I remembered an old time remedy my Grandma Mama used. Peppermint. Supposedly, mice don't like the smell of peppermint. It drives them away. Grandma Mama had a special patch of mint growing in her garden. Every year she crushed the mint leaves and mixed them in a little lard in a tin can. She left this can near the wood cook stove for a few days to make her own version of peppermint oil. Later she would put bits of fabric or cotton batting in the oil to make peppermint balls. She would put them around the house in places where mice were likely to roam.
Well, I don't have mint growing in my yard. I can't get to the store right now to buy peppermint oil. My daughter will pick some up for me. Hmm.... I do have these. These came from Taco Bell where my SIL and I eat once a month on our shopping trip. The cashiers don't mind giving them to me when I ask for a few extra.
I crush these up and put into a jar.
I add some really hot water to melt it all.
I put some of the melted mint water in a spray bottle and added just a bit more water.
I spray around the kitchen counter and along the baseboards all over the house. I don't know for certain this will work but my house smells better. It really can't hurt to give it a try unless the meat eating ants decide they like peppermint candy too. (knock on wood) I really believe this should be the peppermint oil because the concentration of oil in candy is very small. Candy is mostly sugar.
I won't be doing any fabric or craft organizing until after I get the storage/guest room painted. My best guess at when I'll get started organizing again is January. I plan to buy the paint on my next shopping trip in a few days. In the mean time, I'm working on 6 charity quilts to be given to residents of the nursing home where my mother lives..... and trying to stay out of the way of the mice.