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Eating paper?

Can anyone tell me what is 'eating' paper in my greenhouse?  If I leave seed packets out to remind me of care, they get chewed and there are bits of roundish chewed paper left about.

can I do anything to rid myself of this 'invisible' parasite?



  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    snails eat paper. Probably many insects as well. And mice chew anything.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener Posts: 1,220

    I think snails as well. I came back late one summer evening to find a large snail busy munching its way through the cheque that I'd left out for the milkman!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    re-reading the OP, the chewed paper left around suggests mice. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Ah, now that makes sense, thanks!  It is not snails as I can eliminate them.  Hiwever, I have had mice elsewhere in my garden as I have a storage box with different bird seeds that are an attraction.  I keep them in plastic containers now but they do seem to thrive on just about anything as they destroyed a couple of sun lounger cushions by gnawing through the cloth and getting to the foam (for nesting, presumably).  

    Thanks, everyone, for your help!

  • Should have said, Singing Gardener, I hope you retrieved your cheque in time lol

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,890

    It beats "the dog ate my homework"image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Pansy the state of my homework in the old days that was the best place for it,

  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener Posts: 1,220

    Decided to write another one as a good square inch had disappeared from one corner and I wasn't sure how the bank would react! I'm afraid the snail didn't survive the experience....

  • arneilarneil Posts: 287

    It was rats ate my cushions image  not sure if mice would , and it was snails ate my seed packets

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