Mice, although they are cute and cuddly in the pet shop window, are definitely not guests that you want to be taking over your garage.
They can destroy stores, leave droppings, and damage things that you keep in your garage, so if you have a problem then you will definitely want to know how to keep mice out of the garage!
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How Do I Get Rid Of Mice In My Garage Fast?
If you have noticed a mouse problem in your garage, chances are it is already a much bigger problem, and steps must be taken to get rid of them.
Thankfully, there is a lot you can do about this problem:
- Ensure that all food – pet food or livestock fodder and bedding – is kept in sealed boxes or bins.
- Make sure there are no holes in the floor, ceiling or walls that a little mouse could sneak into.
- Tidy up and organize the space – try not to leave clutter lying around that they can hide or make nests in.
- Store firewood away from the garage – and in fact as far away from the house – as possible.
- Cut back overgrowing bushes and plants that can start to encroach on your garage and make good mouse hiding places.
- Keep trash cans as far away from the garage as possible, and keep the bins tightly sealed.
- You can try using a humane trap, but remember to take the mice you catch more than 3 miles away, otherwise they’ll just come home again!
- Have a chat to a local farmer to see if they have any farm cats that might be happy living in your garage feasting on your mouse invasion.
- Mouse deterrents that use sound waves can be effective – but you may need to ensure that they are not causing problems for any pets you or your neighbors have.
What Repels Mice In A Garage?
The best way to avoid having a mouse problem in your garage is to make sure they can’t get in in the first place!
Where you’ve seen one mouse, chances are there will be many more, so by the time you notice a problem it may be bigger than you think.
- Honestly, the best thing you can do is to keep your garage clean, and remove any traces of food that might attract mice to your garage.
- You should also remove any nice warm nesting places that mice might like to make their beds in.
- Blocking up entrances and exit points will prevent mice from getting in there in the first place.
- Remember though, that these little guys are very small, and very good at fitting through tiny gaps, so you will have to search for the smallest of holes to close up and block.
- There are any number of electronic mouse deterrents on the market today that you can place in your garage to get rid of your mouse problem.
Some of these use sound waves to get rid of mice, while others use smells. Have a shop around to see which might be the best option for you.
- If you have a serious infestation, you may wish to try a local pest control service which can offer you solutions (similarly to what they do for other pests, including possums, etc.) – but actually, it is easier and less harmful to try for yourself first.
This video shows you the best ways to repel mice naturally and safely:
What Scent Will Keep Mice Away?
If you have a mouse invasion, don’t reach for the phone to call an exterminator right away. There are some ingredients that you probably have lying around in your store cupboards that will do the trick!
Mice really dislike the smell of peppermint. You can either use a strong smelling essential oil, or plant mint plants all around your garage.
This solution is completely harmless to other wildlife, and to the mice themselves – they will just avoid it like the plague though
Another good way of repelling mice it to soak cotton wool balls in clove oil. Mice hate the smell of it, so they will stay away.
Sprinkling cayenne pepper around where the mice get in is another good tip, as they dislike the smell and the peppery taste, so they will avoid places where this common spice is spread.
Mice aren’t particularly keen on garlic, so you can either grow bulbs around your house, or make an infusion to add to a spray bottle and spray around the place.
Normal pepper is another good way to repel mice; you can either spread it around the place as it is, or make an oil infusion to sprinkle around.
If your mice don’t respond to this, then it may be time to bring out the big guns – white vinegar. This is a very strong scent that mice really don’t like.
Here is an article with a few suggestions as to what scent can repel mice, along with a few other hints and tips:
Do Dryer Sheets Repel Mice?
Although there may be a lot of information out there that claims to solve your mouse invasion by simply laying down a few drying sheets, this is not actually the best solution!
Drying sheets, those scented pieces of fabric that you add to your tumble dryer, are great for adding scent to your clothes. But deterring mice? Not so much!
It’s true that mice don’t like strong smells, but the scent of a dryer sheet is not enough to deter them from finding some delicious morsel in your garage.
You are far better off getting a cat, or trying one of the home remedies listed above, than wasting your precious drying sheets to try to get rid of mice!
Mice (or rats) in the garage can be a real problem. Not only are they unclean, but they can do a lot of damage to stores.
Hopefully now you know the best way to get rid of them without causing any damage to pets and other wildlife, or dipping too deep into your savings! If you’re looking for more pest related tips, here is our guide to bats in your garage.