While dryer sheets will not eliminate the problem of mice, they will repel them with considerable success. So, it means that the sheets are quite the right solution and investment. You should place some strips of unused sheets along paths where you have noted a lot of mouse activity. Also, you can rub the dryer sheets around your kitchen corners, baseboards, and cabinets. On top of that, you can apply them to your pantry’s crevices. Dryer sheets have many good sides: easiness of use, affordable prices, and great effectiveness.
However, some caveats come with using dryer sheets for too long – caveats that you should consider. The mice involved are likely to get used to the smell of the sheets. What happens is that they will adapt over time. It goes without saying that the effectiveness of the sheet will go down. Also, you may not be able to get them fitted in tight spaces – spaces where only a mouse can pass through. It would be useless to use them if you are dealing with a more extensive infestation.
In this introduction, I have stirred up a discussion that will continue in the next section. Stick around until the end to get the details of the mice-sheets topic. See you in the comment section.
Mice And Dryer Sheets 101
Mice, like rats, are common house pests. Billions of people around the world usually deal with these little critters in some way or the other. Most of that number is ever looking for a way to repel and therefore get rid of them. Mice are curious and smart, and they can penetrate through the tightest of spaces. On top of that, they invade homes to eat human food and chew on wires and other materials. They also bring with them very harmful diseases. You definitely do not what to leave mice to have free reign in your place of stay, which begs the question: how do you rid your home of them? The obvious, conventional methods usually involve traps and poison. Apart from those, there are other methods like using ultrasonic devices and essential oils. Of the many DIY methods for repelling mice is using dryer sheets. Up to this point, it is agreeable that dryer sheets can have a repellent effect on mice. Let’s focus on that now.
Do Mice Like The Sheets?
In a nutshell, mice do not like dryer sheets because of their smell. Here’s a little note on dryer sheets: they are made of polyester and are covered in cations (positively charged ions), and they carry a powerful fragrance with them. The scents can range from the smell of citrus, fresh linen and tropical breeze. Actually, it doesn’t matter the smell of the sheets – the only thing that matters is that mice do not like how strong they can be.
Mice have a strong olfactory sense, which helps them to get food. Unfortunately, it can be the source of their undoing. The strength of the dryer sheet’s smell can carry to and through an entire area or room of a house. This fragrance will affect the little rodent critters and make them stay away from the affected place.
With The Dryers Actually, Keep The Mice Away?
As established in the previous part, a mouse’s sense of smell is very excellent. They use this anatomical advantage to locate your kitchen and make their way into your pantry. This sense often suffers bouts of insensitivity. For example, the scent produce by peppermint is strong and repels rodents universally. It is spicy and far-reaching, and smelling it makes them head in the opposite direction. Dryers sheets are equally unique and strong, and the mice will not miss their smell. This is fortunate for humans who are looking for a harmless method of repelling mice.
A benefit of the dryer sheets over other products is that they don’t carry a wet fragrance. When you rub it (like a towel) over any surface, it will lightly coat it and leave no moisture behind as a spray would have. So, the idea here is to use dryer sheets to make your house smell better and keep mice away.
However strong the smell of dryer sheets may be, it cannot kill mice. A mouse would only die if it munched on an entire sheet, but that is something it cannot do since the item will not be very tasty. Repelling is quite different from killing mice – it only keeps the critters away from the places you want it off.
Using Dryer Sheets To Deal With A Mice Issue
When you realize that mice are roaming around your house, the first thing you need to do is find out their exact location. You should be able to notice a pathway or a trail that they have traveled through, either by seeing a trail of destruction (made from scratching and chewing) or droppings. Once you have gotten a good idea as to where they are, follow the following tabulated ideas:
|Repelling Mice 101: Using Dryer Sheets Get the sheet and rub it all along the trail left by the mice. This will leave the trail heavy on the scent.Also, you can place any unused sheets along the mice’s path. You may want to cut them into tinier strips if the space you are dealing with is tight.You can leave the dryers sheets in the place where you store your food (pantries etc.). When the mouse comes looking at the area, they will be put off by the smell of the sheets.|
That’s it for dryer sheets, but that’s not all for the subject of repelling mice. In the section that follows, you will get opened up to the best options you can take to keep mice away or at bay. Keep reading.
Repelling Mice: The Best Options
Most of the options listed here are easy to understand and will be more comfortable when choosing to practice them. Let’s take them down one by one.
1. Sealing Or Blocking The Access Points And Entryways
Because of their anatomical advantage, mice can squeeze themselves and penetrate through tiny spaces. So, you need to do a full home inspection to know if any holes are leading to your house. Once you identify them, patch them up or seal them using silicone caulk.
2. Use Peppermint Oil To Repel Them
As implied elsewhere in the article, peppermint has a strong and powerful odor that can deter pests and insects well. Mice find the smell of peppermint very offensive and irritating and will be repelled by it.
