Mice get everywhere! It is a constant battle to get rid of them… if they are not in your home, they are in another area of your property, annoying and frustrating you in equal measure. They love garages, and it gives a mouse a great place to hide. With that in mind, you will probably want to know how to keep mice out of the garage. Let’s take a look.
5 Reasons Why Mice Like The Garage
Before we begin, we need to understand WHY mice like being in your garage. This knowledge will be key to understanding how to keep mice out of the garage! Prevention is better than a cure.
You probably don’t want to hear this, but your garage is a perfect nesting place for mice.
It is warm(ish), there are plenty of items around to use for a mouse nest, and it offers protection for the nest and the mice pups.
Many people store food in a garage, which is fine… if it is stored correctly!
Mice can chew through tons of items, so it is no good trying to store food in a cardboard box, for instance.
If I store food in my garage, I will store it in strong metal containers of round glass containers. This is also true for pet and bird food!
I mentioned it briefly above, but mice need protection. They are tiny, and tons of animals are after them. Out in the wild, a mouse has many predators, such as cats, owls, foxes, and snakes.
To sleep well, mice need to know they are in a place where they are protected, such as a garage.
Mice need to keep warm, and although they have a body full of hair, they also need some help with the environment. This is especially true in the winter months.
Your garage will offer more warmth than the environment outside.
You should check near heat sources in your garage for evidence of mice activity. You should check heaters, air conditioning units, and the back of any white goods as they all kick out a little heat.
Place To Hide
If a mouse needs to find a place to hide, it will use your garage. It may not be in there to nest or to set up home. It may just be in there because it sensed something outside, like you, for instance.
Mice are scared of noise, amongst other things. Being scared of a bunch of things means mice need a place to hide now and again.
How To Keep Mice Out Of The Garage In 5 Steps
Now that you know the reasons why… let’s take a look at 5 things that you can do to keep mice out of the garage.
Seal Entry Points
First things first, we need to get those entry points sealed up. Now is the time for you to read my post about the most common entry points for mice.
Although this is geared towards your home, they are all valid for your garage too. The only addition is the garage door. Check around that area and seal it up if need be.
Set Traps Outside
The next step, and something I have had outside, is setting some mouse traps up outdoors.
These need to be animal-safe mouse traps! You cannot set up snap traps because they will injure any other wildlife that may roam around your property while you are not looking.
Protect the neighborhood cats, they are a friend and will help to keep the mice out of your garage!
I recommend the Tin Cat Mouse Trap by Victor. It is humane, doesn’t hurt other wildlife, and can catch up to 30 mice at a time!
Do rats learn to avoid traps? Yes, they do… so be sure to use gloves to keep your scent off of the trap to enhance the chances of catching a rat.
Remove Food Or Store It Correctly
Storing food correctly is pivotal to your success in keeping mice out of your garage!
I said it above, and I will say it here too. Store food in strong metal or glass containers. Mice can chew through tons of items, but these are difficult, if not impossible.
If you are unable to store food correctly, remove it from your garage.
I am not talking about just human food. If you store pet food or bird food in your garage, then you should be storing that correctly too.
Clean/Tidy The Garage
One of the most common reasons why mice like your garage are because there are tons of items in there that a mouse could use to build a nest.
Tidy the garage up by removing as many of the nesting items as possible. Items such as boxes, paper, clothing should be removed or stored correctly.
A clean and tidy garage will reduce the number of places for mice to hide. If a mouse still feels exposed, they will not see your garage as a place for protection.
Get A Cat
A cat is a natural predator for mice. I know this is not for everyone, but it is worth considering getting a cat to patrol the perimeter of your garage.
Don’t worry. This isn’t something you need to train your cat to do! Cats are very territorial, meaning they will be marking out their territory as soon as possible. A mouse will pick up on this and will try to avoid this kind of conflict. It doesn’t end up like Tom and Jerry. The cat usually wins!
Having a cat will keep mice away from your garage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it common to have mice in the garage?
Yes, it is very common. Mice need comfort, warmth, and protection to survive. Your garage offers this to mice, and that is the reason why they love it so much!
How do I keep mice out of my garage?
Follow the advice on this page if you want to keep mice out of the garage. Seal entry points, store food correctly and set traps around your home to trap mice before they get to your garage.
How do you find out where mice are coming in?
One of the things I do on a regular basis is to check around my home and garage for any holes big enough for a mouse to get through. If you have a number of routes for a mouse to use to gain entry, you can place some flour or talc down. Check it after a few days for mouse footprints. Once you find out how they are getting in, you can seal it up, or set a trap in that area.
I have given you 5 tips for how to keep mice out of the garage on this page. Now you have this knowledge; it is time to apply it to stop them from getting in!
Mice carry some life-threatening diseases, which means it is vital that you stop them from getting into your garage, and therefore your home.
I cannot emphasize this enough, prevention is much better than a cure. Seal up those entry points to stop mice from getting access to your garage. That is the most important thing that you can do.
Admittedly, it is a challenge to seal them all up because there is a huge door that also needs to be checked! Try not to break your garage door trying to seal them up.