What the mice are afraid of folk remedies

Myth busting natural mice repellents

Have you ever been tormented by a group of rats and mice mocking your DIY attempts to rid them from your home?

There are many myths surrounding which DIY mouse control techniques work the best to help evict your unwanted house guest. But which ones can do the job? If you have questions about mice, you can visit our FAQ page and get more information.

If you feel that you have a potential mice infestation, contact your local Ehrlich mice control specialist and start a program to get rid of them and keep them away.

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Natural mouse repellent

The majority of natural mouse repellent/home remedies people usually think of such as peppermint, moth balls, and ultrasonic sound waves don’t actually work at all.

It’s possible that you might see a temporary effect and perhaps not see quite as many rodents around, but these methods will not permanently remove mice and rats from your home or business.

Rats and mice are pretty smart creatures. They know that it’s a dangerous world out there for an animal of their size, so once they have found a home safe from predators, the elements as well as a constant supply of food they will not move out. They would rather put up with ultrasonic sound waves and peppermint than risk leaving their new home.

Do mothballs keep mice away?

To put it simply…No.

The reason why mothballs are regarded as an efficient DIY mouse control method is because they contain naphthalene.


Naphthalene is a strong smelling white, solid substance. When it is inhaled or ingested it can cause blood cells to lose their ability to carry oxygen. It is because of this that it was/is believed that moth balls would be a great deterrent for mice.

It was believed that by placing mothballs near a mouse nest you will get rid of your rodent problem. However this is not the case.

The amount of naphthalene found in mothballs is a small. It’s enough to deter moths and other insects, but for mice it’s no problem. The levels of naphthalene needed to repel mice are the same needed for humans. There have been many cases where mice have walked over the mothballs paying no attention to them whatsoever.

Rats and mice are cunning creatures. Even if they were bothered by the smell from mothballs near their nest entrance they would soon find another. This would be either by fitting through a gap the size of a penny, or gnawing at a surface to create a new passage.

Peppermint oil and mice

Does peppermint oil repel mice? It makes your home smell nice and gets rid of mice, so that makes it the perfect mouse repellent right? WRONG!

It will make your home smell good, but it certainly won’t get rid of your unwanted lodgers.

The reason why peppermint oil is assumed to be a great mouse repellent is because in high concentrations peppermint can be quite potent, and mice (and rats) have a very sensitive sense of smell.

However, if you really think about it, logically, rats and mice live in all areas including sewers. If they can put up with the smell coming out from a stinky sewage system, then peppermint oil would be no problem.

Another reason why peppermint oil isn’t a sound mouse repellent is due to sheer physics. Most gases and fumes, especially peppermint, rise. Rats and mice are quite small and stay close to the ground, thus although (if it was possible) at the start the peppermint oil repelled the mice as it rose upwards it would no longer be of use (apart from making your home smell like you’ve stepped into a tub of breath mints).

Ultrasonic rodent repeller

There are a handful of ultrasonic rodent repeller devices on the market. However, the truth of the matter is, none of these are effective. They will keep rodents away for a short period of time, but they are not the most efficient and best solution to rid yourself of your unwanted house guests.

One of the main issues when using an ultrasonic rodent repeller is the placement of the device. These repellers rely on electrical sockets to work. If there is no socket near where the rodent activity is in your home then the device will be completely ineffective.

As previously stated in this blog mice, and rats, are pretty resilient, as well as adaptable, creatures. Much like naphthalene, it is suggested that the frequency of ultrasonic sound waves needed to successfully repel rats and mice fully would be strong enough that it would cause damage and harm to humans and domestic animals. Because of this, commercial ultrasonic rodent repellers commonly available do not admit sound waves of this frequency, so they can be safe for human usage.

Using an ultrasonic mouse repeller may work for a short period of time, until the mouse learns to avoid the area affected by the ultrasonic sound waves, or simply adapts to the background noise.

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How to repel mice

When it comes to repelling mice, and rats, the best course of treatment is prevention.

If you do already have a mouse problem you should contact a professional as they will be able to successfully manage your pest problem.

DIY mouse control

That being said, there are some techniques you can use to secure your home and prevent any unwanted guest from squatting in your home.

