Did you know that mice are attracted to grills? They’ll chew on the wires and can cause a fire. This blog post will teach you how to keep these pesky rodents away from your grill so they don’t have access to chew on any wires or do anything else to damage it.
What Attracts Mice to your Grill?
Mice are attracted to grills because they’re looking for food, shelter and warmth. They love being so close to the heat source provided by the grill. You may have noticed that mice have already chewed through your grill’s wires – this article explains why this happens and how you can prevent it from ever happening again.
What if I Already have Mice in my Grill?
If you’ve already noticed that there are mice in your grill, please click here to find out how to safely get rid of the mice. Mice chew on wires because they’re looking for warmth and shelter, so you’ll want to remove those possible sources before trying any other methods of getting rid of them.
What to do with Grill if I Found Mice in it?
If you’ve already found mice in your grill and it’s not safe to continue using the grill, there are a variety of things that you can do with it: put it out for trash collection, donate it (if the donation organization will take a used grill) or recycle some parts.
If you choose to place your grill at the curb for trash collection, you may want to check with the local organization that picks up your trash to see if they have any restrictions on what can be put out for pickup. Some organizations only accept certain things at certain times of the year.
Ever had the experience of opening the grill to find a mouse running out? It’s not pleasant. Here are some ways to keep mice out of your grill.
13 Ways to Keep Mice Out of Grill:
1. Clean your grill regularly. A clean grill will repel the mice more than a dirty one. They are also less likely to get food poisoning from eating on a clean grill too!
2. Place your grill in an enclosed area. If it’s up against the house, make sure you have enough room for them to run back into the ground or bushes if they do try to make it up onto your grill.
3. Place wire mesh across the top of the grill (with some small openings). If you can’t, consider putting a physical barrier like an upside-down flowerpot upside down on the grill grates so that mice can’t cross over it. It’s not as effective as wire mesh but it’s better than nothing.
4. Sneak up on the grill and check on it often. You might be tempted to keep checking under your grill but that might let them crawl into a hole first and then sneak out again when you can’t see them. Mice are opportunistic so they’ll take advantage of every opportunity they can get. You might want to check after every time you use the grill so that you minimize your chances of them crawling in when you’re not looking.
5. Keep it away from shrubbery. If you have bushes close by, perhaps try moving the grill further away or remove any leaves or branches that are hanging over it. Mice love to chew on leaves and branches for the sap.
6. Try these home remedies. You can also try putting things like mint, mothballs, peppermint oil or even cat feces around your grill area to repel them.
7. Get a cat! Seriously, they might make it more work for you but at least you don’t have a mouse infestation to worry about.
8. Keep the grill covered. If you want, you can keep it covered with a tarp or plastic sheet but if you use too much, it might attract moisture which could cause rusting.
9. Use traps. They’re not as effective as some of the other methods here but if you don’t want to resort to poison and you’re diligent, this might work for you.
10. Use an infrared motion sensor light. These sensors will turn on automatically when anything moves in the area and they tend to drive mice away due to their bright lights. It doesn’t hurt that these types of lights also scare away the neighbors so if you have no trouble sleeping with the light on, this would be a good option for you.
11. Keep it off. If you’re not using your grill, it might be best to keep it turned off so that they aren’t tempted to chew on any wires or electrical components inside of it. It’s better to take the time to clean the grill regularly than to damage anything internally.
12. Don’t use bait. It might be tempting but it’ll cause you more trouble in the long run, especially if they crawl into a hole and then come back out when you can’t catch them. It’s better to keep the traps simple so that you know what’s caught inside.
13. If you’re desperate, use poison. If you can’t keep the mice away from your grill, consider using poison instead of traps. It’ll be easier to check for dead mice that way and then you won’t have to worry about anything getting into the house if they do get in.
As long as you take some care as to how you keep your grill, it might be enough to repel the mice. If not, there are plenty of other options for you to choose from. Keep in mind that some methods will work better than others so if one method isn’t working, try something else until you find one that does!
When all else fails, just get a cat. They may look cute but they’re fully capable of keeping an infestation at bay. Use poison only if you’re desperate and don’t care about what happens to the mice — it’s better than nothing though.
Keep your grill clean and check on it often! The less mice there are around, the less likely they are to take up residence underneath.
I hope this article has helped you understand how to get rid of mice. If you have any questions or if I missed anything, please leave a comment below! Good luck 🙂