Growing up, one of my best friends had an adorable pet mouse, so I always thought these rodents were pretty cute.
But when they started moving into my home years later, I changed my mind pretty quickly.
Whether you think these pests are cute or creepy, they’re not safe to have in your home.
Rodents carry parasites, and diseases like the hantavirus.
To keep your family safe, use these 15 smart tricks to drive rodents out of your home.
As you’ll learn from the rest of this list, rodents hate anything with a strong smell.
Sprinkle some baking soda anywhere you’ve noticed mice, their droppings, or their tracks.
Just keep the soda in a container with a mouse-shaped hole, or somewhere your pets can’t reach it, because it’s not safe for them to eat.
Some pet stores will sell products like snake feces and fox urine, which scare away small rodents.
There are even special predator urine capsules that are safe to use and easy to store.
For best results, sprinkle the pellets anywhere you’ve spotted mice, and around the outside of your home.
No one has designed a better mousetrap yet, but you need to use traps intelligently.
Position snapping traps along a wall, so it’s harder for rodents to avoid the pressure plate.
You need to spread a number of traps near where you’ve seen the mice (they don’t travel very far).
Mice do love cheese, but they will also reach for chocolate, Nutella, and dried fruit. Change the bait often to encourage their curiosity.
Cotton balls and feathers are good bait too. Rodents use these to build their nests.
Mice need a steady supply of food and water, just like any other animal.
They can’t use your sink, so mice will gravitate to any source of running or dripping water in your home.
Leaky pipes and damp basements are their favorite places to hide, so give your home a once-over to find any sources of water.
Patch it up, or set traps nearby.
One of the most well-known mice repellents is also the most effective.
Just a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball will drive away rodents.
Remember to replace the balls every few days to keep the scent strong – and don’t let your pet near them.
Actual mint plants work just as well – if they’re fresh.