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What do Mice Eat?

Obviously, no one wants mice in their homes. They are dirty, cause damage, spread disease, and—most importantly for this article—contaminate food. It seems like if you have a mouse in your home, there is no rhyme or reason to their eating habits. You may be left wondering what mice actually eat.

Here’s an answer you probably weren’t expecting: it’s not just cheese. In fact, mice have a widely varied diet. Therefore, understanding what mice eat is an essential step for keeping them out of your home. Read on to learn more. Use this information to keep mice and other rodents out of your Virginia Beach home this winter.

What do mice eat?

Mice are famous for eating cheese, but that foodstuff is not the only thing that they will eat. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, mice have a varied diet. Mice, like humans, actually have to eat a wide number of different types of food to be healthy. Here is a quick breakdown of the types of foods mice like to eat.

  • Fruits

    Mice like sweet food, including fruits. While they are not very picky, they are most likely to eat berries, apples, pears, bananas, melons, peaches, plums, and oranges. You may find that the mice in your home will develop a preference for certain types of fruits if you let them.

  • Veggies

    Like fruits, mice are not very picky when it comes to vegetables. They can safely eat anything from the brassica’s family (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), carrots, celery, corn, beans, peas, and tomatoes. They’ll likely not bother your onions, but otherwise, mice love vegetables.

  • Grains

    Mice also enjoy eating grains, which is why they seem to always go after cereal containers and bread. Mice have to eat fifteen to twenty times per day, so grains are a great option to fill them up and provide an abundant and constant food source for the hungry mouse.

  • Dairy

    And, of course, mice do enjoy cheese and other dairy products. Even though you now know that mice don’t exclusively eat cheese, it is something that will attract them. Other dairy products like milk and yogurt are also attractive to mice.

  • Everything else

    Mice are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and meat. This why they have no problems consuming dairy products. They will even get into meat that is left out.

    Knowing mice are omnivores leads us to the biggest problem with describing mouse diets. They will eat almost anything. Anyone who’s ever gone into their cupboard to find a chewed up box of cereal, salt, and other strange things can attest to this fact.

How to keep mice from eating your food

So, mice eat everything. You may be wondering how this will help you keep them out of your home in Virginia Beach. Like many situations in life, knowledge is power. Knowing what mice like to eat will help you limit their supply of those foods, and therefore make your home much less attractive to this persistent pest.

Below we’ve listed some of the ways you can use your knowledge about what mice eat to your advantage.

  1. Because mice eat everything, make sure all of your food is put away and secured. Plastic or glass containers with lids are always a great idea. These are extremely hard for the mice to break into, much harder than cereal boxes or plastic chip bags.
  2. Make sure your trash cans have a lid. Mice are not picky about where they get their food. They will happily let themselves into your trash to feed on scraps. Keeping a trash can in your lid that secures tightly will help the mice stay out of your trash.

  3. Clean your counters of crumbs and wash your dishes regularly. As mentioned above, mice aren’t picky about where they get their food. If you have caked-on food on dirty dishes or crumbs on a counter, they will be drawn to your home. Keeping your dishes and surfaces clean will go a long way towards removing the temptation for mice to come into your home.

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Posted on November 27, 2019.

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