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7 Foods that Invite Rats and Mice to Your Home


Rats and mice are the most adaptable among all rodents in terms of their habitats and dietary styles. They can eat just about anything humans eat and coexist with humans in different environments.  This is largely the reason why rats and mice have continually been a nuisance to people all over the world.

If you have spotted a rat or mouse in your attic or basement, you may be wondering, “Which foods do rats eat once they get inside my house?”

Alternatively, if you have noticed rodent activity in your garden or a neighbor’s property, you may be asking, “What attracts rats and mice to my home?”

The answers to these questions are all around us. It can be an open compost bin at the far end of your garden, an overflowing trashcan just outside your entrance door, a pile of windblown leaves in your garden, or a sink of dirty dishes.

Which Foods Attract Rats and Mice to Your Home?

To keep their continually-growing incisor teeth in shape, rats and mice indulge in routine chewing and gnawing. This is how they damage your property.

But, rats and mice can also eat around 15-20 grams of a variety of edibles each day. Listed below are the top seven foods that may be attracting rats & mice to your home:

1. Plants

Rats and mice can eat just about anything they can get their sharp teeth on. Plants are no exception. Rats and mice often feed on the flora of the environment they live in. They can nibble on everything from weeds and grass to barks and twigs. Also, they love plant/flower seeds.

Rodents do not just consume the plants.

Plants, bushes, leaves, etc. can also provide rodents with a regular supply of nesting material as well as hidden areas to dig in burrows or establish secret exploration/escape routes around your property.   

This is why rodent control experts in LA recommend homeowners to trim down overgrown vegetation on their properties.

2. Grains & Seeds

Rats and mice are attracted to grains and seeds attached to plants in agricultural fields or grain storage containers.

Who doesn’t like a free and unlimited supply of food?

In suburban areas, rats and mice often seek out seeds and grains stored in your pantry, attic, or basement.

On occasions, tasty seeds available in your garden or flowerbed can also motivate rodents to go a step further and explore ways to get into your house.

3. Nuts

Be it almonds, walnuts, peanuts, or hazelnuts – rats and mice love them all!

Such high-protein foods can provide necessary nourishment and are among the favorite foods of rats and mice.

4. Meat

Rats and mice will generally prefer seeds, grains, fruits, plants, etc., but they will not hesitate to nibble on meat.

Many rodents, including rats and mice, are omnivorous creatures.

They are likely to eat meat if it’s available in trash cans, kitchen sinks, dumpsters, etc. but they do not hunt for it.

Rats, in particular, will eat all types of red meat, poultry, and fish.

5. Fruits

Each time they get a chance, rats and mice will blissfully nibble on fruits and berries.

So, if there are apple/pear trees or blackberry/raspberry bushes on your property, you need to make sure fruits and berries aren’t left to rot.

The smell of rotting fruits and berries can work like a magnet for attracting rats and mice to your house.

This can ultimately lead to large-scale rodent infestations.

6. Pet Food

If a food item is good enough for your pet dog or cat, it’s good enough for a rat or mouse as well.

Be sure not to leave pet food bowls unattended, especially during the night, whether inside or outside your home.

7. Sweet and Salty Foods

Rats and mice love salty and sweet treats.

Be it jerky, tiny pieces of chocolate or gumdrops, rats and mice will try to consume them as much as possible.  

Final Words

How well you limit the access to these foods, can go a long way in keeping rats and mice away.

But, it does not necessarily guarantee that there’d be no rodent infestation. You still need to rodent-proof your house.

Remember, using traps and rat poison to deal with a rodent infestation is a bad idea. DIY methods hardly work.

Rats in Los Angeles are becoming an epidemic. Don’t wait until you have a rodent problem. Take preventive measures such as pre-purchase rodent infestation, attic cleaning, or rodent-proofing early on.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA

    September 4, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA

    September 4, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA

    September 4, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

    September 4, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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