Answer: Mouse-proof fruit storage

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Q.  Help!  We’ve got a mouse (hopefully not more than one) in our house.  We’ve set traps but keep finding evidence that it likes fruit.  The problem is that our family also loves fruit and we’re used to keeping fruit bowls on our kitchen table.  We don’t want to keep fruit in the fridge all the time or hidden away in closed containers and cabinets.  Can you recommend some kind of mouse-proof fruit storage that would work for us?

A.  According to pest control experts, out of all the foods rodents consume, their top two loves are generally fruits and berries.  So it’s no surprise that your furry invader has been making a beeline for your fruit bowls.

I have a couple of suggestions for you:

  1. A three-tier hanging fruit basket is a mouse-resistant solution to the problem of storing fruit so that it’s handy yet out of the way, while also providing good air circulation. Hanging fruit baskets come in a variety of styles and are economical as well as effective.  
  2. Grubpacks are strong, light, stainless steel wire mesh bags with a Velcro closure–they’re designed for camping but can be used anywhere. The rodent-proof stainless steel won’t rust and the Velcro closes tight. They come in five different sizes and have optional handles so you can hang them from wall hooks.
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