Rodent home remedy busting myths
IT’S winter, which means that like humans, rodents are looking for somewhere warm and cosy to spend their days.
For homeowners, this means an increased likelihood of rodents trying to make their way inside your property to set up home.
There are plenty of myths surrounding which DIY methods are most effective at driving out unwelcome rodents, but how do you know which techniques and products actually work?
There are a number of natural mouse and rat repellent products like peppermint, mothballs and ultrasonic sound waves that homeowners tend to lean on to get rid of unwanted mice.
1. Do mothballs keep mice away? To put it simply… no. Mothballs were considered by some as an effective mouse control method because they contain naphthalene, a pungent smelling white, solid substance.
When it is inhaled or consumed it can cause blood cells to lose their oxygen-carrying properties.
However, the amount of naphthalene found in mothballs is relatively small.
It’s enough to deter moths and other insects, but it’s not enough to deter mice. Mice have been seen to walk over mothballs, paying no attention to them whatsoever.
Even if rats and mice were bothered by the smell from mothballs near their nest entrance, they would soon find another.
Mice can fit through a gap as small as a R5 coin, which means they can easily squeeze into new lodgings.
2. Is peppermint oil an effective
mice repellent? It makes your home smell nice and it gets rid of rats and mice. Surely this must be the perfect rat and mouse repellent right? Wrong!
Peppermint oil is often assumed to be a good mouse repellent because in high concentrations, it can be quite strong, and both mice and rats have a sensitive sense of smell.
However, this theory doesn’t seem to hold true, and mice are not deterred by the smell.
Another reason why peppermint oil doesn’t work is because most gases and fumes, including peppermint aroma, rise. Rats and mice are small and stay close to the ground, thus they are less likely to be affected by the rising aroma of peppermint.
3. Are ultrasonic rodent repellent devices effective? close to the rodent activity then the device will be unsuccessful.
Another factor to consider is that while ultrasonic mouse repellers may work in the short term, mice are adaptable and quickly learn to avoid the area affected by the ultrasonic sound waves. Sometimes they adapt to it as background noise.
DIY rodent control There are some methods that you can put in place to secure your home and prevent any unwelcome rodent guests.
1. Repair your home A great way to protect your home from rats and mice is to repair any damage to your home. This will help ensure that you prevent rodents from gaining easy entry to your house.
A good material to use to seal small gaps is sheet metal. Rats and mice can chew through almost anything besides sheet metal.
2. Fill holes and gaps with steel wool food is on the other side. But, there is one thing they can’t chew through, steel wool.
Be sure to fill any gaps or holes in your home with steel wool to stop rats and mice from accessing your house. This can be placed anywhere from air vents to holes in your kitchen cupboards.
3. Keep your home clean Keeping your house clean will help keep mice away.
They have a keen sense of smell so it is imperative to keep food in airtight containers. This will assist in ensuring that they won’t be following the food scent all the way into your home. — Property24
Be sure to fill any gaps or holes in your home with steel wool to stop rats and mice from accessing your house.