Habit modification does act as a natural field mouse repellent. It is never 100% guaranteed … and therefore best used as a complimentary rodent control method. It is usually cheap but often requires additional ongoing effort or inconvenience.
How to use habitat modification as a natural field mouse repellent
Field mice and voles like to seek cover in dense ground vegetation, leaves, grass piles, mulch and so on. Eliminating or reducing these shelters will act as a natural field mouse repellent. What you can do:
- Mow lawns and turfs regularly
- Avoid mulch. If you can’t … then clear mulch at least 3 ft (1 m) from the base of the tree.
- Avoid dense ground covers and vegetation
- Avoid piles of leaves, grass, etc
- Clear snow around your most precious plants. (Voles and field mice do not hibernate … and are very active in winter.)
How well does this method work short-term and long-term?
Although habit modification does work well as a natural field mouse repellent … it is never 100% complete. You may still have field mice or voles … but there will be fewer of them. Most importantly, you are less likely to suffer from their notorious population explosions … that happen every few years.
In most situations habitat modification is not the only way to get rid of voles. It is rather used on top of other rodent control methods described on this website. (Our page: “18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles” has a complete overview over all 18 vole and mole control methods.)
Is this method expensive?
No. Unless you pay someone to do this work regularly.
How much effort does this method involve?
This depends on the situation … but using habit modification as a natural field mouse repellent can increase your gardening effort quite a bit. Mowing your lawn more often … for example … doesn’t sound like a lot of work. But it can add up to many extra hours per year.
Environmental, animal and safety matters
Habitat modification as a natural vole and field mouse repellent is considered as one of the more animal and environmentally friendly rodent control methods. However it is by no means perfect: Dense ground vegetation and leaf & grass piles are also the habitat for important animals such as hedgehogs and others. Likewise … frequently mowed lawns have less wild flowers … and the additional grass clipping requires more energy.
Summary of pro’s and con’s
- Easy to do
- Usually cheap
- Good complimentary field mouse control method
- Relatively friendly to animals & the environment
- Not 100% effective by itself
- Ongoing increased effort
For a complete overview over all 18 vole and mole control methods … see our page: “18 methods for getting rid of voles and moles”