When you’re experiencing the pitter-patter of little feet and it’s not a walking, talking bundle of joy standing on two legs, you may have a furry intruder in your home that needs attention.
Hiding in a kitchen cabinet or tucked away in the corner of a shed, mice find ways to enter the cleanliest of homes, apartments, and other human dwellings.
When the thought of using poisonous bait or inhumane traps is too much to bear, consider the following home remedies before resorting to other tactics.
Peppermint oil. In just about every home remedy circle, you will hear that mice cannot stand the scent of peppermint or peppermint oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil of peppermint and place it at a suspected entryway.
Seal entries. Look around the foundation of your house, block all little cracks and crevices. Try blocking the holes with green scrubber pads.
Stick steel wool in mouse holes. They have a VERY hard time (and some hefty dental bills) if they try to chew through it.
Place trays of used kitty litter around the outside of the house where you think they could enter. The smell will send them back to their cabin in the woods.
Caulk. To keep mice from coming and going from your home, locate holes and other spaces that they may use, and fill with caulk.
Baking Soda. Baking soda has been known to help keep mice out of the places they like to frequent. Shake a bit around their suspected hiding places, and they should stay away . This home remedy for mice is also safe for pets and children, and is easily removable with the swipe of a broom or roar of a vacuum cleaner.
Onions. The smell of onions has helped some individuals solve their mouse problem, as they say the odor is offensive to the pests.
Bounce Dryer Sheets. The original scented Bounce dryer sheets placed in the areas that mice seem to frequent, and in spaces that show the signs of mice infestation). The scent of these sheets repels the pests, and they will look elsewhere to live.
Natural Predators. When you want to naturally get rid of mice, a cat is your best friend. If you have a pest problem, and you have the means to have a cat, go for it! Just remember, the cat will also be a part of the family-not just something you use for a mouse problem. And there’s always the possibility you end up with one that isn’t a good mouser, in which case, you’ve just gained another wonderful member of the family. ☺