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A fair concern. To start out,A fair concern. To start out, clean the root cellar. Use water and bleach to clean out any mold. If you're storing potatoes and other roots, just keep in crates (not paper). You'll see quickly if something is biting them. Otherwise, you may have lots of jars if you are preserving. Use natural wood shelves that you can clean with bleach. For mice, set out live traps. Don't use poison around food. The best prevention is to keep them coming into your cellar in the first place. Check for any rot. Add a sheet of metal along the bottom edge of your door. Insulate with spray foam around door edges, vents, lights. Screen vents and add weatherstripping around doors. Never leave food debris on floor; never leave door open; regularly check your food stock.

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