The end of summer looms and the small animals that have been running around the yard all season are preparing for the cold months ahead…and that means, your garage is calling them. Mice, Chipmunks, possum, raccoons, and snakes are all prepping for winter like we prep for winter, except we don’t want them using our shelter as theirs. Let’s keep the critters out of your garage.
Mice can and will find a way to warmth as soon as the first frost starts to hit and your garage is the perfect place for them. They can gnaw through the garage threshold and easily get in without you noticing the hole. They will immediately find a place to nest and have their babies. Once there’s a hole, here come the chipmunks.
And who follows the mice and chipmunks? In warmer areas, the snakes slither in right after them.
There are metal thresholds, but the concrete would need to be perfect at the meeting place and that’s not likely. You would still need a rubber portion for the threshold to meet the concrete. There are chew resistant thresholds that are made with steel wool. If you do find a small hole in the garage threshold, you could try stuffing steel wool in the area yourself. Be aware, chipmunks are clever and can pull that out…unless you screw it in to keep it in place.
Food Stored in Garage
You probably didn’t realize it, but the grass seed you store in the garage is food for mice and chipmunks. If they get into the garage and find it, you’re giving these animals a deluxe apartment for winter. Best suggestion, keep the seed in large metal containers they cannot smell or get into. This goes for dry pet food you might keep in the garage as well as birdseed.
Used for the Garden, Used for the Garage
Many people use natural deterrents to keep animals away from their gardens, including coyote urine. This is easy to find and will keep smaller animals out. There are some natural ways to keep chipmunks at bay and the Humane Society has some help as well.
We did find a homemade repellent you could try, but after rain and snow melt, you’d need to re-apply: Deter rodents with a mixture of salad oil, garlic, horseradish and cayenne pepper. Let this sit for four days, strain it into a spray bottle and spray on desired area. Cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil work well, as do mothballs.