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Mice Repellents

Summary: Fall is the time that leaves fall, golf courses aerate, baseball plays its World Series and mice come inside to escape the cold. Read about some outrageous and wonderful mice repellent suggestions and recipes.

As the weather turns cooler our thoughts turn to football, hot cider, Halloween and mouse control. Oops! What was that last one? Mouse control? Do our thoughts really turn to coming up with the best mouse repellent or does that happen after a mouse has surprised us by jumping out of a kitchen cabinet late one night? My guess is that many of us have had the experience and do not wish to repeat the scene. So, we improvise and come up with our own recipes for repelling mice. Some are different and others are outright strange, but reading them is great entertainment.

Here are some of my favorite “reader's mice repellent" suggestions.

Our first reader says, “Those white toilet bowl freshener blocks are a good repellent, until they melt away. I scatter them in areas where I've noticed


mouse droppings.” My question is do you take them directly from the toilet or use a fresh one? Nothing says "stay away mouse" better than a seasoned toilet bowl freshener, I always say.

The next reader says, “Put some antifreeze in tin pie plates.” I guess the antifreeze keeps the plates from icing over and the mice drown. Actually, antifreeze gives off a sweet odor that attracts animals, but it is deadly should they drink it. It will kill your dogs and cats, too.

One reader suggests putting out used cat litter. The reader says it works as long as the litter is fresh. Evidently, the mice think a cat is lurking nearby. According to the person making this suggestion, the mice eventually begin to ignore the litter when they never encounter the cat. So, imagine their surprise when the cat does, in fact, make an appearance. Boy, are those mice ever stunned to see a mouth full of sharpe teeth and slanted yellow eyes standing in their pathway.

A homeowner suggests using Bounce laundry sheets to repel mice. I would think that fluffy, floral smelling mice would make a nice pet. I'll bet Procter and Gamble never thought of that use for their laundry products. The funniest part of this is that another person wrote back and wanted to know which Bounce scent to use because P&G makes about ten different Bounce flavors. I've heard the Alley Cat scent works best in repelling mice.

Here's a new one for me. A reader says a mixture of mint and whole cloves wrapped up in squares of cheese cloth does a good job of keeping mice at bay. That mix either repels mice or serves as a nice potpourri for your dresser drawers.

The lingering odor from my wife's liver and onion dinners makes me run for cover. I'm almost positive it would do the same for a house filled with rodents.

One of my favorite suggestions is from a guy who chops up cork and covers it with bacon, hamburger and steak grease. He even adds a bit of anise.

Liver & onions

The mice gobble the stuff down, but the cork clogs up their digestive track and they eventually die. I have no idea if this works, but I did serve his recipe once at a dinner party and my guests loved it. Without the cork, of course.

It's back to the kitchen for this idea. Add one tablespoon of Tabasco sauce to ½ cup of soap detergent and mix it all up in a gallon of water. Spray around baseboards. This will either keep the mice away or remove the paint. I forget which one. Better test this mix on a spot that is not easily visible.

Okay! Here's one from deep left field. Grate a small paraffin block and mix it in flour. The person who suggested this method failed to tell me if he spreads it on the floor or on pieces of toast. I'm unclear if the stuff is eaten by the mice or if they are repelled by it.

One reader said he did some research and discovered that he could use ammonia to “mark” his territory and that would keep the mice away. Since urine contains some level of ammonia, the mice think that a very big mouse is “marking” a territory and telling them to keep out.

The winner, however, is the guy who put up a detour sign outside his door with an arrow pointing to his neighbor's door. The sign says “Free Food”.

No matter which method you like best, plugging up entry holes is the best solution to any mouse problem. It only takes a hole the size of a dime to say “Welcome Home” to a mouse.


