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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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I want to use peppermint oil to deter mice, but does it affect chinchillas

HELP, we have mice.

We've tried humane traps, had the extermintaor out who put down poisin, but nothing has done it.
I read somewhere that mice hate the smell of peppermiint oil, however the mice seem to love my daughter's room....which is also where the chinchillas live.
Does anyone know if chins also hate peppermint oil? Would it be better to relocate them for the duration?

Thanks in advance for any advice


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I have used peppermint oil last winter when we had a problem. The mice had intricate pathways through the house to every level from inside the walls and they were stealing my bunny's hay and food. So, we found the mouse holes in the floor (I bet you know how small the holes can be by now). I poured a bit of bleach down there to stop them from coming up but that didn't last long. So I stuffed the holes with peppermint soaked steel wool. Both items kept them from our room! And my bunny was no longer bullied by diseased mice. I'm not sure about chins but I did not use the oil too close to my bunny. I soaked q-tips and shoved them down the hole first and then stuffed it with the steel wool.
Good luck! I know now what you're dealing with. Pet rats and cats work as natural mouse deterrents.
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Thanx so much for your response, I will definately give it a go then, as the holes are on the opposite side of the room to the chinchilla cage...so hopefully shouldnt affect them.


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Definitely not then! I used a pen to pack the holes really tight with the wool too!
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Do not use any oils arounds your Chnchillas, or sprays such as Febreze, their respiratory systems cannot process the inhalants involved.
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