Used Tea Bags For Insects: Get Rid Of Spiders, Mice, Roches

You don’t need to have arachnophobia to be uncomfortable with spiders. I would certainly be unhappy with a spider lurking around my bed or dwelling in my shoe! Not only that, but these low IQs may also even crawl into a person’s ear. So there can be tens of reasons why you won’t welcome spiders into your life.

And what about the mice! While for many they may not look as creepy as spiders do, they still spread a host of diseases. Mice spread diseases through their urine, saliva, and droppings, even their nesting materials are considered unhealthy. Diseases like hantavirus, salmonellosis, and listeria can be caused by these uninvited guests.

Natural way to repel mice and spiders

Instead of using dangerous chemicals, sprays, and mouse traps, why not go all-natural. This simple and natural method is both clean and almost free of cost. What you just need is peppermint tea bags, more precisely, freshly used tea bags.

What to do exactly?

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Boil a pot of peppermint tea.
  2. Once boiled, of course, enjoy a cup of tea yourself.
  3. Take the tea bags and spread them around your house. Be generous to the places where those uninvited guests are suspected.
  4. In the next 2-3 days, your house will be free from spiders and mice.

Not only you keep mice and spiders away using this method, but your house also smells wonderful and you end up taking peppermint tea which is good for health.

Keep in mind that peppermint tea doesn’t kill any mice or spiders, it repels them instead. This method is good to make your house a no-go area for them. But, if you have a mouse or a spider already staying at your home, while there is a chance that the pests would love to leave your home, they may also prefer to stay somewhere in a corner. Don’t expect a poor tea bag to chase them out into the wild.

Use Ultrasonic Insect Repellents

Ultrasonic insect repellents are a clean, cheap and risk-free way to repel most of the insects and small rodents. Other than bedbugs where the Ultrasonic repellent got competing reviews from users, the ultrasonic repellent seems to be working for people, I can’t say anything for certain though. Maybe try yourself and see how that goes for you. You can order the celebrated PestReject here.

Related: What’s The Truth About Using Tea Bags as Home Remedies




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  1. You can also use zest soap bars shave it up like you do cheese place in several little net bags and distribute along baseboards in cabinets under and behind appliances, under and around furniture. I had not heard of mint tea bags before and will certainly try.

  2. thanks for sharing these tips I moving to a new ground floor flat and will explore and hope I don’t have to use them any were
    just drink the tea .🏡👍

    • Yes every three days. Or just get peppermint essential oil and put it on cotton balls it’s safe for pets and kids and in 2 weeks put another drop on the cotton balls.

  3. Is it only peppermint tea bags that will do the job, how about Lipton tea bags, green tea bags, and other brands?

      • peppermint in it’s liquid form from the grocery store could be substituted, (saturate cotton balls or pour some into a small container such as a jar lid). I’d be willing to bet it’s much stronger an odor therefore a better option than the bit in a tea bag.

    • You can also use peppermint essential oil and cotton balls one to three drops and after 2 weeks to refresh just add a drop to each cotton ball and there will be no mess in case a pet or a child where to find it and play with it.

    • Thanks for pointing that out.. there is another post that talks about how to get rid of bed was supposed to be linked inside this post. Now linked.

  4. I appreciate your helpful adds but incomplete they don’t tell you how to use the tea bags to keep the rodents and bugs out like place them on or in something or break them open and scater them all over what to do ?

    • Yusuf all you need to do is to boil a pot of peppermint tea. Once the tea is boiled, spread the used teabags throughout the house. Be generous in the areas where you think you’ll find your unwanted visitors. In just two to three days, your home should not only be mouse-free, but it should smell nice too.
      Thanks for pointing out.. instructions added to the post.

    • The effect of this natural remedy can be seen for several months. Possibly you won’t see spiders and mice for a couple of months.

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