Mice repellent bags seem like a great way to prevent mice from infesting your property.
They’re non-lethal, meaning you don’t have to deal with the ethical quandaries that come from killing innocent animals, and they’re not designed to catch mice. Mouse repellent pouches deter, rather than catch. Instead of actively dealing with an infestation, you prevent one from happening in the first place.
All of those benefits lead you to try a few mouse deterrent bags around your home. But there’s a problem – you’ve seen a mouse. And where there’s one mouse, there may be many due to the rodent’s prodigious breeding habits.
Thankfully, the issue doesn’t lie with the pouches you’ve purchased. The problem may be that you’re not placing them in the right places, lessening their overwhelming impact on mice to the point where they’re unable to serve as the natural mouse repellent they ought to be. With these tips, you’ll discover how to use your pouches to the best effect so you never have to see mice roaming around again.
Tip 1 – Be Wary of Airflow
Having good airflow in a room is great for keeping the room smelling fresh, but it can be a problem when placing mouse repellent bags.
The issue lies in how the pouches work. They create a powerful odor (though fresh and pleasant to humans) that emanates from and surrounds the pouch. Maintaining that power is key. If you place the pouch near a source of flowing air, you risk dissipating the aroma it produces to the point where it’s no longer a mouse eliminator.
Thankfully, the solution to this problem is simple – put the pouches in places where there’s little airflow. Keep them away from vents, windows, and wide-open spaces, and you’ll find that your pouches are much more capable of being the pungent protector your property needs.
Tip 2 – Look for Points of Ingress
Mice have an amazing ability to compress their bodies to the point where they can squeeze through tiny holes. They only need a gap that’s 0.275 inches in diameter to make their way through, and their relatively powerful jaws also help them to make any hole that’s a touch too small just wide enough.
In short – if there are any holes or gaps in your home that are bigger in diameter than a pen, you have a point of ingress for a mouse.
Placing your mouse repellent bags near those points fills them with a scent that causes mice to run away before they even find the point of ingress. But there’s a caveat to this tip. If the gap is so large that it creates airflow in the room, you’re better served by simply covering it up and finding a better place to put your pouches.
Tip 3 – Turn and Squeeze Regularly
Mouse repellent pouches don’t last forever.
Eventually, the oils and ingredients in the pouch start to wear off, making the odor they generate less powerful, creating an environment that mice may wish to populate again. Naturally, you need to stay on top of replacing your pouches, which you should do every one to three months. But you can extend their longevity a little in the meantime.
Turn and squeeze.
Turning a pouch over after a week or so releases more of its scent because you disturb the pouch’s contents. Think of it like kicking a hornet’s nest, only instead of releasing hornets, you’re releasing a powerful combination of peppermint, cedarwood, and cinnamon that mice hate.
The same goes for squeezing the pouch. You’re giving it that extra bit of juice, or more accurately allowing it to use more of the juice inside, to boost your natural mice repellent.
Tip 4 – Clever Placement Is Key
Let’s say you have a large storage room that you want to keep mouse-free.
Placing a single pouch in a corner of that room isn’t going to do the job, or at least not as well as you’d like. The bag’s scent gets restricted to that corner, and mice may still infest other parts of the room that aren’t affected by the scent.
So, you need to find a good room-to-pouch ratio.
As a general rule of thumb, try placing a pouch along each wall of the room. That should generate enough of a scent across the entirety of the room to keep mice at bay.
The Final Tip – Use the Right Mice Repellent Bags
Not every mouse repellent pouch is built the same way.
Some use corncobs as bases, which makes little sense given that mice view corn as food, meaning they’re actively attracted to these pouches. Others, such as Mice Eliminator Pouches, combine fresh scents that mice hate (peppermint and cedarwood, for example) with all-natural bases that don’t serve as attractants for the rodents.
Make your choice wisely.
Investing in the wrong mouse deterrent bags both wastes your money and creates the potential for an infestation.