Mice infestations can be a nuisance in any home. Before you reach for harmful chemicals and traps, consider using natural methods to repel these unwanted guests. With a little research and creativity, I’ve found a ton of eco-friendly and effective ways to keep mice at bay.
Natural mice repellents work by targeting their aversions and sensitivities to certain scents and substances. For instance, essential oils, plants, scents and even some household items can act as powerful deterrents against these tiny invaders.
By understanding what drives mice away and tailoring your approach accordingly, you’ll be well-equipped to protect your home without causing harm to your family, pets, or the environment.
Although it’s clear that there are multiple benefits to using natural mice repellents, it’s important to remind oneself that each method has its own set of strengths and limitations.
By combining a variety of the techniques I’ll be talking about today, you can create a comprehensive and sustainable line of defense against those pesky mice!
- Natural mice repellents, such as essential oils, plants, some household items, and scents are environmentally friendly repellents.
- Combining various techniques will create a comprehensive line of defense against rodent infestations.
- Remember to evaluate the effectiveness of each natural repellent method in your specific situation.
Why Mice Hate Natural Repellents
Mice can be quite a nuisance in your home, but there are ways to repel them! One reason mice dislike natural repellents is due to their sensitive sense of smell and their inability to chew through certain items.
Mice use their sense of smell to sniff out food, and to protect them, as determined in a study published in the National Library of Medicine! When faced with a smell they hate or that’s too overpowering – mice will naturally back down from the scent because they will not put their safety at risk!
Household items such as aluminum foil and steel wool can be effective in keeping mice at bay. Both the sounds and textures of the materials, are enough to keep mice running, and mice can’t get their teeth through steel wool! Although not natural in nature, they’re safe and won’t harm any mice while being used as a repellent!
Essential oils like eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass can also be a deterrent for mice. The strong scent of these oils overwhelms their olfactory system, making it difficult for them to stay in the areas where these oils are applied.
You might be surprised to know that certain plants can also help repel mice too! For instance, lavender and daffodils both contain scents that mice find extremely unpleasant. Planting these in your garden or placing potted versions near entry points will help keep mice away.
There are also specific scents that mice just cannot stand. They dislike the smell of cayenne pepper and cinnamon , so placing these around your home can be an effective natural repellent.
And get this – these are all just a small portion of all the items that you can use to repel mice!
So, without further ado – here are the essential oils, plants, household items, and scents that will repel mice!
Essential Oils That Repel Mice
If you’re seeking natural ways to keep mice at bay, look no further than using essential oils to repel mice. They’re scent-sational! Plus, they work to keep those pesky rodents away. Let’s check out some popular options:
|Essential Oil||Why it works to repel mice|
|Peppermint oil||Mice dislike the strong scent of peppermint oil.|
|Lavender oil||Mice find the scent of lavender oil unpleasant.|
|Tea tree oil||The strong smell of tea tree oil repels mice.|
|Lemon oil||Mice dislike the strong citrus scent of lemon oil.|
|Eucalyptus oil||The minty scent of eucalyptus oil is unpleasant to mice.|
|Citronella oil||Mice find the strong scent of citronella oil unpleasant.|
|Lemongrass oil||The strong scent of lemongrass oil repels mice.|
|Cinnamon oil||Mice dislike the strong scent of cinnamon oil.|
|Pine oil||The strong scent of pine oil is unpleasant to mice.|
|Rosemary oil||Mice find the scent of rosemary oil unpleasant.|
|Balsam fir oil||The strong scent of balsam fir oil repels mice.|
|Clove oil||The strong scent of clove oil is unpleasant to mice.|
|Bergamot oil||Mice dislike the strong citrus scent of bergamot oil.|
|Cedarwood oil||The strong scent of cedarwood oil is unpleasant to mice.|
How To Use Essential Oils To Keep Mice Away
Not sure how to get started with these essential oils? No worries! We’ve got you covered!
- First, mix a few drops of your chosen essential oil (or a combination of a few) with water in a spray bottle. Don’t forget to shake it up! I love to use Majestic Pure 100% Peppermint Oil, when going with peppermint!
