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Natural Mouse Repellents To Get Rid of Rats

Tired of rats in your house? here are wats and tips to get them not leave your house running and never to return. Try these natural mouse repellents at home

I think mice are pretty adorable, but the idea of ​​them scurrying around my house after dark, putting away bits of dog food for the long cold nights to come makes me a little uneasy. After all, a breeding pair of mice can easily produce 20 or more babies in a very short period of time and once those babies start reproducing… well, you get the picture.

So, have I set traps and put out bait? No. Aside from the fact that anything that would harm a mouse would also harm my little dog, I prefer not to kill small vermin for both humane and practical reasons. Killing mice will not eliminate them for long (when animals are killed, more animals will move in to use the available resources) and may actually result in a temporary increase in the food supply, causing the remaining rodents to breed.

In my case, I followed a likely trail of mouse droppings to a larger than usual opening near the dryer vent and filled the gap with steel wool . This, combined with removing the food source for a few nights, should solve the problem – but if it doesn’t, I’ll try one of these other natural solutions:

Remove the “Welcome” sign. 

Mice only need a little food and nesting material to feel at home. To discourage mice, remove all food sources by storing grains, pet food and other dry goods in metal containers. 

Make sure mice don’t find nesting material by storing all soft, fuzzy materials like fabrics, rugs and blankets in heavy plastic or metal boxes. Mice even chew cardboard, paper and lightweight plastics to make nests, so make sure you don’t leave any lying around.

Seal all possible entrances. 

It’s pretty cold outside right now, so it’s easy for me to move around the house and check for air coming in through small holes or cracks. Mice can fit through very small holes (if the head can fit, the body can). Caulk, plug or stuff steel wool into openings to prevent mice from entering the house.

Peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, pepper and cloves. 

They say mice hate their smell. Lightly dip a few cotton balls in the oil from one or more of these foods and leave the cotton balls in areas where you have had problems with mice. Another option is to make gauze packets from dry cayenne pepper, mint and whole cloves and leave them in places where mice tend to hide, such as under beds and in corners. .

Place bins of used cat litter around entrances to the house. 

I can’t attest to the success of this one because I don’t have a cat, but it makes sense that at the smell of cat urine, mice will run away in a jiffy.

Ammonia  smells like the urine of possible predators. Fill the caps of plastic bottles with ammonia and leave them out of the way anywhere mice might be tempted to enter, such as in the pantry or under the sink. Just be sure to place them out of reach of pets and children.

Try a humane trap. 

There are traps that catch mice in a box. The mouse can enter but not exit. This can be a humane way to catch mice, but once you catch them, you will need to release them at least a mile from your house, perhaps in a heavily wooded area, to give them another place to go. And be sure to check the trap at least once a day, because mice will die if left there for more than a day or two.

Zap with beeps. 

There is an electronic unit that makes a beeping sound that mice hate. I’ve found that the effect wears off over time, but initially mine was very effective at keeping mice away. This noise poses no danger to dogs and cats. Units can be purchased at hardware stores for around $30.