There are a number of methods used to get rid of mice without the use of poison or traps. This is a guide about using peppermint oil for mice control.
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This is the time of year we get mice. We live back off the road and there are barns behind us so we get about 3 a year. My husband read in Mother Earth news, that you can make your mouse problem go away for good. Put peppermint oil on cotton balls and stick them in holes, under cabinets and any other area you fear a mouse might enter. People even took off parts of paneling and put them inside the walls. For some reason mice do not like the peppermint and are deterred. Sounds much better than finding them on those old nasty sticky mouse things that probably still has a live mouse on it or those ugly traps that just broke the little guys neck. Anyway, it is cheap and worth a try.
I have always heard aluminum foil will make them go away because when they step on it, they hear the noise it makes and will not enter.
If I grossed you out, I apologize.
Source: Mother Earth News
By Gem from VA
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Here are questions related to Using Peppermint Oil for Mice Control.
How does peppermint help get rid of mice and can I use peppermint soap in the hole?
By Margaret P
You have to find where the mice are entering the house from the outside and close those openings. Otherwise, the mice will just make runs through out the walls of the house and make nests inside the walls. An example, if the roof leaks you find a seal the leak on the outside. You don't seal the leak from the inside of the house. You might try some DeCon or mouse traps but they may return.
If the odor of peppermint oil is a repellent for mice, then wouldn't using an air freshener with peppermint fragrance do the same thing?
By Fairhope from Alabama, Gulf Coast
Short answer: No, not at all. How do I know?
I spent $20+ on two 4-oz. bottles of 100% pure peppermint essential oil. Saturated about 30-35 cotton balls and spread them around inside my 1800-1900 square foot house, especially in the kitchen. Used a whole bottle. The house reeked of peppermint, but it was a good reek. I thought this was going to be great.
During the first five days, I'd occasionally hear a mouse-like sound, or see a furtive movement out of the corner of my eye, but I did not see a mouse. I convinced my self that the noise was my own stomach and that the movement was only a reflection in my glasses. On day six I opened the small kitchen drawer that holds our flatware. New mouse droppings everywhere inside it--including next to the cotton ball I had saturated and put inside this small drawer, which still was giving off potent peppermint odor.
Later that day I saw a mouse come out from behind our clothes dryer where I had tossed two saturated cotton balls. I opened the second bottle of peppermint oil and tossed two more heavily-saturated cotton balls behind the dryer. The next morning I watched a mouse come out from behind the dryer, do an amazing acrobatic act for about 30 seconds, then turn around and go back behind the dryer again. So much for peppermint repelling mice.
I think the people on this site who tell you that 100% peppermint oil works are either: (1) wishful thinkers; (2) people who just spoke too soon; or (3) people who work for companies selling peppermint oil. Even if my second application of peppermint oil had worked for another five days (and I don't think it worked in the first place), $10-worth of peppermint oil every five days comes to about $750 a year. But since it doesn't work anyway, what does that matter?
Can you use peppermint extract to get rid of mice or does it have to be oil?
By April from Seattle, WA
I put peppermint oil in a spray bottle bought at the dollar store and spray it on counter tops, in cabinets, etc., and the mice stay away. If you don't have much oil you can mix water with the oil and shake it. it won't separate right away and you can make it last longer.
Do you have to dilute the peppermint oil for mice control before putting it down and how often did you have to change it and put fresh peppermint down?
By Annette W.
What else, other than peppermint oil, gets rid of mice?
By wonakee from MO
By Louise B.03/22/2013
Will peppermint extract get rid of mice in the walls or will the peppermint oil only work?
Is there a way I can use peppermint to keep mice away? What is the best application for using peppermint?
By Marion H
Peppermint plants will keep them away, or you can buy peppermint oil and put it on a cotton ball placed around the house. I don't know if peppermint candy would work tho.
Where would I find peppermint oil? I read a suggestion saying that peppermint oil is a good product to use in closing a travel trailer.
