KOMPAS.com – The presence of mice in the house is very disturbing. Besides being able to damage objects in the house, rats are also animals that can carry germs.
Therefore, we need the right way to repel mice. Actually, there are many ways to get rid of mice that you can do, from setting traps to using a mouse repellent device.
However, did you know that to repel mice, you can use the ingredients available in the kitchen.
Also read: 5 Kitchen Spices That Can Repel Rats from Home
Launching Kompas.com, there are at least five kitchen spices that can be used to repel rats. Anything?
1. Cayenne pepper
The first kitchen spice is cayenne pepper. How to use it is to sprinkle cayenne pepper powder around the house or in areas that often appear rats.
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In addition to sprinkling it, you can also use it by making chili powder spray for outdoor use.
The trick, mix chili powder with water, some dishwashing detergent, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and one or two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder. Stir all ingredients until well blended and spray on areas frequented by rats.
Next is cinnamon. This ingredient, which is commonly used to make dishes more delicious, has a strong spicy aroma so that rats won’t get close.
How to use it is to put some cinnamon sticks in drawers and cupboards. You can also use a few drops of cinnamon oil on a cotton ball.
In addition, you can also sprinkle cinnamon around tables, cupboards, or areas where mice are commonly seen.
Also read: Effective Ways to Get Rid of Rats from the Ceiling of the House
3. Red pepper powder
Not only chili, red pepper powder can also be used to repel mice. You do this by sprinkling red pepper powder in areas that are usually passed or inhabited by rats.
Then a thin line of debris is enough to prevent mice from appearing or entering the room. Use a tablespoon of powder placed in a box and place it in drawers and holes where mice can enter.
Use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic to kill mice. The pungent odor of garlic will irritate mice and cause them to look elsewhere for food.
In addition, you can also plant garlic in the garden if the mice often create problems outdoors.
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5. Mint leaves
Mint leaves have a sweet smell that is pleasant to humans, but harmful to mice. Place a mint tea bag in a drawer, hang it in a cupboard or moisten a cotton ball with mint oil.
Spread fresh or dried mint leaves on the table to prevent rat infestation. Plant mint plants around your house to repel mice.
(Source: Kompas.com/Aniza Pratiwi | Editor: Esra Dopita March)