Anyone have suggestions on how to keep rodents away?
Hi. I am curious to know if anyone has good ideas on how to keep the rodents away. We have just got a budgie last week, and I am wondering if we will get a problem here. My neighbor has found mouse droppings, also owns a budgie. We do live right near the woods so that doesnt help. I feed our bird pellets, not seeds, will that make any difference? The cage is also cleaned every 2 days. Thank you
Budgies don't attract mice....people do. If you live in/near the woods, mice, will invade since, humans provide shelter and "food". You can't keep them away but you can easily control them. A few snap traps (Victor(the original) baited with peanut butter will usually do the job. Traps should be placed in areas along walls on the floor, but never in a place where a budgie could come in contact. No glue traps, or poison, just several traps in areas where droppings are found. Check traps every day and dispose of the dead. If you're squeamish dispose trap and all. Again, you have a single budgie (not an aviary full of them) most people, will have mice from time to time whether they have a budgie or not.
You've been given great advice. Ensuring all doors and windows are tightly fitted, and making sure everything is clean and no food is ever left out or dropped on the floor and forgotten is a sure way to prevent rodents. Traps are also a good option if you're suspicious, you can also use live catching traps if you don't want to kill the mice.
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Phil is correct - mice will come into homes for shelter and food.
The best thing to do is try to prevent them from entering your home to begin with.
Mice only need a very tiny space to squeeze through. They can come in through vents, holes around cable wiring, pipes, etc.
Try to locate anywhere you think the mice may be entering the home and repair the areas so they can't get in.
One thing you can do is put steel wool into the holes and gaps, they won't chew through that. The type to use in not the modern steel pads that you use for washing up, but the old fashioned stuff that will go rusty when it gets wet, the ones without soap are the best. Steel wool is usually available from hardware stores and stock feed stores in the country.
Make sure you don't keep food in open places or cardboard containers, which mice and rats can eat right through.
Keep garbage in tightly covered containers.
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