How to Keep Mice out of a Barbecue Grill
If you don’t properly maintain your barbecue grill, it can become the perfect home for vermin to live in. Properly clean and cover your grill by using the steps below to ensure your grill stays sanitary and mouse-free.
Step 1 – Clean out Your Grill
Make sure there are no twigs, leaves, burnt charcoal, or any debris inside of your barbecue grill. Mice and other vermin enjoy living in places that have a lot of clutter because it’s easier for them to make nests and stay hidden. By cleaning out your grill, you’ll reduce your chances of finding living critters when you go to cook.
Step 2 – Maintain Your Grill
Each time you are finished cooking, clean out the grill with a grill brush, while it is still slightly warm. Then, wipe it out with a damp cloth. Make sure there are no crumbs left, including crumbs surrounding the grill.
Step 3 – Cover and Store the Grill
When you’re not using your barbecue grill, you should cover it, so that mice cannot physically get inside. Find a cover with straps to ensure the best security. If you don’t want to purchase a cover, consider making your own hole covers, so that you can plug up the holes after each use. If possible, store your grill in a shed or garage. Mice can still enter these spaces, but it's less likely you'll find them here.
Step 4 – Repel Mice
To repel mice, place natural vermin repellent around it. Natural repellent will ward off mice and rats, and they will find another location to live. Do not put any repellent inside of your grill, however, as the repellent may be harmful to humans if consumed.
Using Humane Traps
In addition, you can try using humane mousetraps near the grill. Once a mouse is caught, release it into the wild immediately to protect your grill and family from germs and disease.