Which are the best home remedies for getting rid of mice? I prefer to repel them, not kill them.
Allison Ng, Waldorf, MD
The first step in keeping rodents out of your house is to take away their food sources. If there’s nothing to attract them indoors, you’re less likely to have a problem. Then, you can get to work with other natural remedies for getting rid of mice.
Begin by sealing up gaps and cracks of all sizes. Even small openings are enough for them to squeeze through. These notorious gnawers can quickly work their way through wood, plastic, and insulation.
Make sure tree branches don’t brush the sides of your home as they provide easy access for the rodents. Clear up piles of brush and move woodpiles further away from the foundation. Close up your trash cans tightly and keep pet food stored in airtight containers, indoors if possible. Furthermore, clean up spills and crumbs right away.
Now it’s time to deter the mice so you won’t have to get rid of house mice. You can plant ultrasonic devices in strategic locations. Humans won’t hear them, but these devices irritate house pets if you have any.
One of the best home remedies to get rid of mice is peppermint oil. Just soak cotton balls with peppermint essential oil and place them where you’ve found mice nests and suspected entry points. Mice despise the scent of peppermint. Remember to renew this protection regularly. If you can’t smell the odor, it might not be effective anymore.
Apple cider vinegar repels mice, many insects and spiders, too. Spray the vinegar around the exterior of your home to deter mice and reapply if it rains.
If you don’t want to kill mice, invest in humane traps that capture the animals so that you can release them outdoors far away from your home.
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I hope you’ve learned all you need to know about keeping mice outof your home.