5 Tips to Keep Mice Out of the Garage

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Mice. Those crazy, sly, sneaky little buggers that get into all your stuff.
Never had a problem with them before, but now I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about.
The Misses and I moved into our new home back in March 2012. Wonderful place surrounded by woods and all the nature you could hope for! But almost immediately I started having issues with mice getting into my garage.
‘Well, of course,’ you think ‘it’s a garage. What’s the big deal?’
They’ve decided that my restoration vehicle seats are the perfect place to use as their ‘winter home’.
Any car enthusiasts out there have this same problem? I know you have. In fact, the guy I purchased my ’54 Chevy from had a dozen collector vehicles on his property that were all victim to the destructive suckers.
Being the problem-solver that I am (and not wanting to be out-smarted by a rodent), I decided to take action against the terrorism I was facing.
I hope someone out there can find my tips helpful.
1) Food: This might be an obvious one, but make sure all food is out of, and away from the garage. A couple things came up for me:
– We keep the garbage next to the garage. I started by getting garbage bins with lockable lids.
– I also have a hand-made compost bin out-back of the garage. The city started doing rural pick-up, so we opted to have the compostable food items taken off-site.
– I freakin’ love candy. My wife pointed out that maybe having the Sour keys open in the garage is neither healthy nor a deterrent for my furry villains.
2) Trim Trees: Believe it or not, mice and squirrels can gain access to your garage by climbing on trees and coming through access holes in the roof. Your best protection to that is to trim trees around your garage.
3) Close the door! Mouse doors, that is. After taking care of the food problem, I set myself to sealing-off any holes I could find that the mice might be using as entrances. In case you didn’t know, they can squeeze themselves through the smallest places. I did a pretty good inspection of the garage and sealed-off holes with wood. Then I replaced the weather-stripping around all the doors.  That place is almost air-tight at this point!
4) Create a fence: This might sound crazy, but this is how desperate I am to keep mice out of my stored vehicle. I built a fence around the perimeter of the car. I made the fence about 1 ft tall out of aluminum. The slippery surface makes it impossible for the creatures to climb, and so, they are diverted from the car.
5) Traps: If all else fails, I also have a back-up plan. Inside the vehicle, I have placed a few mouse traps. This way, if anything manages to get into my air-tight vault, it won’t be getting out. This will at least make the car a no-go-zone. I should mention that I do not use poison. This is because of point #4…
6) Get a Cat!  I already had one, so I just started letting her into the garage more often. Even the smell of a cat will keep rodents away. My cat, thankfully, is a cold-blooded killer. Hence why I decided not to use poison. I don’t need my cat getting into the stuff, and hence why I only put the traps inside the car.
So far, I think the cat has been having the most fun with this experiment. I haven’t seen any more mice droppings in the garage, and I’ve been finding a lot more dead mice on my driveway in the morning. Wherever they went after they were evicted from my garage, it has made it easier for my cat to find them. I’m seeing this as a success! Let me know if you have any other home-grown tips for this problem. I’d love to hear ‘em!

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