A great way to protect your home and/or business from rats and mice is to repair any damages, both exterior and interior. This will help prevent any mouse from finding easy access to your home. This includes small gaps as mice can fit through the tiniest of holes.

A good material to use is sheet metal. Rats and mice can climb, and chew, through almost anything besides sheet metal.

Steel wool and mice

Mice are known to be able to chew through almost anything, especially if they think food is on the other side. But there is one thing they can’t chew through… Steel Wool!

A good mouse prevention technique is to fill any holes in your home with steel wool. This can be anywhere from air vents to hole in your kitchen cupboards. This will stop any mouse from trying to enter your home.

Keeping clean

Giving your house a good clean will help keep mice away. They have an amazing sense of smell so keeping food in airtight containers will make sure that these home invading pests won’t follow the food scent to your home.

How to catch a mouse

As previously mentioned, if you have seen a mouse in your home then you should contact a professional. If you have spotted one mouse then it’s family is always somewhere nearby.

However if you are determined to evict your unwanted house guests by yourself here’s a few tips to help get the job done.

What is the best bait for mice?

First of all if you are going to try a catch a mouse you need to know what bait to use.

Do mice like cheese?

Stereotypically, when you think of mice you think of cheese. Well in actual fact mice aren’t that fond of cheese, that’s not to say they won’t eat it, they just won’t go out of their way to nibble on this dairy goodness.

If you really want to attract mice, then peanut butter is your best option. They love the stuff!

Homemade mouse trap

Looking to make a humane mouse trap to solve your rodent problem? Then here’s one you can try out.

How to make a mouse trap:

  • Take an empty toilet or kitchen roll tube and place a teaspoon full of peanut butter at one of the ends.
  • Place the roll on the edge of a table or surface with the peanut butter end hanging off the edge.
  • Below the roll place an empty plastic container with the lid nearby.
  • Wait for the mouse to take the bait.
  • When the mouse enters the empty toilet roll to eat the delicious peanut butter their weight will cause the roll to drop into the plastic container. Once this has happened place the lid on the container and set the mouse free in a safe area away from your home.

Professional mouse control

The reason why it is advised that you leave managing a mouse or rat problem to a professional is due to the skills and knowledge needed in doing so, as well as the time scale.

You know by now mice are cunning creatures. This can make relocating them from your home a bit tricky.

In terms of baiting it takes a while for a mouse to accept the product laid down, because the item is new and alien to them. Tests carried out on mouse behavior showed these rodents were far more receptive to bait laid out in a dirty tray, which they have used before, rather than a new one. This is because they would rather gather food from a location they are used to and know is safe.

Our specialists know exactly how to efficiently control a mouse, or rat, problem. They use specific techniques and products that have been tried and tested in order to make sure your home is completely rodent free.

Although there are mice in rural an unpopulated areas, they are very common in more densely populated areas. So cities like New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh and other cities such as those.

Need help getting rid of a mouse problem in your home? Call the Ehrlich professionals using our online form.


This Surprising Hack Will Keep Mice Away For Good

Mousetraps aren’t the only tactic for keeping mice away. This simple, natural remedy will help keep those furry little creatures gone for good.

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It’s pretty clear that having mice in your home is not a pleasant experience. Even if they seem innocent, having mice can be quite dangerous for your home. However, getting rid of mice doesn’t just require a slew of mousetraps and cheese. Mice can be easily avoided around your household by simply adding the scent of peppermint in corners where they congregate. Yes, that’s right, peppermint.

Although natural remedies aren’t always the answer when getting rid of pests (like using cucumbers to get rid of cockroaches, along with many other methods that don’t kill cockroaches), peppermint is a successful natural remedy that works when trying to repel mice. This has to do with the nature of mice, which rely mostly on their sense of smell instead of their vision. Mice have an incredibly weak vision but a strong, keen sense of smell. Which makes sense as to why mice typically go for a large chunk of stinky cheese, right?

Peppermint obviously has a strong sense of smell, one that mice are not too fond of. According to Victor Pest, peppermint is a menthol that is very potent and can irritate their nasal cavities. A whiff of peppermint certainly will keep them away.

