my mother recently had a mice problem..and didnt really have the means for professional exterminator fees. my daughter left a box of altoids in a kitchen drawer, and when we were cleaning out the drawers after finally getting an exterminator, we found that the drawer, and the drawer on either side had no mouse droppings. I looked it up later, and found that mice hate the smell of mint! so if you think you have a neighbor with pests and want to deter those mice, or are starting to have a mouse problem and want to keep them away from food, clothing drawers etc...try mint
altoids work just fine.