Because many homes are close to fields and other plants, which are mice’s natural habitats, mice are more likely to move into homes looking for food and shelter. In contrast to the south, where the weather is always lovely, the seasons change in California. During the winter, mice are seen to be very active. They look for a place to stay, which is usually a garage. This is especially important for garages that aren’t used very often.
Why do rodents like to live in garages?
No matter what we like, rats have learned to live with us. Our houses and garages keep us safe from snow, sleet, hail, rain, wind, dangerous animals, and temperatures below zero. Worse, mice eat foods that humans will never run out of. Mice often eat bird food and grass seed that is stored in garages.
Mice build their nests in places where people aren’t around much. They look for places to nest where they won’t be disturbed. One mouse will make a place to live and have babies. When puppies get old enough to be on their own, they leave the nest and create their own.
How do I know if mice have been in my garage?
Mice eat a lot of food at night because they sleep so little. They leave behind black or brown droppings that look like grains of rice. Mice that live in large colonies are mostly to blame for the high number of dropping piles. You may find mice as well as mouse droppings. They usually creep along the edges of walls, so you won’t see them running through the middle of a room.
Mice will eat dog food, bird seed, lawn seed, and other things in bags or containers that are easy to open if they live in your garage. Look for holes in the packages that rodents made. Since mice are messy eaters, you might find seeds all over your garage.
How do I stop mice from getting into my garage?
Make your garage unattractive so mice won’t want to live there. To make your garage rodent-proof, follow the steps below:
- Bird food, dog food, and grass seed should all be kept in containers or bins that keep air out.
- Clean up your desk and put things in order.
- Fill in any cracks or holes that could lead to the garage.
- Getting fewer tree branches to touch the roof of the garage.
- Trash cans should be taken outside and shut tightly.
- Keep firewood as far away from your house and garage as you can.
One of the best ways to keep mice out of your garage is to seal where they could get in. A mouse can pass through a hole the size of a dime. Never think a mouse won’t try to get into your garage through these holes. Even if you can’t see any mice, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. A single mouse can have anywhere from 25 to 60 babies every year.
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