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Mice Part 3: Feeding Habits

Henrietta’s Pest Control Choice

Rochester Pest Pro just can’t stop talking about mice and rodents at this time of year.  Rodent removal in Rochester is something we spend a lot of our time dealing with this time of year.  Commercial offices in Henrietta in particular are relying on us for rodent removal, as less-occupied buildings are highly susceptible to rodent invasion. 

 

Feeding Habits of Mice

Rochester winters make food scarce for mice, whether field mice, house mice, deer mice, white-footed mice, etc.  All are trying to get inside our structures to get out of the cold and find food and protection from hungry predators. 

Today, we need to talk about the feeding habits of mice.  Mice don’t hibernate and can breed at any time of year, so winter is the time that they become closest to us. 

Mice are not picky about their food at all.  Mice are omnivores and very opportunistic.  This is part of why they’re endemic in some species on every continent but Antarctica. 

 

What Do Mice Eat? 

Mice will happily eat everything we like to eat and drink at home.  This includes the foods in our fridge, cabinets, and pantry, plus all the special food that comes out for holidays and parties.  A mouse’s favorites are grains, fruit, and seeds. 

Mice will eat everything we like to eat and drink outside the home.  We regularly perform rodent prevention for Rochester’s favorite restaurants.  Even if you can’t eat in right now, we keep the space where your food is prepared pest-free at every stage. 

Mice will eat everything we eat and drink at the office.  Mice love the edible items commonly found in office buildings, like packets of sugar, coffee, and powdered creamer.  Any food items left out when the office is closed risk being contaminated by mice. 

Mice will eat pet food and livestock food.  Mice love dog, cat, and especially bird food.  They also enjoy everything our livestock eat, and are a serious issue at farms, ranches, stables, and more. 

If necessary, mice will eat materials like cardboard, paper, and sawdust, which they will also nest in.  This is a common problem in storage areas, warehouses, and building sites. 

Mice love to eat trash, garbage, and bio-debris like lawn cuttings.  Always keep the level of food waste in your house or office at a minimum, don’t make compost piles up against your house, and always keep your trash can lids on tight. 

Mice enjoy eating growing fruits, vegetables, and grain crops.  Mice and rodents are a problem for farmers and home gardeners across the world, eating up the literal fruits of their labor.  This might be less of an issue at the moment, but spring isn’t far away—we promise. 

Mice will eat other pests, insects, and small animals.  Creatures like crickets are a favorite, as are centipedes, snails, and grasshoppers. 

 

Questions About Mice?

If your home or office has not yet been treated for rodent prevention this winter, call us right away.  Call us even faster if you’ve been noticing rodent droppings, spoiled food, or the actual mice themselves.  Mice are cute, but the damage they cause is not, which is why we’re in the business of keeping our friends and neighbors rodent-free.