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What do mice eat?

Mice are one of the most common pests in the UK. Part of the reason they are so prolific is because they can survive on such little food. Mice will happily live off the crumbs and other scraps that people leave behind; a little food goes a very long way for them.

What do mice like to eat?

Eating Wood Mouse (apodemus Sylvaticus) Isolated On White BackgrWhile mice will happily eat whatever they can get their paws on, their preferred diet consists of grains, fruits, and seeds. It is their love for these foods that cause mice to devastate crops and cause serious damage to domestic gardens.

Contrary to the classic cartoon image; mice don’t usually eat cheese unless there is nothing else available. They prefer high-carb foods like chocolate to food like cheese, which is low in carbohydrates.

What food is best for baiting mouse traps?

If you want to use food as bait or to lure mice out of their nests, the best options are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Porridge oats
  • Chocolate and cake

How to keep mice out of your food

Because mice are happy to feast on whatever they can find, any old bits of food that you leave lying around your home will attract them. When they can’t find their preferred food sources, mice will scavenge through bins to find food.

If you want to deter mice from entering your property or looking for food in and around your home, make sure you keep all your food and binbags properly sealed.

What do house mice eat?

Mice are far more intelligent creatures than many people give them credit for. They have been known to remove the bait from traps without setting them off. If you leave any opening through which they can access the food in your home, they will find their way in.

Mice are happy to eat just about anything available to them. In the wild, their diet consists of seeds, grain, nuts, and fruit. But mice have grown accustomed to living near people. They will eat as much of your food as they can get their hands on.

What do mice eat in the loft?

Mice aren’t looking in your loft for food, but generally bedding materials – so try and remove any soft materials like old cushions, cardboard or old bedding materials.

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