Reason #2: Wasting Time and Money on DIY Mouse Control Products
The biggest thing I notice when exterminating mice, is what customers did before my arrival. You will see mint oil on cotton swabs or the sachets of rodent repellant. Some people buy big spray jugs of repellant. You will find it stored under the sink- next to a bunch of mouse feces!
Essential oils are generally considered safe. Yet, it can cause allergic reactions with some people. I used an essential oil bug spray inside my house and it caused breathing issues with my family members. Once, I sprayed it outside performing pest control services. The customer started sneezing when she opened the door.
I feel mint oil is pest control’s version of snake oil. Once I was inspecting a house for entry points. I found a hole that mice were accessing along the front porch. I brushed back the vegetation around the hole and found mouse poop all in it. That vegetation was a cluster of mint plants.
My conclusion with mint oil is: Would a bad smell stop you from gaining shelter from the elements? Would you pass through a gross odor to fill your empty belly? Darned right you would. And mint doesn’t even smell bad. Yet for some reason, everyone thinks this will work.
There could be some truth to mice avoiding mint. But you are not going to be able to place mint and keep them out of your kitchen. They might avoid the minty corners but not the entire kitchen.
Ultrasonic Rodent Repellents
The same goes for the Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. Yes, rodents communicate at the ultrasonic level. Yet, we have no clue how to decode their language. You don’t know if these ultrasonic devices are telling the mice “to take a hike”, or “stay a while”.
Furthermore, these ultrasonic rodent-repellent devices do not travel well around objects. So, if you plug it in along your countertop, it will not affect them being under your fridge. Again, there is some truth to these sound waves deterring rodents. But the application is wishy-washy when used in your home.
Just because you can’t hear it, does it mean it is safe? It is like having a dog whistle constantly blowing. That has to disrupt something in your brain.
After these two bogus DIY mouse extermination tactics, you go into the home remedy forum. Here you will:
- Dump cinnamon and cayenne pepper on your counters.
- Use noxious gasses such as ammonia, and mothballs.
- You might find yourself jamming steel wool into every crevice. Not realizing mice can walk up your basement stairs.
- If that doesn’t do it, bust out the dryer sheets. For some reason, the internet thinks pests are scared of dryer sheets. This is not the case.
All in all, people miss the mark on their DIY mouse exterminating efforts. Mice will contaminate your home, the longer you dabble in DIY pest control. Mice will chew wires, poop and pee in hard-to-reach areas and ruin your insulation. People think: Why pay someone to set mouse traps when I can do it myself?