Keeping Mice Out of Storage Bins?

October 7, 2009

A mouse in a barn.I am using plastic storage bins in my Dad's barn for things (my daughters memories, dishes etc.). How do I keep the animals (mice/squirrels) from destroying what's inside the storage bins? We switched to the plastic bins from boxes.


By Elaine Dukin from Flanders, NJ


October 7, 20090 found this helpful
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Don't know how well it works but I have heard that mice don't like the smell of mint. Obviously nothing food related in the bins. Mice can chew through plastic but probably only if they smell anything good to them. I have heard they are also attracted to perfume-y type smells as well as food so no scented dryer sheets or scented products inside the bins.

We had sunflower seeds for the birds in a very thick plastic bun with a good screw on lid that I thought was impenetrable and they chewed threw that, but it did have food in it, so your memorabilia should be safe. Don't know if mint works for squirrels but they can be quite crafty. They used to unscrew out outdoor Christmas lite bulbs we had up around our door and carted them off.

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October 8, 20090 found this helpful
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We use plastic bins in our bin and scatter a few mothballs in the bins and around them. We've never had a problem.

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October 10, 20090 found this helpful
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Keep papers/ books/ photos/ cloth in plastic bags inside metal popcorn tins or new metal garbage cans, and weight the lids down with each other and packed dishes. It's cheaper than storage bins/ storage units. Put bleached/ clean dishes into anything plastic.


Mice/rats don't eat dishes nor are attracted to clean things. Our things lasted in the attic through two generations until antiques when I was growing up! God bless and good luck. : )

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful
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I have storage bins in my barn holding grain. The bins are re-cyled industrial plastic barrels, the good thing about them is that they have perfectly fitting lids. They do sell these barrels brand new as well, but not sure where. For me, its all in the lid...but the dogs, the cats and the lids didn't stop a raccoon from getting in once. I also store my winter blankets (horse) in these barrels and have no problem with dampness inside them.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful
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There's nothing like a savvy skilled "barn cat" to keep those pesky mice from chewing through your plastic bins & deciding to set up housekeeping in your books, other paper good or fabrics. I have 4 barn cats who live in the feed room of the barn & patrol the barn & surrounding areas.


No self respecting mouse would dare get close, those rascally ground squirrels are gone & even the pigeons no longer roost over the barn aisle to leave their droppings all over tack & other equipment.

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful
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I would transfer most things into metal boxes. For items that absolutely can not get into a metal box, I would put moth balls all around it , then some poison bait blocks and place items on the thickest plastic bin. Place poison bait blocks around storage Barn where boxes are to deter mice getting to your items.

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February 17, 20190 found this helpful
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We store our Christmas tree in 1 plastic bin and decorations in another and both in our metal shed. We have 4 cats that go in and out and mice got into both bins and died in a sealed plastic bag which stored strings of beads for the tree.


The bins were locked down at both ends. The mice had brought things stored in 1 bin into the other. I'd like to store these items in metal trash cans but the tree won't fit in one. I'm in the same boat as you!

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April 8, 20210 found this helpful
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Its true that mice dont like peppermint, but it has to be pure peppermint essential oil.
When we used to have a camping trailer I would put cheap dryer sheets in it. We never had a mouse.
Peppermint and dryer sheets smell a lot better than moth balls. Dont use moth balls, the smell is horrific

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