Rodents and Sweets: The Reason Rats and Mice Love CandyPeople assume rodents love cheese — a widespread myth typically associated with older cartoons. In reality, rats and mice prefer carb-heavy foods, including fruits, seeds, grains, cereals, and sugar. Halloween candy contains loads of added sugar and carbohydrates, making it a tempting food for mice and rats. To limit the risk of mice and rats finding your candy stash, store it in a sealed, airtight container.
Rodents and Candy: Is It Dangerous?While a mouse eating candy looks cute, it is not always the healthiest or safest choice for the animal. Chocolate is poisonous to mice. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic at high levels to mice. While a mouse may survive a small dose, overeating chocolate will eventually kill them. On the other hand, rats love chocolate, and it is not poisonous to them. In fact, many people who keep pet rats will often feed them pieces of chocolate as a treat. Regardless of the health risks of chocolate or candy to rodents, the food is an incentive for rats and mice. You do not want to leave candy on your porch for trick-or-treaters unattended. Also, store all candy in airtight containers to reduce the risk of rodents smelling and finding it.
Rodents and Prevention: Keeping Mice and Rats AwayRodent prevention is about more than hiding candy. A homeowner must focus on various prevention strategies, including property maintenance. According to wildlife professionals, there are several things you can do to reduce your risks of a rodent infestation, including:
- Eliminating potential nesting sites and materials from your property (leaf piles, excess mulch, wood piles, etc.)
- Keeping garbage in sealed containers
- Not feeding birds and other wildlife
- Keep pet food indoors and stored in sealed containers
- Patch cracks and holes in the foundation or property as they appear