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What Rats and Mice Eat – Operation DIY – 3

January 21, 2023

What Rats Eat

  • Rats generally enjoy a diet composed of grains, breads, vegetables and fats such as those found near fast food restaurants. Be sure to store foods outdoors like dog food in plastic boxes that are securely sealed, so rats cannot access them. Similarly, keep kitchen scraps for compost or recycling in secured receptacles that are routinely checked and cleaned out to prevent rats from getting into the food waste
  • Unfortunately, rats can be attracted to a variety of food sources including dog feces, refuse, and what lies in the sewers. Therefore, rats living in your home or facility can easily find their way into food areas searching for something to eat. This can lead to contamination and hygiene issues affecting you, your family members or people living at the facility.
  • Rats need water like we all do, so it's important to ensure that these pesky critters don't have an easy access to their hydration. To prevent rats from having any form of freestanding water, it's important to remove water sources like buckets, bird feeders or birdbaths. Additionally, tap and plumbing leaks should be fixed immediately because pooled water is the perfect habitat for rats.
  • When it comes to rats, food needs to be taken into consideration. In fact, rats need to eat 10% of their body weight every day - that equates to around 20-30g of dry food each and every day. Not only do rats need lots of food, they can also consume a lot in one go; rats tend to gorge on whatever food is available and then often hoard the leftovers away in their burrows.
  • When trying to combat rats in your home, finding the right bait can make all the difference. With so many options available, ranging from block baits to softer paste baits, you may want to experiment with different bait formulations and types til you find one that rats will take. That way, you'll have a better idea of how rats respond to different baits when faced with them in their environment.

What Mice Eat

  • Mice are always looking for food, and they'll eat just about anything they can find! Grains, breads, vegetables, and fats - especially near fast food restaurants - all make mice's menus.
  • Mice don’t need fresh water to survive, which makes them much easier to look after than rats and other rodents. While mice are easy-going when it comes to their water needs, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy having some around!
  • Despite their minuscule size, mice actually require a pretty hefty amount of food daily to stay healthy - about 10% of their body weight. To put it into perspective, if you had the same proportionate diet to a mice that would add up to around 3g, or 250-300 calories per day. That isn't very much for such an active animal! It’s recommended that mice eat several meals spaced throughout the day and can range from seeds, vegetables and other treats
  • Scientists have discovered mice tend to eat small, intermittent meals that can even happen over 100 times throughout the night.
  • When it comes to mice, it pays to be strategic with your bait choice. With the range of blocks and pastes on offer, the biggest challenge can often just be selecting one! An approach I always recommend is trying out a few different kinds; after all, mice have different preferences just like us humans. Start by trialing 2-3 formulations or types – whether they're blocks or soft baits – and you’ll be sure to find the bait that works for them in no time.

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