If mice invaded your barn or garden, I’m pretty sure you’re not a happy homeowner. These little rodents chew everything from cardboard to corn and wood, leaving an incredible mess behind. As a matter of fact they have a strong appetite for vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains which will probably mess with your vegetable garden and so. Mice chew anything, and when you detect something chewed by a mouse, you should throw it away immediately, because these tiny rodents spread a lot of diseases faster than the speed of sound.
How can I tell that I’m dealing with a mice invasion?
Look for small teeth marks on wooden object in your yard, partially eaten crops, mice dropping. Also, you can focus on the smell – that particular mice/ hamster smell which is pretty remarkable.
How to get rid of mice in the garden?
The best way in getting rid of mice is repelling them with the scent they hate such as:
- Cayenne pepper
How to use these repelling scents?
- Well, just soak some cotton balls in water and roll them in cayenne pepper or garlic powder. Place these cotton balls in areas where you see mouse activity.
- The same procedure can be done with peppermint oil. Soak cotton balls in peppermint essential oil and place them around your yard.
- As a matter of fact, you can sprinkle cayenne pepper powder around you garden to deter mice. But, you have to repeat this procedure after each rainy day.
Grow repellent plants in your garden
It seems that nature has your back when it comes to deter mice. By growing the right plants in the garden, you won’t deal with mice throughout the year.
So, fence your yard with mint, lavender or sage and mice won’t be a problem anymore. As a matter of fact, you won’t deal with any other rodent.
Garlic and onion are other great natural repellents for mice, and you can plant a small plot near your house to prevent these tiny rodents from getting inside the house.
The last less humane option is to trap the rodent. Purchase some mouse traps, depending on the area you want to protect, and prepare the following bait for them:
- Mix cereals, dried fruits or bacon with peanut butter.
- Roll the composition between your palms and make the bait about the size of a pea.
- Attach the bait to the tripping mechanism of the trap.
- Now, place the traps about 5 – 10 feet apart throughout the area of the garden where you’ve seen mouse activity. If you have a small backyard, 12 mouse traps will be enough.