How to keep mice away

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How to keep mice away
(three sorts of oil image by Tomo Jesenicnik from

Mice may be cute on movies and television, but they are dirty and disgusting when they enter your home. Mice tend to stay outdoors when it is warm outside. When the cooler weather hits, however, more and more people notice mice in the house. Typically, these are unwanted guests. Of course you could use mouse traps or mouse poison to get rid of the mice that have already entered your home, but there are a few things you can do to prevent them from entering in the first place. This article will explain the steps you can take to prevent mice from coming into your house.

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Things you need

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Moth balls
  • Caulk
  • Sonic pulsator

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    Cover your food. First and foremost, never leave food out on the counter and always sweep the floors and wipe the counters free of any crumbs. If you have cereal boxes, put them in plastic, airtight containers. If you have rice, place it in a container as well. Food attracts mice. Don't let them sense you have it.

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    Soak cotton balls in essential oil and peppermint extract. Place these cotton balls near the entrances to your house, in your attic, and in your basement. They are nontoxic to you, and the peppermint smell repels mice. They hate it.

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    Place moth balls strategically around your house. Mothballs are toxic to humans and animals, so only place them where children and pets can't get to. Attics and empty basements work well. The smell is hideous to a mouse.

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    Plug in a sonic pulsator. You can purchase these at any home improvement or discount store. They send out sonic pulses that are meant to repel mice, ants, spiders and other creepy crawly creatures.

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    Walk around the outside and inside of your house and plug up any visible holes with caulk. If there is no obvious way for mice to enter your home, less mice will come in. Of course, some will find a way in, but that is what the mothballs, peppermint and the sonic pulsator are for.

Tips and warnings

  • Mice can reproduce quickly, so if you notice a mouse, take care of the problem immediately. One or two mice can turn into a dozen quickly.
  • If you notice mouse droppings in your silverware drawers, make sure you wash the silverware in warm soapy water before using again. Do this even if the droppings were not touching the silverware.

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