How to Get Rid of Mice with Natural Ingredients

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Don’t be deceived by Ratatouille, house mice are not as friendly (or as clean and sanitary) as Remy. They live in dirty places such as sewers, and that’s how they carry germs and diseases into the house. Here are some ways to get rid of them quickly:

1. Use coffee powder to match the strong smell of mice

This material is almost in every house. But why does it have to be coffee powder? 

It turns out that mice have a sharp sense of smell, to trace the tracks it leaves behind. Similarly, black coffee powder has a sharp aroma disliked by mice. Hence, it will avoid areas that smell like coffee powder.

About a palm-full of coffee powder will suffice. Put it on a piece of towel paper, and leave it on countertops in places like the kitchen (or wherever you keep food).

Mouse under chair
Natural repellents will spare you having to pick up mouse corpses in traps!

2. Repel mice with Noni Fruit

Another way to repel mice is to use noni fruit, also known as Indian mulberry, among other English names. Apart from its health benefits, this fruit can also repel mice.

Simply cut it up into pieces and place it in the corners of your house where rats tend to nest. Remember to immediately replace the noni pieces when it starts to dry out.

3. Don’t get dumped! Sprinkle your eggshells in rat-infested corners

When making scrambled eggs or omelettes in the morning, eggshells are immediately thrown away.

But now, you can use it as a rodent repellent at home. When you have an ample amount of eggshells, you can follow these steps:

1. Using a blender or pounding it with your fists, turn the eggshells into powder

2. Dry it in the sun or oven

3. Sprinkle the eggshell powder where you often find mice hiding

This can also be used to repel cockroaches and lizards. For the lucky ones who don’t have pests at home, you can still follow this method to make fertiliser for your plants.

4. Rodents hate garlic, just like vampires

Peeled garlic in bowl
But cut the cloves, don’t just leave the whole garlic on the table.

Vampires aren’t the only creatures that can not stand garlic. Mice run from it, too.

Besides preparing garlic, you will also need to prepare gauze to make a garlic wrapper.

In order not to be confused, follow these steps:

1. Slice the garlic into parts

2. Wrap garlic using gauze

3. Place the garlic package in an area that mice often go through

4. Let stand for a few days and mice won’t dare to come again

5. Mint leaves get rid of mice effectively

Mint leaves are very effective ingredients to repel mice. Shred it, mix with a bit of water, and place in a spray container. You probably know the next step, already. Spray the mixture of mint leaves into the area where mice often go.

6. White vinegar and cotton ball – the right combination as rat repellents

White vinegar is the most aggressive vinegar out there. It stands to reason, then, that it can ward off mice. We already know that mice hate strong scents, but this might be the strongest of all.

If you want to use this method, you must:

1. Clean the floor or area that mice often go through

2. Wipe or mop the floor using clean water

3. Coat a cotton ball with white vinegar (protect hands with gloves)

4. Save the cotton ball that has been smeared with vinegar in the rat’s nest

5. When the cotton ball has begun to dry out, coat it again with white vinegar

You can keep doing this method until mice really feel they have to leave your place. Also, never forget to always use gloves when pouring vinegar on a cotton ball. The acid content in vinegar can harm your hands upon skin contact.

7. Durian is also hated by rodents

yellow Durian on table
Also works if thrown at mouse.

Durian is infamous for smelling so bad that Singaporeans actively avoid it. It’s been known to smell like ‘turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock’.

Well we love it, but mice aren’t fans.

You can only use durian skin, however, and will only need to:

Store it where mice frequent; you can also store it under a table, behind a refrigerator, or near a drain.

8. Small mothballs that make mice flee rooms

A mothball is a small, white ball of naphthalene that works simultaneously as a chemical pesticide and deodorant. If you have any leftover, place it in the corners of the house that mice often go through. Be careful not to use these if you have small children or pets, however, as they may ingest it or touch it.

Whether you have pests at home or not, it’s still better to keep your home clean by routinely removing trash and food scraps.

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How does coffee powder help get rid of mice?

It turns out that mice have a sharp sense of smell, to trace the tracks it leaves behind. Similarly, black coffee powder has a sharp aroma disliked by mice. Hence, it will avoid areas that smell like coffee powder.

How does Noni Fruit repel mice?

Another way to repel mice is to use noni fruit, also known as Indian mulberry, among other English names. Apart from its health benefits, this fruit can also repel mice.

What do rodents and vampires have in common?

Vampires aren’t the only creatures that can not stand garlic. Mice run from it, too.

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Comments

    • Deborah Leone

      Hello you Pest Riddes! Thank God for you!????‍♀️

      Question: I want to use an all-natural carpet freshener made from BAKING SODA AND CINNAMON. You need to leave this on carpets about 30 minutes, then vacuum.
      WILL THIS CONCOCTION ATTRACT MICE?

      Just moved into new house in March 2020 & about had a nervous breakdown when I discovered mice! So far so good with use of traps and other repellents, So I realllllllllly don’t want to attract any more!

      Please let me know if the carpet freshener will attract mice. (I read one of your articles stating mice don’t like cinnamon, so……) Still, I want to check with the experts!

      Thank you so much, and God bless you all! ????‍♀️

    • a

      Thank you! This guide helped me get rid of mice from my home 🙂

    • Helena Gore

      Ive got moth balls, mice sensors, ammonia, traps, garlic powder alll around. I still see mice??

    • Mary

      I saw a mouse on the ridge of my pool wall, a screen enclosure is above this 5’ wall. It was just taking a stroll! I attempted to corral it with the pool equipment but that little sucker was fast! I can’t see where it came in or left by. No idea where it’s keeping itself. What steps should I take. My 18 mo. Old Rottweiler is out on this patio often.

    • I am holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight

      Have you tried any of your remedies yourself. I watched a rodent eat a mint leaf and I have seen a coffee strainer that had holes mostly in it most likely put in by rodents.

    • Deborah Leone

      Learned ALOT!! Thank you so much! God bless & keep you all!????☃️?‍♀️

    • Paul anthony bridge

      What about potassium cyanide ?

    • June J. Budney

      I don’t know about mice, but rats love coffee, as proven by the fact that a rat got into my kitchen cabinet, climbed into the little trash bin and pulled out two used coffee pods and tore them apart. They were actually attracted to the coffee odor.

    • Rochelle caits

      I think the ammo pest repeller will drive up my electric bill

    • eb1111

      Here’s a excellent solution. Put in our shed and garage. Worked great. We just release them far away (didn’t want to use the kill method).
      It’s the “mice catching bucket method”. Google it. you’re welcome!

    • Katy

      Peppermint extract in a sprayer bottle with water. They will run from it. Seen it myself.. they bailed screaming the whole way and didn’t come back

    • Barbara

      These do not replell mice. Moth balls will repell anything, including humans. I use peppermint oil & water in a spray bottle. Smells great, no mice.

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