Mice are something that can be unavoidable sometimes. No matter what sort of house you live in, no matter what location, mice can strike at any time. They eat at your clothing, carpets and old boxes in the basement. They can really be a big pain, but your heart is big, and you can’t stomach the idea of poison or a mouse trap. That’s what this article is for. In our article, we will show you 15 home remedies to get rid of mice. Each of these remedies will offer a step-by-step guide on how to complete them for the best effect.
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is one of the scents that mice cannot stand. They have a good sense of smell and when they smell peppermint, they tend to be repulsed. You can use this to your advantage by spraying down peppermint oil in and around your home.
- Peppermint oil
- Mix 20 to 30 drops of peppermint oil to each half cup of water that you are using.
- Dump the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Put it on evenly over the mouse-ridden area in and around your home and let it soak in.
- Let the solution sit on the floors for at least a week before you refresh it.
- Reapply as often as you need to.
2. A Pet
One of the best things that you can do to get rid of mice is to call in the cats. Cats enjoy chasing down these mice and will make a game out of something that grosses you out. Cats have instincts that help them catch and kill these mice so that you don’t have to worry about it. You can get a cat from an animal shelter; if you were thinking about adopting anyway, there is no better time than when you are stuck dealing with mice.
- Go adopt a cat and get mice out of your home today.
- Let the cat go through and chase down the mice.
3. Homemade Mouse Spray
If essential oils don’t seem strong enough for you, you can make your own mouse deterrent spray. The items that you need in order to make these can be found in most homes, allowing it to be a virtually free home remedy for mice.
- A large pot
- 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup chopped habaneros
- 1 gallon of fresh water
- Spray bottle
- Put together pepper flakes, peppers and water in a pot after processing the peppers.
- Boil the mixture.
- Cover the mixture and let it cool and then let it sit for 24 hours.
- Use a cheesecloth to strain the pepper parts of the mixture out, leaving only the liquid behind.
- Fill the spray bottle with this liquid and get to work.
- Spray around the home and in some areas of the interior of your home where you most commonly notice mice.
4. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are great for getting rid of mice. It is considered to be the lesser of two evils when it comes to mice. Mice hate the smell of dryer sheets as their chemicals are found repugnant to these animals. They will run off at the first whiff of them.
- Lay dryer sheets around in problematic areas of the home.
- When you can no longer smell the dryer sheets after around one month or so, you can refresh the sheets.
- You can weigh down the corners of the dryer sheets in order to keep them in place and stop mice from knocking them over.
- You can even stuff them into holes that you are finding mice sneaking in.
5. Raw Honey
While honey has a lot of benefits for the human body, it can actually harm mice who try to enter your home. Honey makes it difficult for mice to get through a space as it sticks to their feet and makes walking a chore. You can find honey in most home cabinets, but if you don’t have it already, it’s easy to purchase.
- Tin foil
- Lay down a layer of tin foil where mice typically come into the house.
- Apply a layer of honey on top of the tin foil.
Copper is a way to keep them out. Copper wool, often called copper wire mesh, doesn’t degrade or rust, making it durable and resilient. Because of its woven nature, it would be hard for mice to chew through the spaces that you are trying to block them out of. You can also use nontoxic caulk to close up an area with the help of the copper wire.
- One roll of copper wire mesh
- Roll up the copper into small bundles.
- Stuff the wire into the holes, cracks or any other entrances that the mice seem to get through. You can make as many layers of the cotton as you need without making it fit too loosely inside.
- You can spray with the aforementioned hot pepper spray once you have the wire installed for even more determent.
While the scent of cloves might be pleasant for you, mice, once again, find it repugnant. They will not let themselves near clove or its oil, so it is a good idea to get out the spray bottle and line the perimeter with it. You can use clove essential oil already present in a bottle or make your own. You can even use whole cloves, but we believe the spray variety to be more effective.
