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How long does peppermint oil last for mice?


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2012-12-28 01:39:37
2012-12-28 01:39:37

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I tried the peppermint oil on cotton balls two weeks ago and haven't seen any traces of mice since! Kills the smells left behind by them also. Brig Gen


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It appears that peppermint oil, not peppermint extract, works better to get rid of mice. This is because the extract contains more alcohol than peppermint oil, so it will not be as strong as the oil itself.

There are chemical repellents out there to deter mice, but a simple natural way to do it is with peppermint. They do not like the smell of it. Soak some cotton balls with peppermint oil and put them where the mice were seen moving around. Peppermint leaves may also be spread around to drive off the mice. Smell of ammonia also keeps mice away. Keep children away from ammonia when you use it.

I don't know why, but no. If you scroll down to the ingredientss in the following link, it shows that you can'treplace the [peppermint oil] wih [peppermint extrace] that's for baking. For 'mice and rats', I don't think it matters. Peppermint is peppermint, correct?Hope this helps! Plus, the recipe is delicious:D Try it!-cameronlow;]

GNC probably carries peppermint oil.

Peppermint oil is 100% oil. Extract is a diluted version.

Peppermint is used in mints, drinks and desserts. The most common uses are in alcoholic drinks and in chocolate-based recipes. However, peppermint oil is ideal for keeping spiders and mice away, as they hate the stuff.

Rat catchers use peppermint oil soaked rags to fill the rat holes. They then put down weasels down the remaining holes and catch the rats in nets. The oil will also deter cockroaches and mice from the vicinity.

Walmart sells peppermint oil for baking, peppermint oil softgels, and peppermint extract. See the related links for the product listings on

Perhaps, though most likely not. Peppermint oil repels insects. I've lived 20 years in an old farm house surrounded by hay fields, deer woods, and cattle. I've battled field mice, and pack rats, the entire time I've lived here. I hear about peppermint oil on cotton balls via television and thought it was worth a try. I started with the drawer under my oven, cleaned it really good with hot soapy water and towel dried it. Took four cotton balls and dabbed peppermint oil on each of them and placed them in each corner of the drawer. A few days later I located a pack rat nest in another drawer in the kitchen and I cleaned it and put four peppermint oil dabbed cotton balls, one in each corner and shut the drawer. That was two weeks ago. I checked the drawers today for the first time since placing the peppermint oil dabbed cotton balls in them. No sign of mice at all! It's winter time and mice move in for the winter every winter. Thing winter they may be moving our permanently! The peppermint oil also kills off the horrible smell left behind by the mice. If in fact peppermint oil does repel insects, I pray it works for brown recluse spiders. I'll keep an eye out for those also come spring. I'll loving the stuff and plan to grow my own peppermint and make my own oil. Brig Gen

Peppermint is not recommended as a bath oil. The peppermint essential oil can cause stinging, or dermatitis. When peppermint essential oil is included in mixtures intended for topical use it is drastically diluted with an inert carrier oil.

Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from leaves, stems and flower buds.

Actually peppermint oil won't hurt the skin(unless you have very sensitive skin), people use peppermint oil in spas so you should be okay if a little peppermint oil gets on your skin or you could simply wash it off.

Peppermint has a strong smell that many pests find irritating. The oil from this plant can be used to deter both insect and animal pests from the home. Many people enjoy the scent and have used peppermint oil to not only keep nuisances such as mice, roaches, flies and fleas out of their home, they have eradicated infestations for good. Peppermint oil is safe to use in homes with children and pets. It is easy to find in grocery stores, in the baking aisle near other flavorings.

You can buy peppermint oil in many grocery stores and health food stores.

Yes, they dig holes in the dirt down to the roots. They may be burying some pet food if you have that sitting around. The best way to keep them out of your plants is to put a few drops of peppermint oil in the dirt, make sure it is oil not extract. Mice hate the smell of it. Also, if you plant peppermint outside along your house it will keep them out. Works for me!

Yes, do not give dogs peppermint

Pepperment oil does not work. I put a lot of it on a cotton ball an place it between a very small crack where the mice were entering. The mice crawled right between the crack and the pepperment oil. It does not work and its to expensive for a very small bottle.

Hi I have used peppermint oil for a year now to keep fiel mice away. They come up from the basement to the main house every August for some reason. By diluting 2 table spoons of peppermint oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, and spraying all the areas nice use to come into the house, I have been able to keep them away. I read in many postings that mice get actually sick by the scent of peppermint, thus they avoid getting anywhere near. They recommend once every 2 weeks spray to keep them away, but if you are deailing with an infestation, I have used it once every 2 days. Plus the whole area smells very nice.

Disclaimer: I saw this question in the Mice and Rats category; I'm not a mouse so I'm only speaking here as a rat. I would prefer if you didn't use peppermint oil on my anus. But if you would like to use it on your own anus do so at your own risk.

Yes some dogs may be allergic to the fume of the peppermint oil but it depends so you should consult a doctor to find out if your dog is allergic to the fume of peppermint.

Probably the best way to get rid of mice outside would be to get a cat. Keep things clean and garbage tightly covered. Peppermint or clove essential oil and mouse repellent could also be used to keep mice away from areas outside.

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yes, but you should prefer vegetable oil.

If in the U.K you can buy 100% peppermint oil from Holland & Barrett. Price is short of £5.00 for a 10ml bottle. It clearly states it is consumable.

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