Mice entering under or around garage door

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Old 04-17-08, 09:33 AM
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Mice entering under or around garage door

we've owned this home for 3 yrs. The garage door is not new, but works fine with a garage door opener.
The problem we have is that the door doesn't sit flush against the concrete floor and any weather stripping or flashing that I install curls at the corners where the door meets the track. The curled corners allows for mice to enter the garage and eventually gain access to the house.

I have young kids who enter and exit the house through the garage and for this reason I won't use poison. I have been successfull using the snap traps along the perimeter of the garage epescially against the garage door, but with young kids I set them at night and remove them in the morning.

I don't want this to be a daily ritual, any suggestions?
 
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They make glue traps you could use instead of snap traps. Only issue is they aren't re-usable. I believe they also make traps that can't be activated by a kids little fingers and toes.

They do make oversized bottom gaskets for uneven floors, but I don't think you can seal the garage door enough to keep a mouse out, if he really wants in. Best to eliminate any sources of food or water in the garage and go with the traps.
 
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THere is no pet food, bird feed or even grass seed in the garage. I do keep the trash barrells there, but they're always covered. I have in the past found the remains of seedlings that are dropped from our maple trees, which leads me to believe that the mice are using my garage more for shelter than a food source. However, when its cold during the New England winters I imagine they explore the garage for other food sources. I've used the glue traps successfully in areas that the kids don't have access to, but at this entry point I'd still have to pick up the glue traps every morning.
 
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You could also use live traps, but you would still have to check them daily. It would be cruel to allow the mouse to stay there without food and water. That's a cruel death. You would need to release it at least a mile from your home or it could return.

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Garage door thresholds can keep critters out of garage and increase the efficiency of garage door weather stripping. http://www.autoanything.com/garage-a...A3201A0A0.aspx
 
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