Mice in compost bins

Asked October 4, 2019, 9:33 AM EDT

Hi, I have a plastic tumbler compost bin, and have noticed mice in the area. Two questions, is the compost safe to use if it may have been used as a nesting place for mice, and how do I get rid of field mice from my garden. I have a plot in a community garden in Anne Arundel County and there are adjacent woods and deer frequent the area. Many thanks.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

It is okay to use the compost.
If the mice are getting in the bin you may want to figure out how and if possible use some wire mesh to restrict access. If it is simply a matter of placing wire mesh in a crack or edge that might help.

Set mouse traps in your garden area to reduce the population and reduce weedy areas.