18 Jun 2012, 21:07
peppermint oil is the best i have come by. you can buy this oil from mostly muslim stores who deals with fragrances and incense. i have taken insulation foam for copper pipes cut them back and stuff them with cotton balls. then i place these around the house between dressers under radiators, behind beds, between the stove,frig,ect. the smell of the oil must be smelt when you first walk in the house. if you can smell it the mice can smell it ten times more. i spray once every two weeks.
23 Jun 2012, 00:23
You can buy peppermint oil at health food stores.
23 Jun 2012, 10:54
you have given me lots of ideas...I'll let you what works
04 Nov 2012, 01:10
The electonic things don't work.

My house is infested with mice. In the past two months, I've put out nearly an entire bucket of poison blocks. I'm about to throw in the towel and call an exterminator.
27 Nov 2012, 10:55
we put traps inside paper lunch bags along wall. makes disposal easy and I don't need to look at the traps. mice still seem to find the bait. having trouble upstairs in dressers that are not often used. does peppermint really help deter mice from drawers of clothing?
Lew Pin
27 Nov 2012, 16:09
Mouse Tracking Powder seems to be the best solution I have found.
30 Nov 2012, 11:21
Our mouse problem in outdoors.. we have holes leading under a concrete slab under our fireplace bump out & have seen them under the covered gas grill & back steps too. I have 2 dogs that run loose in our fenced in back yard and don't want to risk poisoning them. I have placed the bait packets in our garage and we have no mice inside but I don't want to risk it. Do you think that the cork/grease method work for these rodents or will it also kill my dogs. They've never really eaten dead animals ~ just like to roll in them. Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.
30 Nov 2012, 11:25
I should have mentioned that we live in a new development in a rural area. We have a large retention pond that sits on the back portion of our acre and realize that we will always have an issue with vermin because of this.. but I do not want them this close to my home.
help!M alert
13 Dec 2012, 18:32
At specific times I hear the mouse under my bed it scares me like mad!u can hear it rustling about with bags nd other things,I'm to scared to clear out underneath the bed,I got balm/wicks and scrunched tissue into a ball nd wiped it into the balm/wicks nd put it on the sides of my bed nd I also sprinkled chili powder around the edges of the bed i don't know if it'll work,does anyone think so!?
01 Jan 2013, 23:03
What is mouse powder?
11 Jan 2013, 16:33
Has anyone ever tried the sponge method? I recently laid 6 cleaning sponges along the perimeter of my house, after I soaked them in chicken broth. Supposedly, after the mice chew off and eat the pieces of sponge, it expands and blocks up their intestinal tract and they die. I'm having a hard time finding our how long this takes to work. Because if the window of time is to long, I might reconsider doing something else. I don't want them heading back in the house and then dying in my walls.
Lastly, if I do start to experience the foul odor, what is the best way to take care of that problem? And do I need to worry about it becoming a breeding ground for flies? Furthermore, what impact does this have on my central air? Is it possible for the diseases that mice carry to become airborne through my vents?
Ask the Exterminator
11 Jan 2013, 17:19
Never heard of the sponge method. If it was real every pest control company would have used it. As for the smell, you can buy Bac-Azap on this website. It really does a good job.
11 Jan 2013, 17:22
Thanks....I'll check it out.
15 Feb 2013, 10:59
Found mice living in my bedroom closet. I don't keep clothes in there so I rarely go in. I set 3 traps and killed 2 the third trap remained mouseless for 2 weeks until yesterday I found it had moved and the bait had been picked clean off. I rebaited it and placed it back in the closet. This morning I caught the third.
Big spiders and other creepy crawlies I can handle, mice not so much. This is the first time I've had to deal with mice in the house and would prefer to handle this myself and at low cost. I've been reading on using peppermint oil, ammonia cleaner, and toilet cleaning tablets and I was curious as to which would be the absolute best to drive them out of my closet. Would it be better to just keep trapping until I go a few weeks without catching any and then use one or all of those things, or should I trap and use those things at the same time?
Also when should I start ripping apart my closet, When I no longer catch any in the traps, or right away. I don't want to start ripping things apart only to discover a bunch of them in there and have them scurry away and find other hiding places in my basement. I would like to get this taken care of as fast as I can, buying a cat isn't an option (I wish).
15 Feb 2013, 11:09
Also what's the best way pick up the poop and sanitized the floor without damaging the carpet?
Ask the Exterminator
15 Feb 2013, 11:25
You're doing it correctly. What's missing is, how are the mice getting into the house in the first place? You need to check the outside perimeter to find holes the size of a dime and seal them closed.

