Mice are invading homes in your neighborhood, and you don’t want them in your home. People are putting out poison, but that’s not an option for you. Poison can harm children, pets, wildlife, and the environment. Mouse traps kill one mouse at a time, and you have their dead bodies to dispose of. But you have to do something before the pests contaminate your home. Are there choices that are less deadly? Is there any natural mouse repellent that is effective? Keep reading for answers as to how you can prevent a mouse invasion naturally.
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What Repels Mice Naturally?
No one wants mice sharing living quarters with them. Many people try to poison them. The downside of that is that mice often take a long time to die after consuming the poison. That gives them time to find hidden places in which to die, leaving decaying bodies for you to smell. Aside from that, other mice will move in to replace their dead companions.
The better choice is to repel mice so that they stay out of your home.
Two natural mouse repellents are:
- Devices that make a noise that mice dislike.
- Smells that mice dislike.
You’ll experience varying degrees of success with these. There is more information in this article about what smells do mice hate.
Let a Predator Eat Them
Another way to naturally eliminate your mouse problem is to encourage predation. Cats are a natural enemy of mice, as are birds such as owls. Predators like these will hunt, kill, and eat mice. Consult your local wildlife or extension office for tips on encouraging owls. Humane societies and animal shelters can help you with a cat.
If you don’t want to acquire your own cat, ask for used kitty litter from a cat owner. Litter in which the cat has urinated is the best. Sprinkle the stinky litter around the foundation of your home. Mice will think you have a cat and will set up housekeeping somewhere else.
Experiment to Find an Effective Repellent
People have used a variety of household products to repel mice.
These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Ammonia – it has a strong smell which mice don’t like. It also makes mice think of cat urine, another smell mice dislike. You can set small dishes of ammonia wherever you think mice might be or you can spray it.
- Castor oil – It smells bad and tastes worse.
- Camphor – The smell will repel mice, but you’ll probably use it more outside than inside because most people find the smell unpleasant.
- Mothballs – Do mothballs keep mice away? People have long used them as an all-purpose repellent. Use them outside and avoid areas where children or pets play.
- Rotten onions – The smell repels all but the most persistent of critters. You’ll probably only use them outside as it’s unlikely that you want that smell in your house.
- Apple cider vinegar – spray around the outside of your home. If you don’t mind the smell you can also spray it inside.
Almost anything that smells bad will repel mice at least temporarily.
The thing to remember is that although mice can climb and jump, they travel along the floor. Any repellent must be placed very low, especially since the fumes will rise.They prefer to travel along walls or in dark areas, so placing foul smelling products along baseboards or in corners will repel them.
The best mouse repellent is making your home undesirable to them.
Mice enter your home in search of three things:
Food is the most important of these. Removing the food source will often make mice search elsewhere for a place to live.
Super cleanliness is the key to keeping mice out. Even the tiniest crumb will attract a hungry mouse.
Precautions to make sure an intruder can’t find something to eat include:
- Wiping all counters and anywhere else food is prepared or served.
- Sweeping floors and vacuuming carpets, especially if children carry food around.
- Cleaning up all spills immediately.
- Keeping all stored foods in tightly sealed containers.
- Avoiding leaving pet food out.
You also need to avoid leaving dirty dishes overnight in a sink or dishwasher.
Mice have sensitive noses, so while certain food smells will attract them, strong smells will repel them. Some people place whole cloves around to repel mice. Others use strong essential oils. This article discusses how does peppermint oil get rid of mice.
Mice will build their nests inside your house if they can. Favorite materials are anything they can shred. That includes stacks of newspapers or magazines. Any accumulation of cardboard, paper, or similar materials needs to be removed. Empty all trash containers daily to eliminate both food and nesting materials.
Keeping outside areas free of debris and clutter will keep mice away from your house. Remove anything that a mouse can hide in, including brush, yard clippings, or equipment. Mice are attracted to pet feces, so keep it cleaned up. Trash cans should be covered with tight-fitting lids. Minimize eating outside to avoid dropping food that mice can find.