- Next, spritz the areas where you’ve noticed mice activity. The goal is for those little critters to catch a whiff and say sayonara to your peaceful abode.
For real go-getters, consider the following tactics:
- Soak cotton balls in your favorite mouse-repelling oil, such as lemongrass oil or cinnamon oil. Leave them strategically placed, creating a barrier mice won’t dare cross!
- Make a potpourri using any of your favorite essential oils and adding them to some dried flowers like from this set of 16 Dried Flowers! By adding the oil, and even the scent of the dried flowers alone, and then placing it areas that need protection from mice – you will surely keep mice away!
Plants That Repel Mice
You may also want to consider adding some plants that repel mice to your repellent list.
Plants like citronella, garlic and onions, lavender, eucalyptus and various mints, catnip, daffodils, citrus and lemon are all amazing plants that smell nice to us – but horrible to mice!
Plants are a natural way to keep mice away from both your indoor and outdoor spaces, so it’s no wonder why it’s a tried and true method!
How To Use Plants To Keep Mice Away
|Plant||Why it works to repel mice||How to use it|
|Citronella||Has a strong scent that mice dislike||Plant it around your home’s perimeter or use citronella oil|
|Clover||Mice dislike the smell of clover||Sprinkle clover seeds in your yard, using these Nature Jims Clover Seeds!|
|Garlic and onions||Mice abhor their pungent aroma||Plant them in your garden or place chopped pieces near potential entry points|
|Catnip||Mice can’t stand it||Place some catnip around your home|
|Citrus fruits and their peels||Mice dislike their zesty aroma||Scatter lemon peels or use citrus essential oils|
|Eucalyptus||Mice can’t tolerate their minty scent||Plant these herbs around your home or use their essential oils|
|Wintergreen, spearmint, lemongrass, and peppermint||Mice dislike their minty scent||Plant these herbs around your home or use their essential oils|
|Daffodils||Mice dislike the smell of daffodils||Plant them in your garden|
|Lavender||Mice dislike its scent||Use dried lavender flowers like these Timoo Dried Lavender Buds, and place them in mice-prone areas in satchets!|
Scents That Mice Hate
Using scents that mice hate is also really effective when it comes to repelling mice! In this section, we’ll explore various scents that mice absolutely despise.
|Method||Why it works to repel mice||How to use it|
|Cinnamon||Mice find the strong smell of cinnamon unpleasant||Sprinkle cinnamon powder or place cinnamon sticks in their path|
|Vinegar||The strong smell of vinegar will keep mice away||Soak cotton balls in vinegar and place them in areas where mice are found|
|Coffee grounds||The strong smell of coffee will repel mice||Sprinkle used coffee grounds in areas where mice are found|
|Predator scents||The smell of a predator will make mice think twice about entering the area||Place predator scent, such as cat litter, used cat litter, or Coyote Urine in areas where mice are found|
|Dryer sheets||The strong smell of dryer sheets will keep mice away||Place dryer sheets in areas where mice are found|
|Mint toothpaste||The strong smell of mint will repel mice||Apply mint toothpaste to areas where mice are found|
|Hot sauce||The strong smell of hot sauce will keep mice away||Mix hot sauce with water and spray the mixture in areas where mice are found|
|Clove oil||The strong smell of clove oil will keep mice away||Soak cotton balls in clove oil and place them in areas where mice are found|
|Tea bags||The strong smell of tea will repel mice||Place used tea bags in areas where mice are found|
|Ammonia||The strong smell of ammonia will keep mice away||Mix ammonia with water and spray the mixture in areas where mice are found|
|Cayenne pepper||The strong smell of cayenne pepper will keep mice away||Sprinkle cayenne pepper in areas where mice are found|
|Black pepper||The strong smell of black pepper will keep mice away||Sprinkle black pepper in areas where mice are found|
|Cedar||The strong smell of cedar will keep mice away||Place cedar chips or blocks in areas where mice are found|
These scents work because mice have a strong sense of smell and are sensitive to certain odors. These scents are unpleasant to mice and will keep them away from the areas where they are found.
Household Items That Repel Mice
Household items are another great way to repel mice! Not only are they easy to use, but you may have them lying in your house already. Here’s a list of some of the best household items to use!
