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The 7 Things Mice LOVE Most

Nearly 1/3 of American homes have reported a mouse problem at one time or another, and it’s not hard to believe considering how much we have in common with these furry little pests. Whether you are a passionate chocolate lover, or a fitness fanatic, there’s a good chance you’ll find something on this list that you love too. As a matter of fact, your similar interests may just be inviting them in.

Since most mouse problems occur during fall and winter months when mice are seeking warmth inside people’s homes, you’ll want to know exactly what mice like so you can make sure they don’t like your house.

What do mice like?

  1. Eating — Most rodents prefer seeds and grains, but will nibble on almost anything. However, the stereotype that mice love cheese isn’t true because their sensitive noses find it a bit too smelly.
  2. ChewingRodent teeth never stop growing, so they need to chew all the time to file down their incisors. They also chew up various things to make soft bedding for their nests.

  3. Gettin’ busy! A female mouse can have her first litter at just 6-8 weeks old and reproduce about every two months after that. Needless to say, there is no such thing as ‘just one mouse’ and you can go from one sighting to an infestation in the blink of an eye.
    baby mouse
  4. Sneaking around — Night time is the right time if you are a mouse. Since visual acuity is not a strong suit for mice, evening hours and dim lighting are not a setback. And since you’re sound asleep, they can have the run of the house.
  5. Athletic training — You might not believe it, but mice can jump more than three times their height; they are capable swimmers, and they can climb almost any terrain. All of that means that the best way to keep mice out is to make sure they don’t want to come in in the first place.
    mouse in house
  6. Staying close to home –Even though mice can be found all over the world, they prefer to spend most of their time less than 20 feet away from their nest or burrow. This means that when you see signs of mice, they didn’t just ‘eat and run;’ they are always nearby.repel_mice_naturally
  7. Pets — Rodents don’t mind eating Fido or Fluffy’s sloppy seconds. If you leave a dish of food out 24/7, rats and mice will come and grab the nutritious morsels up to 20X daily, then ‘cache’ ( stock pile) for later consumption!natural_rodent_control

Instead, keep the food dishes empty until meal time so you know you’re only feeding your fur-family members and no one else.

Despite our common interests, these pests are not people. Rodents can carry many diseases like salmonella and Hantavirus, and are a health risk for people – their hair can even aggravate asthma.

How to get rid of mice?

Knowing what mice love the most will make it easier for you to keep them out. Prevent mice by removing the things they like, sealing or blocking potential entry points like dryer vents, and finally, use Stay Away® Rodent to make sure mice stay outside where they belong. Mice feel the same way about Stay Away as they do about stinky cheese — they don’t like the smell, and will run the other direction once they catch a whiff. Fortunately for you, Stay Away is made with essential oils and while it is overwhelming to mouse noses, it has a fresh scent that people enjoy — as a matter of fact, we’re positive it is one thing you will love and mice will not!


0 responses to “The 7 Things Mice LOVE Most”

  1. Ammonia, dryer sheets, and peppermint oil all worked 100%!! No more mice!! The ammonia did the trick. You can buy a jug of straight ammonia at Walmart for only a buck!! Simply pour some in some cups and place them behind your fridge, next to doors, in closets, etc. The mice mistake the smell of ammonia as a predator’s urine, so they steer clear from it. Dryer sheets also work well. Simply place them in cracks or points of entry. Same with peppermint oil. Apply many drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and then place the cotton balls at places where mice would enter. All these things would need to be redone monthly, so keep checking on things. I have no more mice at all!!

    • Hi Bob,

      Thanks for sharing what worked for you! The methods you describe work with a similar principle as our products, by repelling the mice instead of killing them to prevent property damage and protect your family. There may some risks associated with using ammonia around the home as you describe, especially if pets or young children are in the home. I’m happy to hear dryer sheets and peppermint oil have helped you get rid of mice, but as you point out, these measures require frequent maintenance and the results are not always reliable. For proven protection from mice, we recommend choosing an EPA Registered rodent repellent like Fresh Cab.
      Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kathleen,

      All of our products are made from ingredients that are generally recognized as safe, specifically meaning plant fiber and botanical oils. There is no known risk when our products are used around babies and pets.

      Our repellent pouches are designed for indoor use. They can be used in other areas, but increased air flow (like you would experience outdoors) will cause the scent to dissipate more quickly. If you have any more questions about how or where to use EarthKind products, please give us a call at (800) 583-2921.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. i have a mouse problem in my home and we have tried peanut butter and traps. that worked for a while. we didnt actually see them anywhere at first besides the garage where we were keeping our dog food container. but soon started seeing them in my room after leaving out dog food from not knowing mice were attracted to it. I soon found out that he had been taking 1 piece of dog food into my closet a night and stashing it in there. ive tried a trap in my closet and caught a mouse but didnt know i caught it and it stunk up my whole closet. i saw another one tonight INSIDE MY DRESSER and im freaked out. what is the most effective way i can deal with getting them out of my room and out of my house?

    • Hi there!

      I am so sorry to hear about your situation, a mouse in the house can be very upsetting! Since you’ve already identified what was attracting the mice, it will be easier to get rid of them. Start by storing the dog food in a sealed, air-tight container, and only feeding your pets at mealtimes instead of leaving food out at all times. Next, you’ll need to tidy up around the house to get rid of hiding spots mice may be using to store food or build nests. Keep an eye out for any small holes, cracks, or gaps around pipes, cables, electric outlets and around doors and windows – mice can use these as entry points, so you’ll want to seal them with steel wool and silicone caulk. For proven protection and peace of mind, keep a few pouches of our botanical rodent repellent anywhere you’ve seen signs of mice. The fragrance will repel mice and leave a fresh scent behind for you to enjoy.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Thanks for sharing, Rusty! Pet food is actually one of the most common attractants for mice in the home, so you are spot on with that one. For that very reason, we recommend keeping pet food sealed in an airtight container to keep out pests like mice and pantry moths. By removing the things they like, sealing up potential entry points, and using Stay Away® rodent repellent, you can make sure those mice stay outside where they belong. Thanks for reading!

  3. I am trying to catch some rodents, I have baught a rat trap thats costing me hundreds of pounds to catch these rats and have only caught one baby rat.

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