Mice are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet. They are willing to do just about anything at all to find a food source and a place to nest in the winter and they rarely try to make a natural nest. They prefer human homes to live in during the cold months and they don’t seem to mind that they are very much unwanted guests.
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While it does not have to be winter for a mouse family to take up in your home or yard it is far more likely in the winter. So it is important to prepare for such things and make sure your family is safe from the danger of a mouse infestation in the beloved family bbq.
Mice are very fond of the smell of old food. They are attracted to it, for more than just consumption, but also for the sense of being near food which is something mice like. They love the scent of food and will even sleep near it. This is why a bbq is the perfect place for a mouse nest. Now, most people use their bbq in the summer months and even the spring if it’s warm enough. But it tends to get covered in the winter and just sort of hangs out in the backyard, completely alone. It’s a target and the mice want to get in. They will crawl up the legs or jump from the deck fence onto the bbq and either crawl under the bbq cover or chew straight through it if they are cold and desperate. They enter the bbq through a side opening for heat ventilation and then begin building a nest out of whatever they can find on your property.
You can prevent this from happening, however. You can prevent this from happening. You simply have to thoroughly clean your bbq after each use, burn off remaining food by leaving it on after you finish cooking, for another ten or twenty minutes or so. Cover it with a strong zipped-up cover, make sure it’s nice and tight. Make sure your yard is clear of food sources and cover your gardens in steel mesh buried at least a foot into the ground in an L shape to prevent burrowing animals. Don’t keep old newspaper and cardboard, it attracts mice, and make sure all your vents are intact or blocked.
If you are still having a problem you can call the professionals at Mouse Control. We know how to get rid of mice in any place in your home or in your yard. We can clean the mess they left and even take preventative measures by sealing up holes and covering vents. You will be mouse-free in no time.