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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prevent mice access to your bird seed

Photo Courtesy:  flickr
With the onset of cool autumn weather, House Mice Mus musculus might come in from the fields, fencerows, and wooded areas, where they spend the summer and move closer to human dwellings for warmth. They’ll find cracks in rocks or walls, create underground burrows, utilize woodpiles, or storage sheds to make an area for their cozy nests of rags, paper, or other shredded material to keep warm.

House mice, generally nocturnal, are quick runners (up to 8 miles per hour), good climbers, jumpers, and swimers. Despite this, most mice do not live beyond 12-18 months. They are eaten by a wide variety of predators including cats, foxes, weasels, ferrets, snakes, hawks, falcons, and owls.

Originally native to Asia (probably northern India), the house mouse can now be found in all parts of the world that have human settlements. They most likely came as stowaways in livestock feed.

Make your home less attractive to mice by storing your bird seed in a Wild Birds Unlimited closed steel container that prevents any unwanted seed thieves access.

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