Ok, so I’m a country girl, and I love horses. However, I don’t love field mice. Field mice are not those gigantic alien looking huge rats you find in the city. Field mice are usually the size of a pet mouse or a little fatter. They eat everything from books (yes I’ve lost a few good books to them) to left-over food in the sink. They are pesky little things that seem to come out of nowhere. So here are some things to avoid when dealing with field mice.
Food and good smelling stuff…safeguard it! They’re sense of smell is really strong. We have a lot of tea and other good smelling edibles in cardboard boxes. Keeping food or perishable items in cardboard boxes is fine during the summer, but not so fine with cold whether coming. So we transfer every item into plastic/glass tubs or containers. Mice can’t eat through plastic or glass. Also, a perk to this is that the smell of edibles is masked.
Cleanup after yourself and keep everything tidy. Spills, regardless of size, can be a meal to a mouse. Clothes, blankets, etc. should also be put away if not in use. Why? Because they will make a nest in them. Trust you don’t want to have to deal with the cleanup of them nesting in your stuff. Been there done that, not making that mistake again.
Cracks and holes. Don’t underestimate the power of field mice. I don’t know if those things are descendants of cat woman or what, but they always seem to be able to squeeze through any hole/crack. So here’s the rule I have: If I can stick two fingers through, mice can get through. Therefore I cork it or re-plaster the area containing the hole or crack. You can also stuff steel wool in holes inside your house or cover cracks with steel netting/aluminum.
Now I’m you’re thinking, “Is there a quicker deterrent similar to moth balls”? Why yes. Yes, there is indeed a herbal remedy.
Mice have sensitive noses, and there are two smells they don’t like: Cedar wood and Peppermint. So take a cotton ball and dampen one end of the cotton ball with the essential oil Peppermint or the essential oil Cedar wood. Do not dilute the oil. Wipe the floor where you think they are coming in or just leave the cotton ball near where they are coming in. You don’t really have to worry about dogs or cats eating them because the smell is so strong, but be safe and tuck the cotton ball somewhere not visible. Be careful with Peppermint and Cedar wood oil. The smell is so strong they can make your eyes water, and be sure to wash your hands immediately after using them. You don’t want to wind up with burning eyes. You can repeat this method once a week.
I’m testing this one out, but you can try it too. Because peppermint leaves secrete oil and have the same strong smell as the essential oil, I’m making a strong brew of Peppermint tea from peppermint leaves. My bedroom has carpet so rubbing essential oils into it is out of the question. However, I can spray everything down. Allow the peppermint leaves to steep for 4 days before straining them out and using the brew. Spray your floor, bed, and clothes that you don’t have hanging in the closet. You should re-spray everything twice a week.
Mouse traps. Honestly, I don’t like them and it sucks having to get rid of them after a mouse is on them. Anyways, mice really like peanut butter. So put a dab of peanut butter in the middle of the trap to attract them. Be aware if you use sticky mouse traps that the mice can wiggle off of them. I’ve seen them do it too. So be careful.
Get cedar wood Chester drawers. As mentioned before, mice can’t stand cedar wood. So if it’s within your budget, this route is the most expedient and efficient of all. Unless you have cats. If you have field mice problems and you have cats, your cats are just lazy.
Well that’s all I have for now. Feel free to comment and add other methods that you’ve found to be effective. Tschus!