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We have been invaded with mice due to local building in the street. Is there a way we can naturally deter them? Don’t want anything toxic due to young children and pets.

Posted anonymously, 5th January 2017

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  • Take down the “Welcome” sign. Mice only need a little bit of food and nesting material to make themselves at home. To discourage mice, remove all food sources by storing grains, pet food, and other dry goods in metal containers. Make sure mice won’t find nesting material by storing all soft, fluffy material like fabric, rugs and blankets in heavy plastic or metal boxes. Mice will even chew up cardboard, paper and lightweight plastics to make nests, though, so be sure you don’t leave any lying around.

    Seal all possible entries. It’s pretty cold outside right now, so it’s easy for me to move around the house and check for air coming in through small holes or cracks. Mice can get through very tiny holes (if the head can get through, the body can). Caulk, board up or poke steel wool into openings to keep mice from getting back into the house.

    Peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, pepper and cloves. Mice are said to hate the smell of these. Lightly soak some cotton balls in oils from one or more of these foods and leave the cotton balls in places where you’ve had problems with mice. Another option is to make cheesecloth sachets from dry cayenne, mint, and whole cloves and leave them in places where mice tend to hide, such as under beds and corners.

    Place tubs of used kitty litter around entrances to the house. I can’t attest to the success of this one as I don’t have a cat, but it makes sense that at the smell of cat urine, mice would and clear off in a jiffy.

    Ammonia smells like the urine of a possible predators. Fill caps from plastic bottles with ammonia and leave them out anywhere mice might be tempted to enter, such the pantry or under the sink – just be sure to place them out of reach of pets and children.

    Try a humane trap. There are traps that catch the mouse in a box. The mouse can get in but not out. This can be a humane way to catch mice, but once you catch them you will need to release them at least 1 mile from your home, perhaps a heavily wooded area to give them somewhere else to go. And be sure to check the trap at least once a day as mice will die if left in it more than a day or two.

    Zap with beeps. There is an electronic unit that emits a beeping sound that mice hate. I’ve found that the effect wears off over time, but initially mine was very effective at keeping mice away. This sound is not a hazard to dogs and cats. The units can be bought at hardware stores for about $30.

  • We use rat sak. It’s placed under the house, which locks up, and on shelves in the shed. This keeps mice and rats under control and also keeps the poison away from pets and kids

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