How come some people say mouse repellents work and others say they don't?
Posted by Gary Atkinson on August 06, 2017 . 0 Comments
There are a number of reasons for this. Some times it just depends what people are selling. If you are selling mouse repellents you say they work and if you are selling traditional pest control services you might be inclined to say they don't. Also you have to have the right stuff. Not all peppermint products are effective deterrents to mice. But if you have the right 100% peppermint oil for example, you can watch mice avoid it. I've done this in my own home built maze. So they WILL avoid it, but to make that work for you, you have to know how to use this advantage.
The best approach is preventative. Placing mouse repellents all around your house at possible entry points before they come in. This works really well! But of course, most people don't do this. They don't do anything until they actually see mice, or evidence of them.
And that's harder. Now they know their way around and where the goods are. So people will try mouse repellents and find that the mice are really smart at simply going around them some other way. But they are STILL avoiding them, and they are still working, but there is almost always another route they can find. So people will just place mouse repellents round and find the mice simply avoid them, so they think they aren't working. But you can make them work if you take a different strategy.
Now you want to place the mouse repellents at the food source. Make the food source somewhat noxious for them to be at. But give them a tasty option! It takes a little more bravery, but get yourself a humane trap or two, bait it with peanut butter and leave it someplace where they seem to be getting to. Given a choice between irritating food stuffs and a scrumptious peanut butter snack, you'll find they pop right into the trap quite effectively. I trapped 14 mice doing this when my neighbors moved out of the row house next door and a herd of mice discovered the dog food on my back porch. So again, you can make mouse repellents work for you, but it's a strategy thing.
So do mouse repellents work? Yes, they can. But you have to know what you are doing and how to use them. So many times people don't use the right stuff, or don't use mouse repellents effectively and they end up getting poor results. But if you do it right, you can make it work. So it's not fair to say mouse repellents don't work at all, because they do, it's just that a lot of people don't know, or don't take the time to use them properly.
That's why we like our all natural mouse repellent solution in particular. You can toss them around where mice get in before you see any mice, and they last six months, so you don't have to worry about it constantly. After six months, the mice will have already gone somewhere else. This is the perfect time at the end of the summer and the cooler months ahead will cause mice to start seeking a winter home. But it's always hard convincing people to do this ahead of time!