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Keep the Mouse Out of the House!

By on September 05, 2013

Guess who's coming to dinner? Not these rats if you use our rodent-proof storage tips.

We all want peaceful coexistence with mice.

We also want them to stay outdoors, not in our pantries and garages. Two good reasons for that:

1. We want our seeds left just the way we stored them—not gnawed on.

2. Mice, cute as they can look, are also vectors for some pretty nasty diseases like Hantavirus and bubonic plague (plague isn’t just in Monty Python skits, it’s still around). Rats aren’t widely considered cute (unless you had pet rats in your childhood) so it’s easier to think of them—and all wild rodents, including squirrels and chipmunks—as potential disease vectors. Squirrels in the Los Angeles area were recently identified as bubonic plague vectors.

Prevent rodents from setting up shop

In our new video, Tricia shows how she keeps mice and rats from getting into her house or stripping the produce from her garden.

One of the first strategies in Integrated Pest Management is prevention.

For prevention you can use mechanical barriers.

Rodent-proof seed storage containers

Rodents have strong teeth but metal and glass mechanical barriers typically stop them. Store your seed packs securely in metal seed tins.

There’s a sad story here at Peaceful Valley about a family that stored seed packs in a basket in the garage for many years with no trouble—and then one winter the mice devastated the seed collection. What had happened? The family cat had died and was no longer standing guard over the basket.

For storage with greater capacity use our Le Parfait glass jars with rubber gaskets.

Tricia gives more details on storing seeds (and suggests a refrigerator as the ultimate storage container) in another video of ours.

Composting without rodent participation

Compost heaps can attract rodents too.

A compost pile is not meant to be a neighborhood gathering spot for rodents. Turn the compost in a closed container often with an aerator or fork to maximize oxygen as the wastes break down.

For more information about, see our range of products from barriers to fatal solutions. How far you want to go in controlling rodents is up to you.

Lead photo courtesy of Rat Pack.

 

  Comments (9)

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My rodent control happens to be my two organic cats!

Posted by Karen D'Amato on Sep. 06, 2013 at 8:31:56 PM

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We have field mice, voles & pocket gophers. The dogs & chickens catch some, but not enough. We have an acre, and in some areas, the ground sinks under our feet if it gets wet due to the number of intersecting tunnels.
  I’d use poison except for the dogs & chickens. They are driving me crazy.

Posted by Wendy Silberbauer on Sep. 07, 2013 at 11:23:36 PM

Karen, Yes, the natural predator solution can work very well! Glad your cats are organic wink

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Sep. 10, 2013 at 3:42:59 PM

Wendy, That sinking feeling is not a good one! Some people have luck attracting Barn Owls with owl houses to buy http://www.groworganic.com/barn-owl-house.html or build http://www.groworganic.com/songbird-bat-and-owl-boxes.html

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Sep. 10, 2013 at 3:46:55 PM

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l am trying to find a way to get a pesty mouse out

Posted by patti mincher on Nov. 06, 2013 at 9:46:14 PM

Patti, the fastest way to move out the mouse is to cut off their food supply, and seal up any entry points they might be using to get into the house.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Dec. 20, 2013 at 8:57:22 AM

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I have a problem similar to Wendy’s. The mice do not get in the house, nor do I ever see them out in the open where owls and snakes (in the warm months) can get them. The problem is in the chicken houses, hay barn and garage where the predators can’t get in. The old cat that was a good hunter died last year. My dogs liked her, but they have run off the neighbors’ cats when they try to hunt around the property. I could place the Agrid cholicalciferol (sp?) bait inside the chicken coops in large wire cages where the mice would be able to reach it but the chickens (and the dogs) can’t. Is it possible to buy it in smaller amounts than the 4# bucket?

Posted by Fran Ransley on Nov. 05, 2014 at 6:07:52 PM

We do not sell the Agrid in smaller amounts. Have you considered traps? We sell these awesome traps, the Jawz, for mice and large rats or voles. Here in our nursery we have terrible vole problem (they are like mice on steroids). We have used these traps and have successfully gotten rid of our problem. You don’t have to use poison and the traps don’t need bait and are easy to set. Check our website, I have posted a picture of our successful catch.

A new cat also seems in order too!

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Nov. 07, 2014 at 11:40:57 AM

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Put steel wool in the holes where they are coming in and they will eat it and it will kill them!

Posted by Debbie on Oct. 22, 2015 at 1:18:10 PM

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