There is a comedic stereotype where a mouse or spider scurries across the room. Everyone screams and jumps onto a chair, yelling at the one family member who won't mind doing away with the intruder. In reality, this seems absurd until it actually happens.
If you had an infestation before, you could relate to this.
If you are having an infestation now, our sympathy is with you, here is a simple trick you can use to be rid of the pests forever!
Why Do Mice Come?
Don't think you have an unclean household or something is decaying in the basement. Rodents are scavengers. They seek shelter and food wherever they can find it. If your home is available, they are moving in.
Some things do attract them like, your accessible outdoor garbage cans or compost bins, nutsand fruits in the yard from trees, your pet's outdoor food and water dishes, or a birdfeeder. Find rodent-proof containers for these uses.
Examine your home to ensure you have no holes or cracks. Mice are nifty, and they would enter through any openings let it be in the space around the drains, pipes, or cables. Cover vents in the attic and crawl spaces with thin metal screening. If the hole is large enough to fit the tip of your pinkie, a mouse can squeeze through. Seal these areas with steel or caulk.
Even if you don't see a mouse streaking across the floor, but you begin to notice droppings the size of a single kernel of rice, or for rats, the size of a raisin, you should be aware there is a problem. If you sprinkle some flour on the ground, you may discover their tracks! Chewing or bite marks on wooden furniture or paper objects are also telling signs.
Be aware that living with a rodent infestation is harmful to your health. As they scamper around your house, they can leave germs from their feet. They pass diseases through their urine, droppings, and through biting. If the mice sneak into your cereal boxes or bag of crackers, they can leave more germs and diseases there as well. To make matters worse, if these mice are infested with ticks or fleas, their insects spread more disease. (3)
Why Do Spiders Come?
September begins the mating season for spiders, which brings the males on a hunt which can lead him indoors. Therefore, spider infestations are more common in the fall. They enter primarily through open or poorly screened windows and doors, and through gaps and cracks around the panes. They also hitchhike in boxes or outdoors items you bring inside. Sometimes spiders enter looking for food and prey. Beware of open food containers during an invasion. (2)
The Solution to Infestation: Teabags
Step 1: Seal all entry points, like crack or holes in the walls, doors, etc.
Step 2: Clean your house and be mindful that food is covered and stored in a safe place.
Step 3: Bring in the teabags.
This is serious business. You don't need to spend a fortune for someone to annihilate the mice or spiders.
This is how you do it. Brew a peppermint or mint tea that contains an infusion of peppermint, and drink it. Relax, put your feet up, maybe read a nice article on The Hearty Soul.
Then take the tea bag and leave it where you suspect the pests gather. Use about three bags per room for the full effect, so let's hope you like tea! (3)
You can't ask for a better remedy. Chill with a delicious cup of tea and watch the pests be gone from your domain forever.
Original source: The Hearty Soul