If the mice seem to enjoy taking up residence in your home, you can fight back against the mice using these three natural tricks. Each of these tricks involves simple steps you can take to fight back against mice without using traps or poisons inside of your home.
#1 Clean With Peppermint Oil
There are some scents that mice just do not enjoy, and peppermint happens to be one of them. Luckily, peppermint smells great to humans and can easily be added via peppermint oil to most of your cleaning product that you use. The smell is just too strong for most mice to handle, and they tend to try to get away from it when they smell it.
You can easily make your own natural cleaning solution with a little borax powder, some water, and a few drops of peppermint oil. This solution can be used to clean your kitchen and bathroom. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of peppermint oil to the cleaning solution that you already use in your kitchen or put a few drops on your wash cloth that you use to wipe down the kitchen with. You can even add peppermint oil to your floor cleaning solution to give your vinyl or hardwood a faint peppermint scent. For areas of your home that have carpet, you can lightly mist the carpet with some water and peppermint mix before you vacuum; this will give your carpet a nice, pleasant smell for you and a horrible smell for the local mice.
#2 Spend Some Time Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen
Most mice love to hang out near your kitchen and pantry areas, because that is where the most abundant supplies of food can be found for them. However, if you take a full day to clean and organize your kitchen, you can turn it from an oasis for the local mice population into a desert for them instead. For this to happen, it is vital that you not only clean your kitchen, but also reorganize it as well. Work on one section of your kitchen at a time, cleaning and reorganizing it.
For cleaning your kitchen, take all items out of your drawers and cupboards and vacuum them out. If you use liners in your cabinets and drawers, wash them with some warm soap, water, and dish soap. Then, clean the inside and outside of your cabinets and drawers with a homemade peppermint oil solution, as discussed in tip number one. Make sure that you clean around the handles and under the edges.
For organizing your kitchen, focus on transferring food food out of the flimsy containers that they came in to something that is harder for a mouse to get into. The best thing you can do is put all of your baking supplies, snacks, and anything that is stored inside of a plastic bag into a well-sealed glass container. The smell will be muted inside of the glass container, and your local mice population will not be able to get inside of these containers. If a food item is not inside of your fridge, it should be inside of its own glass container.
Making your home smell like peppermint and cutting down on the ability for mice to access food in your home will help make your home more unappealing to the local mouse population without adding any traps or poison to your home. For additional help with ridding your home of a mouse problem, contact a company like Molter Termite and Pest Control.