Now there are two ways to incorporate the smell of peppermint into your home. The first is growing peppermint plants and leaving them around the house. The smell will deter them from entering or roaming around in the first place.

If you’re not too keen on growing a peppermint plan, then you might prefer using peppermint oil instead. You can spray the essential oil in different areas of your home that are typically accessible to mice. If you’re trying to catch the mice, you can strategically spray the peppermint oil in places that don’t have a mousetrap. In theory, this should lead them to wherever you have placed it.

Once you’ve used the peppermint to drive the mice away, here’s how to keep mice away and have a mouse-free house.


Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Mice

With a little creativity and curiosity, mice can wiggle their way into even the cleanest apartments and homes. They may look harmless, but mice can wreak havoc on your home and carry diseases. If you can’t stand the idea of using traps or poison, there are plenty of home remedies that can help rid you of your mouse problem once and for all.

Why People Prefer Home Remedies

Why use home remedies when poisons and traps are readily available? Most people prefer home remedies because:

  1. They’re effective
  2. They’re typically non-toxic and natural

If you have pets or small children, the last thing you want to do is set up traps or use poison around your home. Home remedies are usually simple, harmless to kids and other pets, and in many cases, the more humane option.

Over the years, farmers and homeowners have shared their tricks and tips on how to get rid of mice naturally, and many of these remedies use items you probably already have in your home.

10 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Mice Naturally

1. Peppermint Oil

Mice aren’t big fans of peppermint. Its fresh scent may smell great to you, but it will send mice running for the hills. Place a little peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in entryways, kitchen cabinets, and suspected entry points.

If you want to go the extra mile, try planting mint along the exterior of your home to deter mice and keep them away from your home altogether.

If you prefer not to use oil, you can use mint leaves or mint toothpaste instead.

2. Instant Potatoes

Instant mashed potatoes are a frugal way to get rid of mice.

Simply sprinkle a few tablespoons where the mice frequent. The mice will eat the potatoes, but the flakes will expand in their stomachs and kill them before they’re fully digested.

Just to be safe, make sure that the flakes are out of reach of any pets you have.

3. Proper Food Storage

Looking for a simple way to send those pesky mice packing? Make sure that your food is properly stored away.

Mice can – and will – gnaw away at just about anything to get into your home and your food. Keep food in airtight, plastic containers and out of the mouse’s reach. While you’re at it, move all of your trash cans as far away from your home as possible.

4. Hole Patching

Mice can’t sneak into your kitchen cabinets and pantry if there’s no entryway into your home. Remember, mice can fit through even the smallest of holes and cracks. Seal holes in exterior and interior walls to prevent them from wiggling their way inside.

Finding holes can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Here are some tips:

  • You’ll almost always find feces near an entryway.
  • Mice sometimes leave behind greasy stains around entry points.
  • Mice also leave a distinct odor behind, so you can use your nose to sniff out possible entryways.

Once you’ve located possible entry points, mark them with chalk, clean the area and get ready to seal it up.

If the hole is small, you can use a copper scouring pad or green kitchen pad to seal the entry point. Mice won’t be able to gnaw through these materials. If the hole is large, you’ll need to repair it.

5. Used Kitty Litter

Cats are natural predators of mice. If a mouse suspects a cat lives in your home, they’ll quickly run the other way.

Many farmers and homeowners suggest placing tubs of used kitty litter near suspected entry points in your home. The mice will smell the cat’s urine and scurry away.

6. Natural Predators

Introducing natural predators into your home or backyard is one of the most effective and natural ways to get rid of mice.

Of course, the simplest and easiest solution would be to get a cat. Most people find that after they bring a cat home, their mice problem is solved in a matter of days. Just remember that a cat is a serious commitment, and while they’re excellent mouse hunters, you’ll still need to care for them just as you would any other pet.

If cats aren’t your thing, you can try and attract barn owls. Barn owls are also natural predators of mice. Just one family of these owls can devour 15 mice in a single night – talk about effective!

