Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mice Eat Cluster Flies

The recent deluge in many parts of the country and the cold snap on its way is driving mice (and rats) into our homes and buildings seeking shelter.

Food sources in the wild are also dwindling and if they find food in or around buildings they will not only survive, they will continue breeding.

It is an important part of preventing infestations of rats or mice that potential food sources are removed. So in your house, put away food in sealed containers. Don't leave food or food scraps over night. Vacuum up spilled crumbs of food. Make sure your rubbish bins are tightly shutting. Outside, make sure animal feed is kept in sealed containers. When feeding animals don't put more out than the animals will eat. If possible place feeders where rats or mice will not easily reach the food. There may be natural sources of food outside that you can reduce. Rats in particular like to collect nuts such as walnuts and store them. Collect the nuts yourself and sweep up those that fall.

One source of food, for mice in particular, that you may not think of is cluster flies. Mice love to eat cluster flies and ‘good’ sized clusters will provide fresh food for mice through the winter. Deal with the cluster flies and sweep up the flies.
 
What has no wings but will fly?
A maggot.

7 comments:

  1. Hello....I'm interested. By "cluster flies" do you mean clusters of flies or some variety of fly called cluster fly?

    (My husband just noticed that all the dead flies in the loft have disappeared - and yes we do have a mouse problem at present)

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    1. Hello Hopeful,

      I did mean cluster flies (Pollen spp) but the same is true for any flies.

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  2. Thanks for your reply. I had no idea mice ate flies - they've certainly done us a favour by ridding the attic of the carpet of lies :-) And now they've all gone, we're managing to trap the blighters - 7 so far!

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  3. We have found only wings of flies in the sink and on the counter top at a place we have up north. Have you heard of that before? The bodies are gone, which was a surprise to us.

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    1. Hello,
      This is not uncommon. When flies die for whatever reason there is often something around that will eat them; mice, other insects etc. But they usually leave the wings because they are of little or no nutritional value.
      Kind Regards
      David

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  4. Hi,
    I discovered that I have a mouse in my flat.
    I've put some bait down (the green pellet kind) but when I've checked, there is residue that's been left behind.
    Is that a problem?

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    1. Hello DeeDee,
      You may find mouse dropping that have a green colour from the bait. I advise sweeping up and disposing of any droppings you find. Then it is easy to tell if mice are still about by finding new droppings.
      Kind Regards
      David

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