- Caulk – Use caulk to seal any cracks or gaps in walls, floors, and ceilings that mice could use to enter your home.
- Steel wool – Stuff steel wool into any holes or gaps that you can’t seal with caulk. Mice will not be able to chew through steel wool.
- Aluminum foil – Wrap aluminum foil around the base of trees and plants to prevent mice from climbing up and getting into your home.
- Spray foam – Use spray foam to seal any large gaps or holes that you can’t seal with caulk or steel wool.
- Door sweeps – Install door sweeps on all exterior doors to prevent mice from entering your home.
- Sealed containers – Store all food in sealed containers to prevent mice from getting to it.
- Copper mesh – Stuff copper mesh into any holes or gaps that you can’t seal with caulk or steel wool. Mice will not be able to chew through copper mesh.
- Bright lights – Mice prefer dark, quiet places to hide. Use bright lights to illuminate areas where mice are likely to hide.
- Food storage – Keep all food stored in sealed containers, like this set of 12 Airtight Food Storage Containers, and clean up any spills or crumbs immediately. Mice are attracted to food and will be less likely to enter your home if there is no food available.
To use these items, identify areas where mice are likely to enter your home and take steps to seal them off.
Use caulk, steel wool, aluminum foil, spray foam, and copper mesh to seal any gaps or holes.
Install door sweeps on all exterior doors. Store all food in sealed containers and clean up any spills or crumbs immediately.
Use bright lights to illuminate areas where mice are likely to hide.
By taking these steps, you can repel mice and prevent them from entering your home.
Other Preventive Measures
Besides repellents, it’s important to use preventative measures if you have had mice problems in the past, or have spaces that are prone to mice!
Using prevention methods truly make a difference, and can be the difference between a small problem and huge infestation!
Keep it clean! Mice are attracted to clutter and messes, so maintaining a tidy home is essential. Regularly vacuum and sweep floors to remove crumbs and debris. This will help deter mice from making your home their own!
No more “mouse parties” in your cabinets. If they have nothing to nibble on, they’ll probably find somewhere else to go.
Store food in sealed containers, especially grains and pet food, which are mouse favorites.
Seal Entry Points
You wouldn’t leave your front door open for mice to stroll in, would you? Check the exterior of your home for gaps and cracks, and seal them with caulk, steel wool, or other appropriate materials.
Don’t forget to scan your roof and foundation. Mice are expert climbers and will find ways to sneak in where you least expect it!
Inspect utility lines and pipes – mice can enter through openings around them. Seal any gaps with appropriate materials to keep these furry intruders out.
It’s also important to make sure your garage, car, sheds and other things kept outside are properly sealed!
Remove Food Sources
In your quest to repel mice using natural methods, eliminate their outdoor food sources by:
- Keeping garbage cans covered with tight-fitting lids
- Picking up fallen fruit from trees
- Regularly cleaning up pet food and birdseed
By implementing these preventive measures, you will be well on your way to keeping mice out of your home using natural and safe methods. Stay diligent and persistent, and your home will remain mouse-free!
It’s possible to repel mice using natural methods, such as with scents that mice hate, household items, essential oils, and plants.
The key is to test various approaches and find what works best for your situation – you may need a combination of the methods, or you may find one that really works well!
Frequency and upkeep matter when it comes to repelling mice, so always make sure your repelling methods are strong smelling and are in good standing!
Reapplying scents and essential oils every few days, is a good idea. Keeping up with proper plant maintenance is important, and making sure any household items are still in place will help eradicate your mice situation.
You can also use all of these methods mentioned today as part of a prevention plan – to keep mice from getting near you, your home, or your belongings in the first place!
Good luck, and may the mouse be ever in your disfavor!
Zack is a Nature & Wildlife specialist based in Upstate, NY, and is the founder of his Tree Journey and Pest Pointers brands. He has a vast experience with nature while living and growing up on 50+ acres of fields, woodlands, and a freshwater bass pond. Zack has encountered many pest situations over the years and has spent his time maintaining and planting over 35 species of trees since his youth with his family on their property.
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