How To Repel Mice From House
In the eyes of some, mice are adorable little critters, but this does not mean that we would like for them to run rampant throughout our homes. Studies have proven that mice use urine to communicate with each other. However, these studies have also revealed that their urine has deadly bacteria. It is also worth mentioning that they leave faeces and can cause extensive damage to their teeth.
How to repel mice from the house? There are several means that you can use to deal with these furry invaders. You can use rodenticides or traditional snap traps. Both are effective, but they are not ideal if you have children or pets.
Mice are nocturnal and intelligent nibblers (they start nibbling at the tender age of six weeks). How can one eliminate mice from their home without conventional methods? Integrated pest management (IPM) is one option on the table. IPM requires patience and dedication, but it is your best option if you cannot afford to use chemicals in your residence.
IPM involves patience, work, and dedication. Unlike other rodent repellent methods, you will see results without using toxic chemicals. In my opinion, this is the best method to get rid of those pesky critters. IPM involves sealing potential entrances, storing your food properly, and eliminating water sources.
If you were combing an IPM program with a few DIY repellents listed below, you would not have any problems with getting rid of mice naturally.
How Traps Work: This is self-explanatory. You can use sticky traps or snap traps. Snap traps use a reliable mechanism to break the rodent’s neck when they go for the bait. Snap traps are effective, but they are not for the faint of heart.
Sticky traps contain a sticky substance that traps the mouse once it makes contact with the trap. The mouse will either die of starvation or dehydration. In some instances, rodents will chew off their limbs to escape. Sticky traps work extremely well if you have a mouse problem.
Let’s take a close look at a few more pointers on how to repel mice from the house.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Mice are well-known for having an acute sense of smell. They are not fond of peppermint essential oil. Using peppermint oil is not the best remedy, but it is a great addition to the IPM program.
You will need several cotton balls and peppermint essential oil.
Directions – Add twenty to thirty drops of peppermint essential oil to each cotton ball. Lay the cotton balls in areas where mice like to congregate. Replace the cotton balls every week, or when you notice that the smell is gone. Please keep in mind that you can experiment with other essential oils.
- Let Nature Handle It
How to repel mice from a house? A cat is your best friend when it comes to getting rid of mice. Cats are notorious for killing mice. Besides terminating mice, a cat will become a loving member of your family.
You simply need a cat for this IBM method.
Directions – Go to your local animal shelter and adopt your new furry friend.
- Mouse Deterrent Spray
You don’t have to worry about dealing with manufactured chemicals to make this little concoction. However, I recommend that you wear goggles and gloves when you apply it. This spray is made from hot peppers. Can you imagine how it would feel to get hot peppers in your eyes?
- You should use habanero peppers and cayenne peppers to make this spray. Once apply this spray, mice will not hesitate to leave your home.
You will need the following ingredients:
- Two 2 gallon buckets
- 16 cups of fresh water (one gallon)
- Two tablespoons of hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup of chopped habaneros
- A gallon jug and a plastic spray bottle
- A large pot
- Gloves or goggles
Directions – Make certain you are wearing goggles and gloves while making this healthy mixture. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Blend peppers and flakes in a food processor. Put the pepper blend into a two-gallon bucket, and slowly pour the boiling water on the blend.
Now it’s time to cover your mixture and allow it to sit for a day. With your cheesecloth, strain the pepper bits by pouring the mixture into another two-gallon bucket. Pour your mixture into a plastic spray bottle and spray around affected areas. Don’t spray this mixture on your carpet. You only need a small amount to get the job done.
- Dryer Sheets
It may be hard for you to believe, but dryer sheets work extremely well at keeping mice out of your home. The dryer sheets emit a scent that irritates mice. I learned this neat little trick while working in a barn during the summer months.
You will need regular dryer sheets.
Directions – Simply lay the dryer sheets around problem areas. Replace them when they lose their scent. You can also use them to cover the crevices and holes around your home.
- Let’s Use Some Copper
This is an old mice remedy. It’s old, but it’s still effective. Use high-quality steel wool to block entrances that mice use to get into your home. Use some caulking compound to reinforce the steel wool.
You will need one roll of copper wire or copper steel
Directions – Place thin wads off copper into holes around your home. You can use a stick to jam the copper into the holes. For extra deterrent, generously spray the copper wads with hot pepper spray.
- Trap Them
How to repel mice from the house without inhuman methods? Humane traps are the way to go if you are not fond of killing mice. The mice will not be able to exit the traps. Humane traps are ideal if you want to resolve your mice problem without experiencing the guilt that typically comes with killing animals.
You will need bait and a durable humane trap.
Directions – Each humane trap is different. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the trap. For example, you can use a cracker to entice mice to enter the trap. Take the trap to a remote area. The door will open when the mouse chews through the cracker. The mouse will be alive, and you will not have any guilt.
Mice find cloves to be overwhelming and distasteful. Cloves are notorious for irritating mice. This is an exceptional holistic way to get rid of those furry invaders.
You will need whole cloves or clove essential and cotton balls.
Directions – Apply the clove essential to the cotton balls (20-30 drops on each cotton ball). Place the cotton balls around your residence. If you decide to use whole cloves, put them in a cotton t-shirt. Place whole cloves around problem areas.
- Aluminum Foil
My father shared this method with me. He laid a sheet of aluminium foil on the countertop. He put granola bars and cereal on the foil. To my surprise, the mice did not touch anything. I believe that mice are not comfortable with the feel and sound of aluminium foil.
You will need aluminium foil.
Directions – Locate areas that have mouse droppings. Cover these areas with foil. Replace the foil daily. It seems strange, but this method works! It is the easiest method for anyone who would like to repel mice from a house. Article created by Spartan Pest Control – Mouse Exterminators Edmonton & Mouse Exterminators Calgary