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Old 10-22-2016, 01:22 PM
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I just discovered I have a mouse in my apartment and I'm terrified! We are trying to get rid of it asap but I'm really worried about my birds. They are in their own room that we usually keep closed (because they're flying around) but I don't know when did this mouse come into our home and whether it touched their food and possibly contaminated it. I have millet drying in their room that is easily reachable. I heard mice are very dangerous for birds and can carry diseases. What should I do? Should I disinfect their food to be safe?

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I'm sorry to hear that. Until you trap the mouse it's best to place your budgies inside the cage and keep the cage on a higher level to prevent the mouse from reaching it.
As for the food, if you suspect the mouse has been messing with it, then it's best to simply discard it and get new food supplies for your budgies.

I hope you will be able to catch the mouse soon, good luck!
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We located the mouse, it is in one room so we closed the door so it can't run around the apartment. Budgies are in their cage now. I haven't noticed mouse entering their room but I can't be sure. They usually look for food and it's really weird that he would left the room with seeds lying all over the place to go to the next room with absolutely no food. But who knows.
I have a lot of fresh, home grown millet that I left in their room to dry and if possible, I would like to disinfect it and not throw everything away
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It's not advisable nor safe to use disinfectants on food that will be ingested for fear of the birds getting sick from the traces of it.
In my opinion, it's not worth the risk.
You can always grow more millet and besides, millet should only be given occasionally and as a treat, it's not something vital for your budgies.
They are better off with a daily diet consisting of a good quality seed mix, pellets and veggies.
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Just an update: We threw away everything that was exposed just to be safe and the rest of the food is sealed. We checked entire budgie room (I even slept there to confirm there was no mice activity during the night) and there was no sign of mouse so budgies are safe... Unlike the rest of us
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Get a couple of live traps and use peanut butter as the bait.

Cube Mouse Traps | Humane Mouse Control

I've used these in the past with great success.
There is no need to be afraid of a mouse or to harm it.
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