Know that there are many natural methods for keeping mice away, which will effectively keep these unwelcome animals away from cruel traps or harmful poisons.
With this guide, you won’t have more unpleasant visits to your living space from ravenous rodents ready to chew, infest and damage everything, without killing them or contaminating the environment.
Moreover, an infestation can be dangerous because these animals reproduce quickly. In fact:
- gnaw on electrical wires, because of the coating of corn starch that attracts them, causing electrical failures in the home system and appliances
- damage furniture and various objects
- infest pipes, although they allow domestic waste to be treated by swallowing some of it, which would prevent pipes from clogging up in the sewer system.
- are vectors for the spread of diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis, rabies and plague
- they release excreta and urine around, contaminating food.
What attracts mice to the house
To keep mice away from home, it is important to know what attracts them, so that appropriate prevention can be implemented.
Food is the first thing that attracts the mouse. Therefore, a thorough cleaning of the house is essential. Therefore, clean all the surfaces and shelves of the kitchen and of those environments that could attract rodents due to the presence of food residues well and thoroughly with special detergents. Do not leave food around and close the leftovers in sealed glass or plastic containers.
The same goes for rubbish bins, which should always be well closed and placed outside your home.
Mice in the house: how to find out
The mouse leaves unequivocal marks and to know if one or more rodents have settled in the house will be enough to see one or more of these cases
- Noise in the walls or in the pipe network
- sudden electrical failures due to gnawed electrical wires
- damaged food packages
- presence of excrement and urine with persistent odours in the cellar or near a water point in the basement.
These are the indisputable signs of the presence of rats, so they must be removed.
What the country mouse eats
Mice are omnivorous animals and feed on what they find around them, although they generally prefer small animals to plant foods (such as cereals, fruit, berries).
Depending on where they live, they have a different diet: country mice will eat cereals and various crops, unlike city rats, which are much larger and often lurk in sewers, feeding on waste and household waste.
The mouse is a voracious animal, consuming almost 10% of its weight in one day. With its sharp teeth, it is able to crunch also different materials, such as paper, wood, metals, electric cables. However, he does not rush to taste a food that is unknown to him, he will test it to see if it is suitable for him: this type of attitude shows that he is not without a certain form of intelligence and that it is not easy to take it thanks to the baits.
How to get rid of country mice
Once you’re in, you have to get away from them. There are various natural and household methods that allow you to keep country mice away from home.
- Sodium bicarbonate. If you have a pack of sodium bicarbonate in the pantry, think of its use in anti-tope function. It is a completely ecological and safe deterrent, which can be easily distributed in the points considered most at risk, before being eliminated with a vacuum cleaner or a simple sweep. In this case, there is no danger to children or pets.
- Cats. They have a prominent place as historical enemies of mice. The cat, if left free to walk in the house and in the garden, will be able to keep them at a proper distance. The cat is a hunter by instinct and can also help with his droppings: cat litter is absolutely unwelcome to mice, who identify a potential threat in it. and in fact make the association ‘smell of urine = danger of predators in the vicinity’: It may be useful to place the box near the doors or other entrances.
- Fox urine. The fox is one of the nocturnal predators par excellence (there are many others, such as barn owls), their presence is a very strong warning sign for mice. Use fox urine bottles, sold in some shops
- Snake excrements. Use dried reptile excrements from reptiles in reptiles, zoos or some exotic animal products stores, remembering to place them near the entrances, in places that are inaccessible to pets and children.
- Antifreeze. It is also possible to keep mice away from an uncrowded country house by putting antifreeze fluid in a bucket. This will prevent unpleasant odours.
How to get mice out of the garden
You can implement several preventive measures to prevent rodents from invading your garden. However, you should be aware that these are hardly real mice, but Norwegian voles and rats:
- Promote biodiversity in the garden to accommodate the natural day and night predators of mice, such as moles, badgers, foxes, barn owls, owls, hedgehogs…
- Place a fine-meshed net around the plant when planting to protect the roots and make them inaccessible.
- Keep the feet of the trees free. Cut the tall grass and avoid mulching near the trunks.
