Although your home may be sealed tightly against pets, garages and sheds may not be as fortunate. Mice may seek shelter in these detached buildings, especially in winter when they are seeking warmth and food. The following tips can help you keep these outbuildings free of rodents.
Tip #1: Seal It Tight
The first goal is to make it difficult for mice to get into and out of your garage. Begin by improving the weatherstripping around both regular doors and garage doors. If mice are chewing through the rubber weatherstripping, install a metal rodent-proof strip to the bottom of the garage door and access door.
This is also a good time to look for any gaps in the siding or holes through which the mice can enter. Place a wad of steel wool into the hole and then fill it with caulk or spray foam insulation. The wool prevents the mice from chewing through again.
Tip #2: Get Rid of Food Sources
Believe it or not, your garage could be teeming with rodent food sources. This can include seeds, stacks of paper, bird seed, and pet food. If you must store these items in the garage, place them in class or metal containers. For example, garden seed can be saved in glass jars, while pet food can be kept in a metal trash can with a tight fitting lid. If you keep garbage in your garage or just outside the garage, make sure the cans have tight fitting lids and that there are no holes in them.
Tip #3: Clean Up Nesting Areas
A clean garage is less likely to attract pests. This means that there shouldn't be a pile of shop rags lying on the floor or cardboard boxes filled with stored stuff littering the space. Do your best to keep the floor clear and sweep out the garage regularly to remove debris that blows in, like leaves and grass clippings. Store items in plastic storage tubs instead of in cardboard boxes, and stack them on shelves off the ground when possible.
Tip #4: Get Rid of Existing Rodents
Finally, if there are still mice in your garage you will need to eradicate them. DIY methods include spring traps and glue tracks. These can be messy to clean up, but they are effective. Peanut butter makes a good lure for these traps. Avoid poison bait traps, as wildlife or pets can either get into the poison or eat a poisoned mouse. If the idea of cleaning traps isn't for you, call a professional pest removal company for help in getting rid of the rodents.