No one likes seeing mice, spiders, or other creepy little pests inside the house. When you spot something crawling around it can leave you feeling uncomfortable in your own home, especially if you happen to suffer from arachnophobia. Even if you are not one of the estimated 3.5 to 6.1% of the population that is deathly afraid of spiders (source: Wikipedia), you likely don’t want bugs and mice hanging around where you live and sleep at night!
Fortunately there is a simple and effective way to naturally keep unwanted critters out and away from your home. You don’t need to use any gruesome mousetraps, poisons, or toxic chemical sprays. Instead, just use some peppermint, it’s totally safe for humans and non-toxic so if you have children you don’t have to worry about them being harmed. Peppermint is widely available, inexpensive, all-natural, and mice and spiders absolutely hate the smell of it. If they get a whiff they’ll turn right around and head back the way they came from!
For a first line of defense against pests you can plant peppermint all around your house. This acts as a natural barrier to keeping mice at bay, plus it smells wonderful and compliments a garden. You can also use the peppermint spray that’s covered below and in the accompanying video to treat patios, decks, and other outdoor spaces with.
For inside your house there are a couple of things you can do with peppermint. One method is to fill a clean sock with a bunch of dried peppermint and place it strategically around your house in places wherever mice can get in.
The second way to make a natural pest repellent is to brew up a simple batch of peppermint tea. Take a pot of hot water and drop in a handful or two of dried peppermint. Allow it to sit for awhile before straining all of the peppermint out. Finally, place the peppermint infused water into a spray bottle and mist it around any interior spaces like closets, cabinets, carpets, even on clothing. Focus on doors and windows and enjoy the fresh, clean, minty smell!