Hi All: I just noticed recently that there are mice (or equivalent
rodent) in my attic. I can hear them in the upstairs wall near a
radiator. I went up into the attic ( I have a cape with an attic) and
I found some plastic bags chewed up.
I am try to figure out how they are getting is it possible for them to
climb up the side of the house on a cable? I can't find any holes or
spaces at ground level.
Whereever you enter the attic, stick some traps. That way you can poke your
head up and get them without too much trouble. Make sure you tie the traps
to something. Occasionally the mouse will drag the trap into the insulation
and you can't find it. Soon he is smelling.
I seem to get attic mice in groups of 10. As for holes, they're everywhere.
I would find attic insulation in the basement and have no idea how they were
dragging it down there..
The rodent problem is the main reason we've adopted a couple of crazy
half wild cats as pets. In the last 2 weeks they've bagged three rats
that we know of. They help with gophers and mice too. Around here
they don't over populate - coyotes, red tailed hawks get them first.
Cats are hard on Quail which I see in other parts of town but not in
Before that we mainly used traps with peanut butter bait. Those glue
trays are good for mice but a rat will often get away - even if he
looses a leg in the process!
Every year when the weather turns cold, the critters start thinking
about winter quarters. One time we found they were getting into the
attic thru the garage by jumping up to the furnace and climing up the
fiber glass insulation then squeezing between the inch opening around
the plenum where it entered the attic. Got most of them by placing
the traps where they needed to pass before they could get to the
Hope this helps,
Mice or squirrels can climb up a chimney or brick with ease. I'm sure
they can do the same with a cable or wire going to the house (are your
utility wires underground?) Be a detective--Look for holes near the
eaves, corners, vents, etc and cover with hardware cloth or metal.
You could use D-Con, but that's only a temporary fix.
They can shimmy up a cable or brace themselves against a pipe, gutter,
etc. I had them in an attic when I moved in. You can trap,poison,etc
but ultimately you're going to have to find where they're getting in
unless you just have one of those houses with a million places they
can get in at.
I finally located several places they could get in. Closed them off.
no more problems. Also cut back tree branches, etc. They have to be
getting in somehow...finding its a bitch though as they can make it in
very small places. I have concrete barrel roof tiles, lucked out an
found a 1 inch hole in a worn sheathing section underneath a tile.
Yup. We have a continuing problem with mice in our attic. In one spot,
they apparently climbed up the exterior wall either on or in the
conduit that houses the electrical wires coming into the house, then
somehow made their way over to an attic vent where they chewed through
the fiberglass screen stapled to it. We've now added a layer of
aluminum screen over that.
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