Actually, I'm dead serious about killing mice. It seems like mice
have moved into our 92 year old home with a vengeance. It started about
2 months ago, as it got cold outside. I was able to use traditional
mousetraps to kill a lot of them, but then that petered out as the
remaining ones seemed to keep to the walls more, and not bother with the
traps, no matter what tempting morsels I might put in them.
About a month ago, I finished installing clear plastic panels over
the open joists in the kitchen ceiling. I had installed tube
fluorescent lights up there. Now I notice that in just the past week,
there are probably 60 mouse droppings up there on top of the plastic,
and I can also see yellow where they have been taking piss. This is
right up above our kitchen stove.
I'm wondering if our mice could be numerous because my sister, who
lives on the other side of our duplex, is a packrat. She tends to leave
things lay around, including food, which probably gives them a perfect
breeding ground. They finally got into her foodstuffs so bad that she
was forced to make some changes, though. Still, I believe they have
plenty of hiding places in the boxes piled up over there.
Obviously, this is a serious problem. I want the mice dead. I've
been thinking of either fumigation or poison of some kind.
Anyone have experience with this sort of thing? I'd like to get
something that I can put all over in hidden areas, which will eradicate
Exterminators have some stuff that will kill every mouse you have
*Fast* and last years. They spray powder in the attic, under the
house, in cracks, everywhere. I had mice so bad they were chewing
holes in the wall to get at a sack of dog food.
I do not think cats are going to stop them if they are in the attic.
Cats are still very nice animals to have though. They are very good at
catching mice. I would put traps in the attic and places where pets
cannot get to. However, one still needs to find out how they are getting
into the house and seal up the holes. One can use bate (poison) blocks
which are in solid form and placed in attics and around where pets
cannot get to (safer? I do not know). As for powders and spays - I would
have my doubts about the health effects.
My little Yorkie is also very good at killing mice. But cats are like
mice they prowl at night.
My brothers cat would put the dead mice next to his food bowl. The cats
way of showing him "I work for food". My brother always praises the cat
for doing this as well.
Sleep well without the constant scratching sounds at night :)
I am currently mouse free inside the home.
Enjoy life ... Dan
>A cat(s) is a less drastic, tried and true,
Alas, allergies prevent this. However, there are roughly 8 or so
cats that hang out outside our house, so I'm guessing if we got rid of
the ones in here, it is not that likely that more would find their way
Trouble with poisons is that mice are going to die in the walls and may
just dessicate or rot and stink or worse get infested with maggots.
I toss poison bait in the attic but use traps in the inside of the
house. The Victor trap with a trigger that looks like Swiss cheese is
very effective. The more traditional traps work but little mice can
often eat the bait without tripping. Most important is to plug entry
points from outside.
I had same problem. I would go with the extermination route because the
problem doesn't go away for good and the mice will keep coming back. The
exterminator will place the appropriate traps both exterior and interior and
can get into places you can't. Mice were gone very quickly. The
exterminator comes back every 3 month to refresh the traps. Problem solved.
Mice are far easier to eliminate than bugs... all Mikey
need do is to STOP feeding the mice... sure mice are looking for
warmth but 99% of them are there because Mikey and is sister have
provided a rodent restaurant.
Well, I'm not sure where you live but here in the winter, fields, woods and
old house mean mice (and chipmunks and flying squirrels). They borough into
any crack, crevice or hole they can find (which you should address first)
and eat wood, wires you name it. I am sure they are they are searching for
food and water, but I suspect that any little crumb will do and eliminating
all food isn't much of an option. I think the service cost around $300 a
year. Works for me.
I live in a very rural location surrounded by hundreds and thousands
of acres of fields, woods, and wet lands... every critter imaginable
lives here but I find very few rodents in my house because I don't
leave unsecured pet food around, and I have six cats... with their
food properly secured they very rarely catch a mouse and they patrol
constantly. As long as there is a food source critters will
congregate, remove the food source and they will move on, even humans.
And it's very easy to remove all food to sealed critter proof
containers... all one needs is to exercise reasonable hygienic living
habits... own a vacuum cleaner, a cleaning rag, a broom, and use them.
Applying poisons is a million times worse than a few mouse droppings,
don't you shit too... how'd you like to be executed for pooping.
