In the past, most of our blog articles about mice have been focused on how to get them out of your house. But what about mice that are living outside and haven’t yet found their way indoors just yet?
Here are some tips for how to get rid of mice outdoors so that you can have mice-free yard and garden areas.
Keep Your Yard Clean and Tidy
Mice love good hiding places in yards, so you can deter them from your outside area by making hiding places harder to find. Mow your grass, pull weeds, and keep compost materials far away from your house. Also, eliminate wood and brush piles in your yard to keep mice away.
Set Mouse Traps or Repellents
If you notice mice activity on your property, you can set some traps to catch them. It’s typically best to place traps along the perimeter of your property, but even this can be dangerous if you have kids or pets playing in the yard.
As an alternative, you can set humane DIY traps that won’t harm your little ones or plant natural mice repellents in your garden, such as lavender, sage, and basil. There are also devices that you can buy that make an audible sound that mice hate and that can serve as an effective deterrent without harming people or pets.
Eliminate Food Sources
To get rid of mice outdoors, you’ll also want to get rid of any exposed food that might entice mice to linger around. This includes bird food in bird feeders, pet food in outdoor kennels, and open trash cans. Instead, keep trash secure in cans with lockable lids, and take away leftover food that your pets don’t eat after meals.
Seal Up Potential Entry Points
The biggest risk of having mice outdoors is that they might find their way indoors and cause an infestation in your house. To take control of the situation, cover up any holes in the foundation of your home and seal up entry points, such as cracks in doors and windows.
Perform Regular Property Inspections
Mice reproduce very quickly and can easily take over a property if their presence goes unnoticed for too long. On a regular basis, walk around your yard and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, such as gnawed wires, burrowed holes in the dirt, or fecal droppings left behind in outdoor areas.
Call Precise Termite & Pest Control
However, the best way to get rid of mice outdoors is to enlist the help of a professional who knows where to look for signs of mice activity and can quickly remedy the situation before it gets worse. It’s also a smart idea to have an exterminator perform an annual inspection as a preventative measure just be proactive if you live in an area where mice are common. Northern New Jersey is an area that is notorious for mice living both outdoors and indoors, and Precise Termite & Pest Control has been keeping our region mice-free for over three decades with effective, prompt, and affordable pest control.
For your free inspection or to learn more about the signs of outdoor mice activity, call us at 866-971-2847 or contact us online. This is a great time of the year to have an inspection done, so schedule yours today and enjoy peace of mind for the rest of the year.