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Mailbag Monday Mice and Bird Feeders

By February 18, 2013

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It's a great start each week addressing a reader's question, and this week, Tam from New Mexico asks...

"I have mice at my bird feeders! I'm terrified of mice, but I've seen them around my feeders a few times in the last couple of weeks. I don't want to give up feeding the birds, but what else I can do?"

Mice are a fact of urban wildlife and bird feeders are an easy source of food for these rodents, but you can take steps to keep mice away from bird feeders. Remove low feeders and ground feeding areas, clean up spilled seed promptly and use squirrel-resistant feeders to minimize what food is available to the mice. Some traps may also be necessary, but you'll soon discourage the mice while you keep welcoming the birds.

Do you have a birding question to ask? Submit it to Mailbag Monday, and your question may be featured in an upcoming week!

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