Allow the droppings to dry and sweep them up.
15 Feb 2013, 11:32
I live in a twin home and where they are has no access to any of the 3 outside walls and shares the wall with my neighbor, the last few winters they've been having mice trouble, I'm afraid they're bouncing back and forth

I found out they are deer mice, is there any special way clean to avoid that disease?

when should I start tearing apart the closet to seal stuff up, while I'm still trapping and killing them? or after a few weeks have passed without catching a single one?
Ask the Exterminator
15 Feb 2013, 11:40
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23 Feb 2013, 15:49
Any suggestions for rodents eating the wires in my car engine? I have found two nests in the last week under the hood.
26 Mar 2013, 20:16
Seems like they just came in the front door. I use the sticky traps and put the along the wall. I caught several of them. However, I'm calling a professional. I can't fin e where they are coming in. I saw 3, different times, come out of my closet so I'm going to strip the closet. My question, can you really get rid of them even with Orkin? I'm done with this and its making me nervous.
15 May 2013, 12:16
I was recently cleaning after a mouse infestation and found one cabinet the mice had not been in (no droppings). This cabinet contained two drawers of mixed teas. It is only a guess but the mice must have not liked the smell of the tea and didn't bother since there was much easier game.
17 May 2013, 18:19
this might work get little Jill (female)Ferret (Pole cat) fuss it lots and feed it Mice caught in traps then stop feeding it and let it loose to sort the mice out! Ah you say then you've got a a ferret on the loose! Not for long first time she comes into season she'll be gone coz she has to find a mate or she will die! Might be worth a shot if you have a bad mouse infestation if its a really bad infestation get two, Its eco friendly :)
28 Oct 2013, 22:30
A combination of moth balls and pure oil of peppermint is the most potent duo. These superior scents will send them heading for the hills in a matter of seconds. Must be pure oil of peppermint. If it doesn't give you a slight headache upon first exposure then its not the real deal.
Philip B.
25 Feb 2014, 11:19
I tried dryer sheets and the peppermint oil, placing the entire bottle inside the cabinet, with the cap open. I later found them both used as material to build the rat nest, along with all the empty DeCon trays and Roach Hotels. Black/red pepper and mothballs are next.
17 Jul 2014, 11:15
Our apt building has recently been infested with mice- some say it's because last Winter took it's own time coming into Spring and the lack of food drove them in. Anyway, I had seen some mice droppings near my dustbin and promptly took out my pest repeller sonic thingy, making sure it was placed in a location close to where I thought the mice had nestled (usually close to their food supply). This device should not be obstructed by anything and can work in a large room when used this way.

In 2 days, no droppings anywhere! Then I began to find mice getting into my apt on their last legs of life! Clearly a neighbor with infestation problems had poisoned them and they were coming here as a safe haven to die. Luckily I saw them as they were right bang in the center of the floor each time (thrice), barely twitching, and all I had to do was get my husband to scoop them up with an old magazine and a bag and throw them out.

Then I bought the Rodent defense spray off amazon ($19.99), which STINKS! It has all the said ingredients including cayenne pepper and fox urine!! Gross. But I cannot stand mice and was desperate and petrified of the situation getting out of hand and actually sprayed this all around the corners of my apt walls and areas I think the mice might have used to get in. It took around 12 sickening hrs for the smell to settle down- I have a very very sharp sense of smell so possibly not everyone might have a big issue with the smell.

