How Effective are Natural Mouse Repellents?

Drawbacks of Chemical Repellents

One of the most common methods homeowners turn to when facing mouse infestations is chemical rodent control. While baits and sprays may impact mice, they can be harmful to both people and pets if applied or stored incorrectly.

Are Natural Mouse Repellents Better?

Since chemical mouse repellents may have troubling side effects, some people try different means of control. Residents sometimes add natural mouse repellent plants around the home, like lavender, amaryllis, or mint. People who promote household remedies and natural mouse repellents may also suggest:

  • Mothballs - Contain naphthalene and may deter mice when used in strong enough doses.

  • Ammonia - Mimics the odor of predators' urine and can act as a repellent.

  • Peppermint Oil, Cayenne Pepper, or Cloves - Have strong scents that may repel mice.

Although these common items seem like easy ways to control mice, there is no definitive proof they actually work for the long term. Also, natural mouse repellents have their own risks. For example, mothballs and ammonia are dangerous to use near children and cayenne pepper based compounds often cause skin irritation and burning.

In addition, some natural mouse repellent plants, like amaryllis, are toxic to dogs and cats, while lavender can cause allergic reactions in pets. As a result, these plants might not be the best choice for animal owners.

What to Do Instead

For humane, effective, legal pest control options, homeowners should contact the experts. The teams of technicians at Orkin have the training and experience needed to handle mouse infestations properly.

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