Mice are cute little creatures, although they can cause a world of pain if they run rampant in your shed. Fortunately, you have many options to rid your shed of mice, some of which will work better for you than others.
1 – Secure Any Holes
If you have an outdoor shed with a mouse issue, the first thing to check for is any entry points. Any little holes or crevices are an invitation for mice to enter, so plugging these up is a good start for getting rid of mice.
Most of the time, however, mice will find a way in even if you do repair any holes in your shed. When sealing any areas on the outside of your shed, consider using caulk or steel wool on any especially small holes, as mice are unable to push or eat their way through these materials.
If you have pipes attached to your shed, take a look at the entry point and see if any mice could fit through there. Mice are able to fit through holes the width of a small coin, so if you see any holes, take the time to patch them up.
The roof on your shed and the weather stripping is also a prime area where mice like to enter through to get into your shed. When replacing or repairing parts of your shed, make sure that you do not leave any holes or cracks unsealed, as mice will find and enter these seemingly insignificant slits.
2 – Natural Anti-Mouse Materials
If you have patched up any parts of your shed that need repair and you have checked all surfaces to make sure that there are no areas of entrance to your shed, the next step is to use anti-mouse materials. Mice, as well as a slew of other rodents, are afraid of a number of smells and items, especially those of natural predators.
Some mice repellents from the spice cabinet are cayenne pepper and cloves, as well as peppermint oil and spearmint oil. If you have a hunch about where the mice are entering, place these items nearby and see if the mice continue entering.
Just as with people, no two mice are the same, so one mouse will not respond the same way as another. If the natural spices and oils do not work for your scenario, consider trying mothballs, dryer sheets, citronella, or ammonia.
If you are feeling ambitious, other options to repel mice are fox urine or the urine of other mouse-eating predators, such as cats. Predatory animal scents also tend to frighten mice enough to prevent their entering into walled areas such as sheds, although even this barrier is not enough for some mice.
3 – Mouse Traps
The most common, as well as the most effective, solution to getting rid of rats in your shed is the mousetrap. Killing mice is the only real way to make sure that they do not continue entering your shed, and although you might think that it is sad or inhumane, it is a very effective solution.
There are humane traps, although these are usually more pricey and less effective, especially when you are dealing with a large concentration of mice on your property. Today you can find a variety of mouse traps, including the standard bait-and-snap trap, as well as electric traps, sticky traps, and live-catch traps.
How many mice you are looking to trap is the biggest factor in deciding which trap to go with. Standard snap traps typically look like open clams and trigger due to mouse activity, which shuts the device and kills the mouse.
Electric traps work in the same way, except they electrocute the mouse instead of clamping down on it, while sticky traps, as the name implies, catch a mouse in a sticky solution. Live-catch traps, however, simply capture mice rather than killing them, although these traps are usually not as effective as others.
4 – Mouse Poison
As with mouse traps, poison is a solution for killing mice that have entered your shed. If you leave out poison in the form of a bait that mice enjoy, you might not see any mouse effects until a few days later, as the poison might take a few days before it becomes lethal in the mouse.
Another factor to consider about mouse poison is how toxic it is, especially if you have children or pets running around your house or shed. There are some less-toxic mouse poisons that are child-friendly, although even these products are not harmless.
If a mouse dies on the spot or ends up dying inside of your shed, you probably will not see it, which often causes a horrible smell after a couple of days. This is one reason why keeping your shed organized is important to successfully remove mice from your shed.
These poisons come in the form of poison chunks or grains, which mice consume and then die, some faster than others. Just as with the mouse traps, mouse poison is very effective at killing mice, although it can take a long time to kill and remove mice from your shed.
5 – Humane Mouse Traps
If your mouse infestation is not serious or if you do not want to directly harm or kill mice, there are other options in the form of humane mouse traps. These traps work by capturing mice rather than killing them, although you might find that these solutions only work in the short term.
Some non-lethal mouse traps include small boxes that trap mice but keep them alive, sticky traps that do not suffocate or usually kill mice, and electronic repelling devices that shock mice without fully electrocuting and killing them. Some of these solutions, especially the sticky traps, often become expensive as you have to replace them after one use.
You will likely grow frustrated if you have a large shed with many mice running all around on the floor and try to use humane mouse traps, as they are simply not very effective in the long run. If you have a smaller garage with only a handful of mice scuttling around, coupling humane mouse traps with other natural mouse-repelling materials just might work.
If you do decide to capture and release mice, be sure to release them somewhere very far away, as mice have excellent senses of direction and can travel long distances back to your shed if they wish.
6 – Employ Mouse Predators
If you are looking for a more old-fashioned or rudimentary approach to controlling the mice, consider buying a guard dog or cat. Certain breeds of these animals are more inclined to kill mice, although both will certainly scare any wandering rodents.
If you already have a dog or cat, releasing it into your shed will put off any mice from entering, at least while the dog is present. Similar to other solutions to mice problems, your pets will not get rid of mice for good in most circumstances.
If you decide to let your pet into your shed for a while, make sure that they do not accidentally eat or lick any toxic materials or mice poisons.
7 – Maintain Good Sanitation
If you want to prevent mice from invading your shed or want to limit the attractiveness of your shed to mice, be sure to keep your shed clean. The more crowded your shed, the higher the likelihood that mice will start showing up.
Food items and liquids are also attractive to mice, as they often enter sheds looking for food and shelter. Mice also love nesting in undisturbed, closed spaces, so clearing out any spots where you can imagine mice nesting is a good idea.
If you want to get rid of mice in your shed, there is a wide choice of options you have, some of which will keep the mice from your shed and others that will kill or trap mice. First and foremost, seal any holes or cracks in your shed, including in the roof and near any pipes that enter the shed.
If you have filled in any holes or gaps in your shed and you still have mice walking around, consider sprinkling or spraying some anti-mouse materials or objects in the shed to deter the mice. Some natural options are essential oils such as spearmint and peppermint, as well as spices such as cloves and cayenne pepper.
The next level of getting rid of your mice is to set up some mouse traps, which come in different shapes and sizes. Some mouse traps kill mice on impact, such as standard clamp mouse traps and electric mouse traps, while others simply capture mice in a box or a sticky resin.
Mouse poison or getting a guard dog or cat are also solid options to counter pesky mice wreaking havoc in your shed. To repel extra mice, be sure to keep up a clean shed or garage and keep the space open. Mice are annoying, but you can handle them with a bit of time and innovation.
Ben has a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering. When not constructing or remodeling X-Ray Rooms, Cardiovascular Labs, and Pharmacies, you can find him at home with wife and two daughters. Outside of family, He loves grilling and barbequing on his Big Green Egg and Blackstone Griddle, as well as working on projects around the house.
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