While mice may appear little and cute, they can produce major issues in your yard as they build tunnels and chew your flowers, vegetables and shrubs. They can also act as pest and disease carriers, transporting extra problems such as fleas or ringworm. Thankfully, if you find mice digging holes in your yard, you have several solutions — physical, chemical and ethnic — to remedy the problem.
Mice populations in gardens and lawns can readily be controlled using the easy snap-style mouse trap sold in most home and hardware stores. To attract the mice, bait it with peanut butter. For your best results, identify where the mice prefer to go in your garden. They frequently use “runs” to scurry about the landscape, that are generally direct routes in the grass strips bordering the garden or flower beds. Put the traps along the runs, spacing them 10 feet apart.
Sheet Metal Barriers
If you discover mice burrowing in the soft tilled dirt of your yard, such as a flower bed or vegetable garden, then create barriers around the outside of the area, then set traps within the cordoned-off section. Above ground, setup a straightforward 1/4-inch mesh wire fence around the outside of the area. To prevent mice from digging into the enclosed area, create a dig-proof barrier by burying sheet metal around the edges of the garden bed. Orient the sheet metal vertically so that it goes approximately 12 inches into the dirt. At this thickness, it will adequately keep mice from digging.
Mice prefer yards that have a lot of hiding spots they can dash to and out of as they scavenge for food and dig their holes. By developing anti-mice landscaping designs, many homeowners can eliminate the problem simply by inviting the mice to transfer to more favorable landscapes. The fundamentals are easy: thin out or prune back dense vegetation to boost sun and air penetration; eliminate common hiding areas, like piles of trash or unused garden equipment; and keep your yard weed-free. This is often enough to get rid of most mice issues, or sufficiently reduce the people enough to ensure that it no longer poses any trouble to your yard.
Repellents, typically formulated with the pee of foxes and other predators to help frighten away the goal animal, work well with mice and other common wildlife issues, like rabbits. Spray the repellent in your problem areas in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines. This option works best in dry weather conditions, as rain will quickly wash the repellent’s consequences.
If the people of mice is so large that it is quickly ruining your entire landscaping and landscape modification and trapping is not enough, look at baiting them with poison. This process needs to be a last resort, as the toxicity poses a risk to other wildlife and your pets. Generally, mouse lure made from bromadiolone or brodifacoum, positioned near mice burrows or other mouse activity hotspots, will take care of the problem over the course of a week.