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    "My thanks to Chris and Damon for their nice work on my house. They worked hard, got things done in the time they had predicted, and were polite and professional. Their work was very good- the living room ceiling looks fabulous, as there was quite a bit of water damage before. I am very pleased with the results, exactly what I wanted. Thanks so much."

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  • How to Get Rid Of Mice

    As winter weather approaches, the likelihood of unwelcome critters infiltrating your home increases significantly. Even the cleanest homes can fall prey to mice, warning signs of these unwelcome guests presence include, unexplained  sounds at night, droppings and small chewed holes in boxes and bags. If  you are squeamish about traps or poison and have just a minor infestation. I suggest first plugging any openings into your home with steel wool and then trying some of these natural remedies to eliminate your pest problem. Contact the Home Mechanics to help you tackle all of the repairs on your home to-do list.

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    MICE HOME REMEDIES

    When it comes time to get rid of mice, many people wish to repel and drive out critters before clearing away traps, locating dead carcasses hidden in walls, and shelling out the money to hire an exterminator. If you are looking for home remedies to get rid of mice, consider the following suggestions:

    a) Peppermint and Peppermint Oil:

    In just about every home remedy circle, you will hear that mice cannot stand the scent of peppermint or peppermint oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil of peppermint and place it at a suspected entryway.

    b) Remove Food Supply:

    While mice enjoy a nice meal of cereal grains and crumbs, they will also adapt to anything else they can sink their teeth into. If you remove their food supply, most mice are forced to look for other places to eat. Remove edible temptations from low kitchen cabinets. Place cereal and other boxed items in glass containers and plastic Tupperware.

    c) Mint:

    Keep new mice from entering your residence by adding mint plants to the foundation of your house. If you are already battling a mouse problem, sprinkle mint leaves in the parts of your home that the mice like to frequent. Mint is known to repel mice in most cases, but you must remember to replace old leaves with fresh ones on a regular basis.

    d) Bay Leaves:

    Some people have been successful in keeping mice away by sprinkling bay leaves in their kitchen and about the pantry.

    e) Mothballs:

    Mice have a reputation for setting up shop in a shed or garage for the winter season. If you place mothballs around your garage, mice will look for other places to live. In the house, mothballs are used to deter mice from kitchen cupboards, drawers, and other storage spots.

    f) Steel Wool:

    Mice enter your home in the most creative manner, but once you have pinpointed an access point, use steel wool to block their way. The material is much harder for mice to gnaw through than other options, like wood and newspaper.

    g) Onions:

    ghr-mice2The smell of onions has helped some individuals solve their mouse problem, as they say the odor is offensive to the pests.

    h) Baby Powder:

    When you are having a problem locating the point of entry of your uninvited guest, use baby powder (or flour) to check for tracks. Scatter a small patch on the floor along a wall or other frequented places. Some people like to bait a mouse by placing a cracker with a bit of peanut butter in the middle of the patch. Hopefully, you can locate their access point or at least, determine the direction in which they originate.

    i) Ammonia:

    Some people have driven away their mouse by leaving small bowls filled with ammonia in the places they like to frequent. It is said that the scent repels mice.

    j) Peanut Butter:

    ghr-mice3Are you looking for an effective bait to lure your unwanted visitor? The next time you lay traps, use peanut butter as bait – a treat that a mouse cannot resist. Since the peanut butter is sticky, he or she is unable to swipe it before setting off a trap.

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