In fact, as any pest exterminator or pet shop owner knows, mice dont really like cheese at all and theyll even actively shy away from certain types of cheese (they have a very sensitive sense of smell and certain cheeses give off odors that are repulsive to many types of mice).
Its been around for a long time, even being mentioned by philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca about 2000 years ago: The leading theory as to the origin of the mouse/cheese myth, which isnt based on any actual evidence, is that it probably had to do with people thousands of years ago mostly stocking grains, highly salted meats, and cheese as their food stuffs they kept on hand.
One of Apollos children, Aristaeus, in Ancient Greek mythology is credited with teaching mankind to make cheese, which he learned from the Myrtle-nymphs. So its possible even early artists included this imagery in paintings simply because it makes a really good image. Whatever the origin, given that mice arent overly fond of cheese, it doesnt exactly make the most effective bait in a mouse trap (and has a side hazard of accidentally injuring your cat, if you have one, given that many house cats love cheese!)
At the same time, it seems a shame to let such delicious goodness be wasted on mice (though depending on trap type, it may be their last meal, so you might as well give them a good little taste before the snap! Or, you know use humane traps you heartless gravy-eyed bestially burking bogan.) On the other hand, one person I know who keeps a couple mice as pets says that their favorite treat is Multi-Grain Cheerios dipped in peanut butter. Stephen Turner, the managing director of the largest mousetrap distributor in Europe, Pest Control Shop, also noted that inner city mice whove become very accustomed to surviving on fast food scraps love McDonalds hamburgers (bits of bun and all).
Procter Rodent Control, on the other hand, besides recommending peanut butter for mouse traps, also states that Maltesers work phenomenally well. (For those not familiar, as I wasnt, Maltesers are similar to Whoppers, basically malted milk balls surrounded by a thin layer of chocolate.) Each mouse can work in four hour shifts and have proven to be more accurate than X-ray machines and dogs at finding explosives and drugs.
They clean themselves regularly, not unlike cats, and they organize their homes with specific areas for storing food, going to the bathroom, sleeping, etc. Mice are thought to have originated in Asia then gradually spread through Europe and then to the Americas via stowing away on sailing vessels. The French in particularly consume about 34% more saturated fat than Americans, and yet death rates from coronary heart disease are about 28% lower in France than the U.S.
What food is irresistible to mice?
Instead: Pick Bait Mice Crave Forget the old cartoon image of mice eating cheese. The rodents are primarily nut and seed eaters, so the mouse trap bait they are most strongly attracted to is peanut butter or hazelnut spread. Their hunger for calories also entices them to try chocolate.
Is cheese safe for mice?
Say No to Cheese. Simply put, cheese offers no nutritional value to mice and therefore just isn’t appropriate or safe. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urges owners of mice to abstain from feeding the little guys cheese, milk or any other products that contain dairy. Save all the cheese for yourself.
What are mice favorite food?
Of all the foods included on the mouse menu, chocolate is hands-down the favorite, followed closely by peanut butter. In fact, candy including the combination of the two is almost irresistible to a mouse. Other food items such as bird food, pet food and cereal are also high on the list of preferred mouse foods.
Growing up on a farm, there were always mouse traps lying around waiting patiently, filled with a nice slice of cheese. Some days the mice would fall for our trickery and sometimes they wouldnt. I always wondered if they were getting smart and catching on to our traps. Life is full of mysteries but recent studies have shown that mice arent always attracted to cheese, and sometimes avoid it completely.
Peanut butter and jelly. Dogs and bones. Cheese for rats and mice. Some pairs are tied so firmly together in our collective imaginations that its hard to picture a world where they dont fit hand in hand. But when it comes to rats, mice, and cheese, a match made in heaven (or at least the kitchen) is actually a myth made in misunderstanding.
The Center for Disease Control also recommends you keep pet food sealed tightly, and make sure your trash cans and recycle bins are free from holes and have secure lids to reduce the chance of sneaky snackers in the form of invading rats and mice.
The Origins of “Cheese-Crazy” Rats and Mice
During the Middle Ages, when this particular myth first rose to prominence, many foods mice and rats would prefer were kept out of reach via hanging and curing (meats) or storage in jars (grains). Cheeses, however, were easy pickings, since they were often stored out of sight and allowed to mature in cupboards or sheds or caves while aging, and simply left out when ripe. Consequently, when a rat was discovered, it was usually found nibbling on the family’s cheese supply.Over time, a quirk of supply and demand for the rodents became an ironclad association for humans, and by the modern age, the trope of cheese-loving rodents was well-established in folklore and entertainment such as Tom and Jerry cartoons.Unfortunately for fans of “cheesy” cartoon storylines, scientists conducting a 2006 study at the University of Manchester found that rats and mice are actually more likely to turn their noses up at cheese than other available foods since many cheeses have a strong smell that rodents find off-putting. In fact, the rat wranglers at Rat Central recommend those who are keeping rats as pets (rather than struggling with them with pests) limit both the variety and quantity of cheese ingested since many cheeses can actually be harmful to the little critters.Interestingly, one taste sensation that’s loved by almost all rodents is peanut butter; it’s one of the most commonly recommended trap baits for rats since it is both mouth-watering to the rats and sufficiently sticky to encourage the animals to stay in the trap area longer.