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Reading, pa
Jul 27, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Long story short, my fiance took my son outside to eat his breakfast at the picnic table out back this morning and sent me a text five minutes later. My son saw a mouse scurrying from my raised beds. The only edible things I have planted back there are pepper plants. I have lavender, two rose plants, blue star creeper, two lenten rose, several citronella geranium, impatiens, 2 coleus and oregano and lilly of the valley. Nasturtiums and marigold greens line the boxes but there is really no food back there. I went out this afternoon and found a small hole dug under one of the cinder blocks that make up the beds... how concerned should I be? We live in the city, I have two indoor cats but have a history of mouse issues. Do I need to be taking action? I'm not so naive as to think I these things wont happen. I'm just not sure if I should do anything or what I should do about it. Thank you guys!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 27, 2020 3:56 PM CST
I only worry when the mice come in the house. Make sure there are no openings in your foundation or under your doors to let them come in. Obviously, the mouse is finding enough to eat outside since he is outside. Mice eat plants, seeds and bugs outside. They only develop a taste for human food when their own is depleted or yours in handier. They are very opportunistic so clean up after your picnics, even crumbs. Remember, if mice were meant to eat meatballs, there would be meatball trees.
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Reading, pa
Jul 27, 2020 4:04 PM CST
Thank you! We do have entrance holes at our garage but the doors are old and we cant replace them just yet. Our kitchen is being worked on. I do worry about them coming inside despite the garden having goodies. But I will keep all this in mind!
Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
Hydroponics Greenhouse Region: Texas
Jul 27, 2020 9:02 PM CST
Some people say they have mouse garden problems, but we have plenty of field mice and voles, more than five cats can keep up with, and have never detected a problem.

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