Most of us are acquainted with the uses of peppermint oil in our day-to-day life. It has widely been used for cooking purposes as an alternative vegetable oil, in cosmetics, shampoos, and toothpastes and if you are not aware, for pest control as well. Because peppermint is made up of a number of essential oils that have natural repelling properties. Actually, the oil is extracted from the peppermint plant itself, a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants.
Mice have a strong smelling sense just like other rodents. So, trying to repel them by using a strong smell should do the trick. Peppermint oil acts as a mice repellent and does what is needed. If you try to smell the oil, it has a very strong odor unique to itself that could be irritating at times and thus works excellently against mice. It does not cause direct harm to these rodents but it does make them run away mainly because of the intolerable awful smell.
Follow these steps for best results:
- Buy the oil from a nearby drug store. Dab good amounts of it on large cotton balls and place them at random corners of all the rooms.
- You need to repeat this procedure a number of times for best results and get completely rid of them. And be patient, don't expect them to run away that easily.
- Another way to go about it is by planting peppermint plants at the entrance or in your backyard, but preferably at the entrance. This will automatically prevent them from entering your house.
If you are patient and if you follow the aforementioned tips you can keep the mice at bay, successfully. It is true that we can't do much about them but if you ask me, a clean kitchen, is going to help and prevent the problem.