In the warmer months, mice may live outside, then as it gets colder, they slowly migrate indoors looking for some shelter against the weather. The goal is to make the surrounding area as unattractive as possible for them. If you can keep the mice from building nests close to your house, they are much less likely to come inside.
It prefers a semi-shady location with more than average moisture. If mint is grown in the right environment, it will spread into a dense mat. But watch out, it spreads quickly & may encroach into other garden areas or your lawn. On the positive side, it smells wonderful when you are cutting the grass. Mice will avoid nesting directly in an area with very pungent & fragrant herbs such as mint. And as a bonus, mint also repels flies, fleas & ants. So you will be keeping other types of pests away from your home as well. Can’t find any peppermint essential oil in your local shops and don’t like to shop online? You can also make our own peppermint essential oils with either a plant from your garden or the supermarket.
Fresh Peppermint Light Base oil (Grape Seed or Almond Oil works well) Mortar & Pestle Jar with Lid Cheese Cloth or another strainer Small dark bottle to store the oil (or spray bottle if you are making the peppermint spray) Instructions. The best time to harvest herbs to capture their essential oils is in the morning when the oil is at its strongest. Place the mint in the mortar & pestle and gently bruise the leaves to release the oils. Use a spoon to mix well and ensure the oil is equally spread throughout the leaves. Slowly pour the oil through the cheesecloth into the storage bottle. A coffee filter can also work for straining if needed. Note : If you do not want to wait a full month to use the oil, you can use several batches of mint to increase the flavor faster. In this case, allow the first batch to sit for 1-2 days. Remove the old mint leaves & replace with freshly bruised leaves. Repeat this process three or more times and your mint infused oil can be ready in under a week. The debate on whether peppermint oil really works to repel mice has been going on for years. The reason most people say it doesn’t work typically comes down to one of the following reasons: Not using Pure Peppermint Essential Oils or diluting it to a weaker strength. Not using enough oil or not refreshing the oil every few weeks to keep the scent strong . Expecting it to work like magic – a little dab & poof all the mice are gone. Tossing a few peppermint leaves where mice like to nest won’t work. They may not love it, but it’s not a strong enough deterrent to make them leave an otherwise comfy home. The plants are also not nearly as strong as the oil. But, if given a choice of 2 homes – the mice will make their nest in an area that is not overrun with mint. If your house is already overrun with mice, you will have to trap them to get rid of the infestation. Once the mice are gone however & the area has been thoroughly sanitized, this is the time to use the cotton balls or peppermint oil spray. The oil will help to overpower the pheromone trail mice like to leave behind and it will DETER them from returning. A parked car that doesn’t get used very often is a common nesting place for mice. Mice also love to wait out the winter months in the warmth of an RV. Even better when there may be a few crumbs on the floor.
Peppermint oil spray can be used around the wheel wells and other entry points to keep mice from coming inside. It can be sprayed inside the vehicle as well, so if they do get inside, they won’t want to stay. The pre-made spray – Rodent Defense works well for this time of application to keep mice out RVs and parked cars. The bottom line with using mint as a natural mouse repellent is it should be used for prevention. It is very effective in preventing mice from coming into a new area, but less useful in getting them out once they have moved their family in. So if you already have mice in your home, use one of the more effective ways to get rid of mice fast such as traps, bait stations or hiring an exterminator. Then use the mint to complement these efforts during the removal process and to keep them from coming back. It’s a hybrid mint that’s a cross between spearmint and watermint.
It can be found naturally in North America and Europe.