Can mice get inside refrigerator?

Emma Marks
by Emma Marks

Hi everyone, I have a refrigerator in my detached garage and I noticed what looks like mice droppings inside.

We do live in a wooded area so mice are abundant however I am wondering if mice actually find their way inside a refrigerator.

If so, what are some effective ways to prevent these unwanted guests from invading our food storage?

Can mice get inside refrigerator

  14 answers
  • William William on Sep 18, 2023

    Refrigerators are basically sealed except for the doors. Check to make sure the doors properly and fully close. Double check the door seals all around with the door with the door open and closed. Especially check the seal along the bottom of the door. Clean the door seals if they are in good condition.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 18, 2023

    Hu Emma, hope this helps you out. Yes they can get into your fridge

  • If there is a hole somewhere, yes they can.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Sep 20, 2023

    I have had them chew through the seals on a small fridge at a cottage property. Make sure to check/replace any damaged seal. Then find where the mice got into the house and seal that also.

  • Janice Janice on Sep 21, 2023

    Mice can get into very small areas and if the refrigerator seals are damaged, it could be a possibility. As others have suggested, check the seals/gaskets and replace if damaged.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 22, 2023

    Mice won’t get in the fridge, but they may nest behind it where it is warm. On the lower back side of your fridge, there is a compressor that pushes hot air through the coils on the back of the appliance. The back panel of this compartment may also have some insulation on it, which mice could use to build nests. Some mice like to nest in these refrigerator compartments. If there are mice in your garage, it’s entirely possible that mice could get inside the back of your garage fridge.

    Mice commonly get inside garages simply by walking through the door. Make sure that you are closing the garage door when you are not using it, especially at night. You should also check if its weatherstripping needs to be replaced as these get worn with time. Remove all food sources from the garage immediately. Garbage cans should have secure lids and anything like birdseed should be stored in sealed containers. Then, tidy up the garage to reduce clutter because mice love to hide. Place snap traps along the wall behind the fridge and anywhere you spotted signs of mice. Check these every day.

  • Anything, seems to me, is possible. If you’ve seen the evidence, then they’ve been there. They could work their way through the appliance through a small hole to inside or a bad seal, or if the door is left ajar. With it being in the garage, this is tougher but some humane traps around might help.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 25, 2023

    If there's even a small crack, they can get in there. Especially if a seal is worn.

  • Hey there, Emma! Mice can get into your refrigerator through just about any weak point that they find. Usually, the most vulnerable point on a refrigerator is the seal around the door. When the seal begins to break down, or if a mouse is clever enough to chew through it, mice can get into a refrigerator.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 01, 2023

    The only possible way is through the seal, check to see if it has been chewed or compromised. They can fit through an opening the size of a dime.

  • Peggy Peggy on Oct 02, 2023

    MY neighbor had a problem with an mice getting into the back of her fridge, through the bottom of the crisper inside of the fridge,so Yes it is VERY POSSIBLE THAT MICE CAN GET INTO AN FRIDGE.

  • Joh51092780 Joh51092780 on Jan 05, 2024

    I once found a dead mouse stuck in the fridge drainage channel, where water drips down to the condenser? It smelled like rotten fish so I had to investigate. Wedge fine wire mesh in the drain hole at the bottom of a fridge freezer.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 05, 2024

    Only if they chew through the seal on the door!