How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Food Storage and Garden

| 1/28/2016 9:54:00 AM

James Whitemice in barn

Mice and other small critters, such as voles and shrews, can cause major problems for you and your garden. Tearing through your food storage, leaving droppings everywhere and breeding like crazy are just a few habits that make these rodents more than just an annoyance. Thankfully, keeping your goods safe from pests doesn’t have to be a losing battle. With a few tricks, you can easily take back your garden and win the war against critters.

If you’ve been looking for methods to get rid of mice that actually work, take a look at the list below:

Peppermint Oil

Since mice have pretty poor eyesight, they rely on their noses to find food. Overpowering their senses with peppermint essential oil is a great way to deter curious mice from entering your garden or storage areas, but won’t do much to get rid of existing mice.

Soak cotton balls in undiluted peppermint essential oil and place them around problem areas. The overwhelming scent of peppermint will deter new mice from building homes in your garden or storage. You can also make a peppermint spray and generously coat entrances to storage to keep pests away.

3/21/2018 10:46:43 AM

How about pack rats? Have been trying to get rid of one in my greenhouse for over a year. Takes every bait, even when wired to the trap, and escapes every time.

3/21/2018 10:46:39 AM

Pack rats? Have been trying to get rid of one in my greenhouse for over a year. It takes every bait and avoids getting caught, even when bait is wired to the trap!

3/17/2016 10:56:07 AM

Great tips, especially the peppermint oil! Such a multipurpose tool. It's supposed to help keep mosquitoes away, too. Of course, cat patrol is great, unless your cat is old and lazy... Robyn - Homesteading with Mrs. D