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.
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.
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04 Nov 2012, 01:10
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.
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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?
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15 Feb 2013, 10:59
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).
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15 Feb 2013, 11:25
Allow the droppings to dry and sweep them up.
15 Feb 2013, 11:32
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?
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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 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.
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06 Jan 2015, 16:10
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!
06 Jan 2015, 16:43
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.
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08 Jan 2015, 17:04
Time for more drastic measures.