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Reduce Mice and Rat Visits

Bird feeding may also attract mammals.  For example, rodents can be attracted to bird feed that falls from a bird feeder.  Visits by rodents can be minimized by reducing the amount of bird seed that falls to the ground.  To accomplish this, fill your feeders with  preferred bird seeds such as black-oil sunflower, Nyjer®, and sunflower hearts.  Seeds such as red milo are unattractive, and therefore, likely to end up on the ground if part of a bird seed blend.  Seed catcher trays can often be added to the base of tube feeders and can further prevent seed from falling to the ground.  Offering only as much seed as birds eat during a single day can also help thwart nocturnal mammals that might attempt to gain access to your bird feeders. 


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