Do Dryer Sheets Repel Mice?

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There are many myths and suggestions passed down from generation to generation to help with daily dilemmas or problematic situations. My Grandmother also suggested putting baking soda on a bee bite, granted this is effective, but the Internet contains many testimonials that are not always true. Since we live in the Northeast, the Albany NY area is aware it is rodent season and rodents in your home are never a good thing. A popular rodent myth we will debunk is, do dryer sheets repel mice?

"Some smells repel mice for a short period of time, like cigarette smoke and certain colognes," says Ron Harrison of Orkin Pest Control in Atlanta. Therefore, the Bounce dryer sheets might work for a day or two, but then you’re just likely to have chewed up dryer sheets!

"But mice are extremely curious. A strange odor isn't going to keep them away when they're looking for food or a place to nest." Mice are attracted to places where they have food, water and shelter which is often our homes or structures. Sealing mice out of your home or structure will prevent mice from getting inside in the first place.

Bottom Line: Don't expect your box of Bounce to work any pest-control miracles. Scent-based mice repellents aren’t the best course of action to rid yourself of a mouse problem. But baited traps won't solve a mouse problem, either. "Mice are attracted to spots where light comes through, so if you see a gap where they're entering, stuff it with steel wool or copper mesh so they can't gnaw their way through, then caulk over it so no light can penetrate," Harrison says. Holes larger than an inch should be sealed with drywall or another suitable material instead. Preventing mice will reduce your risk of the health hazards associated with mice.

Let's face it, there is a lot of misinformation on the web. When you have a pest, rodent or wildlife problem in the Clifton Park NY area or else where in the Capital Region, contact a pest professional. Thomas Pest Services has been solving rodent and insect problems for those that live, work and play in the Capital Region and surrounding towns like Chatham, Schenectady, Latham, Saratoga Springs and Queensbury with third generation experience. Rodent removal is serious, Thomas Pest Services is licensed in getting rid of rodents, contact us via phone at 1-877-518-2847, via web inquiry, Facebook or Twitter!

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