Signs of and How To Get Rid of Mice in a Garden
Mice love to eat seeds, bulbs and vegetables of various kinds from your garden. A mouse has plenty of cover from predators in a backyard and may make their bed in burrows or a shed. The signs of a mouse problem in the garden include bite marks on produce and holes in the soil where mice dig for food.
Mice in the garden can also spread disease. To get rid of mice in the garden you can practice a selection of techniques to shield the food sources a mouse will eat, remove or adjust potential places a mouse may make a bed and potentially use poison or traps. Poison is only usually necessary if there is a big problem.
While the tips we provide here will help, using a professional rodent control service is the most effective way of dealing with mice in your garden. For an affordable and long-lasting solution to a mouse problem in your backyard, you can contact us. We can assess the situation and provide the best outcome.
Signs of mice in a garden and why they like your backyard
There are many signs of mice and other rodents in your garden. The main signs are holes in the soil where mice dig to find food, such as near a seed, bulb or root vegetable. You can also find their beds underground, or possibly in a garden shed. Bite marks on vegetables and other plants are another sign of mice in your garden.
You may mistake the signs of field mice in your garden for a different type of rodent. There is a chance that water voles or bank voles are the cause of the damage in your backyard, but it is unlikely that rats or house mice will be the cause of your problems.
Field mice will choose an environment for one primary reason, which is a food source. Your garden can provide an abundance of food for mice, especially if you have extensive fruit and vegetable plants. Mice will find the natural cover of a garden another attractive aspect of your backyard.
3 practical tips on how to get rid of mice in the garden
It is relatively rare for field mice to become such a huge problem that there is an infestation, but you probably find the damage they cause fairly annoying. Mice can also spread disease in your garden from their urine and faeces. As a result, you will want to take preventative measures to stop backyard mice.
The following are some practical tips to help control the mice in your garden. By incorporating these tips into your gardening practices, you can ensure the problem of mice remains minimal:
1. Protect your plants
You probably do not wish to give in to the problem and simply remove all of your plants. However, you can take measures to protect your plants from mice, or at least minimise their impact and dissuade them from damaging plants.
You can try putting mesh wire over your plant pots outside, which will stop any hungry mouse from accessing them. Mice hate biting on metal, and they are not strong enough to bite through it in any case.
You can also help rodent-proof your backyard shed. A shed is a key area where a mouse can make its bed and they will access potting sheds for feeding purposes too. Try using steel wool at any potential access points.
2. Get rid of any possible nesting places
Mice prefer warm, dry little nooks and crannies to make their nests. It is important to regularly sweep areas that may be appealing for mice to make their beds in for signs of an existing nest.
Areas to look out for include log piles, which can provide a notable amount of shelter to a mouse. Another common area you will see mice make their beds is in the garden shed. Check all corners and take a look underneath the shed too.
Unfortunately, finding a bed is not the best sign as it means that mice are present and may have also spread. Look for holes in the ground too, as mice can burrow to make a bed and line it with leaves or other materials.
3. Try poison, traps or rat boxes
We see lots of rodents and control different types with certain methods, which gives you a lot of versatility when you choose our services. However, unless the problem is really bad, it may be milder to avoid poison for mice in a garden.
You can successfully apply rodenticide, particularly under sheds or decking, but this is not always necessary. Humane traps can help by capturing the mice and there are commercial mouse repellents and deterrents you can try too.
A rat box will also help with rats or other rodents. It contains poison and has a design that makes it work with rats and mice without interfering with any other larger animals or pets.
Mice control options for your garden
Having mice in the garden is irritating and they can cause damage to plants. Look for small holes and bite marks or signs of a nest. Protecting plants, removing places where mice make their beds and using more traditional forms of pest control are some potential ways to get rid of the issue.
If you want the most effective mice control in your garden you are going to need a professional service to ensure you use the right option. Trying to do it yourself can be a challenge, but hopefully these tips we discussed above will help you prevent any significant problems.
If you have a bigger problem and want to guarantee a long-lasting solution to the issue of mice in your garden, we recommend contacting us so we can assess the situation and take control of the problem. You can also view our blog for more tips and information on pest control.