Mice are small, furry mammals whose refined palate is drawn to the sweet-tasting anthers of African Violets. Unlike Thrips, Earwigs or other insects which feed on the pollen of African Violets, mice will gnaw off the entire pollen sac, leaving little trace of its contents. You can normally expect mice during colder weather, when outdoor food sources become scarce. While not normally a mortal threat to African Violets, mice cause damage not only to the flowers from which they nourish themselves but also to the leaves and stems through which they scramble to get at the pollen.
If your African Violet exhibits these symptoms, it probably has Mice.
Consult your hardware store for a rodent control method that is safe around plants.
Consult your hardware store for a rodent control method that is safe around plants. Also, minimize the presence of other food sources which may attract mice to the area where you grow your African Violets.
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