In the world of home ownership, uninvited guests show up from time to time. Everything from In-laws to grown children, from spiders to mice always seem to appear as if out of nowhere, bags of luggage and a used one way ticket in hand. Though there may be no repellant for some of these guests, mice can usually be controlled.

However, controlling mice is easier said than done. Simply asking them to leave falls on deaf (albeit large) ears, setting traps provides them with something to outsmart (and is too cruel for some people), using poison forces you to chance that your pet will find the deceased mouse, eat it, and unknowingly consume the poison as well, and, of course, laying out eviction notices only results in the echo of quiet, yet condescending, mouse laughter. For all these reasons, the plan to rid mice from your home needs some tweaking, tweaking you just might find in a natural home remedy.

Use Odors: Mice, like all creatures, find certain odors repelling. Ammonia and mothballs, for instance, both produce a scent that mice want to stay away from. The flip side, however, is that ammonia and mothballs also produce a scent that people want to stay away from. Luckily, there are also nice smells that mice abhor: peppermint is one of these odors. Saturating cotton balls with peppermint extract or laying mint leaves near the areas where mice invade will help keep them from coming in. Some people also swear that the smell of onions, or even planting onions in a backyard garden, is enough to help keep mice away: their odor will make them peel out.

Get a cat: It is believed that cats were first domesticated to help rid homes of mice. A house with a cat, a mouse’s natural nemesis, is less likely to have a mice problem than one without a live version of “Tom and Jerry.” But, of course, this isn’t always an option. Some people may be allergic to cats, others may just not like them. Some cats might find hunting mice beneath them (honestly, aren‘t most things beneath them?). And some cats might even initiate the mouse problem by bringing live mice into your home. If this happens, take care of your “cat problem” by getting a dog.

Use Fox Urine: A predator to mice, the scent of a fox quickly deters mice from making themselves at home; if they believe a fox is on the premises, they will stay away. Luckily for you, you don’t need the whole fox to make them believe this: you only need his urine. Simply spraying the mouse infested areas of your house - or the areas where they enter - with fox urine will give the mice cause to move out quickly or stay away altogether. Filled with convenience, it's sold in bottles as a mouse deterrent: you don’t have to go around asking the local foxes for urine samples; let’s face it, that kind of makes an awkward situation for everyone.