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Do Mice Eat Flour?

With wild mice constantly being a problem for raiding the food you have stored in your home as well as people who keep pet mice constantly looking for new foods to give their mice, we have noticed people asking if mice eat flour or not.

Due to seeing so many people from both sides asking about mice eating flour, we have decided to publish our own dedicated article going over a few common misconceptions about mice eating flour.

We hope that we are able to help our readers better understand what’s been ripping their flour bags open as well as help our readers who keep pet mice give their pets the best possible treats.

Due to the homemade flour mouse trap, there has been a large amount of misinformation relating to feeding mice flour on social media too.

With any luck, we will also be able to remove some of the common advice that we see people recommending on social media regarding mice and flour too. Our table of contents below should make it is quick and easy as possible to navigate our article to get to the exact section you need the information for though.

Do Mice Eat Flour?

Wild mice will rip flour bags open to eat the contents as they are more of an opportunist and will try to get food wherever they can. Although some pet mice may eat flour, they tend to be much better fed than wild mice and will often try to hold out for better foods.

We usually recommend that you try to avoid giving a pet mouse flour if possible too as it can potentially cause some minor problems when your mouse drinks and the water gets to it.

If you are looking for a treat for your pet mouse then a actual mouse treats or any other suitable food will be a better option than flour.

Depending on the time of year, wild mice may have no option but to eat your bags of flour and when one hungry mouse finds food, their excited squeaks will usually attract other mice.

This is why you can often find that the majority of your bag of flour has been ate by mice while you sleep as a group of hungry mice really can make light work of a bag of flour.

Are There Any Nutritional Benefits Of Flour For Mice?

Flour is low in vitamins and minerals but an excellent source of carbohydrates. Hungry wild mice will be able to get a large amount of energy from flour and it also tends to be very easy for them to eat although it will dry them out quickly.

A pet mouse will almost always have better, more nutrient-dense food options available.

If you are keeping your mouse as a pet then you really do have to be confident that your mouses diet is already nutritionally complete as using flour as a treat food is wasting calories.

Thankfully, the majority of commercial mouse food products offer an excellent nutritional spread to help keep your mouse healthy.

Although wild mice may raid your flour supply in the warmer months when they have plenty of other sources of food, you will usually find their raids more frequent in winter.

As with all other wild animals, the colder months are the hardest and mice will take any type of food that they are able to find.

How Do You Get Rid Of Mice With Flour?

Although there are some DIY flour mouse traps, you will usually have much better results with a traditional mouse trap.

We know that wild mice will often raid your bags of flour but a traditional mouse trap with some peanut butter on it is much better than a DIY flour mouse trap.

The fail rate on the DIY flour mouse traps is really high too due to a poor spring system so many mice will be able to eat the flour and leave. Not only can a mouse that gets away come back to raid your food again but it can also breed and result in more mice to deal with.

The modern mouse traps have a high chance of dealing with the mouse and ensuring that it will not be able to get away. The are also reusable too so you can use the trap multiple times with it being quick and easy to use too.


That brings our article going over if mice eat flour or not to an end. Wild mice will eat large amounts of flour, especially in winter if they are able to get access to it. We usually recommend against giving your pet mice flour though as there is almost always a better option available that is more nutrient dense.