How to Get Rid of Mice in the Garage (And Keep Them Out!)

During the cold weather months, it’s not unusual for mice to begin their search for warmth and food, and your garage could be providing both.  Keeping pests out of your garage isn’t just for your own peace of mind. Mice can carry dangerous parasites and diseases. Plus, they can chew through electrical wiring, build nests, and even chew holes through your walls.  Here’s how to get rid of mice and keep them out.  

How to Get Rid of Mice

If you already have mice in your garage, these methods can help remove them.

Set Traps

Setting mouse traps is a tried and true way of taking care of a mouse infestation. In the interest of child-proofing your garage, we recommend avoiding poison and using peanut butter, corn flakes, or cheese in your spring traps. Still, getting small fingers and faces stuck in traps can be painful, so be sure to keep children and pets away,

Use Natural Methods

If you’re looking for a more humane way of getting rid of mice in your garage, there are plenty of natural remedies available. Mice don’t like spearmint, peppermint, cloves, or anise oil, so placing the oil on cotton balls where you find the mice can deter them. You can also use mothballs and used cat litter to keep mice out of your garage.

Call an Exterminator

If you have a serious mouse infestation, you may want to contact an exterminator. They have professional experience removing mice and can help you find ways to keep mice out in the future.

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Garage

Whether you’re trying to get rid of mice or just want to prevent them from coming in the future, these tips will help keep mice out of your garage.

Remove Clutter

Mice love clutter. Whether it’s finding hidden places to burrow or stored pet food or birdseed to eat, clutter means potential hiding spots and potential food. Keeping a clean garage makes is less desirable to mice. Make sure to store anything the mice could consume in hard plastic containers, and if possible, try storing items off the ground.

Keep Trash Sealed or Covered

It’s best not to store trash in your garage, but if you do, be sure that the trash cans have tight sealing lids. You’ll also want to be sure there are no holes or cracks in the trash container.

Seal Up Entry Points

Did you know that most mice only need a quarter of an inch to squeeze through an opening? Check the perimeter for any cracks or openings and seal them to prevent mice from being able to squeeze through.

Install a Garage Door Rodent Guard

Garage door rodent guards can help prevent mice and other pests from squeezing under your garage door seal. Not only does it prevent pests from squeezing through, but many are made of materials that critters can’t chew through.

We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! If you have any questions about rodent control or would like to troubleshoot an issue you’re having with your garage door, don’t hesitate to give us a call. As your local garage door experts in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas, we’re always happy to help.