By Barbara from Plainville, MA
Peppermint oil, not to be confused with peppermint extract, can be purchased at specialty cake & candy stores, maybe craft stores that sell cake & candy items, or online.
I was wondering, will pure peppermint extract with mint work as well to get rid of mice?
By Paula E from British Columbia, Canada
Wasp spray kills mice.
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We were told to use peppermint oil to get rid of mice. We were told to put a few drops of it on a cotton ball then place it where they or you think they come in. What we would like to know is how much is a few drops and can you use any type of peppermint oil or does it have to be the best?
Gene from WI
By sone978 AT aol.com
At least for me, didn't work. And the oil I used was so strong it made me dizzy. At first I thought; must be part-mouse. But since it didn't work on them, I just realized how I hate peppermint. What did work was cayenne pepper sprinkled around the area.
Note to the person with the stove problem: If you have access to the area underneath the stovetop (some stovetops are lid-like), then sprinkle the pepper liberally, coating the area, then close the lid. Sprinkle behind the stove, and underneath if possible. (10/22/2008)
Take a mesh metal scouring pad and pull it apart. Wrap a section of the looser mesh around the cotton ball with oil. The claim is that mice (and rats) can't eat through the metal. Another recommendation is using the pulled mesh to block any suspected openings that the vermin use.
I find that taking wads or tufts of cat hair (from combing my cat) and stuffing them in under dressers and furniture will reduce traffic. I've used both salvaged garlic clove bags or retired knee-high nylons stuffed with cat hair for "repellent sachets". (11/01/2008)
The peppermint oil irritates rodents but it eventually will evaporate. Once it has evaporated the rodents like the cotton balls for nesting material. However, they will not take the cotton balls with the cayenne pepper as it will burn and irritate them, too.
To be most effective you should replace or re-dip the cotton balls ever few weeks. One or two drops will evaporate rather quickly. I'd recommend a bit more than that by saturating the cotton balls. You may want to protect wood or painted indoor surfaces by placing the cotton ball on a small glass candle plate. (04/18/2009)
I have mice in my attached garage. I ran out and purchased several little bottles of peppermint oil and saturated many cotton balls and put them all around. The mice are practically laughing at me. I do not want to kill them, just repel them. Help.
By ProfessorEnglish from Lubbock, TX
You can't repel mice. They don't take hints. You could trap them, I suppose, or set out poison, figure out where they are coming in, and cover the holes with metal. It is just so much easier to have cats. Besides, they purr. (02/27/2010)
Once they gain entrance, you have to poison or trap. The best is the sticky traps. My son's home was taken over by the mice that came in to the house in the fall cold. 15 caught in 1 day. No food, drawers, etc are safe. Even get into the oven not in use.
If you have pet feeding areas, vermin love that--not only mice. One trade off, if you have snakes in your yard, you don't often get mice. Natural enemies. Mickey Mouse is not real, but your problem is. Put your thoughts elsewhere to a humane society, etc and just plain trap/poison those mice. Think of the germs and disease they bring into the house. You or them!
PS. I love the peppermint on the cotton ball--use it all the time for sinus issues. Tuck it in a pocket, stick it by your pillow. (02/27/2010)
By house daddy
I just did the centers of the rooms (always leave your enemy an escape route kinda thing). I did this one hour ago. It's night time and they're going nuts. Hopefully they will retreat to the zone that's not my home. Next I'm gonna give the place a blast of scrubbing, mopping and shaking, sweeping furniture, beating, surface disinfecting. Then I'll do the cotton wool p-mint doormen. I will keep you all posted as tonight is the proof for me. (03/16/2010)
By house daddy
I have an "all natural" solution for getting rid of mice. No poison, traps, or sprays to harm your pets or children and it smells awesome.
If you want to get rid of mice or other rodents in your house, the use of peppermint oils is the best.
Is peppermint oil safe around dogs and cats when using it to keep mice away? Are there any other oils that work on mice and are they safe for pets?