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Poison-Free Ways to Get Rid of Wild AnimalsThere are many animals which call Florida home. And, many of these will try to get inside your house if you give them the opportunity and incentive. But, it’s not good for them to remain in your house, and you should do your best to get them out before they damage anything. Most people, when they think about it, are reticent to use poison as a method for animal control. And these people are right – poison is fundamentally too dangerous and uncontrollable. So, how then can you remove invasive critters like squirrels, rats, mice, and raccoons from your home?

Here are some things you can try to solve your wild animal problem. Some might work better than others, depending on a variety of factors. If you ever have a large-scale infestation or a difficult situation, it’s best to call Critter Control of Tampa® straightway before the issue worsens.

Peppermint Oil 

For whatever reason, rodents, in particular, hate the smell of peppermint oil. Fortunately, most people like it, so it’s a great thing to try. Simply put some of the drops on cotton balls and put them in areas where you know the critters frequent. Before long, this might drive them to look for shelter elsewhere.


Similar to peppermint oil, cloves also work as a natural rodent repellent. You can try to find clove essential oil to use on cotton balls, or even put whole cloves in a mesh bag. Either way, place them in problem areas to drive rodents out.


Perhaps the most effective method for small animal control besides hiring a professional is by simply having a cat around. Cats are nature’s pest control professionals. In fact, the presence of a cat is often enough to prevent critters from trying to come inside your house in the first place.

Dryer Sheets

If you don’t have cloves or peppermint oil laying around, or if you detest the smell of either, you could also try dryer sheets as a repellent. These are particularly helpful for plugging up holes that you’ve seen rats or mice squeak through, as they won’t go near dryer sheets.


Trapping is the go-to pest control method used by professionals. The previous methods work best on smaller rodents, but peppermint oil might not work on, say, a large raccoon. They also won’t be much help if you’ve got dozens of small animals – at that point, you need traps. If you don’t want to kill the animals, there are live-traps you can use that are still very effective.

Professional Help

When things get out of control, don’t mess around with the previous methods. What you need is experienced help to tackle to the problem Their knowledge of invasive animals and pest control techniques will help them deal with the issue much more quickly than your average homeowner.

For a guaranteed solution to all your wild animal problems, call Critter Control® of Tampa. Critter Control® is the nationwide leader in the pest control industry, which means that our service is second-to-none. For issues with rodents, raccoons, snakes, or any other wild animal, call us today.

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