Do Rats eat Acorns, Squash? & How to Control Them

Yes, rats eat acorns; as do mice and other rodents.

As each year pass, more and more Americans continually move to the southern side of the states. The warm sunny days, beautiful trees, green spaces and outdoor patio restaurants presents multiple options for residents to enjoy spending time exploring different parts of these cities.

You love the picture, right? Exactly! All of these things that make urban areas so appealing to you also makes it a perfect habitat for local rat populations.

Today we shall provide an answer to the common question: Can rats eat acorns? as well as discuss what rats we are most likely to see and how to keep mice away from your home.

Do Rats eat Acorns?

Mice or rats love greenbelt areas with much water, seeds, lush vegetation and nearby food sources. They consume fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, lizards, worms and various bug species, including cockroaches and spiders.

In the absences of all these food sources, they’ll opt for paper, candle wax or even paper. Rats and mice most visited areas include one with lots of pecan trees.

They also have a special taste for acorns from live oak trees. So, yes mice and rats eat acorns – field and deer mice included.

During summer, roof rats typically feed off your green spaces, homes, gardens and pet foods. Rats do not live outside; they love to live in homes. But, they can locate openings (or create one) in the roof of your home, including areas in the soffits and fascia, and nest in your walls or attic.

Holes the size of a quarter are no issues to a roof rat, once inside, your home attic offers protection, and a comfortable place for them to mate and reproduce; increasing the numbers rapidly within a small amount of time.

They’re social animals and tend to stay together to protect each other and travel in families, and they can have as many as 60 babies in one year. That means it’s highly likely that once a rat finds his way into your home, many more will follow.

Do Mice eat Acorns?

Absolutely! Like their rat cousins, they do will eat acorn, squash with no issues at all.

Rattus rattus

The most common rats in the southern states of the US are a species known as roof rats (Rattus rattus). These smaller black and brown rats are different from Norway rats, which are a larger breed found throughout most of the rest of the country.

Roof roots prefer the urban warmer climate and live in bushes, woodpiles, and trees during the summer. Because they aren’t fans of burrowing like their Northern cousins, they go searching for warmer places to nest in the winter.

Do Rats eat Acorns

Do House Mice eat acorns?

Yes, house mice love the taste of acorns especially in Southern parts of the United States.

Do Deer Mice eat acorns?

Absolutely! Deer mice love acorns and savor the taste!

Do field Mice eat acorns?

Yes, field mice including all mice species (exept Kangaroo rats) love acorn.

How Weather Affects Rat Populations

Wet weather is a huge contribution to explosion of rat population, for it causes weeds and grasses to grow rapidly and bear seeds, providing a good amount of food for a hungry rat.

When winter follows a wet autumn, an increased rat population becomes unavoidable and is easily noticed in your home and storage sheds, as there are more mice and rats searching for a warm place to call home.

5 Signs Of Rats In Your Home [and Mice]

Roof rats detest activity or change and have a habit of nesting in places where they won’t be disturbed. Crawl spaces, quiet attics, ductwork and even the void between walls make perfect nesting locations. To enter your home, they simply need small gaps in the eaves, doorways, or rood. Some expert climbers might even enter via exhaust fans, drainage pipes or ventilation.

There are multiple warning signs that you might have rats, mice (or other rodents, including squirrels) in your house or home:

  • Musky odor
  • Chewed plastic containers, wood molding and paper
  • Squeaking or scratching sounds in the ceiling or walls
  • Upset cats or dogs (they can perceive the odor of rodents before humans do).
  • Holes in the surrounding soffits or fascia at the roof line or in the roof
  • Small black droppings on the floor, especially in the kitchen or other areas where food may be stored
  • Tracks or Smears in dusty areas
  • It’s always best to take action if you suspect rat invasion in your home before they cause more damage or reproduce.

Controlling Rats On Your Own

There are two steps to rat control: Prevention and eradication.

The first being the best fix. Ensure rats aren’t attracted to your home and yard in the first place. Take away brush and wood piles, and mow grass and weeds frequently. Do not leave pet food outside and clean up spilled food from chicken coops or bird feeders.

Clear away acorns, acorn squash and other potential food sources serving as mice attractants in your yard.

Next, check for access points to your home. Inspect your roof and siding as well as any potential crawl spaces under and around the house. If they cannot gain easy entrance inside your home, they’d most likely try elsewhere.

If you lose guard and rats get in your home, you can trap them and relocate them with live t-r-a-p-s. These are safe and humane options. Avoid using P-O-I-S-O-N as other animals may get into it.

We also discourage sticky deterrents and snap deterrents where possible, as both can cause harm to rats and is not humane.

Are Rats Driving You Nuts?

Contact us today and we’d connect you to pest control experts who can come out to your home and find solutions [humane and environmentally-friendly] to your rat problem.

So, do rats eat acorns – answer is yes! They do!

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