Fall and winter are prime time for rodents trying to make their way into warm, cozy homes. Luckily, it’s never too late to start mouse-proofing, considering there is never one mouse in your house. Here’s what you need to know about those pesky little creatures and how you can get rid of mice when you do spot one.
1. Use a natural predator
Consider getting a cat or rat terrier. By far the most natural way to let your mice population know they are not welcome is to get a cat. Cats love to catch mice. Cats love to eat mice. Mice don’t like to be eaten by cats. A good mouser will clean out your mouse population in no time and discourage any new mice from moving in.
2. Use old-fashioned snap traps
The mice will have a quick end, and you can throw the trap away with the mouse since they are so cheap. Although they seem cruel, they kill the mouse quickly and without a doubt are safer than poison if you have small children or pets. An additional benefit is that the dead mouse cannot crawl into your walls and die, causing a horrible smell that can last for weeks.
3. Peppermint oil
Experiment with peppermint oil as a repellent. Try soaking a cotton ball in the strong scent of peppermint oil and placing the cotton balls in strategic areas in your place of residence. They hate the smell of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not a poison, however; it is a repellent. Mice will try to avoid it.
4. Try ultrasonic repellent machines
Ultrasonic repellents use small beeps to annoy and scare off mouses and are safe to use with other pets, such as cats and dogs. There is some controversy about their effectiveness, however. Some experts contend that mice get used to the beep after a short while, making them effective only for a short time.
5. Mice repellants
– You could plant some mint around your windows and doors and use the herb in teas and in sachets to freshen your cabinets and closets.
– Bay leaves also repel mice. Crush them up and sprinkle them around your house, or tuck whole leaves in the corners of your pantry and cabinets.
– Mothballs are an effective repellent, but these are toxic and can cause problems for children and pets. Naphthalene is a pesticide and sublimates readily so you should think thrice before employing this method. Additionally, mothballs are more expensive, require replacing often when the balls sublimate and are not as eco-friendly as herbs or herb-based essential oils. Make sure children and pets are kept away and closely monitor them for signs of a reaction to the mothballs should you decide to use them.