Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
Mice are one of the world’s most common pests. Some people might find them to be cute, cuddly creatures or even potential pets. Most people, however, find them an unwelcome nuisance—and for good reason. Mice spread disease and destroy property. If you’re worried about a mice infestation, but you don’t want to use harsh chemicals or dangerous poisons, try these natural ways to get rid of mice.
PeppermintMice are naturally repelled by peppermint. Don’t use candy; instead, grow peppermint in small pots and place them near areas you think mice might be frequenting. This is a great option because you can also use the mint leaves in cooking. Alternatively, you can buy peppermint oil from a store and apply it near gaps in your walls.
CatsCats have been used for millennia as natural rodent control. Despite their domestication, most cats still have the instincts of a natural predator. This is in evidence whenever they bring you a “gift” of a dead squirrel or bird. A healthy cat should have no problem hunting down mice.
Steel WoolSteel wool is flexible and easy to form into the size and shape you need. However, mice are completely unable to chew through it despite their sharp and quickly-growing teeth. Stuff steel wool into gaps you know mice are using to enter or travel around your home. They’ll have to go elsewhere or starve to death.
Humane TrapsSnap traps are deadly efficient, but not everyone likes the idea of such a messy and brutal method. However, there are other traps that simply catch mice without killing them. Typically, they involve a small box baited with peanut butter or cheese. When mice enter, the entrance gets closed behind them. You can then release the mice elsewhere, but be sure to do it well away from you home. Otherwise, they’re just come crawling back.
Electric Rodent RepellentSome electronic devices claim they can repel mice simply by emitting a high-frequency sound that only the rodents can hear. Supposedly, it will not affect pets or people. All you have to do is plug the device into the wall, and the sound will scare the mice away. Most companies that produce these devices recommend putting one on every floor for full home protection. However, some people find little or no success using these devices. Be sure to do some research and product comparison before committing to this kind of mice repellent.
Getting rid of mice naturally isn't always easy, but it can be effective and rewarding. Stay tuned for more natural pest control tips!