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How I can keep field mice out of bbq (cover)

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How I can keep field mice out of bbq (cover)

I have a Weber bbq, genesis 310 with doors... I notice mouse droppings on the shelves when I take the costco cover off... I feel I could set traps underneath but it would be a never ending battle... moth balls? Any ideas? Etobicoke, toronto area, not a farm area, btw
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stansoltz wrote: I have a Weber bbq, genesis 310 with doors... I notice mouse droppings on the shelves when I take the costco cover off... I feel I could set traps underneath but it would be a never ending battle... moth balls? Any ideas? Etobicoke, toronto area, not a farm area, btw
Turn it on :P

Or just leave the cover off.
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I sprinkled chilli powder and it seemed to do the trick
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engineered wrote: Turn it on :P

Or just leave the cover off.
Mice like to nest inside my BBQ over the winter (I'm not using any coverings) . It doesn't help that my bird feeder is just a few feet away. Makes for a nice place to stay - close to food.
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2flags wrote: Mice like to nest inside my BBQ over the winter (I'm not using any coverings) . It doesn't help that my bird feeder is just a few feet away. Makes for a nice place to stay - close to food.
Yea, I had a few mouse droppings when I took the cover off this spring. Just cleaned it up and turned the BBQ burners way up to sterilize it. Also be sure to clean up when done and not leave any food residue on the side tables or grills.
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stansoltz wrote: I have a Weber bbq, genesis 310 with doors... I notice mouse droppings on the shelves when I take the costco cover off... I feel I could set traps underneath but it would be a never ending battle... moth balls? Any ideas? Etobicoke, toronto area, not a farm area, btw
Does your cover have a felt liner inside? Mice use the liner to climb up, they can jump pretty high too (2-3 ft!, I have/had video). I ditched my quality BBQ cover for a cheapo Wal-Mart one. We'll see how it goes this season.

engineered wrote: Yea, I had a few mouse droppings when I took the cover off this spring. Just cleaned it up and turned the BBQ burners way up to sterilize it. Also be sure to clean up when done and not leave any food residue on the side tables or grills.
My Weber has a grease tray that probably attracts them but I don't want to be cleaning it every time I BBQ. My previous BBQ had no such tray and no problems with mice.
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RETD wrote: Does your cover have a felt liner inside? Mice use the liner to climb up, they can jump pretty high too (2-3 ft!, I have/had video). I ditched my quality BBQ cover for a cheapo Wal-Mart one. We'll see how it goes this season.


My Weber has a grease tray that probably attracts them but I don't want to be cleaning it every time I BBQ. My previous BBQ had no such tray and no problems with mice.
I might still set a couple traps under the BBQ in case any come snooping around. I think they're less likely to come with the cover off, since it won't be as dark, dry and warm without it.
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Glue traps at the bottom do the trick. Just make sure to check weekly when it gets hot outside.
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Had this problem over the winter on my Weber Summit, after being grossed out, cleaning it and cranking it up to 700C to burn everything to ash, I think I have a solution. I have a nice thick cover on it but it allows for mice to climb the underside and enter through the propane hose access hole. So what I did was cover like normal and wrap a ratcheting tow strap around the base, ensuring it overlaps the bbq cover and then ratcheting it down as much as I can, I've checked it periodically and no more droppings which would indicate their presence (they were all over it previously).
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Had this problem as well with my Weber E 310, droppings on the side and bottom shelves. Key is to keep it clean, wipe it down after use. Added a bit of peppermint oil around the drip tray. So far so good.
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Mouse traps inside the cabinet or other enclosed part of the bbq. It doesn't take long to take a bite out of the population that is gravitating to your bbq. I refuse to use glue traps.
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A single mothball has been working great for the last year. Where do u buy peppermint oil?
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A small container of cloves at the base of the bbq or on the inside has worked wonders.
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stansoltz wrote: A single mothball has been working great for the last year. Where do u buy peppermint oil?
I bought it on aliexpress
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RETD wrote:
My Weber has a grease tray that probably attracts them but I don't want to be cleaning it every time I BBQ. My previous BBQ had no such tray and no problems with mice.
On my Weber I line the aluminum insert tray with aluminum foil. Wrap it up and throw the grease/dripping after each use. Sure the inserts are cheap but so am I lol. Never had a single mouse issue yet.

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