I recently had some food in my basement spoiled by mice.
I set 6 traps and got 3 overnight.
I reset those 3 and got 1 more today.
My question is... How are these things surviving in my basement?
Aside from that box of cereal, I have never had food down there and there is
no water that I know of.
I seems any mouse would starve down there.
And then the bigger question, how are they getting inside?
I used to get 2 or 3 mice a week in my basement during the winter
months. I'm not kidding, it was like a mouse grand central station.
I recently had a blower door test done during an energy audit. You
wouldnt believe the number of openings found all the way around the
perimeter of the house where the sill meets the foundation. After
they were all caulked, I havent had a mouse in 3 months down there.
I think that once mice find a nice warm place to nest, they bring
their own food. During a kitchen remodel, I found a whole pile of
acorn shells underneath the old kitchen cabinets.
They come and go as they please. It only takes a tiny hole for them to gain
access, and they probably have routes to every corner of your house. Just
keep setting traps along perimeters and foundation ledges. Once you stop
getting them in the traps, keep a few traps active and replace the bait
every month. You'll never stop them from getting in, but you can certainly
limit their numbers
I don't know about mice because they're so much smaller. But if you
can find their point of entry you can place steel wool in the hole. It
works great with rats. They can't stand gnawing through the stuff it
seems. Mice will eat bugs so if you got roaches you will always have
Indeed, mice carry food with them back to their lair. In fact, at our cabin
we found that mice had carried the rat poison pellets to their new lair
between the quilt and the blanket - ewwwww!! We changed over to blocks so
that they were more likely to eat at the bait site. One other neat trick
with the traps that was posted here was to turn the traps perpendicular to
the wall. I don't know why this worked better but we had a better catch
rate when we changed to this set up. And, BTW, for those of you at cabins,
check the peanut butter expiration date. Ours was OD but thought it would
be good enough for a mouse. WRONG! THey knew the diff and avoided the
traps but went for the poison. HTH!
Mice are EXTREMELY near-sighted. That's why they hover near walls when they
scamper. You'll almost never see one in the middle of the room.
Placing a trap perpendicular to the wall (bait side next to wall) will
double your chances.
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