Thursday, August 26, 2021 by Mary Villareal
When dealing with pests such as mice or spiders, peppermint tea bags are a natural alternative to poisons and traps that you can use. This is important if you have small children and pets in your home — the same poison that you use to catch mice could be the same ones that could hurt your pet or your child.
The smell of peppermint is extremely unpleasant to pests such as mice and spiders, so they tend to look for other places to call their home. This all-natural preventative measure is perfect for places like your food pantry and storage container so that they won’t contaminate your food.
All you have to do is boil two cups of water to make tea with. Add six peppermint tea bags to the pot and allow the concoction to steep for six hours. Take a couple of drops of dishwashing detergent to add to the steeped tea. It will help your solution stick to the floors for a longer period.
Fill a spray bottle with the solution, coating the floors and baseboards of area that you suspect mice might be using to get into your home. Repeat this every three to four days until you believe you’ve driven the mice away. (Related: Use Natural, Non-Toxic Pest Control without Resorting to Dangerous Pesticides.)
Even after you’ve driven the mice away, it is still a good idea to spray the solution at least once every couple of weeks to keep mice out.
As an extra deterrent, it is also good to take tea bags and put them close to areas where you know the mice have been nesting.
Finally, while mice are usually happy living outside, they prefer to burrow when the weather starts to get cold and will find their way indoors during the fall or winter months. As such, it’s a good idea to start using the peppermint tea bag method in the fall.
To avoid problems with pests, you can also opt for these alternative deterrents:
Closets, attics, and crawl spaces are some of the places that mice like to hang out in. You have to do preventative maintenance of sorts by examining your home early — ideally before it gets too cold. Here are some tips to look for possible entry points:
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