What scent repels mice?

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What scent repels mice?
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There are natural methods to repel mice. Some of the methods involve scent. Mice, like every mammal, have a keen sense of smell. This sense protects the mice from consuming dangerous substances, entering areas that contain no food and staying away from natural predators. In order to make a natural cure for your problem, you need to find scents that repel mice.

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Function

Imagine you're a mouse and you want to stay alive. You certainly wouldn't go to an area that you knew contained some of your most fierce predators. That's the logic that some of the natural mouse repellent's use for their formulas. There are formulas that contain fox and bobcat urine. Urination is one way that the predators mark their territory. Mice definitely don't want to go near that area. There is a problem with the use of these products. They smell bad for people too. These must be used outside the house so new mice won't enter. Some products are specifically for the home, so they don't give off horrendous odours.

Identification

Tabasco sauce mixed with a gallon of water and sprayed around keeps mice away. They evidently don't care for the scent of cayenne pepper either and if you sprinkle some in oil and mix it thoroughly and then put a cotton ball in the oil and place them in locations where you have mice problems, the mice stay away.

Types

Mix up some peppermint and spearmint and you'll have a sweet smell that mice don't like. Even though the scent is pleasant, many natural mouse repellents use these two scents together to repel mice. This sounds a lot better than animal urine for the house. Make sure you use the true oil of peppermint or spearmint, not an extract.

Effects

Get a box of whole cloves and soak them in oil. Use the oil on pieces of cotton to place in areas that the mice frequent. The strength of the clove scent is the important factor so if you already have clove oil at home, uses it instead.

Considerations

Pour small containers of ammonia and leave them in areas where you have problems with the little critters. The logic here is that mice aren't fond of anything that smells remotely like urine and ammonia does the trick.

Misconceptions

Replace the Bounce fabric sheets often if you try them and use several scents. Mice don't like unusual smells and some find that the Bounce fabric softeners work for a short period until the mouse gets used to the scent. The problem is that you have to keep changing the sheets, both because they become accustomed to the odour and because the scent fades. These aren't as effective as other methods, but smell nice.

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