Repelling Mice with Lavender

flowersnhens(Maine 4)October 17, 2009

Hi there,,I have read that Mice do not like lavender and that it is a good repellent for them. Has anyone tried this. I am trying to grow salad greens in my greenhouse and the mice are chewing it up just after the seeds germinate. It is really pissing me off !!!. I am trying to save money !!!...and grow my own salad stuff, but the mice are ruining it. I don't want to use poison, because I have free range chickens that would probably end up eating it. Today I cut a bunch of lavender out of my garden and spread it around the salad greens bed, so I guess I will find out if it really works. Uuugh, I have 4 cats that are outside killing mice every day, all day long,,but apparently there are ALOT of mice on the property.

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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

I don't know if it will work for mice, but when my cats were using my indoor plants as a litter box, my mom said to lay mothballs on top of the dirt. And it WORKED !! They didn't like the smell. Don't know about mice, but it's worth a try.

In your case, I'm not suggesting to put then IN the plants, but maybe surround them with lots of 'em. Oh...forgot about your cats. They might play with them, so put them in some old pantyhose and make a tube to circle the plants. (And just FYI for plant lovers, they didn't hurt mine and I even left them in when watering.)

If youÂre industrious (or have a friend), you could build a frame and staple netting onto it, creating an open-ended "box" to sit down over the plants. IÂd choose a heavy wood to go around the bottom so the mice canÂt work their way under it. You could also do this with screen, but itÂs a bit harder to cut.

I may not be thinking this plan thru since itÂs just off the top of my head and since :IÂm just a girl"Â..LOLÂ..so if anyone finds fault or can improve it, please feel free to comment. WonÂt hurt my feelings one bit :o)

Good Luck !!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2009 at 7:34PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Mothballs?

tj

Here is a link that might be useful: Think again...

    Bookmark   December 10, 2009 at 10:44PM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

tj - WOW, thanks for the info. Who'da thunk it? My plants must have been superhuman, with me watering on top of the mothballs as well, huh?

Yet further down the page, somebody says: "The best thing I have found is moth balls (the big ones, moths don't like giving up there own). Mice don't like the smell. I use them in the shed after having a few life jackets chewed up. No signs of them sence the moth balls were put in."

So I'm a bit confused. Seems like somebody is saying they work. Or is this a case where this "somebody" is someone like me, giving advice and then the person who wrote the top part is telling them about the toxicity?

All I know is, I'm alive, my plants didn't die and neither did my cats. But again, thanks for posting that link so "flowersnhens" is better educated.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 2:21AM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

PS - while reading my post, I realized my last sentence could be considered 'snide' and that's not how I meant it. I meant "....so "flowersnhens" is better educated in making a decision about using them."

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 5:36AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Mothballs have long been used as a home remedy to repel everything from A to Z. But they shouldn't be used in any way other than the purpose for which they were intended: in a closed (sealed) environment to kill cloth eating insects.

Exposure to soil, to the household atmosphere, and to non-target organisms is hazardous at best, deadly at the worst. Mothballs should certainly never be used where free range chickens roam, nor where anything else can be exposed to the fumes and/or particles.

flowersnhens may need to resort to a trapping system to alleviate the pest population. They make traps that mice can get into but cats can't.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 3:07PM
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