Unfortunately as you have probably already discovered, mouse control is just not that easy. It's not like you can just ask them to politely leave or put up a sign that says "No Mice Allowed." I'd say the mouse would just look you in the face and start laughing, but it'll probably just keep going about its business, that is, making your life miserable. So what can be done to deter mice from your home?
If you don't want to read another word of this article, at least read this paragraph... I think you'll want to hear about this secret weapon to keep mice away from your home (or just about any other area). It's a product that not too many people know about, but it works. Most people think about getting rid of mice, they think about mouse traps. They think about mouse poison. What they don't think is bottling up the scent of a mouse's natural enemies and spreading it around the exterior of their home. That's where the Shake Away Rodent Repellent Granules come in to play. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to incite a natural feeling of fear in mice, as if there was a dangerous predator nearby? That's exactly the type of scent that the shake away granules emanate. Like I said, if you don't read anything else on this page, at least do yourself the favor by checking it out.
One very effective deterrent is to get a cat. I once read somewhere that cats were first domesticated in order to get rid of mice in people's homes. Cats are natural predators of mice, so having one in the house is a natural deterrent to mice. The downside is that cats have no problems killing mice. Sometimes the manner in which they kill mice is very inhumane as they will tend to haunt and play with the mouse until its spirit has been completely broken. The other bad thing about having a cat in the house to kill mice is that often times they will bring the dead mouse to you as a trophy. If you have a serious mouse problem and you don't feel like setting up traps and getting a cat is an option, this is an effective way to get rid of mice now and keep them away in the future. Unfortunately buying a cat isn't always an option (try borrowing one). If that's not an option, you can always try some other technique.
You can also try a method of using certain smells to deter mice. Like most animals, there are certain scents that naturally repel mice. A couple effective mouse repellents that people report to be good are using ammonia or mothballs. Both produce a scent that help to keep mice away, but they also produce scents that are repulsive to people. This is fine if you are placing the smells in areas of your home that people do not regularly walk through, but if it's in area frequently visited by you, you might want to reconsider. One smell that isn't so unpleasant for humans, but works wonders against mice is quite interesting. It has been said that you can use peppermint oil to get rid of mice. Yes, that's right… peppermint oil. Simply dip cotton swabs in 100% peppermint oil and strategically place them throughout your home. It's two benefits for the price of one - fresh smell and no more mice!
Like I said, your best bet for a mouse deterrent are the Shake Away Granules. Some of these home remedies to deter mice may work, but they don't play on instinctual fear. They simply rely on making mice uncomfortable in your home and hoping that they leave. Unfortunately sometimes the smell of your mouse deterrent is so bad, that it makes you want to leave! That's the beauty of the granules. You simply spread them out around your house and the mice won't even approach it. The other nice thing is that the application lasts for weeks. If you've had mice problems in the past, but you're mouse free now... head off the next infestation before it even gets to your house.