Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness 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 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl October 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM .

    Just curious what method has worked for anyone living in their 5th wheel in the winter. For many years when storing our 27ft travel trailer for 50 weeks out of the year…I would use cotton balls saturated with pure peppermint oil…placed on a paper plate then enclosed in a gallon size ziploc bag with holes punched in the bag to allow the scent to escape. This method worked wonders at keep the mice out of the unit. This year we bought a 40ft 5th wheel as we will be living in it for the next few years in a different location other then our stick built home. Well…since our 5th wheel is so tall and roomy…I couldn’t seem to get the peppermint scent strong enough to feel confident that it would repell the mice…so I decided to order the fresh cab that I saw online. Long story short….I placed 8 packets in 5th wheel and 1 in the basement and low and behold…after returning from our weekend away..we had mice droppings inmany areas of our unit. I called fresh cab…and they are send another batch out to me. They are great to work with!! So…if anyone else out there is living in your RV full time….any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

  2. Sandy
    Sandy August 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM .

    Peppermint is a great deterrent, thing is if they are not in the house yet throwing out the tea bags usually work.If you have seen even one then the best thing to do is boil water with about 20 drops of peppermint oil on the stove if you can’t “fog” your entire house this way you can use a humidifier I am also from SW MO & as my children and I have asthma I can’t handle the spraying that the professionals do, I have used this method for years, my daughter who has a 2 story 4 bedroom house had a mice problem last year and she tried using peppermint & still was capturing 5-6 a day(she lives in the country and a neighbors house was torn down needless to say she had a huge problem w/ a toddler and newborn. I took my humidifier used hers and bought another and also used the stove fog the entire house very strongly for 3-4 hrs, came back cleaned up all droppings and told her to fog every night for a week(not as strong) threw out fresh peppermint bags( about 300) no mice the rest of winter.

  3. Mika
    Mika July 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM .

    Hi! I hadn’t seen a mouse in years thanks to my amazing cat. Unfortunately, he passed away in May. It seems like these little monsters just couldn’t wait because by the end of June, I saw a mouse. This week, with all the rain we’ve been getting, at least 2 mice have found their way into my first floor apartment.
    I have 3 young children and a pet so I’m trying any and everything to keep the home safe and have as little contact with rodents as possible. I guess I was just wondering how well this method has been working for you and if youhave any other recommendations.

  4. Katy K
    Katy K April 30, 2014 at 3:32 AM .

    Thank you for sharing this! I plan to use this method for both rodents and snakes. There are some black rat snakes that get into my attic every time they are ready to shed. NOTHING is freakier than hearing a snake slither across your ceiling at 2 in the morning. From what I have researched equal parts clove and cinnamon oils are used for snakes. So I’ll mix some separate pouches and some that combine all 3 oils. I need to get cracking. It’s finally warming up here in PA, USA, and I have no desire to hear snakes (or mice) in my attic/ceiling this year.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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,

  8. 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. 🙁

  9. 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!” ; )

  10. 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.

  11. 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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