Mice are more likely to infiltrate buildings in search of food and shelter because many homes are built near fields and other greenery, which serve as their natural habitats. Unlike the southern states, where the weather is always warm, California have seasonal weather variations. Mouse activity is incredibly high during the winter. They seek cover, which is frequently available in garages. This is especially true for rarely used garages. Here’s how to keep mice out of the garage.
What attracts mice to garages?
Whether we like it or not, rodents have adapted to coexist with humans. Snow, sleet, hail, rain, winds, predators, and freezing temperatures are protected by our homes and garages. Worse, mice eat things we wouldn’t consider eating. Mice, for example, frequently consume grass seed and bird food stored in garages.
Mice build their nests in homes with little human activity. They look for places to build their nest that are least likely to be disturbed. One mouse will construct a perch where it will live and raise its young. When pups reach the age of independence, they leave the nest and build their nests.
What evidence do mice leave behind in my garage?
Mice eat a lot because they are so small while awake at night. Droppings are left behind that resemble a grain of rice and are black or brown. Dropping piles are relatively common due to mice living in large colonies. You might see mice in addition to mouse droppings. Because they often creep along the edges of walls, you won’t see them rushing through the center of a room.
If mice are in your garage, they will eat dog food, bird seed, lawn seed, or other products stored in easy-to-open bags and containers. Look for holes in the loads caused by mice nibbling. Because mice are messy eaters, you may find seeds scattered around the garage.
How can I keep mice out of my garage?
If you want to keep mice out of your garage, make it as unappealing to them as possible. Make your garage rodent-proof by following these tips:
- Keep bird seed, dog food, and grass seed in airtight bins or containers.
- Organize and declutter your workspace.
- Fill in any gaps or cracks leading into the garage.
- Reducing the number of tree limbs that come into contact with the garage roof.
- Trash cans should be taken outside and tightly sealed.
- Store your firewood as much as possible outside your garage and home.
One of the most important things you can do to keep mice out of your garage is to seal entry points completely. Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized hole. Never underestimate a mouse’s determination to enter your garage through these gaps! Simply because you can’t see any mice doesn’t mean there aren’t any. A single mouse can give birth to between 25 and 60 young people in a year.