- Clove essential oil
- Mix 10 drops of clove essential oil to each cup of water that you are using.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Spray it on evenly over the area in and around your home and let it soak in.
- Let the solution sit on the affected area in your home for at least ten minutes.
- Wipe it away.
- Reapply as often as you need to but do not rinse it off.
8. Aluminum Foil
While it may seem unlikely, aluminum foil is a great way to deter mice as well. It is believed to be a combination of the shiny material, the smell and the noise that they create which can startle them. Think about how it would feel if you bit down on aluminum foil. Gross, right? Mice probably don’t like that feeling either.
- Cover up the surface that you have seen mice or mice dropping with aluminum foil.
- Lay the foil flat or ball it up depending on where you are currently placing it.
- Throw it away in the morning on the chance that a mouse did run over top of it and get it dirty.
9. Kitty Litter
Cat litter has more than one use for your little mouse catcher of a cat; it can also be used as a mouse repellant. Perhaps the little granules get trapped in their feet or they don’t like the smell–we don’t know, but we do know that it works.
- Cat litter of any variety
- Put the cat litter in any space where you have seen the mice.
- Put cat litter in any space where you have not necessarily seen mice but have seen their droppings.
- Place the litter in any little hole or crack where mice might be able to enter your home.
Mothballs are repugnant to mice. They smell awful to us, and they smell even worse to mice. This is a great repellant for not just mice but many other pests as well. You can put these mothballs just about anywhere.
- Put the mothballs in any space where you have seen the mice.
- Put mothballs in any place where you have not seen mice but have seen their droppings.
- Set the mothballs in any small space where mice might be able to get into your home.
11. Instant Potatoes
While it may seem strange, the flakes of instant potatoes are also known to work well. You can use instant potato flakes anywhere that you suspect mice. They are incredibly inexpensive and can be purchased at grocery stores, discount stores and more. This makes them an incredibly cheap way to get rid of mice.
- Any brand of instant potato flakes
- Put the instant potato flakes in any space where you have noticed mice.
- Put instant potato flakes anywhere that you have seen droppings.
- Place the instant potato flakes anywhere that they could sneak into the home.
Ammonia stinks, not only to use but to mice as well. Place a few bowls with ammonia in the areas that you have seen mice or mice droppings. This is not an ideal solution for those of you who have pets. You need to have the room with the ammonia well ventilated.
- Put the ammonia in any space where you have seen the mice before.
- Set ammonia in any area where you have not really seen mice but have seen their droppings.
- Place the ammonia in any small hole or crack where mice might be able to enter your home.
You can always caulk up the passageways that you think mice are slipping through. You can use nontoxic caulk if you have a conscience and do not want to harm the rats and only want to repel them. Caulk can be purchased at home themed department stores and home improvement shops.
- Insert the caulk in any space where you have seen the mice.
- Use the caulk in areas that you have seen droppings.
- Stop mice from entering by using it in small entry areas.
14. Ultrasonic Repellent
Ultrasonic beep machines are electronic instruments. These instruments can send out a sound that mice can hear that could repel them due to its annoying nature. You can buy them at any sort of electrical shop and put it in the problematic areas of your home.
- Put the ultrasonic beep machines where you see mice.
- Put Ultrasonic beep machines where you see droppings.
- Place the Ultrasonic beep machines in any crack where mice might be able to enter your home.
15. Bay Leaf
Bay leaves are one of the better home remedies to get rid of mice. The bay leaves attract mice by their scent. The kicker is that when mice bite into these leaves, it is toxic to them, meaning that it will kill them. It does this in a humane way that you don’t have to feel bad about.
- Set the bay leaves in any space where you have seen the mice.
- Put bay leaves wherever it is that you have seen their droppings.
- Place the bay leaves in any space they could slip through.
Mice are certainly annoying, but not annoying enough where you want to outright poison them with chemicals. That is what this article aims to help you with–more natural ways to get rid of mice.
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