Mice are the definition of unwanted house guests. They can damage walls, wires, and even clothes. Worst of all, these little pests may carry diseases like salmonellosis and swine dysentery.1 You don’t want them near food! But since adopting a cat isn’t always an option, natural mouse repellents will come in handy.
Compared to commercial options, alternative repellents don’t have chemicals. This is important to consider, as you’re using them at home. Remember, these poison mice.
Repellents are also more humane than mouse traps. You don’t need to deal with a dead mouse! By repelling mice, you can simply get them to move on out.
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a popular repellent for insects, spiders, and other bugs.2 It’s believed to be just as effective for mice. As an added bonus, your home will smell great.
– In a spray bottle, add 5 drops of peppermint oil for every 1 tablespoon of water.
– Shake well.
– Spray the spots where you’ve noted rodent activity.
– Repeat every few days to keep mice away.
2. Clove Oil
Like peppermint, clove oil is used to repel insects like ticks.3 Why not try it with mice? This scent of this traditional home remedy is very pungent.
– In a spray bottle, add 5 drops of clove oil for every 1 tablespoon of water.
– Shake well.
– Spray around the areas where mice are coming from.
– Repeat as needed.
When using this remedy, don’t get it in your eyes. Clove oil is strong and will sting.
3. Citronella Oil
The same concept applies to citronella oil. As a popular insect repellent, it’s believed to ward off mice as well. You can even use this on your body as a mosquito deterrent.
– In a spray bottle, add 5 drops citronella oil for every 1 tablespoon of water.
– Add a few drops of castor oil, if you’d like.
– Spray where you think mice are hiding from.
– Repeat as necessary.
The aroma of ammonia is quite powerful, so mice will hate it. However, be extra careful if you have small kids or pets. If you’re highly sensitive to strong scents, consider skipping this option.
– Pour ammonia into a small cup.
– Place near the spots that have rodent activity.
– Repeat with the remaining areas around the home.
5. Hot Pepper Flakes
From dogs to deer, pepper is useful for keeping animals away from plants. In your home, it has a similar effect. The spicy scent and taste of pepper will drive mice away.
– Sprinkle hot pepper flakes near rodent activity.
– Add flakes in corners and near cracks.
– Use caution when handling hot pepper flakes, as it may irritate the eyes and skin.
6. Hot Sauce Spray
If you don’t have hot pepper flakes, dilute hot sauce instead. The spiciness will have a similar impact. Other options include a mix of fiery spices like paprika and black pepper.
– In a spray bottle, dilute 5 drops of hot sauce for every 3 tablespoons of water.
– Shake well.
– Spray where necessary. Avoid getting the solution in your eyes or directly inhaling it.
This mixture can stain walls and carpet, so use caution.
7. Bay Leaves
Another traditional home remedy is bay leaves. There’s a good chance you already have some in your pantry! This is the least invasive option, so it’s worth a shot if you’re sensitive to strong scents.
– Place bay leaves near rodent activity.
– Replace every 3 or so days.
Repellents are just one part of the game. Seal cracks and holes to keep mice out. For a temporary solution, steel wool works great. Regularly clean and take out garbage to mouse-proof your home.
|↑1||Controlling House Mice. University of Missouri Extension.|
|↑2||Kumar, Sarita, Naim Wahab, and Radhika Warikoo. “Bioefficacy of Mentha piperita essential oil against dengue fever mosquito Aedes aegypti L.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 1, no. 2 (2011): 85-88.|
|↑3||Štefanidesová, Katarína, Ľudovít Škultéty, Olivier AE Sparagano, and Eva Špitalská. “The repellent efficacy of eleven essential oils against adult Dermacentor reticulatus ticks.” Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases (2017).|