Mice are common pests that are often found in garages. This is because garages are frequently left open for hours at a time and they’re prone to clutter. Mice are drawn to people’s homes as the weather gets colder. Once inside the garage, they may venture further inside the house, nesting inside the walls and reaching the food in your kitchen. Mouse-proofing the garage is an excellent first step in avoiding a full-blown mouse infestation. If you’re worried about mice in your garage, feel free to give Mouse Control Toronto a call.
The house mouse and the deer mouse are the two species of mouse that may invade your garage. The house mouse is mostly grey or brown, while the deer mouse has a brown back and white front. These animals have beady black eyes, pointed snouts, and little round ears. Both only measure up to about 10cm in length. Their tails are hairless and also about 10cm long. Mice are omnivores, so they will eat just about anything: fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, meat, dairy, and organic waste. As nocturnal animals, they are most active at night.
To mouse-proof your garage, start by removing sources of food and places for mice to hide. If you store any food in the garage, make sure that it is stored in sealed containers. Pet food, bird seed, and fertilizers should also be sealed shut. Put trash away in garbage cans that have tight lids. If this is where you keep recycling bins, make sure the containers you put in there are free of food. To make the garage less attractive to mice, you’ll want to reduce the amount of clutter in there as well. Get organized and sell or give away any items you don’t use anymore. Mice are attracted to clutter.
Once you’ve made the garage less attractive, look for any potential entry points and block them. Mice can get through holes the width of a ballpoint pen – only one quarter of an inch wide. Keep this in mind when looking for ways that mice can get into the garage. If you find any cracks or crevices in the walls, seal them with silicone caulking. Install a door sweep to the inner door and some weatherstripping to the garage door. Mice often get into garages simply by walking under their doors. Make sure you don’t leave the garage door open for long periods of time, especially at night. Lastly, if you have a cat that stays indoors, consider letting it go in the garage. Cats are an excellent deterrent.
Mice are problematic and destructive little pests. The best thing you can do is to avoid them entirely. If you’re currently fighting a mouse infestation, a professional pest removal technician can set effective traps and baits that will safely remove the mouse population from your garage. Our technicians at Mouse Control offer quality mouse-proofing in any room of the house and guarantee to keep the mice out. Call Mouse Control today for mouse removal and exclusion.