Cotton Balls & Lubricant

It’s not what you think. The house has a mouse.

I’m fighting mice in the cellar with a technique I read about in the newspaper. At first I thought the idea was bogus but it was confirmed by my friends in Maine who have been enduring invasions of mice since they winterized their vacation home in the woods.

Cotton Balls with drops of either Castor Oil or Peppermint Oil will keep mice away. Apparently the rodents don’t like the smell of either. I hate the little critters no matter where they are. I am on a campaign to get them out of the house. So last weekend I bought a bag of jumbo cotton balls. Finding peppermint oil at CVS was next to impossible so i settled for Castor Oil – which was hard enough to find. If you were looking for Castor Oil in a drug store where would you look? (They keep it next to the laxatives! Interesting.)

Anyway, the cellar is now filled with creepy looking cotton balls covered with dobs of oil lubricant. I put one ball next to each of the regular mouse traps that are armed with cheese squares and then more balls along the outer perimeter of the foundation. There is no way to actually check to see if this is really working… in fact one of the traps is missing its cheese this morning… which makes me think the mouse in the house is very much alive and well.

But I will not be deterred. Time to add more balls and oil.

Have you ever had a mouse in your house? What did you do to get rid of the creature?

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Daffyhill
Daffyhill
10 years ago

I told you to use peanut butter…they can steal the cheese!!! Yes, you now have one well fed mouse who has soft cotton balls to sleep on.

Bubbles
Bubbles
10 years ago

I agree with Daffyhill, sweet dreams little mousie. I like the stick traps, but only check them one a week… I’ll tell you later why .

Salander
Salander
10 years ago

My first suggestion is one of prevention…get a cat. They are great company and can earn their keep. If that doesn’t work I would have my better half stay up day & night until every mouse was gone and I could sleep again.

Salander
Salander
10 years ago

PS They also have mouse traps that are enclosed so you don’t have to see what you have in there!