Hi, I appear to have mice in my kitchen ceiling. I've not actually seen the
n or seen any evidence of them (droppings etc), but every so often hear scu
rrying across the ceiling. The problem is that the floor in the room above
the kitchen is inaccessible due to carpet, bed and wardrobes etc. Any ideas
how I can get rid of the mice please?
Are they perhaps dining in your kitchen after dark? Cut off the food
supply and they (or most likely it) will move on. The humane traps work
pretty well IME. You certainly don't want mice dying up there
Don't see why not. A dead mouse only smells bad for a few days or a week
at most and it is preferable to having them in there alive and
sharpening their teeth on the mains cable insulation.
By all means set active traps if you can but don't under estimate the
utility of poison bait in inaccessible zones.
The only problem is if it is rats (and it could be) - they take a much
longer time to dessicate and smell dreadful in the meantime.
That is true of rats especially if it is a relatively airtight area. Son
has just found and removed a partially decomposed rat after 10 months of
smell and failed efforts to find the bugger. Would guess he had a good
few months left of stink if we hadn't opened up the right area eventually.
On Monday, December 30, 2013 9:13:33 PM UTC, Martin Brown wrote:
n wrote: >> Hi, I appear to have mice in my kitchen ceiling. I've not actua
lly >> seen then or seen any evidence of them (droppings etc), but every so
>> often hear scurrying across the ceiling. The problem is that the >> flo
or in the room above the kitchen is inaccessible due to carpet, >> bed and
wardrobes etc. Any ideas how I can get rid of the mice >> please? >> >> Tha
nks >> >> Alec >> > > Are they perhaps dining in your kitchen after dark? C
ut off the food > supply and they (or most likely it) will move on. The hum
ane traps work > pretty well IME. You certainly don't want mice dying up th
ere Don't see why not. A dead mouse only smells bad for a few days or a wee
k at most and it is preferable to having them in there alive and sharpening
their teeth on the mains cable insulation. By all means set active traps i
f you can but don't under estimate the utility of poison bait in inaccessib
le zones. The only problem is if it is rats (and it could be) - they take a
much longer time to dessicate and smell dreadful in the meantime. -- Regar
ds, Martin Brown
I live in an old house - massive thick walls, lath and plaster and more ina
ccesible nooks and crannies than you can shake a stick at, so I'm reluctant
to use poisoned bait when I hear the latest (average one a year) scurry in
the walls or ceiling (I tell my wife it's only mice but I know better, and
I suspect she does too!) so I use neckbreakers, although the poor bugger d
oesn't die easily, judging by the series of thumps I heard after it went of
f in the night. I'd rather keep the damn things out in the first place, but
short of hermetic sealing I don't see how it's possible.
On Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:43:32 +0000, stuart noble wrote:
Mice eat and poo at the same time, if they have found summat to eat
the chances are there will be poo left behind. They don't need much
food either, just crumbs fallen on the floor are enough.
But then you have dispatch them yourself, releasing mice is illegal.
If you do release on your property the mouse will probably be back
inside before you! We used to release about 200 m from the house, it
wasn't until we caught the same mouse (it had a damaged ear) a few
nights on the trot that we realised what was going on. They now get
deported several miles away and at least a couple of miles from any
human habitation. We don't see them again...
On Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:54:53 +0000, Fredxxx wrote:
They are classed as "vermin" and releasing vermin is illegal.
Unfortunately the defintion of "vermin" is not
Scroll to "8 Oct 2003 : Column WA60"
And "vermin" seems to have disappeared from the current legislation.
So mice are not in Scehdule 9 Part 1 but release far enough away may
well lead to suffering of the animal (an offence under the Animal
Welfare Act 2006) and release on anothers property might not be
appreciated by the owners of that propetry (Criminal Damage?).
Release close to their capture location probably won't be an
effective control method.
What I do find odd is that the Barn owl (Tyto alba) is in Schedule 9
Part 1, so illegal to release. <digs> ahhh...
"The Schedule also includes some native species (e.g. the Barn owl)
in order to provide a level of control to ensure that releases, in
particular re-introduction programmes, are carried out in an
appropriate manner and biodiversity is properly
No that would smell and attract other critters.
In the end it may well be, considering the breeding rate of mice that you
have to swallow and rip up the floor upstairs to find out what is going on.
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"stuart noble" <stuart firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Apart from cable insulation and provisions they have carried in
themselves, the only food in our attics is a flock of hibernating
cluster flies, queen wasps and ladybirds.
I don't think *house mice* store food but rely on findings. Our wood
mice clearly hoped for an extended stay.
We have/had Wood Mice. Before I took down the Walnut tree they would
open nuts balanced on a ceiling joist directly over our bed!
The other cure has been insulation: they may still be there but at least
I can't hear them!
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