In the garden, to prevent mice from invading flower beds and lawns and hiding in plants and bushes, you can plant plants whose smell makes them smell unwelcome. So use plants that are real natural repellents whose smell will make the rodent escape. Between them:
- Ruta. The common rue (Ruta graveolens), which grows wild on the shores of alpine lakes and can be grown almost anywhere, can keep mice away in the garden. You can put it in the garden: you will have a beautiful ornamental plant with characteristic yellow flowers, which for its intense smell will avoid the unwanted approach of rodents and even snakes. Its seeds are found in garden centres, while a useful custom for interiors could be to place some twigs in environments at risk of infestation.
- Mint. Mint can be cultivated in the garden, in the vegetable garden or placed on the balcony or close to the entrances, in order to assert its strong smell particularly unpleasant to the rodents of all sorts. Some mint leaves can also be placed inside the house, in suspicious corners or in the points most at risk.
- Laurel. On the plant front, laurel (Laurus nobilis), an evergreen shrub widespread throughout the Mediterranean area and easy to grow, is an aromatic plant appreciated not only in the kitchen, but also to keep rodents away from the garden.
- Elderberry. The unpleasant smell of this plant will keep rodents away. You can plant an elder tree in the garden. With the berries you can make magnificent jams and even make a decoction to keep the mice away.
- Fritillaria and blackcurrant. The imperial crown and blackcurrant are also excellent deterrents. Plant them in the flowerbeds and along the perimeter of the garden.
When choosing essences and plants to place in your garden, opt for varieties that country mice don’t like. In general, they particularly like bulbs, except narcissus, because they contain a poisonous alkaloid.
How to move mice away from the garden
If you have a vegetable garden and you don’t want to find gnawed vegetables in it, it is a good idea to surround it with a fine mesh protective net, which will prevent these rodents and other small and medium sized animals from making it their home.
If they have arrived and caused damage, you can also use repellents.
- Elderberry. Elder leaves have a strong smell that acts as a repellent against various parasites including mice. You can also use elder manure also called fermented extract or purine, which also acts as a stimulant for plants.
- Garlic. Plant garlic and spread heads between the plants.
How to get mice off the balcony
Even on the balcony you can place pots of aromatic plants with a scent that is unpleasant to mice, but pleasant for humans. We always talk about Roman mint, peppermint, rue, savory and bay leaves. Your kitchen will also benefit!
How to get mice away from home
Their presence is anything but hygienic and it is better to act quickly, as soon as you notice the presence of a rodent in your home or garden, even if only in the attic or in the cellar.
- Сlose all possible accesses. All probable access routes must be sealed: pipes, ventilation ducts and all the openings in the house that can be the entrance for these animals capable of climbing, climbing and inserting themselves almost everywhere. To block even the smallest cracks or fissures you can use steel wool or common abrasive sponges, hard and resistant materials that mice can not touch or puncture, so as to be very useful protective barriers. Steel wool can be bought at hardware stores, cut with scissors, is easy to position or remove and can be used with gloves.
To eliminate rats, you can use substances that attract them, but if they are ingested, they will be lethal:
- Quicklime and sugar. Place a mixture of lime and sugar previously poured into a mortar in areas frequented by rats, who attracted by the sugar cake will eat it and poison it quickly.
- Chalk and flour. Mice love flour but will be eliminated by ingesting this natural preparation.
- Coca-Cola. Pour this sweet drink into a container. Drinking it will be fatal.
How to keep mice away in a natural way
Do not forget that nature also comes to meet us, providing us with very effective repellents.
- Essential oil of peppermint. A good solution to scaccia-topi is represented by the targeted placement of cotton balls soaked in essential oil of peppermint, easily found in herbal medicine.
- Eucalyptus essential oil. If you do not want to use the mint essence, a good alternative is the essential oil of eucalyptus, considered an excellent natural deterrent for mice. Pour a few drops on a little cotton and leave it in the areas where you think mice may appear, along the walls or in the cabinets of the kitchen and bathroom. It does not irritate the nose or mouth and smells good, but should be replaced every 3 weeks.
- Essential oil of lemongrass. Also in this case rats do not like its lemonade smell, which is very pleasant for man. Soak a cotton ball with lemongrass essential oil and place it in the corners of the house where the rodents pass, near the entrances and on the shelves of the kitchen and bathroom.