Take a bunch of cotton balls and get them dipped in peppermint oil. Then, place them in the areas where you have noticed a lot of mouse activity going on. Since the smell of the balls fades away, ensure that you replace the cotton balls with ones that have been freshly dipped. You can also choose to plant peppermint in your garden since it will keep the rodent critters away.
3. Get The Mice Some Steel Wool
This goes well with the first option of blocking any and every access point. Using steel wool is an excellent thing to do when patching up the mousy holes. If you didn’t know, mice do not chew on steel wool because it damages their teeth and pricks their noises. So, as much as they try to nibble on it, they will definitely give up and look the other way.
4. Use Clove Oil Or Cloves
Among the many things that repel mice, one of them is cloves. Take a handful of cloves and spread them near a place where they make the most visits. Also, you can take a few cotton balls and drops some clove oil on them. Then, place the balls in strategic positions so that they deter the pesky pests and keep them out of your house.
5. Lay Humane Traps For The Mice
One of the sure short ways of pinning down mice that infest your home is laying a trap for them. You can get all kinds of traps from a local market or a pet store. Once you get it, place it near an access point or an area frequented by the mice. Use some sweet-smelling food as bait. Since the mouse will pick the food’s scent, it will be lured into the bait trap. You should keep checking the trap to see if anything has been caught there.
6. Spread Some Mothballs In Strategic Points
Another excellent home remedy for dealing with mice is using mothballs. Both mice and insects dislike the strong smell of these items. Ensure that the mothballs you get are fresh to ensure that the technique works effectively. When you get them, spread them in all the suspect areas such as your pantry, near the sink, around garbage bins, and near entry holes. As you do all that, be mindful of pets and small kids; ensure that they do not ingest the mothballs since the items can be toxic.
7. Do A Cut-Back On The Mice’s Food Supply
The thing that mice are most attracted to is food. If they cannot find it in your home, there will be no point in staying there. The best places to start with this cutting back business is the trash and garbage bins. Those places should be clean. If there any food leftovers, ensure that the containers are tightly sealed.
If you have any cooked food, make certain that it stays under a tight cover. That way, the mice will not be able to access them with ease. Also, avoid leaving dirty dishes overnight. As soon as you have eaten your food, wash them right away. This will keep both mice and roaches away.
8.Get Some Bay Leaves Spread
Most rodent pests like mice and insects find bay leaves very repulsive. The mice will not stand the leaves’ smell and will ultimately leave the place. Put between 3 and 5 leaves where you have regularly spotted mice crisscrossing.
9.Use Eucalyptus Oil
This oil is both a pesticide and an insecticide that works naturally to keep the place free from pests and insects. The effluvial smell of eucalyptus will work for you since its fragrance is very refreshing. On the flip side, it will not be pleasant to the mice.
10.Use Any Onions You Can Find
Cut the onions up and place them in different areas where mice have invaded and nested. The ‘teary’ smell of onion will surely irritate the pesky pests. Eventually, it will ward them off the room.
Using onions will work best against the backdrop of caution. This is because the onions can become very toxic to pets. The places where the onions will be should be out of reach of children too. Finally, ensure that the onions are replaced every day to remove the rotten or rotting ones.
11.Used Mashed Potato
This ‘foody’ plan will work well if you couple it up with baiting. Place a scoop of mashed potato and wait for the mice to eat on it. When they do, the potato flakes will start expanding in their stomach. Then, they will begin to cause gastrointestinal problems that will eventually lead to death. The bits should be spread near the drain or in corners where mice love crisscrossing.
12. Nothing But Proper Food Storage
Ensure that all the food items in your kitchen are kept in airtight glass or metallic jars. This will not only keep the food fresh but also prevent mice and many other pests from coming into your house.
13. Go For Sprays Of Tabasco Sauce
This option rarely comes up when natural mouse deterrence is being discussed. Nonetheless, tabasco sauce effectively repels mice since the rodent critters hate the hot sauce’s smell. If you decide to go for this option, do not use the sauce in its concentrated form.
Instead, get some water and detergent (preferably liquid soap) and mix them with the tabasco sauce. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz it in corners and other suspect places. The soap gives the mixture adhesive properties. So, the sauce will remain on the sprayed surface for too long. You should avoid spraying the floor too much since it can become too slippery, and fall accidents may happen.
14. Use Plaster Of Paris
You can get a DIY trap and save yourself some money on expensive and readymade traps. Get some dry plaster of Paris from a hardware store. Buy it together with cocoa powder and mix them to form a killer concoction. The mice will find the smell of cocoa irresistible and will ultimately ingest the mixture. It won’t take very long before the plaster damages the mice’s digestive systems and kills them.
15. Go For Ultrasonic Repellents
This technical repellent deals with mice by emitting ultrasonic waves that scare mice. The devices will sound beeping to humans, but their frequencies will force mice out of your home.