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How to Get Rid of Mice Fast! (Natural Home Remedies)

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This page will provide you with the best tips for getting rid of mice in your home. These home remedies will quickly eliminate all mice in your walls, attic and anywhere else in your house. Resorting to dangerous traps or poisonous chemicals is unnecessary. There are new options available that are just as affordable and efficient.

One fantastic mouse repellent that no one ever talks about is peppermint oil! It is a natural solution that will allow you to get rid of mice quickly and naturally. The smell of peppermint oil is very pleasing to humans. Some people even use it for cooking and to add flavor to meals. However, the smell is extremely irritating to rodents. It restricts their ability to use their sense of smell. In turn, they are unable to find food, communicate and avoid predators. Proper use of peppermint oil will drive any mouse away from your home. Have you seen my video about how to get rid of mice yet?


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Peppermint Oil: More Than Just a Mouse Repellent


Get rid of mice with peppermint oil

In addition to being a fast solution for getting rid of mice, peppermint oil also has dozens of other wonderful benefits. It is comprised of vitamins A and C, along with important omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium and calcium. Peppermint oil is a natural method used to treat several problems such as:

  • Getting rid of mice in your house without killing them
  • Cures indigestion, dispels gas and soothes an upset stomach
  • Clears the respiratory system for relief from colds, coughs, sinus congestion, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis
  • Inhaling peppermint oil provides relief from headaches
  • Can be applied topically for pain relief
  • Can be applied to a bath for soothing stress relief (my favorite application!)
  • Also commonly used to remove dandruff or lice from the scalp
  • Some people use peppermint oil to control acne outbreaks (I can not verify how well this works)



How to Use it For Getting Rid of Mice!


  1. mouse2Try to identify the areas where the mice are hiding out in your house. One way to figure this out is to look for mice droppings. Common areas for activity are behind the refrigerator, cabinets, drawers, and storage.
  2. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and begin leaving them in the troublesome areas. You’ll also want to leave some along walls and counter tops that they may be using as a pathway.
  3. Use caution when applying. Peppermint oil has a fantastic aroma but too much of it can irritate your throat and eyes.
  4. Replace the cotton balls every 4-6 weeks and your mouse problem will be eliminated forever (and your house will always smell wonderful)!
  5. Tip: You can also grow peppermint plants in your house (you can get seeds here) Used in conjunction with the oil, it creates a strong repellent that will also help to get rid of mice. The plants have many other beneficial uses as well.
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Where to Get This Wonderful Repellent


The best prices I have been able to find on peppermint oil is at amazon. A 1-oz bottle has a pretty standard price of between $7-8 dollars. However, when using it to get rid of mice, I would recommend that you get at least a 4-ounce bottle. Don’t worry, this is where the savings comes into effect. A 4-oz bottle is currently under $15 dollars. This is a fantastic price when compared to the local stores that carry it! 

We keep a 16 ounce bottle on hand at the Marshal household (around $40 dollars) because we use it for a lot of different applications. But if you don’t want to spend that much, you will still get great savings on the 4-oz bottle.

Click here to verify the current prices

Once you get to that page, you’ll see the size options at the top. Choose the one that is best for you and you’ll be on your way to getting rid of those pesky mice for good!



More Tips about How to Get Rid of Mice Naturally


1. Keep your kitchen clean. Mice will always nest closest to their most reliable food source. If you eliminate their food supply, then they will have a lot less motivation to stick around. Keep food in air tight containers and wipe down your kitchen surfaces as often as possible.

2. Used kitty litter can be used as a mouse repellent. This is not the most attractive method for me but it is a home remedy that works quickly.

3. If you would rather use a trap to get rid of your mice, please use a humane one. There are traps that capture rodents without killing them. Once they are in the trap, you’ll need to release them far away from your house. Here is a very reliable catch and release trap.

4. Try an electronic mouse repellent. There are electronic units that use a frequency that will confuse and irritate mice. Humans cannot hear the sound and it is not harmful for cats and dogs. Here is the one I found with the best reviews.

5. Keep trash cans away from your house. Trash will attract mice to your home. Once they are close, they will surely find a way in. Make sure all of your garbage cans have tight fitting lids and keep them stored as far away from your home as possible.

6. Here is one final solution: Get a cat! Not all cats will hunt rodents but most of them will. Even if they do not actively pursue the mice, their presence will serve as a strong deterrent.



Help me spread the word about how to get rid of mice safely and naturally. If you enjoyed this information please share this page on your favorite social network. 

Thanks and good luck!



28 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Mice Fast! (Natural Home Remedies)”

  1. Sheila says:

    Chipp Thanks for all the good advice. Our dearest daughter just moved to the big apple and called all upset about the mice partying in her walls all night. Peppermint oil is the best answer i got from you.. Keeping her safe and the place smelling great. We feel blessed to have stumbled upon your website. YES! most helpful :) Thanks.

  2. Tina says:

    I’m going to try your idea for the cotton balls. Let you know how I make out.
    Thanks for the info.

  3. Sheila says:

    Thanks for the info. I have ordered the peppermint oil and the humane trap. I hope they work!

  4. jewell heck says:

    Thanks Chip, Going to try the oil. Don’t want traps or poisons. Do you have tips for weed killer in grass?

  5. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the tip on where to get peppermint oil at a reasonable price. I was hit with some major sticker shock when I went to our local natural food store where, for only 0.4 oz, it cost me $15 for a bottle! Just ordered a 4 oz bottle for under $13. I look forward to exploring your sight for more tips!

  6. Kevin Dunham says:

    Whod a thougt that peppermont oil, sometging that smells soo nice, would detur something as nasty as mice. Thanks for the info!

