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There are some little black bugs in my cage of 3 mice, I'm just about to clean my cage but I want to know if they are dangerous and could they have hurt my mice? They are the size of a flea and have 3 legs and a pointy nose with two little antennas. Please help!!

Hi Katie,

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the sorts of bugs in your area, and the best thing to do might be to catch a few of them in a container and ask someone who is familiar with pests (pet shop, vet, or even a company that offers pest control might be able to tell you what kind of bug it is).

They could be bugs that are trying to get to the food (we have weevils here), or actual pests (mice can actually get fleas).  Either way, you don't want them in your cage, but until someone can help you visually identify them, the best thing to do is to keep the cage very clean.  You can change the bedding out twice a week and scrub the cage when you do so to help get rid of any eggs that might be present, and check the room to see if you can find any in other places.  Take a close look at your bedding and food for incoming bugs - you can freeze these for 24 hours before thawing them for use to kill any bugs that might be coming from the pet shop or warehouse.

Unless the mice are itching or have scabs, they may be more of an annoyance than a health concern, but it is important to try to keep them away from the mice if you can.

Best of luck,


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