What Do Mice Eat

What Do Mice Eat

Have you ever stopped to think what mice eat apart from your cheese? Mice are very opportunistic rodents and voracious eaters. They love to find places to nest that are warm and have access to food and nesting material, which might also include your home. Mice are fond of attics, wall cavities, kitchens and a variety of other places. In case any of these places provide access to food, then your residence is at risk of infestation and diseases.

Mice are generally omnivorous, but they prefer to feed on fruits, seeds, and grain. In some instances, they may feed on crops causing severe damage to domestic gardens. While commonly believed that mice are attracted to cheese, they have more liking to foods that are high in carbohydrates. You will soon realize that chocolates may be a more effective attractant of mice than cheese. However, it is important to note that house mice are indiscriminate and will consume any food that is available to them. You will find them in trash cans, and they have the capability of surviving for long periods with very little supply of food.

During starvation, mice have exhibited cannibalistic behaviour. It’s not uncommon for females to feast on their young ones during this period. In some isolated incidents, they have eaten their tails. However, this behaviour is only visible under duress.

Mice are also known to gnaw inedible materials. Cardboard boxes, wiring, paper, and other household items are known to exhibit chew marks. However, this destruction is normally caused due to a mouse’s nesting habit. Mice are known to live and breed in dark areas that are typically inaccessible to human activity; they will construct their nests with objects they find.

Mice are known to feed on something that can be found around your home. These small rodents will search for an easy supply of food to support their nests. Here are more details about what mice feed on.

Since mice eat anything, they can get their teeth on; they are classified as omnivores. Wild mice, in contrast with house mice, will feast on meat and plants, but primarily feed on vegetation. When a mouse is in a more urban environment and gains access to your business or home, they will eat the following:

  • Grains
  • Meat
  • Oats
  • Fruit
  • Seeds
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Cereal

A house mouse that has adapted to urban living is evolved and will eat just about anything. They will forage through your dumpster looking for food scraps. House mice will chew through containers and bags to get to food sources. However, it is important to know that they still favour eating seeds and insects.

Mice are also eager to try a lot of different things and have very strong teeth that can chew through a variety of materials. This is why mice are considered to be such a problem because they can cause a lot of damage to property as well as bring the possibility of diseases.

Once mice get access inside your home, they will create holes inside your furniture including your baseboards and cabinets; they will also chew through your rubber insulation that surrounds electrical wires. Mice will also chew through your electrical wiring shorting out electrical appliance and creating a possible fire hazard.

In case you suspect you have mice in your home, it’s important that you contact a mice exterminator Toronto. Allowing mice to thrive in your home can lead to serious structural damage, contamination of food, and the spread of diseases to you and your family.

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Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.