It’s not unusual to hear of mice living in people’s garages. Garages are often left open during the day while people tinker on their vehicles or children play with their sporting equipment. While the house might be mouse-proof, the garage could be left open for hours at a time, allowing mice to walk right in. Garages are warm in the wintertime and provide mice with a safe place to stay. Unfortunately, mice are nimble little creatures that carry infectious diseases wherever they go. Once in the garage, they can make their way into the kitchen and put your family at risk of illness. Call Mouse Control Toronto if you have any mouse concerns.
If there are mice in your garage, they were likely house mice or deer mice. These little mammals grow up to 10cm in length, with tails just as long. Mice have big black eyes and rounded little ears. The house mouse is usually brown or grey, while the deer mouse has a white belly and white feet. Mice are primarily herbivores as they eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and organic waste. As nocturnal creatures, mice are most active at night. You may be able to hear them squealing and scratching softly within the walls of your garage in the evening and early hours of the morning. You may have also come across mouse droppings in the garage. These are tiny, black, or dark brown pellets that resemble grains of rice.
Mice often get into the garage simply by crawling under the door. The weather stripping on the bottom of the door gets worn out and the mice crawl right through. Mice can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps. Other points of entry include wall vents, window screens, cracks around the windows, and sometimes cracks in the foundation. Garages provide mice with plenty of places to hide and bits of food found in the recycling boxes and garbage cans that are kept in there. Once inside, it is difficult to get rid of mice as they reproduce very quickly, and their nests can be hard to find.
The first thing you can do to get rid of mice in the garage is to remove what attracts them. Remove bird seeds, grass seeds, and other sources of food from the garage. Tidy up clutter and set mouse traps along the walls of the garage. As they have poor vision, mice tend to travel along the sides of walls and other objects. You may be able to see greasy smear marks where they travel most. Next, you should mouse-proof the garage by blocking entryways with silicone caulking or mesh wire. If your weather stripping is worn, that should be replaced.
The sooner a mouse problem is tackled, the better. Mice are very difficult to get rid of once they’ve made their way inside. The elimination process takes much time and effort. The best way to handle mice in your garage is to hire a professional. Our experts at Mouse Control have lots of experience dealing with mice and other rodents. Our team has access to the best tools and products that will keep the mice away for good. If you have any mouse concerns, reach out to Mouse Control – we guarantee results (647-496-0244).