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How to Keep Mice Away

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If you’re having a problem with mice making it into your home, then this is a problem that you simply don’t want to ignore. Mice can carry diseases that can be harmful to you and your family. These include salmonella, rat bite fever, plague, leptospirosis, lymphocytic meningitis, hanta virus and more. They may only enter your home in search of food and a warm place to raise their family; however, the droppings that they are sure to leave behind can spread unwanted illnesses to your children and pets. You’ve heard about using repellants to get rid of them, but do they actually work?

Get Rid of Food and Water Sources
One of the main reasons that mice might find coming into your home so interesting is the fact that they’re able to access food and water resources easily. When this happens, it’s time to re-evaluate your sanitation and proper cleaning techniques. Whenever you clean your home, be sure to not just sweep and clean in open areas, but also underneath the stove, cabinets, under fridges and dining room tables to make sure that there are no left over food crumbs lingering around anywhere. Avoid leaving pet food and water out in the open all day and instead choose certain times to feed your cat or dog and then put everything away afterwards. This may not rid your home of mice completely, but it will decrease the chances of them wanting to stick around searching for hard to find food sources.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can be found in some of your major grocery or food health stores. It has been said that it can be used in a variety of ways to deter mice from entering or taking up residence in your home. You can place about 2-3 drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball. Set the cotton balls in places where mice can enter your home such as any doorways, vents, in the garage, fireplace and other possible entry points. Because of the intense smell, it’s supposed to send mice into the other direction. Some people claim that planting peppermint plants near their doorways and cooking with the mint will keep the mice away. Does this really work? The truth is that there is no real evidence that using peppermint oil is an effective way of getting rid of mice and no one really knows how often you’re supposed to change it out. Besides, no one wants little cotton balls all over the house, especially if they have children. Any repellant that you have to keep investing in is not an effective long term repellant.

Tabasco Mixture
Isn’t it funny how the very things that we love to eat or to spice up homemade tacos can actually be used as a mice deterrent? It kind of makes you wonder if you should even be eating it. Mix a tsp of tobacco sauce with ½ cup of dish detergent and a gallon of water; it creates a repellant that mice cannot stand. It can be sprayed in areas where placing cotton balls may be insufficient such as around the window sills, floorboards and even around other entry points of your home. While it is effective, it still has to be reapplied every couple of days which makes creating this mixture expensive. Not to mention, it’s a mixture that mice can become immune to after a certain point.

Fabric Softener
Sure it sounds ridiculous but fabric softener dryer sheets with strong scents have been used to repel mice for a long time. All you have to do is place one sheet in each spot where mice might find it easy to get into your home. This just might be able to do the trick for a while; however, there are a couple of drawbacks of using these. Softener sheets over time lose their scents and eventually you’ll have to replace them. Also, dryer sheets are very light and can easily be moved or avoided because of the material not being heavy enough. A good draft through a window on a nice spring day just might send the sheets flying down the hall and if you have pets or children, they might find these interesting to play with. Oh, and let’s not forget that mice might actually find these dryer sheets as wonderful nesting areas.

More in-detail how-to mouse removal articles:
Information about mouse trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a mouse - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a mouse - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about mouse repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.
What are the house mice mating habits?
The Legality of Trapping House Mice
Will The City or County Animal Services Help Me with a Mice Issue?
Will Homeowner’s Insurance Pay for House Mice Damages?
What to do if a mouse got inside your house
How to inspect a house for house mouse entry holes
How to Keep Mice out of your Garden
How to Keep Mice out of your Garbage
How to use mice one-way exclusion funnels
What equipment to use in trapping a house mouse
What diseases do mice carry?
What is a house mouse’s natural diet?
How to Find and Remove Dead House Mice
What Damages do Mice cause in the Attic?
How mice communicate using pheromones
How to get mice out of your car
Will a mouse in the attic have babies?
What should I do if I find a nest of mice in the attic?

This site is intended to provide education and information about how to keep mice away from your house, yard, garbage cans, shed, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a mouse problem. This site provides many mouse control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of mouse removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with keeping away mice. Click here to read more about how to get rid of mice.

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