Guest Post: Thanks to guest poster Chad Siemer for this fascinating article about Peppermint Oil and Mice Control
As soon as someone discovers they have a mice problem they immediately turn to poisons or traps. Poison is dangerous especially if you have pets or children. In my opinion, most mouse traps are inhumane. They are very messy and unnecessary. However there is a fantastic repellant for getting rid of mice that no one ever talks about.
I’m not sure if there is a lack of good information or people are just skeptical about trying something new. Whatever the case may be, peppermint oil is a proven and effective deterrent for getting rid of mice. It has a strong scent that is very pleasing to humans, but highly offensive to rodents. Mice depend on there sense of smell to communicate, find food, and survive. They cannot tolerate the scent of peppermint oil. So they will have no choice but to pack up and leave.
Here is what you need to know
Although peppermint oil is inexpensive, not many regular stores carry it. The best place to find peppermint oil is at Amazon. All you’ll need is a 1 oz. bottle. This will usually cost you a little less than $10 dollars. If you want to keep some on hand at all times and save money, purchase the 4 oz. bottle. This will cost you less than $15 dollars.
How to use peppermint oil for mice control
You’ll want to figure out where you think the mice are hanging out. The best way to determine this is to look for mice droppings. Some of the most common places mice hide out are in storage areas, in drawers, cabinets, and even behind refrigerators.
You’ll want to purchase some standard cotton balls. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave the balls in all the areas you think the mice may be. Also leave some in areas where you think they may be using as pathways.
Peppermint is very strong. So you’ll only need to use a limited amount. Using too much could cause irritation to your eyes and throat. Leave the cotton balls in the designated areas for up to six weeks. To prevent the mice problem in the future continue to replace the peppermint cotton balls every four to six weeks.
Purchasing peppermint oil is simple and easy. However, many people choose to grow their own peppermint inside their house. This is a great, cost effective way to keep rodents and mice out of the house.
If for some reason your mice problem continues, it’s always a good idea to contact your local pest control company. Most lawn and pest control companies offer environmentally safe treatments for their clients.