Lots of acorns means lots of mice

We’ve had a huge crop of acorns this fall, and that translates into lots more mice. Acorns are also favored by a lot of other wild critters, including squirrels, jays, pigeons and ducks. And of course, turkeys and deer love acorns too.

We have a bunch of apple trees all around our house and usually deer eat them as they drop off the trees. One fall, Linda piled up 100 apples in a corner of the yard and the next morning they were all gone.

We’ve had a tremendous apple crop this year, but have seen no deer out there eating them. I am assuming that the big crop of acorns has something to do with that.

I also haven’t seen turkeys on the lawn like I usually do, so I’m assuming they’re finding plenty to eat in the woods, including acorns.

One winter I caught 38 mice in our house and that’s the year that Linda first called Modern Pest for help. Since they took over it’s very rare to catch a mouse in our house. I’m sure our cat isn’t happy about this, but we are.

Modern Pest puts small containers of food all around the outside of our house and in the basement. Mice go into the containers to eat the food which makes them thirsty so they leave the house looking for water and they die outside.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.