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Natural Mouse Repellents

If you're looking for a mouse repellent, natural or store-bought, I must inform you that absolutely none of them work, whatsoever. Go ahead and try them if you wish, but you'll just end up having to do the real work that it takes to solve a rat problem permanently - sealing off their entry points. If you have mice getting into your house, and want to keep them away, there is an excellent 100% effective natural mouse repellent - it's called finding and sealing shut all the entry holes in your house that the rats are using to gain entry. That's it. That's by far the most effective, and the ONLY REAL effective way to keep away mice for good.

Mice live in a very small area. Once they've established a home, they have a 0% chance of survival if relocated somewhere else. They will die or get eaten by predators very quickly. No mouse will ever leave its nesting area due to any repellent - because the alternative is death! It's not like the repellent will chase them away and then they can move on to a nice new house elsewhere. It doesn't work that way with mice. They are born to know one small territory, and that's it.

I know you want an easy solution to your mouse problem, and a cheap one too. That's natural, always look for the simplest solution first! But with a mouse problem, there is no quick and easy solution. The animals must be trapped. See my Map of Professional Rat Removal Companies for more info.

Here is a list of commonly attempted, but bogus mouse repellent products:
  • Mothballs
  • Ammonia
  • Cat urine, coyote urine
  • Peppermint oil
  • High-pitch sound machines
  • Flashing, bright light machines
  • Toilet cakes
  • Human Hair
Remember, the only way to solve a rat problem is to find out how they are getting into the building, and seal those holes shut! Then trap and remove the mice inside. Then it's often a good idea to clean the attic space.

Moth balls as mouse repellent - Mothballs are a combination of chemicals designed to give off deadly vapors for moths and insect larvae. People assume that because mothballs are affective in this scenario that the little, white pellets will be effective against any nuisance animal. Think about a box of mothballs and your personal reaction to it. If you can sit a few feet away from an open box of mothballs and not be bothered, what makes you certain that rodents will pack up their bags and leave at the sight of the substance? It’s true that mothballs are deadly, especially if ingested; they are comprised of a known carcinogen. But rodents won’t eat the mothballs. Just like a person can sit in the same room and be unaffected, so, too, can a mouse. You would have to put an enormous amount of mothballs out to keep mice away from your property, and if you used that insane quantity, chances are you wouldn’t be able to live there either. Don’t waste your time on the mothball trial. When it comes to mice, the little creatures living in your home because it’s safe and warm, trapping and removal is the only control method. Lethal trapping and proper home maintenance will do more for your home than a truck load of mothball boxes.

Mice repellent peppermint oil - Peppermint oil seems like a good idea for mouse control; peppermint oil is natural and is not offensive to the humans sharing the treated space. If you think peppermint oil is too good to be true—you’re right. Interestingly enough, in aroma therapy trials on animals, peppermint oil has more calming effects of mammals than adverse effects. For peppermint oil to bother a mouse, it would have to be applied topically to the rodent in a high enough concentration to cause skin irritation. If you place peppermint oil on a cotton ball and toss it into a mouse hole, the rodents will simply avoid it. The smell will be too strong for them to willingly approach the saturated cotton, but it’s not a smell that will raise alarm. Mice have no natural aversion to peppermint and will not associate the scent with anything dangerous. If forced to, mice will cover the offending cotton ball or push it out of the hole. Peppermint oil is the naturalist’s attempt at the same repellent theory involved when using mothballs for rodent control. Both methods are ineffective and wastes of time. If you need to remove mice from your home or business, they need to be trapped and removed.

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