Mice Eating Houseplants?

I want to know why mice are digging in my houseplants? I have had houseplants for last 30 years, but never had mice in my home. I live in a mobile home and have 2 dogs. I want to rid my home of these little creatures without killing my plants. What can I put in my plants? I did find the hole they came in and closed it off. What can you suggest? Help.


By Ann

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March 11, 20132 found this helpful
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One of the easiest (and safest for your pets) ways to keep mice out of places is to place unused fabric softener sheets in the area. You can use a spring-type clothespin to hook it on the side of the pot. Don't let the sheet come in contact with the soil. You really only want the fragrance and the stronger the fragrance the better.

Since you have found the hole they are entering from and sealed that off you shouldn't have more coming into your home. You may, however, have some still in the house with no way to escape.


Putting out a small live trap is the most humane way to trap the mice and release them outside.

Please, please do not use any of the mouse poisons or glue traps. If you use the mouse poison and your dog ate the mouse it could also die. I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and mouse/rat poisons (like DeCon) kill a great many owls, hawks, raccoons, opossums, dogs and cats after they eat a poisoned rodent. The glue traps are just totally barbaric and make the animal suffer. As to the live traps you may be able to borrow one.

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February 18, 20181 found this helpful

Live traps aren't expensive, I got a couple of Tomcat traps for about $7 each. I'd recommend a couple of them. As for the mouse hole you sealed, they are pretty industrious and can squeeze through spaces you wouldn't believe they can fit through. Get some steel wool, (they can't chew through it) and stuff it around the where pipes meet the wall under sinks, gaps around door and window jams, etc.


I signed a year lease on an apartment before I knew the building was ridden with them, ugh. I just want to add that if mice eat poison there's a good chance they might crawl through one of those holes and die and you DON'T want to smell that.

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Digging to eat the roots is more the doing of fieldmouse or of voles than mice. Usualy they do not come into the houses unless they are trapped in or if they are very hungry!

Oil castor plant products are very good repellents but you should take advice to find the right product to use indoor without danger for your dogs. Sorry for the details but if it is a mouse, and specially in a mobilhome, it leaves behind a tipical smell that you would have noticed.


I could not agree more with Lilly who's advising you not to use poison, for the sake of your dogs and also because fieldmouse is one of the cutest intelligent and funny animal to watch. I do realize that this is not a thing to say to garden lovers ! although most of the time, gardeners blame on the fieldmouse what is in fact done by voles. Cheer up ! once back in its natural place close to your mobilhome and not inside, your fieldmouse will help you get rid of snails and catterpillars.

Hope this helps!

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October 15, 20200 found this helpful

Everytime I've noticed that a mouse was in a potted houseplant was more often than not to give birth to their babies, and then the mom will move them after she gives birth to them...I was VERY FREAKED OUT THE 1ST TIME WE DISCOVERED THIS BUT THEY USE HOUSEPLANTS AS LITTLE MATERNITY HOSPITALS

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