“I hate those meeces to pieces” was the famous line from the famous cartoon cat whose name escapes as I write this – but I feel the sentiment is fitting for those who have mice problems in their sheds. Mice love dark cluttered places and your shed seems to be a place for them to congregate and make your shed their home.
They can be responsible for chewing into all sorts of things, making a mess and spreading disease. These unwelcomed guests can get to plague proportions and really cause some damage and stress. Luckily there are a few steps you can take to make sure that you keep your garden shed mice free.
Seal it Up
Ensure that the shed is sealed properly. From the doorways, to the ceiling, and where the floor meets the slab. Mice can squash themselves small enough to fit in the tiniest of spaces and will happily try squeeze into your shed in search of booty. When I say booty I’m mainly talking about food sources which brings me to the next point.
When storing pet food or other tasty treats that you think mice will like to nibble on, it’s important to store them in airtight containers. Mice have a keen sense of smell and if you have some bird seed or dog biscuits in your shed there is no doubt that they will sniff them out and try their hardest to get some of the goodness.
Twenty-litre buckets with a sealed lid are ideal and you can sometimes get them from your local Maccas at a small cost. These are usually large enough to fit a big bag of dry dog biscuits and they seal airtight. This way, the mice won’t be able to get a whiff and are less likely to make your shed their new buffet and breeding ground.
Rodents love confined spaces that are full of clutter. Keeping your shed nice, clean, and orderly is another way to deter rodents from ransacking your man cave. Make sure to keep everything nice and tidy and don’t have too much clutter on the floor or in the corners as that’s where they like to hide and make nests.
It may also pay to get some extra shelving, hanging hooks, and pretty much anything that’s going to make your storage more efficient. Plus, you will be helping yourself out by having organized shed and a more inviting man cave to entertain the boys.
Get a Cat
The classic tale in cartoons of a cat vs. mice is a common theme. It’s a case of art imitating life. The simple fact is that cats will instinctively chase mice. Unless of course, you have one of those useless fluffy things that lay around all day, but most of them will love the opportunity to go after a mouse. It’s quite entertaining – and surprising I might add – to see your domesticated house cat bur up as its natural instincts take over and they go in for the kill.
There is a rumour or urban myth going around that mothballs will deter rats or mice. They are called mothballs for reason. If they actually worked on mice, they would market them as such. There is no such thing as mouse balls. So put this rumour to rest right now I will tell you they are useless and will not deter mice in the slightest.
Call the Professionals
If you do find you have a mice or rat infestation in your shed and it’s getting out of hand, it is time to get help. The cat has run out of steam from chasing the vermin around all day and the mothballs didn’t work (obviously), get the professionals in to do what they do best and eradicate your pest problem. If the problem isn’t too bad and they are simple field mice going for a feed, they might be able to be relocated in a humane way. If not, they will be terminated the old fashioned way and sent to an early grave and do the job that your lazy cat couldn’t cope with.
So, if you want to keep your man cave a safe haven from vermin such as rats and mice, follow the above steps and you should be fine. Remove or seal food into the airtight containers, seal your shed, get the cat involved and if the cat can’t finish the job the exterminators will, no questions asked. Good luck and may peace dwell in your man cave or garden shed.