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Peppermint Oil and Mice Control

MouseAs soon as someone discovers they have a mice problem they immediately turn to poisons or traps. Poison is dangerous especially if you have pets or children. In my opinion, most mouse traps are inhumane. They are very messy and unnecessary. However there is a fantastic repellant for getting rid of mice that no one ever talks about.

I’m not sure if there is a lack of good information or people are just skeptical about trying something new. Whatever the case may be peppermint oil is a proven and effective deterrent for getting rid of mice. It has a strong sent that is very pleasing to humans but highly offensive to rodents. Mice depend on there since of smell to communicate, find food, and survive. They cannot tolerate the scent of peppermint oil. So they will have no choice but to pack up and leave.

Here is what you need to know

Although peppermint oil is inexpensive not many regular stores carry it. The best place to find peppermint oil is at Amazon. All you’ll need is a 1 oz. bottle. This will usually cost you a little less than $10 dollars. If you want to keep some on hand at all times and save money, purchase the 4 oz. bottle. This will cost you less than $15 dollars.

How to use peppermint oil for mice control

You’ll want to figure out where you think the mice are hanging out. The best way to determine this is to look for mice droppings. Some of the most common places mice hide out are in storage areas, in drawers, cabinets, and even behind refrigerators.

You’ll want to purchase some standard cotton balls. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave them in all the areas you think the mice may be. Also, leave some in areas where you think they may be using as pathways.

Peppermint is very strong. So you’ll only need to use a limited amount. Using too much could cause irritation to your eyes and throat. Leave the cotton balls in the designated areas for up to six weeks. To prevent the mice problem in the future continue to replace the peppermint cotton balls every four to six weeks.

Purchasing peppermint oil is simple and easy. However, many people choose to grow their own peppermint inside their house. This is a great cost effective way to keep rodents and mice out of the house.

If for some reason your mice problem continues, it’s always a good idea to contact your local pest control company. Most lawn and pest control companies offer environmentally safe treatments for their clients.

Step Up Your Game In The War Against Pests

It’s bad enough when your partner invites some friends over to your home and you don’t really like them. You can pop out until they have left, or just hide away for a few hours in your bedroom. But what happens when the guests are uninvited, and you both can’t stand them? And these nuisances seem to show up every day without any warning? We are talking about garden and household pests, the ones that love to make our life a thing of misery. No matter how much you try to wipe them out, they always come back for more. This article takes a look at some of the more clever weapons we have at our disposal, thanks to a few clever people. See if you like the sound of them and perhaps your uninvited guests will get a big shock the next time they sneak in under the radar!

Solar Mole Repeller – $10

There are a few misguided people out there who think that moles are cute and fluffy little cuties. These individuals have obviously never had their immaculate lawn turned into a quagmire thanks to those critters. Moles are very sneaky little fellows who will stop at nothing to get to their wormy feasts. If you are at the end of your tether, maybe you should get yourself one of these cools gadgets. This device is totally powered by the sun and does a really good job at keeping those toothy nuisances at bay. It will not harm the moles but emits a sonic pulse that really keeps them far away from your precious lawn and garden. The sonic pulses are pushed out every 20 seconds and reach around 100 square meters. The frequency is 300Hz and reaches deep enough to deter even the most cunning of rodents. You may need a few of these if your garden is on the large side, but the price tag is pretty low. We love this gadget and we think your moles will soon be packing their bags!

Plug In Bug Killer With Nigh Light – $20

If you live in a warmer climate, you probably have mosquitoes at the top of your ‘most hated’ insect list. They buzz around your head just as you are about to drop off to sleep, and when you wake up, you have loads of itchy bite marks all over your poor body. As well as being annoying, these pests can pass on some nasty little diseases. They don’t play by the rules, so why should we? This neat little product will definitely tip the scales back in your favour, it’s time for payback! The Plug In Bug Killer uses the night light to bring the flying nightmares into the trap. It will also attract moths and normal house flies, and it has treats in store for all of your overnight occupants! As soon as they get within a few inches, they are wiped out with a nice but lethal dose of the bug killer. You get a good night’s sleep and wake up to a insect funeral pyre! A cool gadget that your skin will soon love you for!

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We think that these two gadgets are a few steps closer to that pest free home, just ensure that your household appreciates the effort you are making on their behalf!

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Today’s featured writer, Kevin Ben, works for one of the leading pest control companies in Alberta.  He’s a nature lover and an ardent environmentalist.

 

Staying Pest Free In The Winter: 4 Tips To Help You Reclaim Your Home

As fall fades away, families spend more time indoors talking, playing games and gathering around the fireplace. However, they aren’t the only ones who want to seek shelter from the cold; many pests, like mice and roaches, are also interested in staying warm and comfortable. Naturally, you don’t want anything in your home that doesn’t belong there. The following tips will help you reclaim your living space from these little intruders.

Use Plastic, Not Paper

It is important to store your pantry food in a container that pests can’t gain access to. The paper boxes you purchased the food in, therefore, are not going to work. Instead, place your food in a plastic container. Rodents will be hard pressed to chew through them, and they have the added bonus of keeping your food much fresher over time. Remember, one of the reasons that pests are entering your home is because they want easy access to food. If you take away that access, they will have to go elsewhere in order to survive.

Clean Regularly

If nothing else, pick up your home each evening so the floor space is clean. Anything you leave laying around is a haven for pests; they can hide in it and will consequently feel comfortable putting down roots in your house. Completing a quick pick up will make your living space look better and should also discourage pests from making your house their home.

Seal Up Holes

Walk around the perimeter of your house, and take the time to closely examine the walls. If you see a hole or a crack, make sure to close it up. Even larger pests, like mice or rats, can squeeze into very small spaces, so it is important that you don’t neglect to fix any openings that you find. A bit of caulk should solve most problems, but if you have a particularly large hole, you may need to bring in a handyman to take a look at the situation.

Check Your Screens

If you have mesh screens covering your doors and windows, periodically check them for any holes or tears. Much like a crack in your foundation, a hole in your screen will allow all different types of pests to get into your home. These screens are useful, though, for allowing fresh air to flow into your space, so you shouldn’t discontinue their use altogether. Simply be vigilant about maintaining them properly.

While many people think of summer as being the prime season for pest problems, the truth is, winter can be quite difficult as well. If you are struggling to control the pest population in your home, try the four tips above. With enough time and effort, you should be able to get rid of pests once and for all.

Morgan is a proud mother who enjoys spending her days discovering fun and interesting things to do with her young son. At night, she is an avid writer and solves all her pest problems with the help of a Jersey City Pest Control company.