Mice, rodents that sometimes dig up seeds.

recognize common vole
Common vole, photo: Dieter TD - CC BY-SA 3.0
recognize shrews
Shrews, photo: Holger Casselmann - CC BY-SA 3.0

Mouse Usually common vole (Microtus arvalis) gnaw on bulbs, roots and tree bark. Shrews (Soricidae) are useful insect hunters. Shrews belong to the insectivores (Eulipotyphla) and not to the rodents (Rodentia), like the mice.
Mice are excellent climbers.

Where to find

  • Vegetable plot and ornamental garden


A cat makes a vegetable garden mouse-free.


A cat keeps a vegetable garden mouse-free. Kestrels and owls hunt mice; a nest box is used to lure falcons and owls. (especially suitable for rural areas).