How to Keep Mice Out of Bird Seed

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How to Keep Mice Out of Bird Seed
Keeping mice out of birdseed is simple. (Little mouse image by Multiart from

If you store your birdseed in the garage or any type of barn or shed, you may end up with a mouse problem. Mice will eat birdseed and can easily chew holes through birdseed sacks. Getting rid of the mice with poisons or traps may not be effective or practical, depending on your situation. The simplest solution for keeping mice out of your birdseed is to make the birdseed inaccessible. For this, all you need is a better storage solution.

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    Store the entire sack of birdseed inside a metal dustbin. Be sure to keep the lid on the dustbin. Mice cannot chew through metal, nor can they pry off dustbin lids. Moreover, storing your birdseed in a metal can protects the seed from moisture.

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    Dump smaller sacks of bird seed inside empty popcorn tins. This is ideal, or preferable to using dustbins, if you are keeping your birdseed in the house and use smaller sacks. It's a way to recycle and reuse the decorative popcorn tins that are popular gifts. Again, be sure to keep the lid on tight when storing the seed.

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    Store birdseed in large plastic tub containers with snap down lids that won't allow access. Mice won't chew through heavy plastic. Choose any type of plastic dustbin or plastic storage bin, so long as it has a tight-fitting lid.

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