  7. Meta Man R & D says:

    US Centers for Disease Control blurp on Hanta Virus. They should require an OSHA dust mask or better a respirator. 60% of people that get HantaVirus die. My science teacher friend is permanently disabled. It took about 2 weeks for a good hospital to diagnose it Also a girl in Pleasant Grove died from it. Occurs all over USA

  8. Meta Man R & D says:

    Deer Mice are deadly. They are a different species than gray house mice. They have a white underbelly like a deer and are native to the Western USA. A science teacher friend cleaned up some droppings without sterilizing them first. [spray down with Steriplex, benzl chloride Lysol, Mr Clean etc, dilute Clorox solution etc. Wait 15 minutes, spay again. see 2nd post ] He wore a cheap face mask and used a shop vac. [don’t!] He got Hanta Virus. Fortunately he was an organ donor. Before they harvest your organs they have to try CPR etc one last time. He came back. Hanta Virus & Deer Mice are in the west. I’ve seen Deer Mice jump 6 feet! Cats can only catch baby Deer Mice. We have some dog doors and put electronic pest repellers outside them. [avoid rain] Thought this worked. . . but now we have a mice in wall. Will keep you posted. Do you want to do a Deer Mice / clean up droppings page?

    • Chipp says:

      Thank you for the feedback Meta Man. Would you be interested in writing a short article or bullet list about the proper way to clean up mice droppings? It sounds like you are very knowledgeable on the topic and I would like to add a section about it.

  9. Tiger says:

    Thanks Chipp .. Can peppermint oil also deter rats?

    • Chipp says:

      Good question Tiger. I can’t say for sure because I have never tried it. My experiences dealt with mice only. I would be interested in hearing about your results if you do decide to give it a try.

  10. Adam says:

    We seem to have a family of mice for Christmas as well. Trapped a few but they like to dart underneath the wall (baseboards don’t go all the way down). Been cleaning and mopping the kitchen all morning. My four cats aren’t too helpful. One of them killed a mouse the other day, but now she’s just content to sleep.

    Luckily we do have a very small bottle of peppermint oil (.125oz) we got when our kids had a lice problem from school. Not much left but I put a few drops on a few cotton balls and set them in the base cabinet where they seem to be coming from. The main drain pipe from the sink goes straight down through our concrete slab and I’m sure they’re coming in from there but I’m not sure from where on the outside. Too much snow here to even check. Hoping the oil and the cleaning makes them move out soon. We’re going to have guests next week. :(

    • Chipp says:

      Hi Adam. Sorry to hear about your troubles. Have you ever considered caulking underneath the baseboards? Also, it would probably be a good idea to plug the hole in the concrete where the drain goes down. Especially if that is where you suspect that they are coming in. I would try a combination of steel wool and caulk to help hold it in place.

      You sound like you are on the right path! Best of luck and I hope they clear out before your visitors get there.

  11. Lee says:

    We have a visitor as of the past few weeks, I have set out traps but this mouse is smart mouse. The wife is so terrified she says she is going to move to a Hotel untill our visitor moves out.

    I need to try anything, ordering the oil today and will return with my results next week.

    Thank you for all the information.


    • Chipp says:

      Hi Lee. I hope he moves out quickly. Spending Xmas in a hotel room doesn’t sound like much fun! Good luck and keep us updated with your results.

  12. jaqueline says:


  13. Barb says:

    Would the electronic device for mice harm my pet hermit crabs (in a terrarium)?

    • Chipp says:

      Hi Barb. That is a very good question. Unfortunately, I do not know the answer. I think you would need to contact the manufacturer of the device. I applaud your care and concern for your pets though!

  14. I find your tips to be very help, thank you so much for all your suggestions on how to get rid of rats and mice naturally.

  15. Missy says:

    Thanks for this info! We live in the country and I accept that we will have mice – but that doesn’t mean I want to take it lightly. I just unpacked my pantry and there was a LOT of mouse droppings.

    I vacuumed and then wiped down all the shelves with anti-bacterial wipes and sprayed with disinfectant spray. Now I’m going to try the cotton ball/peppermint oil method in the backs of the shelves where I found the droppings.

    Couple of questions:

    I have a large pantry – the shelves are a good 3 feet wide. Should I do a cotton ball in each back corner or is one sufficient?

    How long do you expect a 4 oz bottle will last if I do that ratio (3 drops per cotton ball, 8 cotton balls replaced monthly?)

    • Chipp says:

      It sounds like you are on the right path. Yes, I would do a cotton ball in each back corner just to be safe. Your second question is a hard one to answer. I can’t say for sure without knowing exactly how much liquid is in each drop but a 4 ounce bottle will last you a good amount of time at that rate.

  16. Danny Hogg says:

    Hey Chipp! Just wanted to say thanks for the tips. Also, the page was very easy to follow. I’ve been to other websites for various types of research in the past and information has been all over the place on most of them. I mean you click on something and the results take you some whole other place. I found your tips page to be organized, resourceful, simple and to the point. I will definitely support this page with my subscription and I look forward to future tips research on the website. Thanks again!

  17. Chris says:

    Thanks Chipp. I will definitely try the peppermint oil to get rid of mice. We have two cats, but they can’t get into the walls, and I hate using traps and poison. We live next to the woods, so mice are always present. Hope this works.

  18. valery says:

    Hi. I’m trying to find you on facebook so I can ask a question, but I cannot find you at all. There’s no direct link and the search doesn’t give me any results.
    Can you help me out with that?

    • Chipp says:

      Hi Valery. I actually do not have a facebook page. I get told everyday how unusual it is that I don’t use facebook :) I am more of a “twitter guy”. You can find me there: @ChippMarshal


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