I know that bamboo is safe for mice... but how do I prepare it to ensure no bugs? I would imagine that if it was put in the oven, it would split. Would boiling water be okay?
And I would also like to put some large sticks in the cages for chewing and climbing. We have a fallen mimosa tree in the back yard which could supply endless supply! But... is this a safe type of tree? Do I need to remove any bark before putting it in the cages?
Bake it. Bamboo can be put in the oven around 200-250 easily for a few hours. Anything like bugs or mold spores will die from the heat. I have tons of it here. It holds heat really well too. . . I took a bunch of them fresh out of the oven, and had them wrapped in a towel so I wouldn't burn my hand, and actually used the bamboo in the towel as a heating pad! :lol:
After it cools (it crackles some from the wood contracting from cooling) it's ready to use!