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Do Mice Eat Roaches?

By March 14, 2023No Comments
Mice and roaches love food.

If we see mice in our home, we often set up traps to catch them. This is because they can be difficult to capture and can hide. But when checking the glue trap, you see the legs of a roach attached to the sticky part. You may be wondering where is the rest of the body. Do mice eat roaches? Yes, mice eat roaches, along with other things. Also, finding this one a trap will show you that there are mice present in the home.

What Are Mice?

Mice are omnivorous pests who like to eat roaches and everything else. Now, some people will keep mice as a pet, but other mice are a nuisance and can cause destruction in the home. They will nibble on electrical wires and also are a problem for crops and gardens as they will eat everything.

What Do They Eat?

Mice love everything and there isn’t much that they won’t eat. They need to eat 15-20 times a day and their favorites are seeds, insects, fruits, and grains. Living near humans is their favorite place to be as they provide water, shelter, and food sources for this rodent.

Mice need to gnaw so they also find joy in cardboard, bedding, clothing, and furniture. All of this gnawing helps them keep their teeth sharp. Lastly, don’t think your pet food can escape the mice. Mice like their food as well and it attracts them to your yard and home.

Mice and Cockroaches

These two pests enjoy destroying a home and yards and are both frustrating to a homeowner. Cockroaches will scurry off fast, but the mice will catch and eat the cockroaches and work hard to catch them. They enjoy feeding on roaches and they are a good source of protein and fat. The mice’s digestive system welcomes the addition of the roach as it helps with digestion.

Mouse stuck on a trap with glue.

How to Know That You Have Mice and Roaches

If you want to know if you have mice in the home, look for brownish droppings, and in dusty areas, you may see prints. Also, listen to sounds in the home. Do you hear gnawing or sounds in the ceiling? You may even see a mouse that is dead or alive. These are all great indicators of mice in the home.

Let’s take a look at the presence of roaches. They also leave brown droppings, but they are smears that you may find near the toilets, inside cabinets, on walls, or in the kitchen.

Roach on a donut.

Dangers of Mice and Cockroaches

These two nuisance animals both contaminate the food in the home. They are both disease carriers such as plague, tularemia, hantavirus, lymphocytic, and choriomeningitis. Additionally, roaches feed on mice droppings and vice versa. Thus, having both of them in the home can cause disaster.

One area that can be even more dangerous to your pets is that mice can carry fleas or ticks. They can then transfer to humans in the home or your pets.

Recommended Maintenance

Now that you know about mice and roaches, let’s look at a few maintenance areas. One of those is who is responsible for pest control when renting. Well, it depends on the state laws and also what is written in the lease if it is the responsibility of the landlord or the tenant.

Another area is to know what baby roaches look like. You will want to know if you see them in your home before they grow to a larger size. They are black-brown and shed their exoskeletons and will carry diseases as well as bigger ones so getting rid of them as quickly as possible is key.

Lastly, if you find a home that you like and it has powder post beetles, should you buy it? Well, these beetles like to eat dry wood and lumber so it is a good idea to ask a pest control company first before buying the home.

When to Call a Professional

Mice are nothing to play around with. If you have a mouse problem and don’t know how to catch them safely in the home, contact a pest control company. They can also help you get rid of any problems with cockroaches. Both bring diseases and destruction and need to be taken care of quickly.


There is nothing cute about roaches and mice in a home, especially when they are destroying things that are valuable to you, as well as affecting your health and living. Your local pest control company can help you with your situation. If you don’t already have pest control, then now is a great time to reach out to All South Pest Control to determine your pest service needs in McDonough, GA, and the surrounding areas.

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