Can you keep mice from invading your home? There has been controversy over this issue lately among readers of People’s Pharmacy.
Ensure that these rodents can not enter the food or leave droppings that can be carriers of the disease basically means blocking any way could be used to enter. But is there a way to send a signal to stay out?
The mothballs or peppermint to repel mice?
P You recently wrote about the dangers the use of mothballs to repel mice. I have a suggestion safer.
Mice despise the smell of peppermint oil! Put a few drops on a cotton ball and put it where the creatures are a problem. Refresh cotton every week or so when the scent fades.
This method other rodents, cockroaches and also repel raccoons. Peppermint oil has no side effects (such as nausea, headaches or eye irritation) as described for mothballs.
Will Work peppermint oil repellent?
A. There seems to be controversy about the effectiveness of peppermint oil as a deterrent mouse. We could not find scientific studies, however.
The advice that makes more sense for us is to put cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil cracks that mice use to enter the house. Once inside, peppermint oil could move the mouse away from the smell, but not necessarily drive them back out.
Better yet, of course, would seal those cracks permanently, although it might be easier said than done. We would like to have more confidence in this tactic being able to keep a home free mouse.