There’s never a week that goes by that we don’t get this question. Does peppermint oil for mice really work? There’s the long version and a short version to this question.
Mice are creatures that have lived on this earth for a long time. Despite man’s attempts to rid ourselves of these unwanted creatures from our homes, they just keep coming back. The funny part about this is that when a mouse is in your home, they are not going to leave unless you absolutely shut the door on them! There is not any validity to the claim that mice will leave your home if you use peppermint oil for mice! They just aren’t going to leave! We go to people’s homes every week where they have attempted to use all sorts of silly things to make them leave.
Why does peppermint oil not work to repel mice?
Peppermint oil is an essential oil and much like a perfume that you’d use on your body, after some time, the effectiveness of the oil wears off as the oils and chemicals inside of the peppermint spray breaks down. Mice will simply avoid it, but it will not deter them from accessing your home. Wherever there’s warmth and food, they’ll be there. They’ll just avoid the areas you have sprayed. There are more places in your home that you could never access that mice will find to live in than you could ever imagine. There’s not enough peppermint spray that you could buy to rid your home of mice!
There are too many essential oil snake salesmen out there that will try to sell you anything and everything, so do not buy peppermint oil for mice.
If Peppermint Oil for Mice Does Not Work, then What?
There’s only one real way to get rid of mice in your home. Mice are no different than a burglar in your home. If you leave the front door open, they’ll get in. Unfortunately, your home has many openings that are large enough for the common mouse to enter through. Mice only need an opening the size of a dime to enter your home. As your home ages, it will begin to settle and move and with it your home will provide these openings. Often it’s just way too obvious to us as to how the mice get in your home. Electric, cable, gas lines running into your home are often easy routes for mice to gain access into your home. There are many other routes, but there’s only one real way to get rid of mice.
How to get rid of mice in your home
- Lay down baits for mice
- Mouse proof your home
It seems pretty simple, and we’d like to say it is, however not everyone actually has the knowledge to mouse proof their own home or access to a company that can do it. The bottom line is that there are not many companies that actually can mouse-proof your home. Many companies, like Orkin or Terminex, will simply lay down mouse poison and place steel wool in areas. We’ve even seen another “pest control company” put duck tape on the roof where the mice were getting in! That was a really funny one! We were there to actually fix the mouse problem they had! We do have the photos to prove it! Steel wool and duck tape will not stop the mice from getting into your home!
How do I mouse proof my home?
There are many DIY Mouse Proofing videos out there and we encourage you to see for yourself. We’ve been mouse proofing homes for nearly 20 years now and there is no situation that we have not seen where the homeowner had hired a pest control company or tried to mouse proof their home on their own. To mouse-proof your home, it often requires extensive knowledge of home building techniques and engineering.
If you have this experience, the tools, ladders, chemicals, time and knowledge you may be able to mouse-proof your home.
Call a mouse proofing and mice extermination professional!
- We are home mice proofing professionals and know all of the weaknesses in a home and where mice will attempt to make their way in.
- We give you a 12 Month Rodent-Free Guarantee
If a rodent exterminator cannot give you a 12-month rodent-free guarantee, they do not believe in their own work. We do!
If you are living in the Chicagoland area and are in need of a reliable rodent or mouse exterminator, give us a call. If you are not in the Chicagoland area, give us a call and we will refer you to a company that we trust!