Do Mice Eat Spiders? (They Do, Here’s Why)

Do Mice Eat Spiders

If you’re afraid of spiders (or mice) and you’re wondering, ‘do mice eat spiders?‘ – The answer is yes, mice do eat spiders.

Mice eat most insects they can get theirĀ little claws on. They will eat flies, grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders, and other small insects.

Some species of mice enjoy insects more than others. Deer mice in particular eat a lot of insects as they typically live in grassy areas and insects are a large part of theirĀ diets.

House mice will also insects, but much prefer to get their claws on cereals, grains, and other human foods (who can blame them!).

So, there are a couple of things you can do to help the food chain in this instance. Firstly, you need to cut off access to your food if you want to stop mice coming into your home as much and redirect their attention to spiders.

Secondly, do something to repel the spiders too if they are bothering you. The best way I found to do this is with strong scents that spiders hate (but you like).

Try using plants, or the essential oils for the following scents:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cinnamon

These are all scents that most insects, and mice hate. Using these around your home will give it a lovely fresh scent, and keep a load of insects and pests away.

Will Mice Keep Spiders Away from Your Home?

Will Mice Keep Spiders Away from Your Home

I know what you’re thinking now – can you use mice to keep spiders away from your home?

Unfortunately, it’s not an effective line of defense. Mice have other things on their mind than finding and eating all the spiders around your home.

Sure, if they come across them they may eat them, but you aren’t going to see the numbers of spiders decline just because a colony of mice has moved in.

Try the scents I mentioned above as the first line of defense. They are a natural solution and in my opinion more effective and less invasive than manufactured traps and other repellents.

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