Mouse Control: Ways to Keep Rodents out of Your Garden

Mice are a problem, especially when they dig up and munch on your recently planted sweet yellow corn — that’s so darn frustrating! Aside from chewing your garden apart, rodents also carry bacteria and spread such diseases as salmonella, tularemia, leptospirosis, etc.

Have you noticed some eaten potatoes and carrots in your vegetable garden? Then you’re most likely dealing with the mouse problem. If you don’t do anything about it, chances are high that those pesky little critters will eventually switch from tunneling your lawn to breaking into your home.

If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, you’re welcome to read this post. Today, we will elaborate on mouse traps, along with other effective ways to keep rodents out of your garden space. Read on and make the most of the expert recommendations provided below.

Keep Your Lawn Mowed

If the grass in your garden is tall enough, be ready that mice will freely run around your property without even trying to hide (the perfect hiding place is already there). If you’re planning to start a war against mice, make sure you keep your garden grass mowed, and then switch to other ways of dealing with these pesky critters.

Relocate Compost Bins

Compost is great for gardening. However, it attracts mice to your garden like nothing else does. Make sure you relocate your compost bins from the border area of the house to the space across the garden. Also, do your best to avoid storing your compost in wooden containers. Otherwise, you’re simply inviting rodents to savor a nutritious meal (and potentially stay with you forever).

Dispose of Garden Waste

Stave off from keeping piles of shrub trimmings, fallen leaves, and/or cut grass in your garden. Transform your garden waste into compost or simply get rid of it as soon as you can. As an alternative, get it out of your garden space/yard where it is nothing but a standing invitation for the constantly-hungry rodents. This way, mice won’t have places to hide, which will contribute to the success of your pest control venture.

Keep Pet Food in the House

If you’re a pet owner, make sure that you store your dog and cat food (as well as birdseed) away from the garden. Have pieces of loose food thrown around your yard or garden? Pick it up, or you’re going to make your property look way too friendly and comfy for most types of rodents out there. Consider feeding your pets inside the house. If that’s not very convenient to you, always clean up after your dog or cat buddies finish their meals.

Focus on Sealing Holes

Mice are skilled at squeezing through the smallest holes ever, so make sure you work on sealing up any possible entrances. That way, you will prevent rodents from making themselves comfy in your home. Wood or metal are among the best materials for sealing holes.

Opt for Mice-Repellent Trash Bags & Containers

Mice easily chew their way through soft plastic, so opt for a metal trash can in the first place. There are even trash cans made expressly to keep out rodents and other pests. Make sure your trash can has a secure lid capable of keeping mice out. In addition to this, you can purchase mice-repellent trash bags to go with your bins for even more protection. Put the trash cans on concrete instead of the grass.

Clear the Base of Your House

If you want to keep mice at bay, cutting back ornamental plants and moving them away from your house siding is a must. Do your best to clear the space around your house from shrubberies, bushes, and all sorts of herbaceous borders. Plant them away from your house if you really need them. Paving the area with rocks/pebbles would be a fine (read as: mice-proof) alternative. That way, you will keep rodents from colonizing your home.

Set Store-Bought Traps

The time-tested traditional wooden mouse traps are invariably effective. However, it is recommended to use several types of mouse traps. The thing is, mice often learn how to avoid certain kinds of traps. As an alternative, get a cat. In many cases, mice can smell cats around the house and, therefore, want to avoid meeting the enemy at all costs.

Cutting to the Chase: It’s Time to Call a Professional

If you’re sick of mice roaming around your garden freely, call a professional. Before you do that, however, ask your friends or family members if they can recommend any reliable rodent control companies near you. Make sure you call them to learn about their prices and licenses. This is important since you need trusted pros who are good at the latest techniques and know the best ways of keeping mice out of your garden.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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