To attract barn owls, build or buy a nest box and place it in your yard. Nesting boxes should be mounted 10 to 15 feet from the ground. If you don’t have a tree where the box can be mounted, a pole or even an old shed can be used. You will find the distant hooting of owls in your yard is quite a soothing sound.

7. Steel Wool

Remember those holes and cracks we talked about earlier? If copper scouring pads or green kitchen pads aren’t deterring the mice, steel wool is another great option. Mice cannot chew through the wire and it actually irritates their teeth.

Simply stick the steel wool in any cracks, crevices or holes in your home to keep mice out. You can use a bit of silicone to keep it in place.

8. Humane Traps

If you can’t keep the mice out and you have no interest in harming them, try using a humane trap. These let mice in, but they can’t get out.

Once you’ve caught one, you can release it back into the wild. Just make sure you take the mouse at least a mile away from your home.

Onions are another pungent smell that mice hate. This remedy can be a bit tricky because:

  1. Onions will rot if left out for several days, and
  2. Onions are toxic to some animals, like dogs and cats.

The scent will send mice running the other way, but just make sure you place the onion in a place where pets can’t reach it. And do make sure you place a fresh one out every day or every other day. Otherwise, you’ll have an entirely different (and smelly) problem on your hands.

10. Plaster of Paris and Cocoa Powder

The Plaster of Paris and cocoa powder remedy comes from a woman who lived on a farm in the Catskills.

  • Take dry plaster of Paris and mix with cocoa powder (or chocolate milk powder).
  • Set the mixture out where mice frequent. Make sure the mixture is dry.
  • The mice will be attracted to the chocolate and eat the mixture.
  • But soon after eating, they’ll leave your home to search for water and die.

You don’t have to resort to poison or inhumane traps to get rid of mice. By using a few simple home remedies to get rid of mice, you can be done with them once and for all. The best part? Most of these home remedies are natural, so you don’t have to put your child’s or pet’s health at risk.

For more ways to tackle your mouse problem, be sure to read our main article: 7 Ways to Get Rid of Mice Fast.


Keep rats away from your house with these 8 simple home remedies

NEWS DESK: Winters are arriving and it is time when all the pests and rodents will try to find their cozy corners in your house and destroy the stuff you have carefully stored. But this season you can avoid them by these simple home remedies, reported Times of India.

1. Peppermint

Rats do not like the smell of peppermint. You can put some peppermint oil in cotton balls and place them at the entry points and other nooks you think can be cozy abodes of these tiny creatures. Repeat every few days to keep them at bay. And the great advantage is that your house will smell fresh all the time!

2. Instant potatoes

Sprinkle the instant potatoes powder everywhere you think the rats are likely to frequent. The rats will eat the powder, but the potato flakes will swell up in the intestines of the rodents, killing them eventually.

3. Onions

Not just you but even the rats hate the pungent smell of onions. But this hack is a little tricky since onions rot quickly and can be toxic to pets at home. You would need to replace the onion every second day with a fresh one.

4. Mixture of Plaster of Paris with Cocoa Powder

All you need to do is to mix dry POP with Cocoa or chocolate powder and spread it in the area rats frequent. Once they eat up the mixture, they will run out of your home frantically to drink water and die.

5. Hot pepper flakes

This is the most inexpensive way to keep the vermins out of your home. Sprinkling pepper is an age-old way to keep away animals from plants. Spread the pepper along the entryway and other corners and keep the rodents away!

6. Garlic

DIY your own anti-mice concoction by mixing chopped garlic with water. You can also leave garlic cloves at the entry points of your home.

7. Cloves

Mice don’t like cloves. Place a bunch of cloves in a pantyhose or a muslin cloth near rat holes.

8. Ammonia

By now you must be aware that mice hate strong smells. Pour Ammonia in small bowls and place near their favorite spots.


How To Get Rid Of Mice Naturally

Just about every home gets invaded by a mouse at some point, and that’s why it’s important to know how to get rid of mice naturally.


Mice carry at least 27 different diseases ranging from hantavirus to leptospirosis and rat bite fever: all of which pose the risk of long-term illness and even death.


Rat poising, or rodenticide, is dangerous for children and pets. They’re not only dangerous when touched or swallowed, just breathing them in can be toxic.

