I have a shed that the mice have decided to use as their restroom (renters
left the door open, using it as a dog house and left the dog food in there
also). I did a thorough cleaning with hospital grade disinfectant and have
sprayed lemon scented bleach over the area, but they are still returning.
Any ideas on how to get them to stop using the shed? Thanks.
Close the door?
Get a feeder that'll hold a week's supply of dry cat food.
Put this feeder atop something a mouse can't climb (an up-ended wash tub)
but that the cat can easily reach with a modest hop, Most cats can jump at
least five feet, higher if they get a running start.
Water should be no problem.
I thought you said this was in a shed? If the cat needs to be confined to
the house, you'll need a litter box too.
Get a "Tin Cat" made by Victor. A metal trap that captures mice live. No
messy decapitation or crushing. You do need to empty it every three days or
so or they will die in there and start to decay. About $15 US.
Google tin cat.
Perfect for any type of mouser. If you want them dead, throw the trap into
a bucket of water. If your are a tree hugging Liberal, take them to a
neighborhood that needs mice and let them go free.
Mice are pretty well creatures of habit and they also tend to shit where
they eat - so getting rid of any food comes to mind, but also breaking their
habit will have to happen. Get a trap and you'll get mouse after mouse
after mouse until they stop going there. Use peanut butter on the trap -
mice like that more than cheese. Actually, with mice you don't even need
bait, they are so habitual creatures that they'll run right over the trap so
long as its in their path.
The food is all gone, along with the renters. Unfortunately, the house is
also a bit of a drive from where we live and I can only get there 1-2 days a
week. I need to find something they will avoid.
Then Put out lots of traps and glue traps and various kinds of traps
and poison. When I had mice, I caught so many on the second floor
that they stayed away from the second floor and wouldn't go above the
I poisoned mice, and since my house is suprisingly dry, they just
dried up afaict, counting the two I found, and I don't think any
rotted or rotted in walls. Others say it's risky to use posion
because they'll die in the walls. But if you only have a shed, your
walls don't have an inside.
Use lots of poison and traps, placed where they go. Even in your shed
they probably stay around the edges, or whereever you find the
I leave my Log Cabin shut down over the Winter in Vermont. Always had a
few mice droppings in drawers etc. I heard that laying sheets of
"Bounce" fabric softener( as used in a dryer) would repel them. Tried
it over last Winter and it was very effective!
I also used them inside my boat in the barn, and for once had no mouse
They are clean and leave no residue like sprays.
I DID have some mouse poison in selected areas in the cellar, so I
expect the overall population was lessened, but in past years there
were always some droppings even with the 'mouse food'...
This year I'll remember to put some in the truck!
Regards, Terry King ...On The Mediterranean in Carthage
(Back ...In The Woods In Vermont for the Summer)
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