- Laurel. Spread its leaves in the corners of the house, in the pantry, in the closets or along the windowsills: as well as keeping mice away you can benefit from its fantastic scent.
- Pepper. The mouse hates its pungent scent. Destroy some saucers with some peppercorns in the house.
- Oil, garlic and horseradish. A mixture of oil, garlic and horseradish, which can be sprayed on the pipes or in the corners of the house, is a good household repellent.
- Oil, garlic and chilli. An oil flavoured with garlic and chilli can also be effective.
- Sodium bicarbonate . If you have a pack of baking soda in the pantry think of its use in anti-tope function. It is in fact another completely ecological and safe deterrent, which can be easily distributed in the points considered most at risk, before being eliminated with a vacuum cleaner or a simple sweep. In this case, there is no danger to children or pets.
- Cats. Among the latter, the historical enemy of mice, the cat, has a very important place, and if left free to go around in your garden it will surely be able to keep them at a proper distance. The cat hunter by instinct can also help us with his droppings: perhaps you do not know, but cat litter is absolutely unwelcome to mice, who identify in it a potential threat. Odour of urine = danger of predators in the vicinity: this is why it may be useful to place the box near the doors or other entrances. If you don’t have a cat and you’re not easily impressed, we suggest two more bizarre alternatives.
- Fox urine. Use fox urine bottles sold in some shops, or use dried snake excrement, available in reptilaries, zoos or in some exotic animal shops, remembering to place them near the entrances, in places that are inaccessible to pets and children. The fox is one of the nocturnal predators par excellence (there are many others, such as barn owls), their presence is a very strong warning sign for mice.
Camphor and ammonia against mice
Among the smells smelled by mice are camphor and ammonia. They move away from the places where they perceive them.
For this reason you can create barriers by leaving lines of these substances in the openings of the house, the cellar and the attic of the garage. Or leave metal jars with camphor on the windowsills and doors.
Be careful if you have animals and children in the house, because they are harmful. Make sure they don’t touch it.
Bleach against mice
The smell of bleach is also unpleasant to mice. Batons soaked in this detergent in strategic angles will keep them away.
Naphthalene against mice
In addition to mothproofing and to keep pigeons away, you also need to fight mice.
Place naphthalene balls in cotton or linen bags at the passage points and in the pantry. Also in the attic and in the cellar will be strategic.
How to move mice away without killing them
When it comes to traps, give preference to non-lethal traps to avoid suffering the unlucky little mice. Once you have caged the rodent on duty, release it at a suitable distance in a place rich in vegetation.
Move mice away
You can also build a rather effective trap yourself, just a few objects you have in your home.
You need a 5 l bucket (a can of paint, for example, a metal rod and an aluminium can). The bait will be something sweet, such as jam or nutella, and finally a wooden stave about 50 cm long.
You have to make two holes in the bucket opposite each other and another two holes in the can, on its flat parts. Insert the rod in the holes of the bucket, placing the can in the middle, as in the photo.
The mouse will be able to enter through the wooden stave that will act as a ramp, at the top of the bucket, and will try to eat the bait, placed in the can, but failing that because it slips on the rod, it will fall into the bucket.
Fill the bucket with a few fingers of water to block the mouse, once fallen and then release it in the country.
If you don’t want to waste time preparing these lotions, it is good to know that there are several companies that sell products based on natural, effective, practical and ecological organic repellent compounds.
How to keep mice away with ultrasound
You can also try the bollards. There are several types, the most used are the ultrasonic ones.
These electronic devices emit high frequency sounds (from 32 to 85 KHz), not perceptible by the human ear but capable of attacking the hearing and nervous system of mice, insects and other pests, which only have to escape from the places where they are placed.
Purchased in the shops of housewares or gardening items and online, they are rather cheap, involve a minimum energy expenditure, do not require maintenance and have a guaranteed effectiveness for years.
There are different types on the market, so we recommend that you seek the help of the seller or installer to choose the model that best suits your needs. Here is a proposal that you can find on Amazon:
In general, give preference to devices that vary the emission frequencies and remember that ultrasounds are absorbed by soft walls and fabrics, bounce off solid and hard surfaces (walls, floors, ceilings) and do not turn around corners: in an area at risk of infestation it may therefore be necessary to use more than one device.