We live in the country. No matter how well I plug every small hole or
gap in the house, sooner or later a mouse is going to get indoors.
They are known to chew their own holes to get in. I dont know who is
worse in this house, because both my wife and myself tend to get
pretty panicky when they get in. I dont mind them in the least
outdoors, but once in the house, it's like they are going to attack
us. My wife even has nightmares about them if there has been one in
the house lately, and she just had one of them, which woke me up.
What happened was this morning she went to the kitchen to make some
toast and as she was inserting the bread, a mouse jumped out of the
toaster. After that incident I had a feeling she would have a
nightmare tonight, and I was right.
My reason for this message is to ask if anyone knows of a way to make
a cover for a toaster, or do they sell them? Once a mouse gets in the
toaster, she throws it in the trash. I really dont blame her, because
there really is no way to wash the whole thing and the mice leave a
disgusting mess in the bottom, if you know what I mean.
Toasters are not that expensive, but I bet we average buying 3 or 4
each year and always because of mice. This is getting pretty costly.
After the mouse jumping out at her last morning, she said she will
never use a toaster again unless it's kept covered or in some sort of
enclosure where mice can not get inside. At the same time, I am not
going to buy another one until we find a means to enclose it. I don't
understand why they dont make toasters that can be closed up after
use. Mice a fairly common in the country, and even in the city people
do get them indoors. This makes me wonder how many people eat mouse
droppings with their toast and never realize it. And even without
mice, toasters being open on the top are not the most sanitary at
If anyone has any solutions or ideas, please reply.
You get droppings and body parts before wheat becomes toast; read up on
standards and you will find a minimum allowable level of stuff allowed.
Envision a grainary
and the feast it offers to rodents. Then picture the grainary being
emptied and the wheat
being milled for flour......rodents have lived and died in the stuff,
and some unfortunate is
bound to be milled along with the flour. You also get larvae in pasta
and nuts, so be aware
the world is not sterile outside of your toaster.
It only takes a few crumbs to attract mice - cereal, pet food, flour,
etc. Clean up the kitchen
thoroughly, every crack, crevice and cupboard. Put mouse edibles into
sealed plastic or
metal containers. Put traps in the nice, warm, cozy places that mice
like to nest in ....
around pilot flame, fridge motor. Mice need only about 1/4" opening to
get into the
house, but making the house less attractive is the key. I used to get a
mouse or two
every fall when the weather turned cold. It was easy to get rid of
them. If the toaster
is the only food source, mebbe storing it in a closed plastic bin would
cure the visitors.
On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 04:37:32 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have that many mice you should be thinking about an
exterminator- or at least a bunch of traps/poison.
I get an occasional mouse. And I trap him, and all his kin- then I
don't see any [or any sign] for a year or two.
An appliance garage might make your wife less squeamish-
But don't let her read this site or she might want you to kill some of
You can get a few interesting viruses just by sharing living quarters
1. Get your wife to make a toaster cozy.
2. Keep the crumbs cleaned out of the toaster.
3. Put the toaster in the refrigerator between uses.
4. Put the toaster in a plastic trash bag. Don't forget the twist-tie.
5. Toast your bread in the oven.
6. (My favorite) You can get little mice-like toys in the cat section of
Walmart. They're like five for a dollar. Sprinkle these toys under the
covers. This phobia cure is called "total immersion therapy."
Cats are not the answer...they can't get all of them. Why not get a
wired net ,the type that they can't gnaw at, and use it as a cover for
the toaster..or why not put it in storage of your dishwasher or range,
if you have them, or microwave oven...But remember, keep the house
clean of crumbs and after using the toaster, clean out the
crumbs ...don't let them accumulate. I lined my kitchen drawers ( the
rear ends ) and now they never get into them.
Cat's are like people- no two are alike. We had a cat that was a
great hunter. . . outside. She cleaned or property of mice, moles,
chipmunks, rabbits and even a mink- on Mother's Day, no less.
I think she considered the indoor mice 'fellow pets'.
The cat slept on an ugly old overstuffed chair on the back porch. When
she died I threw the chair out- and discovered about 10 pounds of
catfood hidden in it. Not by the cat- but by the mice she was
I'm wondering if you knew that pepper can have up to 10% rodent
droppings? Or that both you and your wife - and everyone else - has
mites living in the root area of their eyelashes?
Pleasant dreams... :)
As others have said, set traps etc first. You need to figure out their
entry points (typically under the fridge, dishwasher or sink) and trap near
there. You can try some cayenne pepper in the toaster to keep them away
from that, but I would focus your energy closer to the source. I too live
in a heavily wooded area with an endless supply of the little buggers, but
have never been defeated in my attempts to stop them getting in. It
sometimes takes a few goes to find all the entry points, but it is possible
and I encourage you not to resign your self to it being an inevitable part
of life in the country. Here are the areas I've found them getting in:
* wherever utilities or air comes in or out of the house - foam/wire
wool/caulk around AC pipes and gas and electrical boxes (just foam all the
way around them to be sure. screw wire mesh (chicken wire) over vent outlets
(eg for bathroom fans); for the dryer vent, make sure the flap is not
blocked with lint, buy one of the mouse/bird proof covers, and be sure to
clean it out regularly to prevent a blockage
* if you have siding, look at the lower lip - sometimes there can be a gap
underneath. depending on the type of material, you can either foam it, nail
it tight to the sheathing or insert a thin strip of wood to close the gap
* don't ignore decks - I've had a couple of instances where I've sealed
everything up so well, except for under the deck; last fall I pulled off
the first three boards of the deck, in desperation, and sure enough, found
gaps in the sill plate where the ledger board was attached - easy to fix,
and that certainly solved the problem.
* don't ignore the roof, or vents high up on the walls, they will certainly
get up there (although they are much more likely to be coming in at ground
In my experience exterminators don't help that much. They just set traps
and bait, which you can do. They tend to be less than helpful when looking
for entry points....they want the recurring revenue! I've heard a couple
say that most mice get in through cracks in the foundation, so nothing you
can do about it - that is BS. In my experience they usually come in where a
pipe or vent comes into the house.
On Mar 8, 5:37 am, email@example.com wrote:
To Dan, they sell electric units that emit a signal that will deture
mice and squirrels, and all types of rodents at a cost of about 50 or
60 dollars. Its works, and for the price of the toster you can buy
this unit. II would look at all your plumbing pipes where they come
through the floor and calk all those areas, UNDER SINK and BATHROOM.
Good luck dan, henry penta firstname.lastname@example.org
On Mar 8, 3:37 am, email@example.com wrote:
Get a large plastic, tupperware-like container, into which the toaster
can be put once it cools down. It's possible, but methinks unlikely,
that the mice would chew into it as long as the outside is kept clean.
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