Pest Issues

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice

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Mice are persistent rodents that won’t leave alone a nice place with plenty of food, once settled there, no matter what. There are various ways to try and get rid of them, from using poison to relying on professional rodent removal, however, there are also some homemade remedies you can safely test on your own.

There are some benefits when you rely on natural ways to get rid of mice. For starters, you won’t have to worry if you have small children or pets running around the house all day. Also, you probably already have some of these eco-friendly solutions in your home and won’t have to spend anything on poison or other pricey chemical mice control products.

Some Natural Ways to Keep Mice Away:

Home remedies to get rid of mice

Mice have a strong sense of smell. In fact, a study reveals that a mouse can distinguish a particular smell among others with 85 % accuracy. Although this percentage can change when more odours are added to the mix, it is still pretty impressive how perceptive they are. So, why not use this to your advantage?

By learning what smells mice hate, you can easily repel the rodents and protect your home without even harming the little guys. Of course, this strategy may take longer to work and may not lead to the expected results if there is already an established large infestation in the house.

If that’s the case, it is best to contact a local pest controller who can properly locate and eliminate all intruders. In any other case, trying to get rid of mice by deterring them with natural remedies is worth a try. After all, there is no risk involved and you won’t have to get your hands dirty. Here is how!

Repel mice using natural oils

One of the best features of all essential oils is their powerful smell. It could last for quite some time, given that you are using undiluted products that are 100 % pure essential oils. While peppermint oil is probably the most popular natural mouse repellent, there are other types you can try, as well.

  • Peppermint oil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cloves
  • Tea tree
  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood

There are two ways you can use these to keep mice away. The first is to apply the preferred oil on cotton balls (approximately 5 drops) and place them around entrances, crevices and other high-risk areas. Keep in mind, though, that some essential oils can evaporate faster than others. Make sure you check the balls and reapply the oil when you notice that the scent is fading.

The second option is to prepare a homemade mouse repellent spray. It’s very easy and fast, too.

  • Get a clean spray bottle.
  • Depending on the size of the bottle, add about 10-15 drops of the essential oil. You can use only one or combine them.
  • Add warm water and mix the solution well.
  • Spray where you’ve spotted the mouse, entry points and around your house.
Peppermint oil can help you fight other pests, too. It can prove an effective natural solution for deterring rats, flies, ants and even snakes. In addition, the mint plant can also come in handy for keeping mice away in your backyard. You can plant it in your garden or in close proximity to the house.
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Use garlic/onion to deter mice

Who likes the smell of onions? Definitely not mice. The strong odour can be enough to make them think twice before settling in your home for good. All you need is one or two onions to get the job done. Slice them and locate them at the places, where you think the mice may be hiding or entering the property.

Mice and vampires have one thing in common and that’s intolerance to garlic smell. Take a few garlic cloves, smash them a little bit to let the juices out and block the pathways of the little rodents. Making a garlic spray is also easy and requires just one chopped garlic bulb mixed with water.

Sprinkle spicy powder

Chilli powder can also serve as a natural mice deterrent. If you are wondering how to get the rodents out of your property, then just sprinkle a little bit of the powder around. The smell can be really irritating for the sensitive nose of the mouse. If by any chance, the powder gets ingested by the rodent, then it could cause even more damage.

Just be careful when you handle the powder. Some blends can be quite strong, so avoid touching your eyes or nose while spreading it around and definitely wash your hands afterwards.

Block entry point with steel wool

A mouse has sharp teeth and it will use them with ease on paper, wood, plastic or rubber. These sneaky rodents can gnaw on almost anything and they can be relentless when they want to get into a place. There is one thing they can’t chew on and that’s steel wool.

The material can actually hurt their teeth, which will be enough to discourage them from going any further. Check for holes close to pipes, vents, cupboards and other risky areas, then fill them with steel wool and seal them with plastering compound.

Imitate the presence of natural predators

Mice can sense when their natural enemies are close by and will try to flee as far away as possible. One of the ways they can detect the presence of a cat, for instance, is through the smell. If you already have a cat, then you are in luck. All you will have to do is wait for your kitty to use the litter and then locate it close to the entry points or where you’ve last seen the four-legged trespassers. If you don’t have a cat, think of a friend who does and who can give you what you need.

You can do the same if you wish to imitate the presence of another one of mice’s natural predators – snakes. All you need is the droppings, which again need to be located where it is most likely for a mouse to get into the house.


  • Mice are very sensitive to smells, which you can use to keep them away from the house, preventing a serious mouse infestation.
  • Whatever natural home remedy you decide to use to stop the mice, make sure you pick the right location and continue to monitor the situation to make sure it works.
  • Trying to get rid of mice naturally is a safer method, for sure. However, if you have doubts that there is already a fast-growing mouse infestation, then do not waste time and look for professional assistance.

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