Plants That Repel Mice And Rats

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Mice can are a pest and during the winter months they usually bunk up inside to try and seek shelter from the cold.  These unwelcome visitors leave nasty little droppings in the food pantry and crockery cupboards and nibble on food wrappers making for an unhygienic kitchen environment.

As if that wasn’t enough they make you jump out of your skin with fright whenever you catch them sneaking along the floorboards.

We all feel a bit guilty when we finally catch a mouse in the trap or see it poisoned on the ground. To avoid the unpleasant job of disposing of a dead mouse why not try planting rodent repelling plants around the outside of the house.

This well deter them from ever coming in to the house in the first place. You can also make sachets using dried plants and flowers to put in your cupboards and draws.

Mice use they’re super strong sense of smell to sniff out food. This same sense of smell can be used against them by planting plants with strong scents that they don’t like.

Keep your house pest free with our top five mouse repelling plants.

1. Onion and Garlic

Chemicals found in onions and garlic called allyl sulfides and bioflavonoids have been proven in some studies to prevent the risk of heart disease and cancer.

As well as being good for your health these yummy plants repel mice, rats fleas and ticks as well.

Onions take less time to grow than garlic so you’ll have a more frequent harvest particularly if you’re growing spring onions which grow very quickly compared to other varieties.

You can also cut off the chives that grow out of the top of garlic bulbs and use the green storks to add flavor to stews and stir-fry’s. They taste delicious and smell really good when they’re being cooked as well.

2. Sage

hoard off mice as well. The smell of sage is very strong and it has a distinct flavour that’s ever present in Christmas turkey stuffing.

This herb is resilient and easy to grow in winter but it doesn’t survive frost so it’s a good idea to grow it in pots so you can move it inside in the bitterest winter months. Given sufficient space this sage can grow to very high heights outside but make sure you harvest is in the winter before the frost sets in before it withers and dies.

Re-use laddered tights to make little pouches and sachets that can be kept in cupboards and draws to deter mice and to freshen up the musty smell in damp houses.

3. Mint

Mint is a useful addition to any garden and its strong odour means that mice and insects despise it. There are many different varieties of mint but spearmint has the strongest smell, it also makes a very refreshing tea when added to boiling water.

Like Sage, Mint is resilient and has a tendency to spread if not properly weeded, depriving the other plants in your veggie patch of essential nutrients in the soil. To avoid the mint taking over, you can grow it in large pots around the entrance of your house or anywhere you think the mice might be sneaking in.

4. Lavender

The beautiful purple flowers and the fragrant smell of Lavender may appeal to us humans but rodents and insects can’t stand it. Lavender is easy to grow in your garden because it’s incredibly robust.

Lavender dies out in the winter frost but will grow back year after year. If you’d like to enjoy the fragrant smell inside your home over the winter months then grow it in pots so you can benefit from this natural air freshener all year round. Just make sure you remember to water it regularly.

5. Catnip

Mice and insects such as mosquitoes can’t stand the aroma released by catnip so planting catnip around your house will keep them at bay. Be careful though because even though the mice hate it cats LOVE it. If you don’t mind cats on your lawn or if you’re growing it in pots then that’s no problem but use with caution when growing near other plants and vegetables. Cat poo can be toxic to your flower bed, it’s not good for plants and can cause parasites like round worm.

Other ways to repel and exterminate mice

Other ways to repel and exterminate mice

The most common method used to get rid of mice is a mouse trap. There are a number of different varieties, if you get queasy at the sight if dead rodents then it’s possible to purchase traps with easy removal mechanisms so you don’t even need to see let alone touch the dead mouse.

If you’d like a more humane option there are also live catch traps that use bait to trap the mouse in a cage. If you’re releasing the mouse back into the wild be sure to do it far away from your house so it doesn’t come back and visit you again.

Sonic plugs are a nice humane way of deterring mice. The sonic technology lets of a high pitched sound that only mice can hear, they aren’t too expensive and they last forever, you’ll need more than one plug in the house though as the high frequency sound only transmits a small distance.

There are also some simple steps you can take to stop mice from finding their way into your home, like covering up small gaps or holes particularly in the basement beneath your house.

Regularly cleaning out your bird feeder and removing unnecessary rubbish can keep them away too. You could also get a worm farm so you don’t have food scraps hanging around in the general waste bin. Otherwise, cats make great companions and they’ll have a whale of a time chasing and catching the mice for you.

Written by Jenny Harland

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