Getting rid of mice may seem hard and scary, especially if you think you already have a full-blown mice infestation going on in your home. However, you can prevent mice from entering your home using a few natural methods instead of using the harsh chemicals that are sold in most stores. These natural methods may be effective enough to solve your mice problem so you will not have to call the local pest exterminator.
Top natural tools you can use for getting rid of mice include:
• peppermint oil
• plaster or wood sealant
• steel wool
• glue paper
• mouse trap
Here is how the items mentioned above can help you in getting rid of mice so you can enjoy a rodent-free home.
Seal cracks and holes
Mice are very good at squeezing through the tiniest cracks and holes in your walls, so the best thing to do would be to start looking for cracks and holes and seal them up right away. This way you are removing the mice’ entry and exit routes. Look for holes in cabinets and cabinet doors, under your sofa, and on the walls. Also look for gaps and cracks behind your doors.
Use peppermint oil
Peppermint is a natural mice deterrent. Humans love the smell of peppermint oil, but this is very irritating for the small rodents. You can soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place each ball in strategic places around the house, especially in the places where mice are most likely to enter. You can also use peppermint plants. Put each plant in a pot and place it right next to the areas where you have seen mice scurrying around.
Look for mouse holes and stuff these with steel wool. If you have mice around the house, chances are, you will see mouse holes as well. You can stuff the hole full of steel wool. This will render the hole useless, and any mice trapped there will have a hard time chewing through the steel wool.
Wash dishes right away and do not leave dirty plates and half-eaten food unattended for too long. Mice are attracted to leftovers, so it is best to wash your dishes right away after each meal. Leaving dishes dirty and unattended overnight is never a good idea especially if you have mice in your house since you can be sure that mice will come out at night and scurry all over your dirty dishes, leaving all sorts of bacteria and germs in their wake.
Use electronic anti-rodent beeping units
People are divided when it comes to the effectiveness of electronic pest control units. Some say that the units do nothing to deter mice, while others say that the sound these devices emit is enough to drive your unwanted visitors crazy. These units usually cost around $30 in your local hardware store, so it will not hurt to try one of these out.
Get a cat
Having a cat around the house can lessen mice’s propensity for late night walks over your dishes and furniture. Leave your cat out in the living room or kitchen when you go to bed. Cats are extremely attentive and natural mice catchers. Even if you do not see your cat catching mice, you can be sure that the mice in your home are aware that there is a cat in the house.
If you are opposed to using harmful and toxic chemicals in your home just to get rid of mice, you have many natural alternatives to choose from. Getting rid of mice need not be dangerous nor expensive. Take an active role in getting rid of mice from your home by trying out the natural, chemical-free methods mentioned above.