In India, we have a major rat or mouse problem where in some places they are worshipped and in some, they are nothing but trouble. Those who are scared by these rodents know the dilemma when they enter the kitchen or any other room and our every nerve ants to get rid of them for good. But how do we catch them and never have them return without giving poison? Why even consider this when there is a way out?! Yes ladies it is the magic of peppermint essential oil that comes into play here. Let's read on how.

Does Peppermint Oil Really Help?

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So this oil has a strong smell which can give you and me as well headache depending upon how much we dilute it. This is still a major debate whether it is effective for a long time or not but I sure tried it before writing about it for the readers as I am really scared of them and there was one tiny mouse who had been chewing up my plastic containers. I could have placed a trap but then you have to pick up the trap also right? I cannot do that either! So I gave this a try and I will tell you how. 

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One way is that you spray some of it around your home but that lasted me just one night and gave me a migraine as well. The fragrance evaporates quickly. Other ways are that you buy products sold in the market that have a strong smell of peppermint. Rodents rely a lot on their sense of smell and the strong smell of menthol keeps the away. It all depends on the concentration of this oil. 

How to Use It Effectively

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I took a few cotton balls and poured 3 drops of the peppermint essential oil on them. Then places them all in nooks and corners of the house where I thought it may be entering from and where it destroys my lunch boxes. Change those balls twice a week for hygiene purposes and to renew the menthol essence. Make sure that your kids and pets do not touch them as the oil is very toxic. 

How to Make Peppermint Oil Spray 

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If you want to use the spray method, then use this recipe.

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What you need

  • 2 tsp peppermint essential oil
  • A cup of water
  • 4 drops of liquid dish wash soap 

How to make it

  • Mix the oil and water in a spray bottle.
  • Add the dish wash soap.
  • Shake well.
  • Spray wherever you think they enter from in your home.

Let us know what worked for you and if you know other ways of using the oil or tactics to deal with rodents then do share with us on our Facebook Page. 

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