially
sold repellents that contain the urine of predators combined with other
organic materials. They're sold in pellets or granules and are sprinkled around the
area where the mice inhabit or travel.
- Probably the most natural mouse repellent of all is a barn owl. Read
more about how to get rid of mice naturally
using a barn owl. This is probably one of the few 'natural' methods with consistently
good results! Obviously an owl isn't suitable as a household deterrent and can only control
mice outdoors in the yard or garden.
It doesn't hurt to try a natural mouse repellent. Homeowners should be prepared,
however, to have to take other steps if this type of deterrent does not give results.
There are been both positive and negative reviews from people who have tried these
methods. They do not appear to work for everyone or in every situation when trying
to get rid of house mice. Although
these are natural repellents, care should be taken to keep them safely out of reach
of both children and pets.