How to Use Peppermint to Repel Mice

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How to Use Peppermint to Repel Mice
Get rid of mice by using peppermint as a repellent. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The menthol in peppermint oil irritates the receptors of the olfactory organ of a mouse, thus repelling the mouse. Unlike chemical poisons, peppermint oil is all natural. In oil form, the concentrated amount of menthol in the peppermint can send mice scurrying away. Consider using peppermint oil to repel mice when the use of chemical mouse poisons can place small children and pets in harm's way. The peppermint plant comes from crossing apple mint with spearmint.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton balls
  • Paper cups
  • Peppermint oil

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  1. 1

    Place three cotton balls in the bottom of a paper cup.

  2. 2

    Drip peppermint oil onto the cotton balls until saturated.

  3. 3

    Set the cup in an area of the house where you believe you have a mouse problem.

  4. 4

    Soak the cotton balls again when you notice that the peppermint smell isn't as strong.

Tips and warnings

  • You can find concentrated peppermint oil at your local health food store.
  • Do not rub your eyes after handling peppermint oil to avoid irritation.

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