Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 4 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of fir trees.

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  1. Kathi
    Kathi December 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM .

    I have a friend with a big mouse problem in her kitchen; I’ll be passing this along to her! Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.

  2. Amber Neal
    Amber Neal December 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM .

    I have a mother in law who really is scared of mice, and I mean really scared!! She likes to put out all kinds of poisons and those make me very nervous. I think Ill make some of these for her for Christmas. We haven’t had any problem with mice here at our house but I know the people before us did so I think Ill put some out just to be safe. I am sure once it starts getting really cold that could change. Does your house smell like the essential oils for a little while once you put them out?

  3. Kathy
    Kathy December 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM .

    Really! I’ll have to save this in case they decide to try to come in for the winter! So far the cats are keeping them at bay! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. Julia
    Julia December 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM .

    Do you think maybe you could just add a few drops of EO onto the bags after the smell is gone? I have tried the Peppermint EO on cotton balls stuffed into cracks, but the dang mice just pull the cotton balls apart, even on the same evenings that I saturate with the EO!! Peppermint is not a deterrent in SE Missouri. :(

  5. Anna@stuffedveggies
    Anna@stuffedveggies December 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM .

    Funny – when I first saw your title, I read “Moose” instead of mouse – I thought, “Wow – those Canadians have problems we just don’t have down here!” ; )

  6. Lynn
    Lynn December 13, 2013 at 6:13 AM .

    Thanks for the great tip, using corn cob bedding to absorb the oils.
    Have you been using the corn cob bedding method for long, as I was wondering when the scent of the oil is gone would the mice start nibbling at the dried corn?
    I thought of using my kitty litter to put in pouches and saturate it with essential oil.
    The current method I am using is inexpensive peppermint tea bags and adding 8 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil before tossing them in my shed and storage room. I noticed the tea bags dry out very but do have some effect. I know peppermint is a strong rodent deterrant so I started growing it in a contained area around my shed this summer. I will wait to see the results come spring. Thanks for mentioning the Balsam Fir essential oil as I will try that also.

  7. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking December 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM .

    Wow this sounds like a great way to keep mice at bay! I am all for natural ways to get rid of pests!

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