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How should I store my range cooker in the garage without a family of mice setting up their family home in it?

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Igloo71 Wed 21-Sep-16 10:55:59

We moved house a couple of months ago to a doer upper in the countryside and brought our range cooker with us. It's currently in the garage and we'll probably need to store it there for at least a year, maybe up to two years, whilst we do some building works and renovations.

But the mice! I'm sure they'd love to scurry all over it, maybe build a nest in the grill pan, poo all over the hob. So after I have it professionally cleaned, I want to wrap it up in something mouse-proof. Any suggestions?

cozietoesie Wed 21-Sep-16 12:46:46

If you're moving to an older house - from the sound of it - in the countryside, you'll likely have rodents of all descriptions a-plenty everywhere. I'd be aiming to bring them under control and to have the cooker professionally cleaned and serviced again before/during its final installation. You can wrap up the cooker during its time in the garage but then you'll just have the rodents elsewhere instead.

mintthins Wed 21-Sep-16 12:50:03

You could try putting some cotton wool balls soaked in peppermint oil in it. Might mean your roast dinners taste a bit minty afterwards though...

Igloo71 Wed 21-Sep-16 14:42:55

Thank you both. The mice are being dealt with and we'll be keeping up to that over the winter and beyond. I was wondering what would be appropriate to wrap up the cooker in? Thinking now maybe wrap initially in a layer of brown paper/card, then shrink wrap it? Shove a bit of peppermint oil cotton wool pads in for good measure!

EmilyAlice Wed 21-Sep-16 14:53:11

Not an answer to your question but - we live deep in the French countryside and a mouse got into the back of our range cooker, chewed through a wire and fused the electrics (the mouse wasn't very well afterwards either). The technician who came out said, "Oh don't worry, it happens in all the best restaurants". shock
I have used the smelly things you put in a tumble drier to keep towels soft to deter the mice and always set proper traps that kill them straight away.
I would think that the heavy-duty plastic covers for garden furniture would work for the cooker.

cozietoesie Wed 21-Sep-16 16:05:37

Cleaning the thing properly will be half the battle. Mice like places which are relatively undisturbed and which provide food and/or a nest. A dirty grill pan or oven, for example, would probably provide a mouse (well, a family of mice!) with enough nourishment for a very long time indeed.

Would you likely be in the garage regularly and could quickly check it?

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