Outdoor Mice Control in 5 Steps

It only makes sense that one of the best ways to prevent a mouse infestation in your home is to prevent them from being on your property to begin with. To help with that, here are five useful tips for helping you control the rodent population around your yard.

Bird Feeders

While it is best to not have bird feeders at all, there are some steps you can take to make them safer. To avoid sharing your bird feeders with rodents, make them rat- and squirrel-proof. If your bird feeder is on the ground, using baffles on the bottom can help prevent rodents from getting to your bird seed. Using PVC pipe on the bird feeders you hang can make it too slippery for the rodents to climb.

If you currently have a rodent problem then it is best to temporarily remove any and all bird feeders you have until the pest problem is taken care of, as birds are messy eaters and tend to scatter seeds from even the most well-designed feeders. Also, rodents need water as much as they need food. Try to avoid leaving water out, or having things in your yard that can collect water such as tires, buckets, or bird baths.


If you have a garden, keep it and your tools maintained, don’t leave old fruits or vegetables hanging, and clean up any that fall to the ground. You should remove any debris you have in your yard, such as piles of rocks, old equipment, and anything that could be harboring rodents. Make sure to keep your trash properly put away in your garbage bin so that the rodents are not attracted to any food spillage. Inspect your landscape for items such as vines or ground cover, which can give rodents easy access to your home. Keep your grill clean of leftover food and grease.

If you have wood piles in your yard and don’t want to get rid of them, it is best to make sure that your firewood is stored away from your house. Keep any lumber and firewood away from your house and elevated by at least 18 inches off the ground.


Mice and other rodents look for a way into your home, so it’s a good idea to go outside and check to make sure there aren’t ways for them to get into your home. Check to make sure your dryer vents are properly sealed and functioning as they should. This is important, as lint attracts rodents that like to fluff up their nests. Crawl space vent covers also need to be very tight. If you find an opening, use things like steel wool and caulking compound together to help seal those openings up. Even if it’s just a small hole, mice can chew on it to make it big enough for them to get in.

Food Flow

Mice need food, and while there’s plenty outside for them to eat, human food tends to smell strongly, and will attract any rodents in the area. Because of this, it is important to not throw food out in the yard, even items like apple cores and banana peels that you know will break down easily. If you choose to compost, make sure you’re using an appropriate container that keeps the smell contained and keeps rodents out.

Professional Pest Control

One of the best thing you can do to help protect your property from mice is to speak with a pest control professional about outdoor pest control. A professional can help you find any spots in your yard that might seem tempting to mice or rats and suggest ways to improve. Contact your local pest control professional to schedule an assessment of your property.

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