Using Aromatherapy to Keep Rodents AwayJanuary 20th, 2010 by Staff Writer
Learn to keep rodents away without resorting to messy and dangerous glue traps and snap traps. Aromatherapy, which can make an apartment smell pleasant, can also deter rodents from venturing into your apartment.
Dangers of Usual Methods
Curious pets and children can hurt themselves in the traditional snap trap, particularly cats, who are naturally drawn to areas in which they can smell rodents and whose paws fit into traps perfectly. Even covered snap traps, which are slightly more safe, can still injure curious animals and kids who stick a paw or finger inside them.
Glue traps pose far less danger but can still get stuck on paws, hands and feet and are painful to remove from skin and fur. Animals may not have the patience to sit still while you remove the traps.
Messes and More Rodents
Even without pets and children around, snap and glue traps present another large problem: you still have to deal with the messes. Snap traps can brutally disfigure the rodents, which you’ll have to view at least partially as you throw the creatures away. Glue traps can keep rodents alive for hours while stuck on them, making disposing of the dying creatures even more unpleasant. Above all, these kinds of methods work to kill each rodent that enters, but they do nothing keep rodents away.
The Benefits of Choosing Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is completely safe, save for a small but still considerable (if applicable) risk of causing reaction to people who are allergic to the scent, particularly if they are the ones to handle the oil. Aromatherapy is also an effective tool to actually keep rodents away. In other words, it won’t eliminate the rodents who enter an apartment-it stops them from entering the apartment to begin with.
How to Use Aromatherapy
There are commercial chemical sprays and diffusers available to keep rodents away, which work by either spraying a targeted area, letting the diffuser stand near the targeted area or plugging in an electronic diffuser in a nearby outlet. These scents are generally non-offensive and safe to pets and humans.
Home Remedy Aromatherapy
You can make your own aromatherapy tool to prevent rodents from entering your apartment with little cost and with pleasant side effects. Peppermint, a scent that’s generally pleasant for people, is a powerful deterrent against rodents. The most effective way of keeping rodents out of your apartment with peppermint aromatherapy is the following:
- Target the areas through which you think the rodents are entering or congregating, such as under doors or in food cupboards.
- Soak cotton balls in pure peppermint essential oil and scatter the peppermint cotton balls in your targeted area.
- You can also spray a peppermint essential oil water mix directly into these areas; however, try the spray on a small amount of the floor or cabinet first, to make sure it doesn’t stain. Mix 1 cup water with 2 teaspoons of oil to make the mixture.
- Replace the cotton balls or respray every two to three weeks.
Peppermint oil is the best tool to keep rodents away from your apartment without posing much danger or causing a disgusting mess of which you’d have to dispose. Not only that, but it can make your apartment smell more inviting.