Peppermint Oil As A Deterrent For Mice

by Yuli Azarch January 01, 2016 0 Comments

Peppermint Oil As A Deterrent For Mice

As the winter months approach, many of us will soon be dealing with furry home invaders. Mice come indoors when their food and water outdoors becomes scarce and once they get in, it can be hard to get them out. Harder still, if you would prefer not to use poisons and quite difficult if you are opposed to traps. As with many challenges around the home, the versatility of essential oils can lend a helping hand, and peppermint oil has a surprising benefit when it comes to repelling mice.

Pure peppermint oil, when used in conjunction with a basic understanding of mouse behavior can be a safe, non-toxic, and humane method of keeping unwanted pests and wildlife out of your home. To reap the benefits of natural peppermint oil, simply saturate several cotton balls with neat, undiluted oil and place the balls in areas where mice would travel. Remember that pure essential oil can damage sensitive surfaces, and when handling the pure oil practice common sense safety measures. Wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished handling peppermint, or any, essential oil.

Just putting a few peppermint balls in the corner of your living room and praying that the mice stay away won’t get you very far. To get the most out of your pest-proofing treatment consider several aspects of mouse behavior and physiology. First, mice will run along the base of a wall when they move around in your living space. It is rare that mice will traverse open spaces where they will be most vulnerable. This is good news for homeowners, as it narrows your focus of where to treat. Placing peppermint balls away from walls or perpendicular surfaces will be a waste of oil and effort.

Secondly, mice love your plumbing. They will lap up the condensation that forms on the outside of your pipes and they will often use the contiguous pipe as a method of gaining entry into your living space. Focus your efforts to these areas first, meaning your kitchen, counter tops, cabinets, and stove areas. If you can keep the mice at bay in these areas, then you won’t need to place peppermint balls in other parts of the house. In other words, attacking the problem at its source can help save time and effort.

While using a natural peppermint deterrence method is safe and humane, there are some considerations you must make to maintain efficacy. Remember that the essential oil will evaporate out of the soaked cotton balls so they may require replacement as often as twice a week to ensure that they remain at peak potency. You may need to experiment with various strengths and concentrations of peppermint oil to find an application that is a best fit.

A handy tip: to help protect surfaces and simplify the mouse protection process, place your cotton balls on index cards or napkins. This means that every time you need to move your peppermint balls you won’t have to handle the oil and you can move multiple balls at once. Just remember that the peppermint balls should be in corners and against walls or other perpendicular surfaces.



Yuli Azarch
Yuli Azarch

Author



Also in Blog

Top 20 Amazing Benefits of Neem Oil
Top 20 Amazing Benefits of Neem Oil

by Up Nature June 08, 2017 0 Comments

If you haven't heard of the super-herb neem, it's about time you do! Extracted from the seeds of the neem tree, neem oil is nature's gift to mankind. Neem oil is a potent antifungal, antipyretic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory making it a must-have addition in your medicine cabinet!

View full article →

Top 35 Remarkable Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Top 35 Remarkable Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

by Up Nature May 26, 2017 0 Comments

Suitable for literally any condition from relieving digestive issues, indigestion and nausea to alleviating sinus infections, soothing muscle cramps and getting rid of bad breath and pests, there are countless reasons why peppermint essential oil should be a staple in your medicine cabinet!

View full article →

15 Best Essential Oils For Hair Loss
15 Best Essential Oils For Hair Loss

by Leslie M.G. May 17, 2017 0 Comments

If you are experiencing hair loss and are looking for a remedy, rather than relying on conventional and mainstream treatments such as Rogiane or Propetia, why not consider taking a more natural and holistic approach to the problem? Essential oils have been used for centuries to effectively treat hair loss by using the healing power of plants to soothe and invigorate the blood, follicles, and scalp, promoting regeneration and overall hair growth. Unlock 15 amazing essential oils for hair loss here, at UpNature. 

View full article →