Along with the need for heavier coats and excuses to drink more hot cocoa, the cold temperatures of winter can also bring unwelcome houseguests looking for food and shelter. A common pest known to sneak into homes during winter months is the mouse. Mice don’t hibernate, so they’ll be actively gnawing, chewing, nesting and mating all winter long.
One of the ways mice might access your home in the winter is through your garage. The following tips could make these rodents less likely to make your home their winter wonderland.
How to Help Keep Mice Out of Your Garage
When you’re trying to keep mice out of the garage, you need to think about what you’re storing inside. For example, if you’re keeping bags of birdseed or dog food in the garage, you may as well walk around handing tiny dinner invitations out to mice.
Food sources can be scarce for mice in the winter, and one of the reasons they’ll move into your home is in search of a meal. Therefore, if you want to try to mouse-proof your garage, you should store items like pet food and birdfeed in an airtight, hard plastic container to reduce the aromas that can attract mice.
Additionally, you’re going to want to inspect the perimeter of your garage to make sure there aren’t any cracks or crannies mice can get through. You should seal any openings that are the size of a dime or larger. Mice don’t have collarbones, which makes it easy for them to squeeze through small spaces.
How to Help Keep Mice Out of Storage Boxes
While it’s common to store items in plastic containers to help keep pests from getting in, if a rat wants what’s in your storage container, it will likely find a way to get in regardless of the material. This is why it’s important to strategically use rodent control methods, like traps and baits, where you store important items. You should also consider having your attic sealed to exclude rodents from getting in there, as that is where many people store things.
How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Garage
If you suspect that you already have a mouse problem — or have noticed signs of mice and want to address the issue before it gets out of hand — it’s recommended that you call a professional. A trained Terminix technician can examine your garage and home to determine whether you have an infestation and recommend a customized removal plan, as well as a plan to help prevent them from coming back. Schedule your free inspection today.