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Do mothballs or ammonia help repel mice?

People are trying to keep mice away from their residence in many ways. Mouse repellents are one of those, as many believe that these store-bought and hand-crafted setups and products can, indeed, keep mice away from their residence. Mouse repellents include various light and sound set ups, also as chemicals, that are supposed to repel mice by making the environment less appealing to them. For example, strobing lights are supposed to scare mice and make them feel unsafe, and chemical repellents are supposed to repel mice using their strong, unpleasant smell.

Mothballs are believed to have mouse-repellent qualities for a long time, and many people use store-bought or residence-made mothballs, hoping to repel mice. The strong smell of mothballs is believed to be significantly unpleasant to mice, to that extent that they lose the interest to enter that particular location. For this reason, laying out mothballs throughout the residence and front yard became the initial things people do, when they notice mice on their property. But, are mothballs as effective as they are believed to be in repelling mice?

Sadly, mothballs are not at all effective in keeping mice out of one’s residence. Yes, it is true that the smell of mothballs is unappealing to mice. It is also true that the smell is irritating and strong to them, however, not enough to keep them out. The unpleasant smell cannot be as unpleasant to a mouse as tempting and the attractive food they are seeking inside one’s residence is. Mice going to quickly learn to ignore most of the repellents, and they going to get used to the strong and unpleasant smell. Sadly, using mothballs is not something that going to help one in keeping one’s residence mouse-free.

Instead, focus one’s efforts into mouse-proofing one’s residence. Fix one’s fences, get a dog or a cat, and keep the hygiene of one’s residence on a maximum level by not piling garbage in one’s front or back yard, also as in one’s residence. Make sure to empty one’s trash cans regularly, and don’t leave any food out in the open. Also, fix any holes or gaps in one’s walls, windows, and roof. Make sure that mice can’t find a way to enter one’s residence by simply maintaining it. This is the most effective way to keep mice out of one’s residence.

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