Mice and spiders have been a major problem this fall. While the sticky traps are catching some of the mice, I know there is a much larger mouse population I’m not catching in traps. Mom and I have smushed a couple of big spiders that seem intent on crossing into the house. With all the rain the DE barrier washes away and won’t stop insects entering the house. I’m trying out peppermint essential oil in a couple of forms to get rid of the spiders and push the mice into traps. I hope the peppermint will encourage all vermin to stay out side of my house.
The two methods I am trying out:
- Cotton balls soak with several drops of peppermint oil. The smell is pungent and the cotton balls can be placed in areas that are not easy spots to place traps. My hope is the cotton balls will drive the vermin into traps or out in the open were the can be caught and or smushed.
- Peppermint spray: 1 cup of water, 20 drops of peppermint oil and a squeeze of dish soap to make it mix and that is easy to spray on walls/baseboards.
I don’t know if this will work but I have used crushed mint leaves to keep some insects out of the house. The smell of peppermint is a bit over powering for a few minutes then it seems to dissipate quickly for my sniffer. I do not want to be cruel to mice or bugs. I would prefer to find methods that repel them rather than kill them. I won’t use poisons as Smokey the cat and Tucker the peke are mousers of a sort and I don’t want them poisoned if they catch a mouse.
Update on the rest of the critters: Diana the peke is finally responding to the steroid treatment. It would help if she would take it easy and heal up before trying to keep up with the younger dogs. But Diana let me give her a bit brushing and did not growl when I picked her up. Early days yet on her healing but I think she is on the mend. Sadie the schnauzer still is timid though we are trying to get her to interact with the pack and not be so sensitive. I think Sadie was a bit neglected in a social way and never given any positive reinforcement nor was she encouraged to be part of a pack. Dogs are social animals and it “breaks my heart” to see this little dog be so fearful. Tucker the peke seems to have taken an interest in Sadie and Tucker loves life, so he should be a good doggie guide to bring Sadie out of her shell.
Speaking of Tucker the peke, he is finally getting the idea of chasing the cat is a bad thing. It is a slow process but I hope we can break Tucker from chasing the cat and yet keep his love of chasing away the squirrels that attack my garden. Tucker and Brodie were supposed to be Mom’s dogs but both have attached to me.