Does Peppermint Oil Repel Mice?

Of all the varied uses for peppermint oil – and there are many, ranging from sunburn relief to appetite suppressant – it’s use to repel mice is certainly among the most unique. The idea of peppermint oil as a mouse repellent has been around for generations, and some of your customers may be wary of its effectiveness based on past experiences.

The truth is that peppermint oil works when applied appropriately.

Help from Victor®

Fortunately, products from Victor® are available to prove its viability beyond being a simple home remedy.

Traditionally, it’s been recommended to apply store-bought peppermint oil to woodwork, furniture and also leaving oil-doused cotton balls in specific areas. These methods were often hit or miss due to improper dosage and other factors.

But now, Victor® has created self-contained peppermint oil packs that are inexpensive and easy to replace -- two factors your customers will love. Similar to air fresheners, Victor® Plug-In Rodent Repellent last up to 45 days, while Scent-Away™ Natural Rodent Repeller Packs™ are good for up to 30 days. Successful homemade solutions, on the other hand, usually have to be reapplied every two weeks.

Whether your customers prefer the drops or packs, both have a permeable barrier that allows them to last as long as they do. This delivery system allows the oil to avoid dissipating too quickly. As a result, it lasts much longer than homemade solutions – even when they include potent dosage.

What Does Peppermint Oil Do?

Your customers are sure to ask how peppermint oil work to repel mice? Simple. Peppermint has an intense smell. For creatures that rely on a strong sense of smell over weak vision, mice find the potent aroma offensive and irritating to their naval cavities.

The best repellents take advantage of this by using 100% peppermint oil that is slowly released without spilling, dissipating or quickly losing potency.

Improve Its Effectiveness

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To bring added success for your customers, advise them to use peppermint oil in conjunction with an ultrasonic repellent device. These repellers can last for years, and provide a backup deterrent even when the oil is in need of replacing. Between the strong smell of peppermint and the ultrasonic noise, mice will avoid an area using this dual coverage.

Even better, your customers will only notice the sweet minty smell since the ultrasonics can’t be heard by people.

Also be sure to remind your customers that repellents should be placed at every zone in a building that mice may gain access.

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