Field Mice Food
Name: Jenny A.
What do field mice eat? Do they eat apples or carrots?
Yes field mice will eat apples and or carrots...in fact these critters are
quite smart and quite able and willing to eat almost anything that we eat
and more...as you might know when they find a place to stay in your home.
Here is a partial list of things I know they will eat:
apple tree bark
pear tree bark
lady's slipper roots
seeds of any kind...grass seed, pumpkin seeds etc.
cookies (Oreos... if they can get them...)
macaroni (cooked or uncooked)
dog foods (a favorite because it is somewhat of an antidote to some mouse
poisons...BUT NOT FOR HUMANS!!!)
There's more but my brain is tired.
White-footed or deer mice, the common wild mice of much of the midwest, are
"opportunistic omnivores," according to The Mammals of Illinois. That means
they eat almost anything they can find, including seeds, insects and insect
larvae, and leaves and other plant parts. Apples and carrots would not be
available to most mice in their natural habitat, but I'm sure they would eat
them if they were available.
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Update: June 2012