Peppermint mouse repellent…How can some cotton balls sprinkled with peppermint oil help get a pesty mouse family out of my house?
It had been a long day and the bed was calling my name. With its cozy sheets, a quiet house, stars in the sky, my pajamas on, and teeth brushed. I fell blissfully into the bed, closed my eyes, and was so content. Then I heard something…scratch, scratch, scratch, I could hear from the other side of the bedroom drywall. All I wanted to do was sleep, but I had to tend to some unwanted houseguests – mice! They had nestled in between the outer brick and interior walls of the house as well as the attic. I got out my cool mist essential oil diffuser and added a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Then, my husband turned off the circuit switch for the electricity in our bedroom, and unscrewed the plate to the plug outlet where the scratching was coming from, and aimed the cool peppermint mist straight towards the sound. We heard a frantic scrambling and a running away from the cool peppermint mist. Needless to say, My husband and I decided it best to sleep out on the couch that night.
The next morning, I had a talk with our pet cats, and they lazily indicated they were not interested in helping to catch the mice. Further, they were very perturbed at the peppermint aroma in our bedroom that forced them to go sleep in another room all night.
So I called an exterminator, who indicated mice can squeeze through a space the size of a pinky finger to get in a house and their pheromones lead a path for all in the mice family to come along. The exterminator placed catch and release traps near the exterior suspected entrance ways, catching some, but the mice seemed to find new ways to get in the house. I read online that with a very strong sense of smell, the pheromone scent is the root of the problem, and all potential entry points need to be closed. Peppermint oil may be an effective way to mask the pheromone path for mice. Natural products on the market include the following:
– Mouse Away – a combination of peppermint and spearmint to be sprayed on cotton balls at www.dreamingearth.com
– Rodent Defense – contains peppers, predator scent (probably urine), and peppermint oil at www.rodentdefense.com
– Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent made of corn cobs soaked in an essential oils blend of balsam fir, lavender, rosemary, cedar, orange, and lemon available at www.earthkind.com
Mice infestations can become a real problem. They can chew away electrical wires, gnaw down dry wall, leave unhealthy droppings, and spread disease. Further, the gestation period of a mouse is only 20 days, and a new born can start making babies as soon as it is 50 days old (Wikipedia, n.d.). This can create an ongoing problem unless the pheromone path is eliminated and the entry ways are plugged. So, needless to say, we were very concerned about ridding the mice from our house! We were trying to trap the mice with the help of the exterminator, but still had this ongoing problem of the scent trail that encouraged more mice to come on over. What we needed was a natural product to help reduce the aromatic welcome path to our house. After doing some research, I figured out ways to use the peppermint oil to get rid of the mice for good. Once they had left the house, we would make sure all possible exterior holes were sealed.
Peppermint was very effective in our mouse repelling efforts. We immediately heard an end to scratching in the walls on the first night near the peppermint diffuser. It made an amazing difference! Then, minting up the attic and continuing with the diffuser for a few more days really made them want to go find a new home. Finally, once they were gone, plugging up the holes was very important. We never heard that scratching again!