Mythbusters: Rodent Control Home Remedies

Posted by David Outhous on Oct 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM

There are a number of home remedies that people find when they want to know how to get rid of mice fast. But do those remedies work? In some cases it might be possible, but it's more likely that it was a coincidence. The majority of home remedies for pest and rodent control aren't viable, and they aren't going to be effective. Even if you're successful in the beginning, the problem will generally come back. Instead of working on home remedies that won't help, getting a professional to handle the issue is usually the right call. Here are a couple of the more common myths for rodent control.

Black Pepper and Mice

Among the options for homemade mouse repellent is black pepper. Another is peppermint oil, and salt has also been suggested. But none of these remedies is really a long-term solution to the issue. Using any of these options outdoors isn't realistic, because they can easily get washed away if they aren't used where they're protected from rain and other elements. Even the wind can blow away salt and pepper. Using them inside means your home will smell like whatever you chose to use, and peppermint oil for mice is a very strong-smelling solution. Killing rats with salt is also ineffective, and can end up messy and problematic.

It's understandable that people want to use natural remedies that aren't so heavy on chemicals, but there are more and more professional treatments that are safe for people and pets every day. Environmentally friendly options are also becoming available, so homeowners don't have to keep using remedies that don't work and that can even create more of a problem. Before you decide that it's a good idea to put salt, pepper, or peppermint oil all over your home, call a professional to get the job done right and keep the rodent problem from coming back.

How to Get Rid of Mice With Kitty Litter

The theory behind this myth is that cats and mice are natural enemies. When you put used cat litter around the outside of your home, mice become aware that there are cats nearby. That means they'll stay away. It sounds plausible, but it isn't actually very effective. Most people don't want used litter around, even outside their house. Additionally, rain and wind can become a problem. The rain washes the litter and the scent away, and wind can blow it away, as well. If there are multiple points where mice are trying to get into your home, you'll need used litter at every entry point. That's often not feasible, and can be unsanitary.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Rather than take the chance on one or more home remedies, it's easier, safer, faster, and much more effective to contact RichPro Pest Management. That way you're getting the professional help and service you deserve, from people who know how to get rid of mice and other pests, and keep them from coming back.  You can have a safe and comfortable home again, free of mice, rats, and other rodents. If you're thinking about trying home remedies, or if you've already tried them and they haven't worked, reach out to us today and let us help you find the right professional solution to your rodent control needs.

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