5. Clean up your act
Spilled food is a major attractant for pests.
Limit the areas of your house where people consume food, ideally sticking to the kitchen and the dining room, and make sure everyone in the family is on board with keeping crumbs out of bedrooms and common areas.
Without snacks all over, mice will have to work harder to find food, and in combination with other methods like locking down the kitchen, keeping the house clean will help push pests back outdoors in search of more appropriate fare like seeds.
6. Spray solutions
Peppermint oil can deter unwanted critters (in addition, it can also work well on ants). As a bonus, it may also make your rooms smell more pleasant.
Dilute the oil in a solution so you can spray it easily around an area where animals seem to congregate.
A combination of garlic, pepper, and horseradish in a suspension of water with a little bit of neutral oil to help it emulsify can also work, although you might not enjoy the odor quite as much.
Ammonia is another strong odor that can encourage houseguests to pack it up and find somewhere new to hang out.
7. Advocacy for small animals
Okay, so it’s not exactly an alternative, but it is important.
Tell your local hardware store, grocery store, and other sites that sell glue traps to consider selling humane alternatives and make information about pest control available to customers.
Your advocacy work can prevent suffering for companion animals, precious wildlife, and, yes, annoying pests too.
Also, consider joining efforts to preserve habitats and open space, which provide vital territory for wildlife so they aren’t pressured indoors in search of food.
Photo credit: Programwitch
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may
not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.