Garages are usually hot, messy places full of dust and clutter. One of the biggest issues for pet owners is how to keep those little pets who live in their cars from contributing to the gunk on your car, whether it be dropping rodent guts onto spots that you never realized until they started acting like they owned the place, critters going through your window into the car or getting alive squished by your tires or wiper blades.
What are mouse droppings?
Mouse droppings are small, white, round or ovoid balls that are expelled from the intestines of mice.
Mice usually eat food and excrete the droppings as a natural way of dealing with the waste material. Droppings can show the presence of disease in mice.
Mouse droppings can be removed from a garage by sweeping them up and disposing of them in a trashcan. Be careful not to step in any droppings while sweeping!
How to get rid of mouse droppings.
If you live in a Dianne apartment and have a mouse problem, now is the time to act. You do not want mouse droppings all over your nice clean floor. Here are some tips on how to get rid of mouse droppings in your garage:
1) If you live in an apartment building with a common hallway, take all of the Mouse Traps from the supply closet near the front desk. Put several traps along the walls near entrances and openings into your garage. Make sure to check them nightly!
2) If you live in a house with multiple garages, seal off all entrances into the garages by putting stuff sacks or large clothes hampers over the openings. This will help confine the mouse and make it easier to catch when it comes out to eat.
3) If you have children, be sure to tell them not to leave food out where mice can reach it. Keep your garbage cans tightly closed at night so mice cannot get inside pour their food and drink.
Practical home DIY remedies and tips
The mouse droppings in my garage were getting out of hand! I had read that some people use garlic to get rid of rodents, so I did a little research and found the following kitchen recipes that include garlic: Garlic Clove Mouse Trap (This is an old post from 2010 but the method still works)
Garlic Mouse Trap Recipe
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
Directions: In a small bowl, stir together the onion, garlic, salt, pepper and oil. Set the mixture aside. In a quart-sized resealable baggie or container, combine the vinegar and water. Set aside. Instruct children not to put their hands into the bag with the ingredients. Tie the top of the baggie or container off with string or a rubber band. Fill a mouse hole with half of the onion mixture. Place the mouse trap over the hole. Repeat with another half of the mixture and mouse trap. Tie off each end of the bagsgie with string or rubber bands. Keep out of reach of children. Release
If you’ve ever found mouse droppings in your garage, then you are not alone. Mice are ubiquitous in many places and can be quite destructive. Here are a few tips to help you clean up mouse droppings from your garage:
-Use a vacuum cleaner with a powerful suction to remove the droppings from surfaces.
-If the droppings are on grease or oil, use a strong acid or enzyme cleaner to break them down and neutralize the scent.
-Be sure to clean all of the areas surrounding where the mouse was active; this will prevents other mice from coming and setting up housekeeping.