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2 Poison-Free Ways to Get Rid of Mice

Mice are cute little critters, but that doesn’t mean we want them sharing our homes with us. As the weather gets older, these little critters will search for warmth. As adorable as their tiny whiskery faces are, the disease they spread via urine (which they communicate with, and therefore leave a lot of lying around) and feces-not to mention the extensive damage they can do when they put their teeth to something-is no joke. Pest proof your home by sealing up any potential entrances, keeping food well sealed and securely locked away, knowing your pests habits, likes/dislikes, and eliminating any water sources.

1. Peppermint Essential Oil  Mice, while nowhere near as impressive as say, dogs, still have a fairly acute sense of smell that beats our own. So while we find the smell of peppermint refreshing, tangy, and pleasant, mice find it overwhelming and offensive. You will need cotton balls -peppermint essential oil  Directions -  Add 20-30 drops of peppermint essential oil to each cotton ball and lay strategically around your home. Refresh every week or so, or whenever you notice the smell is fading. Feel free to experiment with other essential oils/oil blends in addition to peppermint.

2. Bring Out the Copper  Exclusion is a huge part of solving a mouse problem. Copper wool, or copper wire mesh, won’t rust or degrade, and is woven finely to make it that much harder to chew through or pull out. If you have a deep crack, you can tightly stuff several layers of the copper into it which is usually sufficient to hold it in. You will need 1 roll of copper wire mesh/copper steel.  Directions: Roll up the copper into thin wads and stuff firmly into cracks/holes/any entrances being used by the mice. Use a stick to really jam it in there, and use as many layers as you can without making it loose or sloppy.

For more ideas on how to get rid of mice – go to http://everydayroots.com/how-to-get-rid-of-mice.

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