How to Get Rid of Mice with Ammonia & Tabasco Sauce

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How to Get Rid of Mice with Ammonia & Tabasco Sauce
Mice are repelled by hot pepper and ammonia (rats 4 image by Olga Barbakadze from

Natural, common ingredients such as tobasco pepper and/or ammonia may be a great solution to the problem of mice and other rodents that can wreak havoc on your yard and garden and become a nuisance in your house.

Tobasco pepper is hot and distasteful to rodents. Sprayed on the soil it will get on their feet. They naturally lick their feet to clean them. Ammonia may deter rodents because it has a scent that may make the rodent think there is a feline predator in the area.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tobasco pepper sauce
  • Dish detergent
  • 473ml. spray bottle
  • Ammonia
  • Small plastic cups or lids

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    Mix about 1 tablespoon of Tobasco pepper sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of dish detergent with 2 cups water and pour into a 473ml sprayer bottle

    How to Get Rid of Mice with Ammonia & Tabasco Sauce
    Use a spray bottle to dispense Tobasco and dish detergent mixture. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from
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    Spray the mixture around newly planted flowers, bulbs and trees in your yard and garden, or around areas in your garage where mice may get in. If you spray this mixture inside the house, test a spot to be sure it won't damage painted surfaces of discolour carpets.

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    Pour small amounts of ammonia in shallow plastic cups or lids and place around areas where mice or other rodents may enter your home. You can place these ammonia filled containers at regular intervals in your garden, around garbage cans, and near the outer walls of your house where mice may be able to enter.

    Place them in the garage or attic to further deter mice in the house.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to reapply these solutions frequently. Rain will wash away any natural deterrent you may use.
  • Never use these ingredients in areas where children or pets may get to them.
  • Do not place open ammonia containers in your home. The fumes can be harmful to humans.

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