Been a while since I've posted anything but I couldn't possibly think of a better forum to ask this question.
As we all know, Cockatoos ( and all parrots actually ) make an Olympic sport out of throwing food. I think Tic-Tac actually tries to set distance records on a daily basis. While I clean it up pretty easily ( he has a dedicated hang on the wall shop vac near his cage. No he doesn't live in the garage, it's a small shop vac mounted in the corner of the living room
) I occasionally miss a morsel or two that finds its way under the couch or some dark corner that never sees the light of day.
This has a tendency to attract mice from time to time.
Poisons are right out for obvious reasons. They're crafty enough to avoid most of the traps I put out ( which have risks of their own, and they're under his cage where he can't get to them at all ) but I've read about using Peppermint Oil as mice -supposedly- hate the smell and will go elsewhere.
Tip: Electronic devices don't do squat. Was eyeball to eyeball with the mouse tonight about three feet from an ultrasonic 'deterrent'. While sitting in the living room with night vision goggles and a blowgun would probably work, I'm looking at something a bit less drastic. . . . .
Thus did I come across Peppermint Oil.
However, Peppermint Oil is awfully strong odor wise and I'm curious what the line of thinking is on it around birds. I know their respiratory systems are very delicate ( the no candles and air fresheners in the house rules ) but wasn't sure about the oils since they're natural and not a man-made substance.