Is Peppermint Oil Harmful to Birds?

February 17, 2010

A bottle of peppermint oil next to peppermint leaves.I am thinking of using peppermint oil to rid an aviary of mice. Will it harm my birds?

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February 17, 20102 found this helpful
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Pure Peppermint oil extrememly strong & I would bet that it would be harmful to birds. The best thing to rid any place of mice is a good mouser. A cat!

There are lots of good indoor-outdoor cats in shelters just waiting for a good home. Our whole neighborhood had a very nasty mole problem, but after we got our cat we have the only yard on the block without moles!

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June 6, 20160 found this helpful
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You should not use any oils near birds since their respiratory systems are delicate.
Catch mice in traps. Store all seed in airtight containers like glass jars. Vacuum daily around the cage. If that's a pain, use a dustbuster. Put the cage on a table with legs such as shiny steel legs so the mice can't climb up.


Birds can die from contamination if mice pee and poop in their food. One of the best ways to keep mice from roaming is to just keep your place clean. Put your pantry foods in tupperwares or jars, don't just leave the crumpled cereal bag in the box. And put pasta in containers, don't just clip the bag. Go to Dollar Tree to get chep containers. Same with pet food. This will have the added bonus of keeping pantry moths and bugs out of your food.

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February 17, 20100 found this helpful

Here are the benefits of some of the essential oils:

Ylang Ylang is relaxing. Eucalyptus aids with respiratory problems (Toxic to birds);
peppermint, rosemary and thyme are energizing,


lemon, tea tree oil* and cedarwood are purifying; ( Note to Bird Owners: *Tea Tree Essential has caused paralysis in birds when the dosage administered was too high. As safe doses have not been established, it's best not to use this essential oil around your birds. )
peppermint, rosemar and ginger clear your mind;
lemon helps you concentrate;
peppermint and spearmint helps with headaches.
Nutmeg, Patchouli (one of my favorites) and Ylang Ylang increase sensuality. (In addition to which, I love their smell) good luck.

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November 30, 20170 found this helpful

Will mint, citus or Eucalyptus oil infused spray harm birds or deter birds from feeding

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

Will spraying peppermint oil in my house affect my birds or dogs?

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January 4, 20190 found this helpful

A cat is even more harmful to birds by not only putting a lot of stress on any bird by trying to catch and kill it but also by killing any bird.Very bad advise .Get a life trap for rats and mice and kill them humanely after catching

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December 27, 20210 found this helpful

I want to rid my quail cages from mice and rats. Can I spray the prepped mint oil on the quails hay ?

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August 20, 20220 found this helpful

Ah yes, solve a dangerous problem with something more dangerous.

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