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Do Peppermint Oil Candles Get Rid of Mice?

Updated February 21, 2017

Peppermint oil is used by exterminators to rid buildings of mice and rats. Saturating cotton balls and batting then stuffing into holes and corners will drive them away from the smell that is offensive to them.

Peppermint Properties

Menthol is the primary component of peppermint oil that brings on a physical reaction when inhaled or rubbed on the skin. The scent is too strong for rodents and bugs and harms their membranes.

Scent of Candles

The main ingredient of candles is wax. Very little oil is used in making a candle so the scent is only present when the lighted wick melts a portion of the wax. A candle is designed to have a subtle scent and not be overbearing.

Candles vs. straight oil

Candles do not have enough oil to penetrate the senses of mice or insects. It is recommended by exterminators to use straight oil on a non-evaporating fabric, such as cotton balls, placed in the path of varmints, to chase away from the area.

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Kate Eglan-Garton is a professional writer, literary agent and editor. Writing since 1985, she is a past business owner, interior decorator and magazine editor that has used her knowledge to write interesting pamphlets and magazine articles. Her education includes certification in writing, a degree in interior design and an associates degree in business.