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DIY Mice Repellent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Mice are cunning creatures that can manage to find their way into even the smallest openings in your home. They can fit through a space as small as a dime, crawl through sewer lines or improperly sealed drainage pipes and chew through your foundation. All just to gain entry into your residence. As creative as they are, it can seem impossible to successfully repel them from your home. While there are several methods to humanely and naturally repel them, the last thing you want to do is experiment with a new DIY mice repellent that doesn’t work and end up with an infestation for the holidays.

Common practice discourages chemical repellents and glue traps for their harmful effects on the environment and our pets. Many people have turned to all-natural mice repellent methods that may work in the short-term but do not stand up over time. The ABC experts are here to share their knowledge on both good and bad DIY mice repellent methods to help keep your home pest-free this holiday season.

3 Common Repellants That Do NOT Work!

  1. Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the most common mice repellent misconceptions. While it is true that mice do not enjoy the smell of peppermint, it would be difficult to create a smell so strong that would discourage them from entering your home. Mice crawl through sewers, drains and other spaces that smell much worse than peppermint to gain entry to your home. Another problem with this method is that over time the smell rises. Mice are very close to the floor. After just a short time they are no longer affected by the smell of peppermint because they are too low to the ground.

  1. Mothballs or Naphthalene

Mothballs are a common pest repellent that have never been proven to work on mice. While mothballs might work on moths and insect larvae, mice are not affected by them at all. The amount of Napthalene in mothballs is not enough to harm mice and cause them to leave. Not to mention that Napthalene is harmful to the environment and a carcinogen. In order to successfully repel mice, you would need enough Naphthalene/ mothballs to also harm humans and your pets.

  1. Ultrasonic sound waves

These are great in theory. They do not pose a threat to your pets or humans. They are environmentally friendly, but the bottom line is that they just don’t work. The sound waves are easily avoidable for mice and the waves cannot go through walls or furniture. You would need several machines just to cover a small area. Similar to Napthalene, the frequency of the waves would have to be high enough to also harm humans. Since these devices are made to be safe for human usage, the waves will never be that high. These may temporarily keep mice away, but it will not permanently repel them.

The Natural Mice Repellent That Works Every Time.

  1. Prevention

The best mice repellant, proven to work, is to prevent them from ever entering your home in the first place. This requires a careful and regular inspection of both the inside and the outside of your home for any possible entry points. Immediate and effective measures need to be taken to successfully close these possible entry points to successfully keep mice out of your home.

To mice, the outside world is much more dangerous than inside your home with peppermint, moth balls and other home remedies. They would rather put up with it than leave. The best way to permanently rid your home of mice is with professional eradication methods.

For rodent and mice repellant you know you can trust, call ABC Home and Commercial. Our highly trained rodent and wildlife control specialists will set traps and close off any potential entry points. They will also maintain and remove wildlife caught in traps.

Mice can multiply quickly, cause structural damage and fire hazards by chewing through wires. If you think you may have a mice or rodent infestation contact ABC Home & Commercial immediately. We take the process seriously and offer a full one-year warranty on our service. Call 469-549-7300 to schedule an assessment today!


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