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Repelling Mice with Lavender

Posted by flowersnhens Maine 4 (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 17, 09 at 20:14

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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RE: Repelling Mice with Lavender

  • Posted by brit5467 7 VA/NC border/coast (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 10, 09 at 19:34

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 youre 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. Id choose a heavy wood to go around the bottom so the mice cant work their way under it. You could also do this with screen, but its a bit harder to cut.

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

Good Luck !!


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RE: Repelling Mice with Lavender

Mothballs?

tj

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


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RE: Repelling Mice with Lavender

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.


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RE: Repelling Mice with Lavender

  • Posted by brit5467 7 VA/NC border/coast (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 11, 09 at 5:36

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."


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RE: Repelling Mice with Lavender

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.


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