Mice are adaptable creatures that will look for anywhere to hide when winter comes. To be able to avoid the cold, mice will search for regular food sources and then find a place to live near that food source. For many homeowners, mice are found in the oddest of places, including the BBQ grill. Mice will nest anywhere they find safe and secure and a nice place to call home is BBQ grills. For homeowners, it is not fun to open up the grill during the spring or summer months to it’s been taken over by mice!
The Perfect Home
Rodents are attracted to food smells, even old smells. The BBQ grill provides the smell of food as well food itself and grease. With openings from below, mice can easily find an entry point to get inside the grill. Mice will nest under a grill by collecting small twigs, garbage, even fabric to create a nice home. While in your grill, the mice will leave behind feces and urine as well as possibly having babies, right where you would normally place your food for grilling. To avoid having to contact mice control, take proper steps to ensure mice never enter your grill in the first place.
Prep Your BBQ
There are certain steps you can take to avoid mice in your BBQ. Every time you use your BBQ grill, be sure to clean it thoroughly. Take time to burn off any remaining residue and collect an food that has fallen between the spaces of the grill. Cover the grill with a zippered cover in the winter time as this will keep the grill free from mice.
Be sure to thoroughly clean your BBQ after each use if you store it inside your garage. An unclean BBQ is sure to attract mice that can easily slip under garage doors. Once mice are in your garage it’s usually pretty easy for them to get into the house.
Keep the area near the grill clean and free of nesting materials as well as food sources. Newspapers, clutter, and cardboard should be removed so mice have no materials to nest with. Vents and holes of the grill should be blocked during the winter months so there are no access points for mice to gain entry.
Removing A Nest
If you have been proactive and still find mice in your BBQ grill, you will need to take the proper steps to clean the grill so you can use it once again. Wear gloves and a mask as you begin to remove the nest. Clean the grill well with a disinfectant cleaner. Be sure to purchase a nice BBQ cover so that the grill is properly covered to avoid another incident of mice infesting the unit. Be sure to clean the grill regularly to reduce problems with mice.
If you have a large infestation of mice, you will need to call wildlife control for assistance. Your grill may be the source of a much larger problem. By contacting the experts, you will be able to see the grill fully cleared of mice and any other areas near the grill inspected.
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we specialize in mouse removal. We can easily assist you in removing mice from the home when they are found living in your grill, garage or home. Let our team of professionals provide a humane removal service so that you are no longer bothered by the pesky creatures.