Make Non-toxic, Kid & Pet Safe Mouse DIY Repellent
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Mice are depicted as cute little creatures on cartoons such as Mickey Mouse Club house, but in real life they aren’t as cuddly and cute. Even a animal lover such as myself doesn’t want to share my dwellings with a wild rodent.
That being said, I also hate killing them just because they found my home so warm and inviting. So to keep us both happy and healthy I’ve come up with other ways to try and keep them away.
When we first bought our home one of the things we did right away was go around the basement and find any holes from outside to inside and we blocked them up with steel wool and foam insulation. This prevents them from chewing the area.
We then set a live mouse trap to catch any mice that may have made their home there already.
You could also try the DIY mouse repellent recipe first, and drive out all the mice dwelling in the area, then look for holes and stuff them up to prevent them from coming back. Thinking about it after the fact I think driving out the mice first is a better idea. Do what works best for you.
Essential peppermint oil has a very pungent smell that many pests don’t like. You don’t want to use the oil straight though. You should dilute it first and put into a spray bottle to apply the repellent.
Non-toxic, Kid & Pet Safe Mouse DIY Repellent Ratios:
2 teaspoons of peppermint oil
1 cup of water
Add a few drops of dish detergent (allows oil and water to mix)
Shake it all together in a spray bottle and apply the mixture any place outdoors that you have or suspect you have mice. Apply all around the parameter of your house.
You can also spray around window frames and doorways that lead outside. Spiders also don’t like the strong scent and will be reluctant to cross the barrier to enter your home.
Reapply the spray as the scent fades, usually after about two weeks.
If that fails you can also try the pre-formulated rodent repellent.
Plant peppermint in areas around your property. Plant in areas you don’t mind peppermint taking over. Peppermint is a prolific grower and will take over the area they are growing around. its a good idea to keep them in a pot and bury the pot. You can always move them around if you want to later on. Leave me a comment and let me know how this diy repellent worked for you.