Sometimes, when dealing with a mouse problem, you might be hesitant about how to go about it. Traps, while effective, might seem inhumane. Poison, while also effective, can be tricky to use properly, and users are cautioned against using it around pets or children. So, what are you supposed to do when you have a mouse problem, but are hesitant to use traditional methods? Luckily, there are many home remedies to get rid of mice that are safe to use around pets and children, and more ethical than using traditional traps.

Peppermint oil is commonly used by those that are proponents of home remedies. Mice traditionally hate the smell of peppermints, and will run the other way when faced with it. There are two different ways to use peppermint oil in this way: either place a few drops on a cotton ball, tucked into entry ways; or, alternatively, try planting mint along the perimeter of your home.

If mice have already found their way in to your home, and are ravaging your pantry, a more frugal option is also one that you probably already have on hand: instant potatoes. Mice are notorious scavengers, and will eat anything that they can find- so sprinkle a few tablespoons of instant potatoes along entryways that mice are using to nest in. When they eat these potato flakes, the food will expand in their stomachs, killing them.

If you have cats, and still mice are scavenging around your home, there is a great option that will take almost no extra effort: used kitty litter. Cats are mice’s natural predators, which, biologically, means that mice will run away when faced with the idea that there is a cat nearby. If you have a cat, you can speed up this process by simply setting tubs of used litter near entry points: the smell of cat urine is potent to mice, and will make them pack up and disappear quickly.

One last natural option, often used with great caution, is onions. While this option can be a little more difficult than the others, due to the cautioning that goes along with it, the smell of onions is another natural repellant to mice. Onions, though, can be toxic to both dogs and cats, so take care to not place them where your animals might nose into them. To use this natural repellant, simply cut the top off an onion and place it near an entryway that the mice use frequently. Replace the onions every day or two, though, since leaving them out longer than that can lead to a much smellier problem being on your hands- and in your house.

While many people think that the only way to get rid of mice is through traps that might seem inhumane, there are many more natural options out there. These are only a few, so do your research, and find the ones that work for you. Soon, you will be happy that the mice are out of your home, without the worry that can go along with using poison or mouse traps.

Go back to the How to get rid of mice in the attic home page. You might also want to read about how to kill mice and why the use of snap traps is better than mouse poison. Read an analysis of the different types of traps and how to use them on the how to trap mice page. Learn why bait is not as important as trap type, placement and location. Also read a full analysis of mouse repellent to understand why it never works. If you see droppings and want to identify them, read the mouse poop page. If you need to hire professional help, read about how much does mouse removal cost? or you can read this site to learn how to do it yourself. Feel free to email me about HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF MICE:

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