Mice and ants can take up residence in human homes, because there is readily available supply of food scraps. They can turn dangerous if they are carrying disease or viruses that could contaminate the humans. For getting rid of mice and ants, peppermint oil is a great option. In this article there are tips for using Peppermint oil to control mice and ants. We get Peppermint oil from the leaves of peppermint plant. It is a cross between spearmint and a watermint. Peppermint oil is non toxic and easily available at health food stores. It is one of the most popular and least-expensive essential oils.
Mice have poor vision but a very good sense of smell. The smell of Peppermint oil is very strong and contains menthol. When a mouse comes across the smell of peppermint oil, it overpowers its sensitive nose and repels the mouse. Peppermint oil must be placed tactically at home, in the areas that are likely to attract mice and ants. Places such as pantry, cabinets or any other place a mouse would find convenient to build a nest or as a food source. The oil will be effective for repelling mice as long as the smell remain. Before applying peppermint oil, clean up each area where mice and ants come. Pick up food scraps, used tissue paper, clothes and seal all the known entrances that the mice and ants use.
Tips to get rid of mice and ants:
- Pour peppermint oil over the rags and place them in the corners of the rooms you just cleaned and sealed. Spread peppermint oil soaked rags all around the property and at each of the four corners of the house. The peppermint repels rodents due to the highly intense and aromatic fumes of the peppermint.
- This is a good one for repelling ants from the kitchen. Mix a little peppermint toothpaste with a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Apply to area of benches, cupboards, etc. with a cotton bud.
- Use a cotton ball soaked in peppermint oil. Continue this process until you have placed a cotton ball in all areas that are prone to mice.
- Place additional soaked cotton balls near pipe and drain entrances as well as cracks near doors and windows. Place one under stove and refrigerator if possible. The smell travels fast, and mice will not stick around to see where it is coming from.
- Ants really dislike mint. One of the easiest is to get Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Shampoo and just put a line of it across areas where ants are coming in. They won’t cross the line.
- Fill a spray bottle with about one cup of water and 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil and spray along the path where the ants travel and where they originate from. Spray that area very well so that the ants don’t dare go through; they hate the smell.
- Sprinkle peppermint oil directly onto items like the corners of flooring, furniture and bedding.
- Simply dab peppermint oil on spots throughout your home or outline the perimeter of the house with the oil. If you live near open fields, this will become especially helpful.
- Prepare a mixture of 10 parts water and one part peppermint oil. Place the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray in the areas where mice and ants have been found.
- Cheesecloth sachets from dry cayenne, mint, and whole cloves can be made and keep it in the place where mice are hiding.
- Use 100 percent pure peppermint oil. It is available at health food stores.
- Peppermint oil is generally safe and non-toxic, but can irritate the skin if used in large amounts.
- Do not try to use peppermint extract or oils that have been cut with other oils, as they will not be effective.
- Test the peppermint oil on a small area before spraying an entire plant, structure, or piece of furniture. The oil may stain or harm any of these things.
- Also, if peppermint oil is rubbed near the nose or mouths of infants, it can cause an asthma-like reaction. Make sure your pets do not swallow the oil it may be harmful to them.
- Clean up the oil and the dead ants a day after you have applied the oil. Leaving it for at least a day may signal the ants to go elsewhere and not invade your home.
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