I imaging the cats help too. I am not there that often so food isn't really
left around at all, but the house is very old with crawl spaces and is very
difficult to sealup completely. They don't spray chemicals just place traps
mostly around the perimeter and in the crawl spaces.
Cats help, but only if the cats have access to where mice are likely
to be... I leave many closet doors open, pantry and wherever
pipes/wire pass, especially at night when cats do most patroling... I
have one of those pet doors on my inside basement door too. Cats rub
up against everything to mark their territory with their scent, mice
can smell cats and stay way. Cats can smell mice too but mostly cats
have excellent hearing, much better than dogs, they can hear the high
pitched mouse sounds from a long distance... you only think a cat is
asleep, but they have their radar booted up 27/7.
Baited traps will lure mice, even long after the traps are sprung and
gone mice will continue to come for food, you've trained them to
consider that a feeding station.
Do a better job of sealing up openings, there are all sorts of
materials at hardware stores, in fact hardware cloth is your best
friend, mice can't fit through a 1/4" hole. Wadded up chicken wire
works very well stuffed into oddly shaped holes (wadding it closes the
openings in the wire). Coarse grade steel wool works well too, and
it's dirt cheap... just remember to check it occasionally and replace
it as it rusts and disintergrates. Metal barriers are much better
than those expanding insulation foams and caulking compounds, mice can
chew through those, in fact they consider those food... use metal...
and then if you want fill the space around the metal with calk to keep
out draughts. There are many very old houses around here that have
laid stone foundations with many spaces between the stones, but a lot
of people have built a wood lathe frame all arond the interior and
staple on hardware cloth to keep critters out, including snakes... you
need to employ a little imagination, there is always a simple, safe,
and inexpensive solution. And it helps if your cat has access to your
crawl spaces. One good mouser is worth a thousand exterminators. I
have one cat that is so fearsome to mice that she only needs to stare
at them and they die of a coronary... she's so good that the Pentagon
wants to study her locking on mechanism for missle control.
Mice meet Mooch and die:
Having had cats and now having none, I'd say they make little
difference. We kept the cats in the house and out of certain areas
because of problems, e.g. a family room with a Berber carpet which the
cat raised fibers by clawing. Cat could also not get at mice in walls
and rafters. Cat would sit for hours watching wall where mouse was
scratching. In a few cases, I drilled hole in the walls and dumped in
Poison, traps and sealing entries are solution. I've recently been
stymied as to how mice are getting in a certain area of the house and
trapped a dozen but have seen none for a week. PITA but not a serious
I've had problems with small field mice in my house (garage) in the winter
time twice before. I've found that removing all food and nesting materials
along with placing spring traps around the garage will get rid of any mice
in just a few days.
I store grass seeds and any other possible food items that are in my garage
in tightly covered plastic containers and place any compost, potting soil
and other possible nesting materials including rags and papers in large
covered plastic trash cans.
I've not had a mouse problem since I started doing this.
Perfect. Eliminating the creature comforts eliminates the
creatures... and you don't need traps around a garage, baiting the
traps negates a lot of your efforts in eliminating food. If one
places any food about mice will come... naturally if you bait a trap
with food mice will come and you'll trap some... you trapped mice that
wouldn't have come there had you not put out food baited traps, think
about it. My neighbor has a small rabbit hutch outside, she complains
how she's plagued with mice... well what does she expect with a
constant supply of rabbit food and droppings.... I think that she
purposely doesn't run a clean rabbit hutch just so the mice will come
so she will have something to complain about to anyone who will
listen, complaining about mice constitutes her social life. She's
over a thousand feet away so I don't mind, she's my Pied Piper, she
lures the rodents way over to her area. And people who poison the
rodents in turn poison the rodent's natural enemies, especially the
raptors. The raptors don't multiply anywhere near as quickly as
rodents... even a pinhead should be able to figure out that poison
bait doesn't work and only does severe harm. If poison bait worked
there wouldn't be a constant stream of mice, now would there. The
raptors are far more efficient mouse catchers... you don't see them
because mostly they work the night shift, and coincidently that's
mostly when mice scurry about, imagine that. People have mice about
for three reasons and three reasons only, they're dumb (mice are
obviously smarter), lazy (mice are very hard working), and filthy
(mice are actually very fastidious, they eat every crumb).
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