Ugh - mice - peppermint? Aug 19, 2013 15:27:12 GMT -5 Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by TheCatsFosterMother on Aug 19, 2013 15:27:12 GMT -5 I haven't seen any but I can't really come up with an alternative explanation for the occasional scuttling and scratching noises emanating from behind the fitted kitchen units. I don't keep any food in the lower kitchen units so I'm not sure why they've chosen to take up residence there unless it's for the warmth behind the fridge Dear Old Lady caught a mouse several weeks ago, which the vet said was quite amazing for a frail little cat of 18, but the cheeky dwellers behind the units don't seem to respect the threat she poses. Understandable I suppose, since she can't physically get behind the units. I'm short of money as I don't have a job right now but a google search brought up a suggestion of scaring them off with peppermint oil. Apparently mice hate the smell of peppermint. I had a huge aromatherapy phase about 10 years ago and after a bit of searching through the bathroom cupboard, managed to find a small bottle of peppermint essential oil. I was worried it might not be potent after so long but even if it has lost some strength that's not easily apparent. So pulling out the drawers above the cupboards I reached through the aperture and anointed the unseen floor with a few drops. I do hope that does the trick. It must be pretty strong because when I came home after my catsit run earlier I smelt peppermint the moment I opened the front door. Has anyone else tried this trick? Is it effective?