You’ve worked hard on getting your garden ready for summer. You may have added fertilizer and rototilled it in, planted seeds, or added your small plants. Now comes the daily task of watering it to keep your plants hydrated. The last thing that you need is mice destroying all of the hard work that you put into this endeavor. Mice can wreak havoc on your harvest if you aren’t careful, taking what’s yours and making it theirs. I’m going to go over some ways to get rid of mice in your garden. Besides, they are unwanted garden guests after all!
Clean Up Any Mice Friendly Areas
Before you start to work on eradicating your mice from your garden, work on making the area not so mice-friendly. The reason that the mice may have taken up residence in the first place is due to the fact that the area was inviting them. Clean up places where mice can hide, such as piles of debris. If you have garden tools sitting around, make sure to put them away. Any extra tools or things lying around can become hiding places. Mice like to hide from predators, so remove the mice hiding places.
In the past, you may have put traps in your house or garage to get rid of mice. An outside environment is going to be a whole other deal because wildlife and pet safety needs to be taken into account. A cat or songbird could easily get caught in a garden mousetrap and get injured. If you put mice traps in your garden, make sure to put the traps in cages where only the mice can get through to the traps and not other animals. If you want to get rid of mice in your house, that is a different story, and you will have more options to use. For a good article on how to get rid of mice in your house, click here.
Garden Mice Repellents
There are some natural plants that repel mice that you may want to consider growing in your garden. Try planting some herbs around the edges of your garden that are strong smelling. Mints, lavender, and dill are all great options, as many mice do not like strong smelling plants.
You may also want to consider using a strong smelling soap like Irish Spring in your garden. Cut the soap up into quarters and put it around the edges of your garden. If you are concerned with the soap leaching into the soil, put the cubed soap into dishes. That way when it rains or when you water your garden, the soap will stay in the dish and not go into your soil.
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Final Thoughts on How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Garden
I’ve covered a few ways to get rid of mice in your garden without causing harm to the environment or pets. Remember to first clean up your garden to ensure that it isn’t inviting mice. Then, try putting out some mice traps in a way that won’t harm wildlife or your pets. Finally, consider putting out some mice repellents so that mice will walk right on by instead of taking residence in your garden.
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