Mice have a powerful sense of smell, so it’s only natural to consider resorting to powerful scents as a deterrent. Whether you’re telling a mouse to scurry or preventing a furry intruder from setting up a home in the first place, find out more about effective prevention and mouse removal strategies for your home in Milwaukee.
Scents That Repel Mice
There are a few scents that have limited effects on repelling wildlife. While not the most effective way to protect your home, these scents have had some success in turning away mice. If you’re looking for a natural way to repel mice in your home, learn more about the mild effects of these common methods:
- Chili oil
- Peppermint oil
Ammonia is commonly cited as a mouse deterrent. One whiff of this powerful substance and you’ll see how this rumor began. Unfortunately, researchers have found virtually no impact on the behavior of mice. Despite their excellent sense of smell and the highly concentrated odor of ammonia, it isn’t an effective solution.
One scent that is effective, but not especially practical, is chili oil. This odor irritates mice and causes them to stay away from an oil-applied area or a drenched piece of food. That being said, it isn’t exactly practical to douse your home with chili oil. This option works well in the lab but isn’t a practical solution for your home.
Peppermint oil has the most promise as a scent repellent. This pleasant aroma is shown to have some success repelling mice and other wildlife. A small amount of this essential oil around entrances to your home can cause mice to turn tail and find a new place to set up a home, but will not solve the issue of a full-blown infestation. The other downside is that this oil will have to be set out on a frequent basis, which may be more work than it’s worth.
One word of caution for scent-repellent strategies: Mice are more clever than you realize. A little peppermint oil around your crawlspace or basement door may seem like an effective prevention strategy, but these tiny pests only require a hole 6 millimetres in diameter to enter. Unless you have a professional inspect your entire home for signs of entrance points, it’s unlikely for you to be able to successfully block all the entrance points with peppermint oil or another scent-based repellent.
Even if you were to cover every entrance, how will you remove a mouse that is already in your home? For effective prevention and removal tips in Milwaukee, turn to Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.
Other Prevention Tips
Our team offers a wide range of professional prevention strategies. There are also other simple strategies you can use to discourage mice from moving into your home:
- Removing food sources
- Sealing garbage
- Covering up odors
Mice are either looking for a warm place to build a nest, an easy place to get a meal or both. Cleaning up your kitchen and removing any easy-to-access food is a great way to put up the “No Vacancy” sign in your home.
Sealing up garbage is a similar strategy – hat you call garbage may look a lot like a meal to hungry mice, so an open garbage container may be attracting mice into your home. Strong odors of food or garbage are powerful magnets for mice and other wildlife, so keeping them under control is an easy prevention strategy you can do on your own. If you get animal visitors anyway, humane removal strategies are best performed by professional wildlife technicians in your area.
Remove and Prevent Mice in Your Home
For professional removal and prevention strategies, contact us at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Tell local mice to scurry and enjoy hassle-free professional prevention that doesn’t come with strong smells of ammonia or other products. Work with a leading mice removal expert in Milwaukee to enjoy rodent-free living.