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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.


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?

27 May 2015, 00:57
We live a few houses from the end of our street which dead ends into a farm so I,m told it's not unusual to have mice, and we've had our share. I tried using peppermint oil but with little success. I soaked cotton balls with the oil and put them in places where we had droppings. It didn't seem to work at all. The droppings continued to drop and I finally had to use traps. Even then there was apparently at least one mouse who always ate the bait and left the trap unsprung. He even started eating the trap!
27 May 2015, 08:07
I tried using toilet fresheners, it worked temporarily. I found that the fresheners would disappear. Does anyone know if rats die from eating toilet fresheners?
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