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What do mice eat?

Mice and cheese. To catch a mouse leave a stinking big piece of cheese. In reality mice eat about anything. So, yes they love cheese, but they also enjoy any food with nutritional value. Further away from nature, they become scavengers. Outdoors they stick to natural vegetation, but in your home devour anything they can get sink their teeth into.

Mice in the wild

In nature, most mice are herbivores and strictly eat vegetation. They consume seasonal fruits and seeds. When winter freezes food sources they will eat anything. Tree bark, oats, and other root vegetables are main outlets during colder months. Some species of mice are actually omnivores and will enjoy insects, worms and crickets as well as vegetation.

Mice love the seeds found in maple keys

Mice love the seeds found in maple keys

Mice in your home

City mice are more of scavengers. They will devour anything they can get their little paws on. As natural food sources are a little more scarce they’re not picky eaters. Food scraps from the garbage are their biggest source of regular meals. But, once in your home they can get into your cupboards and pantries. Mice will chew holes in cardboard boxes to eat cereal, oats or other treats. Bird feeders are another primary source of seeds and nuts rodents tend to frequent.

Bird seed is a favourite of mice in urban areas

Bird seed is a favourite of mice in urban areas

Prevent mice by removing food sources.

Mice are always attracted to nest in your home because it’s a warm place with a regular source of food. During the fall, rodents are looking for safe hideouts from colder weather. They can get into your home through small holes in outside walls. The best way to limit mice is to remove any food sources.

  • Place food like pasta, cereal or nuts in sealable containers.
  • Clean up after trees in your yard. They drop berries and fruit.
  • Mice will eat cat and dog food. So, any bowls left out can attract an infestation.
  • Keep your garbage area clear of spilled materials.
  • Maintain the area under any wildlife feeders in your yard.
  • Clean up spills right away.
  • Get a garbage container with a lid.
  • Don’t store food boxes on the ground.

How Niagara Falls’ Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can help?

In the fall, rodent removal becomes necessary as mice try to find a warm place to nest. The best way to prevent an infestation is to determine any points of entry in your home. Skedaddle can repair any holes or cracks mice can sneak through. If it’s too late we can also humanely remove any mice and repair damage to your home.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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