The next morning when I opened the window, I got a blast of a decomposing smell from outside and saw a large fly or two hovering outside the mesh. I realised that the dead mouse outside might have been trying to get into my apt to die, but the stink of the rodent spray was too much, even in death.

So in my humble opinion, I would suggest that you get the sonic sound device and the rodent spray. Plug the device in right away, make sure all openings to your home/ office are blocked and wait for the day when you can spend the entire day or two out of that area. Lightly spray this rodent repeller along the walls, corners, entrances, pipes and windows (never near food), and leave your house for atleast 12-14 hrs. By the time you return, the mice and the smell would have been banished/ neutralized.
07 Aug 2014, 13:47
A good way to find holes that mice are using:
A friend did this. He baited little mouse live-traps, and when he caught a mouse, he pour food coloring on it so that the mouse would become, say, a blue mouse. Then, he wander around his house plugging up any holes with steel wool.
If the blue mouse reappeared in his livetrap, he knew he hadn't found all the holes, so he'd keep using steel wool, caulk, whatever, to fill holes.
That blue mouse was very clever about finding ways in, but eventually my friend found them all.
Then he missed his blue mouse friend.
06 Sep 2014, 21:58
it is a known fact mice only come around for food, heat, and water. if you eliminate these factors that will be half of your problems. i do not lay down food bait. it only attracts more mice and they eat the bait and die inside your walls. lowes sells a nice sonar two sided device.
Debi A
28 Sep 2014, 14:16
I have a cat. He is 5 years old, and refuses to have anything to do with catching mice, however, he is great at catching and killing flies. Does the peppermint oil work?
06 Jan 2015, 14:34
So I made a very big mistake and forgot to seal a container of food before leaving my small apartment for a month. I know, I know, it was terrible! I returned to find droppings in three different places, but haven't been able to bring myself to check drawers, bedding, etc. I have laid a couple traps, set out a bit of poison, and sprayed the floors in 100% peppermint oil, but I'm terrified of mice! Is there anything else I should be doing? Thank you!
06 Jan 2015, 16:10
I lived in small apartment too, and the entire building except for my space was infested with mice this summer into fall. My secret? Peppermint spray and this electronic sonic rodent repeller thing. All you need to make sure is that the sonic thing is kept in a relatively open space where the waves cover a maximum range, or close to where you suspect they're hiding out. It takes about a week or so atleast to be effective and drive these icky creatures away.

Make sure you've swept up all the droppings first, so that you know when there are new ones deposited. This is often the only sign of real activity you might find. Keep the sonic thing on for a few months after as well and make sure you hunt for hidden openings, near the pipes under your kitchen sink, along the gas pipe etc, and seal it as soon as you see no activity.

Although I dread mice, I can't kill them via poison or traps- it's just too harsh and the smell is awful!

All the best!
Ask the Exterminator
06 Jan 2015, 16:43
I understand your reluctance to use traps or poison, but the sonic devices don't make mice go away. It may deter them for a while, but if there is a food source, they will return.

My website has lots of articles about how to properly trap for mice. I never recommend using poison inside because of the smell caused by dying rodents.
07 Jan 2015, 13:22
Mice have bee getting into my dresser drawers for years now. Today I found my favorite Ralph Lauren sweater all chew up!! ERRRR!! Last year I lost 5 vintage 1950's sweaters all chewed up!! We have put decon out only to find piles of it in our dresser drawers or other places. Why would they store up decon?? Evidently it's not killing them. We live in the country in an old 1865 year old Italianate brick home. I think I will try the peppermint oil..
08 Jan 2015, 17:04
Peppermint oil DID NOT work for me at all.

Time for more drastic measures.
11 May 2015, 13:43
I have cats, therefore no rats, no mice, no problem. God gave us the solution but we still look to man and science for the answers?

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