Well, it’s that time of year again when mice are looking for a reliable food source and warm shelter in order to get out of the cold. It’s only natural for mice to make their way into your home – it provides both for them. I’ve talked about a couple times on this website before, but for people that are just now stumbling upon this site, I thought I’d highlight one of the most effective and natural methods for getting rid of mice: peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil and mice is like oil and water, they don’t mix. One of the natural abilities is their very good sense of smell. They have very poor vision, which is why they often run tracks along the sides of your walls and the baseboards, but they have a very keen sense of smell that enables them to both find food and avoid danger. As you’re probably aware peppermint oil has a very strong scent that can be overpowering for humans if not diluted or handled properly, and our noses are not nearly as sensitive as that of a rodent mouse.
When a mouse comes across the scent of peppermint oil, it overpowers its sensitive nose and repels the mouse. It is important that the peppermint oil is strategically placed around your home in areas that are likely to attract mice. I would suggest such places as your pantry, your cabinets, or any other place a mouse would find convenient to build a nest or as a food source.
To use the peppermint oil to get rid of mice, your best bet is to put a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton swab and distribute the cotton balls where necessary. If you have pets or small children, you’ll want to hide the cotton balls so that they cannot gain access to them. It kind of defeats the purpose if you’re dog goes and eats all your cotton balls, or your cat uses them as a toy… I guess if you have a cat though, it is not doing a very good job of keeping mice out if you’re deploying peppermint oil throughout your home. It’s really as simple as that.
Many people have written in asking where they can find peppermint oil, so I have provided a link for you to Amazon where you can purchase it and have it sent to your home: 100% Peppermint Oil.
Good luck with your mouse prevention efforts!