Mice and Food Storage
Do mice gather and store food (for winter or otherwise)? I
have found several spots in my house where something is storing
pellets of dog food from my dog's dish. 1-3 full cups of food have
been found in my boots, corner of closet, in my vacuum cleaner and
in between the cushions of my couch in the last few weeks. When I
clean up a pile, it seems to move to a new spot. I have never seen a
mouse in the house or droppings and obviously have a dog which I
would have thought to be a deterrent. Is this unusual or typical
behavior of a mouse/mice?
I have had mice around for years, both as lab animals and as pests in my house
from time to time. I have never observed any hoarding behaviour, and have nor
heard of common mice hoarding food.
I would suggest you look for another culprit.
Tennant Creek High School
There are many mice species and some are known to establish areas for food storage
while other areas are used for waste, still others for sleep, rearing young, etc.
To be honest, this sounds like a gerbel, but you'd probably know of this
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Update: June 2012