Did you know that peppermint oil is good for getting rid of mice? As crazy as it sounds, this natural plant extract seems to work.
Household pests hate the smell of peppermint oil. This includes rodents, as well as insects.
Peppermint essential oil is all we use for insect control. Because of it, ants and other six-legged creatures no longer like our kitchen. (From time to time, I put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a kitchen sponge, before wiping down the counters. I also add a little to my floor cleaning solution. That’s all it takes to keep them away.)
We’ve also used peppermint essential oil as part of our arsenal against mice. We live in a wooded area. So we’ve needed to attack them from different angles. Peppermint has been part of our mice-control strategy.
Peppermint Oil to Deter Mice
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Mice apparently find peppermint extremely offensive. So, they’ll often stay away if cotton balls soaked in peppermint essential oil are placed where they nest, or where enter a building. Or, you could easily make an anti-mouse spray with peppermint oil.
Aggressively combating mice with peppermint may prevent an infestation in the first place, according to various other published reports. However, it probably won’t solve a serious rodent problem, in and of itself. In that case, aromatic peppermint oil can still be a useful tool, along with other non-toxic means of pest control.
Peppermint Oil for Getting Rid of Mice
Take a clean glass jar with a wide mouth. Then, put in a few cotton balls and douse them with about 7-8 drops of oil. Place the jar where mice are likely gaining access, or where you think they’re going to enter.
Peppermint Oil On Cotton Ball for Mice
For this purpose, you will want to buy peppermint oil that’s 100 percent pure and not watered down. You want it to be strong enough. But you don’t need to buy the most expensive oil on the market for this job, or for others, including body massage. That’s because very good oils are available, from a variety of sources. You can find excellent products outside of the multilevel marketing outfits.
Non Toxic Mouse Control
The mice who’d like to take up residence in your home certainly don’t need the most expensive label available. They’ll hate anything that even mildly reeks of peppermint.
For general rodent control, I highly recommend Now Foods peppermint oil. I own this brand and I use it for keeping household pests away. (It’s also good enough for personal use. I’ve also used it for mild headaches. I put diluted peppermint oil on my forehead and temples. This works very well for me.)
Peppermint Oil to Get Rid of Mice
Now brand peppermint essential oil is strong and it comes in a big bottle. This is good, because you’ll want to keep adding a few drops to the cotton as the smell decreases. The bottle shown below should last a long time. It can also be used for other purposes, such as ants and roaches. Plus the quality is good enough that you can use it for personal care too.
Essential oils don’t last indefinitely. But you should be able to keep your peppermint oil for a few years before it starts to smell off. Always store aromatic oils away from light and heat.
Peppermint Mint Oil Mice Spray
An easy way to apply peppermint essential oil to cracks and crevices is by putting it in a spray bottle. Make sure to use a glass spray bottle. Plastic isn’t as stable as glass. So the essential oils will eat away at the plastic. Although you may not notice this happening, plastic can leach into your spray. You don’t want airborne plastic particles in your house.
Here is a really easy recipe for DIY rodent repellent spray:
- 1 16-ounce glass spray bottle (You can find it here)
- 30 drops of peppermint essential oil (You can find it here)
- 3 Tbs of alcohol free witch hazel (You can find it here)
- Enough water to fill the bottle
Fill the bottle with water, leaving enough room for 3 Tbs of alcohol-free witch hazel and the essential oils. Store this mixture in a cool dark area away from the sun.
Be very careful not to spray this near your eyes, or around pets or small children.
(You can also use this peppermint spray to keep ants off your kitchen counter. Just remember that peppermint essential oil is very strong. So do a test on a small area before using this spray on a counter with a glossy finish.)
If you can’t find glass spray bottles locally, you can order them online. Here’s the brand we use in our house.
Non Toxic Rodent Control
If mice have already moved into your house, the first thing you need to do is remove their food supply. Grains and legumes stored in a basement will sustain them. They are remarkably savvy about gaining access. This is one of the best ways of maintaining a rodent-free dwelling. You should also find out where they are coming in, and try to find a way to seal this space. (However, my own carpenter told me it’s almost impossible to seal a building tight enough to keep them out altogether.)
Peppermint Oil to Keep Mice Away
Also, there are a number of non-toxic pest control solutions, which don’t involve any type of poison, or setting a trap. Oftentimes, mice figure out how to remove the bait, without getting hurt. You also don’t want these traps around if you have small children or pets that can reach them.
If you don’t want to bother using peppermint oil, and refreshing it about once a week, or when the smell weakens, there’s another option. You can use ready-made mouse control pouches filled with natural essential oils. These will last for as long as a month when placed in a small confined area, such as a closet or vehicle. These pouches will also repel insects and spiders.
How to Get Mice Out of House
It’s important to realize that essential oils are not magic. Rodents don’t like the smell of peppermint. But they still need to eat. If you want to have a mouse-free house, it’s important to keep all food out of their reach. Mouse will also eat pet food. So make sure you don’t leave your dog or cat’s bowl unattended, if it contains food.
I also heard that it’s important to remove outside sources of food as well. For instance, if you have a fruit tree in your yard, the mice can leave your home to eat. Then, they’ll return for the warmth.
Non Toxic Mice Repellent
Peppermint oil is just one weapon in your battle against these critters. And it’s a good one, because it’s non toxic and they detest the smell.
Peppermint Oil to Repel Mice
But I don’t believe peppermint oil alone will solve a more serious infestation. If mice have moved in, you should think about trapping them. Our family also owns an electronic rat zapper, which doesn’t involve poisons and seems to be the most humane way to remove these rodents from your home.
You’ll also want to do other measures to keep rodents outside, such as storing all food in closed plastic bins and cleaning up crumbs from your kitchen every night before you go to bed.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
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