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11/03/2014 at 07:44

I have discovered to my cost that mice like to eat seeds and seedlings if you leave them too low down in the greenhouse. Both sweet peas and sunflowers have been lost so far. I have now moved everything up on to shelving but I am about to run out of space and I have more seedlings to prick out.

Do mice like all seeds and seedlings and if so how big do they need to be before they are safe? I have lots of small pelargoniums that I have made from cuttings  and they seem to be safe on the floor.

11/03/2014 at 07:47

They love any peas or beans. I use tight fitting propagater lids and mousetraps.

11/03/2014 at 08:06

Dont think that they wont get to the top shelves! I have lost whole trays of runner beans before when on the top shelf, they do seem to prefer the seed and young shoots, once the beans have reached a certain size they seem to be left alone.

As fidgetbones says propagator lids and mouse traps do the trick for me.

11/03/2014 at 08:13

i wonder if seedlings would be ok in those plastic storage boxes, come clear come opaque but would let light in and lids close tightly, worth a go?

11/03/2014 at 08:27

What about elastic bands around the propagator lids so they fit tighter, surely the mouse couldn't get through that?

I think I'm the only one that has ever had chillies stolen by mice!! 

11/03/2014 at 17:48

The next batch that need pricking out are flower seedlings. Do you think they will be safe?

12/03/2014 at 20:55

Tracey.  Perhaps they are indian mice.  If not.  You have some, 'Real Hot Meesies

12/03/2014 at 21:16

Sprig2. Usually mice go after the seeds, whether above or below soil level.  Not denying that they may lke a bit of green stuff now and then.  Probably in his attempt to get the sweet pea  seed etc, the seeding was damaged and destroyed.

The general question regarding mice liking seeds.  Seed is their staple diet. last summer.  I entered my workshop.  Mice were falling from the shelves and everywhere.  Previously I had received an oredr of about forty to fifty pounds worth of wild bird seed an peanuts.  Not thinking.  I had left the sacks on the workshop floor.  The mouse population had a feast day.  Cleared the lot.

For anyone who keeps cage or aviary birds.  Always check the bird seed, for signs of mouse activity.  Contaminated  seed will kill your birds.  Also a ver strange thing.  Believe it or not.  Very few birds will eat spiders.  I lost some cage birds, in the birdroom.  No sign of mouse problems.  However I found when moving some cages.  Loads of spiders.  A bit of microscopy and I discovered that.  The urine or waste left by the spiders as they moved over the seed, actually poisoned the seed and the birds.  So my sad loss perhaps also explains why few birds eat spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

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