Mice can enter your home through very tiny cracks. You can keep them out by caulking or otherwise sealing any openings. If that isn’t possible, stuff steel wool in gaps. Mice can’t chew through steel wool, and it is a natural repellent.
Places where you can place steel wool include:
- Openings for utility lines, such as cable.
- Around exhaust vents, such as your dryer or fans.
- The molding or siding around windows or doors.
Look under your sinks and stuff steel wood around water pipes and drain pipes. You can learn here how to use dryer sheets to get rid of mice in places where you don’t want steel wool.
The directions for most repellents instruct you to place them where mice enter, eat, or nest. But what if you don’t know where those places are?
Mice travel by foot. Make a guess as to where they’re traveling to or from – spotting their feces is a good clue. Then sprinkle talcum powder, baby powder, or flour in that area. The next morning you’ll see mouse tracks. If you don’t see tracks, sprinkle the powder or flour in a different area the next night. Sooner or later, you’ll find where the little pests walk.
What’s a Good Mouse Repellent Recipe?
You can use a mouse’s avoidance of strong smells to make a spray for repelling it. Several recipes start with dish washing detergent.
Combine it with water and one or more other ingredients such as:
- Minced garlic,
- Hot sauce,
- Castor oil,
- Jalapeno peppers.
Use the mixture as a spray wherever you think mice are entering, eating, or nesting. You’ll need to vary the proportions until you find a combination that is effective. The dish washing detergent is just to help the other ingredients mix in the water, so you don’t need more than a cup, if that, to a gallon of water.
You can also make your own version of commercial mouse repellent pouches. One homemaker used ground corn cobs such as that sold for pet bedding, which she then soaked in essential oil. You can use your choice of any oil that has a strong fragrance. A handful of the soaked material was then sewn into a small pouch.
Place a pouch anywhere you think there might be mice. The scent of the oil will last for months and will repel any mice that come near it. The pouches are useful if a spray would stain carpets or other areas. When you’re choosing the bedding and oil to use for your pouches, read this article for details on does cedar repel mice.
The Best Natural Mouse Repellents
You can purchase natural repellents for mice.
These are generally in one of two forms:
Sprays often contain essential oils in a solution of inert ingredients. Eco Defense Mice Repellent Spray contains castor oil in addition to the essential oils. Sodium lauryl sulfate has been added to Grandpa Gus’s Natural Mouse Rodent Repellent Spray. Both these products are safe to use around pets and children. Amazon reviewers have given them 3.8 stars out of five.
Mouse repellent granules are made from diatomaceous earth, clay, or other absorbent product. The granule is impregnated with one or more essential oils. These are good for sprinkling in hard-to-reach areas. Amazon reviewers have given Fresh Cab Earthkind Botanical Rodent Repellent a rating of 3.6 stars out of five. The repellent is packaged in small sachets which you can place where needed.
Both types are available online and in retail garden shops and hardware stores.
If you’re trying to keep mice out of your garden, Bonide 142 Sulphur Dust Fungicide has been given 4.4 stars out of five by reviewers. It’s available as a dust or spray and is for outdoor use only. The main ingredient is thiram. Although thiram is a fungicide, it’s been proven effective against rodents, including mice.
The Magic of Shake Away
Shake Away Mouse Repellent is an organic and non-toxic repellent. It’s formulated from granules and essential oils. It’s packaged in pouches that can be placed anywhere in your home. When expired, the pouches are safe to dispose of in your household trash.
Shake Away is also available in granules which can be sprinkled where needed. The granules are impregnated with predator urine and are meant for outside use only.
Mouse Magic Natural Mouse Repellent combines essential oils with a granulated absorbent material. The mixture is packaged in “scent packs, ” which you place anywhere that mice enter, eat, or nest. The packs may be used indoors or outdoors. When used as directed, they are safe for children and pets.
Mouse Magic may also be purchased in a shaker for outside use. It’s biodegradable and safe to use in garden areas.
House mice are the usual vermin trying to live with you. Field mice will come inside when it’s too cold outside or if they don’t have a food source. You may have to experiment before you find the best mouse repellent. Effectiveness will be affected by how desperate the mice are for a warm home where food is plentiful. If one repellent doesn’t work, you have others to try.
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