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Make Your Home Less Attractive To Mice

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If mice like to come into your home, and you are tired of sharing your living spaces with these pests, here are two different ways to make your home less attractive to the local mice population.

#1 Organize & Clean Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most appealing parts of your home for mice. If you really want to keep mice out of your home, you need to organize and clean up your kitchen.

The first thing that you are going to want to do is clean your kitchen top to bottom. Start by cleaning the outside of all of your cupboards; you would be surprised at how much food gets dripped onto your cupboards that you never notice. Be sure to clean extra well around the handles, where food particles can accumulate.

After that, you are going to want to clean out the inside of all of your cupboards and drawers. That means going one cupboard at a time, pulling everything out, and cleaning the bottom, sides, and tops of the cupboard. Before you put everything back into your cupboard, make sure that you clean and organize it. If you have pots or pans that are dirty, clean them up. If you have cereal sitting in boxes or other food items in plain cardboard boxes, transfer the items into glass containers and put labels on all of the containers. It is much harder for mice to get into glass containers than it is cardboard containers.

Finally, clean the floor of your kitchen. Clean under the lip of your cupboards. Pull out your stove and clean all around it. Move your fridge and clean under and around it. If you have rugs, take them outside, clean them, and clean the underlying area. A deep and well cleaned kitchen is less likely to attract pests like mice.

#2 Use Peppermint Oil

Second, you can keep mice out of your home by cleaning with a smell that you enjoy but they cannot stand. For some reason, mice really do not like the smell of peppermint oil. Since they have such great senses of smell, the smell of peppermint oil can just be too overwhelming for them. You can take advantage of this smell weakness of theirs by adding peppermint oil or peppermint extract to your cleaning products.

This works really great if you use homemade cleaners. Almost any homemade cleaner can benefit from a few drops of peppermint extract. For example, you can make a solid kitchen and bathroom cleaner by mixing some water, borax powder and peppermint oil together. Another easy cleaning solution consists of mixing about one-part vinegar with four parts water, and then adding a little peppermint oil to the mixture until you smell that instead of the vinegar.

You can use these cleaning solutions on your kitchen counters and to clean just about any slick surface in your home. Filling your home with the smell of peppermint will make it almost an uninhabitable place for the local mouse population.

You can also mix together baking powder and peppermint oil, sprinkle it on your carpets, let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum it up. This will make your carpet smell good for you and bad for the mice.

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