They usually weigh less than an ounce and scurry away before you can even set eyes on them. But there's no doubting the fear and revulsion that mice can strike in the hearts of homeowners and renters. If you suspect you have an infestation of mice, but aren't ready to lay a death trap for your little home invaders, you might be interested to know that a certain scent should cause them to scurry away.

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Mount Your Defense

Mice are repelled by the scent of peppermint oil. You can find peppermint oil in some vitamin stores; it also can be ordered online. To put this scent to work against mice in your home, saturate cotton balls with peppermint oil and place them where you suspect the mice are gaining access. If you're uncertain – and knowing that mice can squeeze through the tiniest of openings – place the cotton balls along their suspected trail. If mice are a particular problem in your kitchen, place saturated cotton balls in cabinets, along the baseboard and near your garbage can.