Until we can build a mouse proof toaster vault, I have been placing a heavy
cookbook on top of the toaster when it is not in use. I also sprinkle peppermint
oil on cotton pads and place them in my food prep and storage areas. This makes
my life with mice more tolerable while we continue to plug the holes in this old
This may be an old thread, but the problem still exists. I really can
relate to the OP, since I live in the country and while I am getting
every hole sealed and even applying hardware cloth under the floor, I
still get a mouse every so often. And I have to admit they make me
pretty panicky too when they are indoors. Yea, I know they dont bite
people, but the thought of having one run across my foot (barefooted),
is reason to be uncomfortable (this really happened to me once). And
the possibility of having one run across my body while I'm asleep, makes
it even more reason.... The amount of damage they do, alone, is a
reason to get rather panicky. I've had colthing ruined, my toolbox
filled with debris and shit, my silverware drawer full of shit, and so
on.... Mice are destructive, damaging, and just plain nasty.
I too have had them in my toaster, and yea, I toss the toaster in the
trash too. I finally found a method to keep them out. I got one of
those large cookie or candy tins (often sold for the winter hilidays).
The toaster just fit in it, even though the toaster was standing on it's
side when the tin was upright. I planned to build a wooden box with
tight door, but I got to think about safety. Using wood is a fire
hazzard, because when someone is in a hurry to leave for work in the
morning, they dont have time to wait for the toaster to cool. So either
it's stuffed in the box hot, or left out till after work, and by that
time the mouse is having a feast.
Then I found an old metal bread box at a second hand store. The toaster
fit well! But the lift up door was real easy to lift, and I figured
that a determined mouse could probably get into it. A small cabinet
latch and a few small nuts with bolts solved that.
I have never seen any store made covers for toasters. I do agree they
should make a toaster that has a lid that can cover the openings with a
Not just a BETTER MOUSE TRAP, but a BETTER TOASTER!
Gee. I guess you guys never had pet mice.
I had one I captured outdoors.
Carried it around in a little box for a few days.
They are really cute, they'll climb up your sleeve and come out
at your neck. Then climb up through your hair.
Mine turned out to be a rat.
They're still pretty cute and if they are outdoor rodents
how much worse than the dirt can they be?
Agree. They just don't belong in a house.
I'm not in the least afraid of them.
But if they get in, they have to go.
I once got a mouse in the basement with a hammer.
Had to crack the skull but not spray brains all over.
Got it on the first try.
I first asked my newsreader to show the parent post.
Eternal September didn't have it.
That told me the parent was old.
Then I went to Google groups and looked at the thread.
All the posts except this one were from 2008.
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