Fortunately, natural methods of mouse control are safe yet still effective. This guide explains how to prevent mice from entering your home, and how to get rid of mice naturally if they’ve already made their way indoors — even if they’ve taken up residence in your walls.

How to Get Rid of Mice Naturally

The best natural strategy to get rid of mice is two-pronged: keep more from entering, then eliminate the ones that already made it inside. As with all forms of natural pest control, the more thorough you are, the faster you’ll see results.

Keep Them Out

Mice can enter your home through tiny little gaps the size of a dime. That’s right, a mouse can wriggle through an opening this small.

So your first step to getting rid of mice naturally is probably the hardest: find and seal gaps in your home’s exterior. Pay particular attention to places where utility lines (cable, television, etc.) enter your home, dryer and fan exhaust vents and the siding around windows and doors.

1. Seal the gaps. Use caulk to seal cracks around windows and door jambs. Stuff stainless steel pads (the kind you’d use to scour pots and pans) into larger gaps before sealing. Check outside where your foundation meets the siding and seal gaps there, too.

2. Shut doors tightly. Leaving a door ajar while you’re in the garden is an open invitation to mice. Keep doors shut, and make sure they seal tightly. Add weatherstripping where needed: if a draft can get in chances are a mouse can, too.

3. Use electronic pet doors. Dog- and cat-owners who like the convenience of a pet door should consider an electronic pet door(, which is insulated and seals tightly but opens automatically in response to an electronic chip on your pet’s collar.

Starve Them

Mice like your home because there’s plenty to eat and it’s cozy. To get rid of them, treat them like house guests who’ve overstayed their welcome:

Deprive them of food. As long as mice can find even small crumbs of food, they’ll remain in your residence in the hope that soon there will be more to eat. So your first step is making sure you aren’t inadvertently feeding the things.

  • Store food in air-tight containers. This includes flours, rice, and breakfast cereals.
  • Don’t let dirty dishes sit in the sink, and run the dishwasher daily.
  • Wipe counters after every meal or snack to keep crumbs away.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor daily.
  • Pick up your pet’s food after feeding.
  • Empty all trash cans nightly.
  • Discard old newspapers, magazines, and other items mice can shred to use for bedding.

Make a stink (to mice). Although most people like the smell of peppermint oil, mice hate the stuff — and so do other pests like spiders. Use this to your advantage by adding it to your homemade cleaners. You can also dab peppermint oil onto cotton balls and tuck them into the corners of your pantry shelves to keep rodents away.

The smell of camphor also repels mice. Since most humans dislike the scent, it’s not a solution you’d want to use your home’s living areas. For less-accessible or seldom used areas like attics and sheds, put mothballs in an old sock and hang them near windows or vents. By hanging them, you’ll keep them out of the reach of pets and children while their smell will still make mice think twice before entering. (Another alternative is to fill those nylons with used kitty litter but, personally, I’d rather smell mothballs.)

Get Mice Out Of Your Walls

Mice love to make nests in walls and rarely leave their cozy place during the day. At night they’ll come out foraging for food but, since you’ve deprived them of it by following the steps above, they’ll eventually starve. Yes, that means they might die in your walls and smell awful for a couple of days, but at least they’ll be dead.

If that’s too long for you to wait, consider placing traps along the wall on pantry shelves, under sinks, and in the garage, basement, and attic. It’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves when placing the traps to keep them from picking up your scent, which mice know to avoid.

A Word About Using Traps

As for which kind of trap to use, that’s up to you. Some people find glue traps ghastly because rodents occasionally to chew off their limbs to get free. Others feel the spring-loaded traps pose too great of a danger to their pets and children.

You can make either type of trap more attractive to mice by baiting it with a dab of peanut butter. (Surprisingly, mice aren’t that interested in cheese.) Check your traps daily and, while wearing gloves, discard those that have done their job.

Once you get rid of mice naturally, it’s a good idea to give your home a thorough cleaning to get rid of any droppings or other things they’ve left behind. Then make a point of inspecting your home’s exterior for gaps every season and re-caulking as needed to keep mice from entering your home.


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