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How to Get Rid of Mice in a Garden

By Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated September 21, 2017

Mice may look cute and furry, but they can wreak havoc in your garden as they forage for food and attack your fruits or vegetables. Mice can also pose a safety hazard because they often carry diseases. Defend your vegetable garden from these rodents with various mice deterrent and removal strategies to keep their population at a minimum in your garden.

Remove all surface debris, such as piles of lumber or fallen leaves, and prune back overgrown vegetation. These areas create sanctuaries for mice and other pests.

Mow the grass and maintain a wide-open space around your vegetable garden. Mice are less prone to traverse long distances in the open.

Administer a granular or liquid rodent repellent. These are usually made with the scent of bobcat urine or that of similar large predators. This tricks mice and rats into thinking a dangerous predator is in the area and effectively scares them away. Granular products are best for sprinkling on pathways and your garden's edge, while sprays are ideal for treating specific fruits and vegetables being attacked by mice.

Trap the mice as a last resort if methods of deterrence are not sufficiently successful. Use a lethal snap trap or a live trap if you prefer to humanely relocate the animals. Bait the trap with a dab of peanut butter or something from your garden if the mice show a preference for a specific vegetable or fruit in your garden.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning equipment
  • Lawn mower
  • Granular or liquid rodent repellent
  • Lethal or humane live traps


  • Experiment with an ultrasonic electronic rodent-repelling device, which emits a high-frequency sound that drives rodents away. These products are typically pricey and have limited range.


  • Avoid using rodent poisons in your garden, as these products may get onto your produce.

About the Author


Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.