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CeliaP
Electronic rodent repellers

I've been thinking of trying those electronic mouse repelling devices in my vacation home. After being almost over run with mice a few years ago we put out mouse poison which did the trick. But I'd like to move away from that for many reasons. Glue traps and regular traps didn't do the job when we tried them before. At home we have 4 legged mouse killers but I don't want to endure a 2+ hour drive with a caterwauling cat in the car so that's not an option. Since the electronic repelling devices are on the expensive side I thought I'd post to here to see what experience others have had with them.

A. Spruce
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They come with mixed reviews, they work for some people and not for others. Personally, I don't like them because I can hear the very high pitched scream they emit, which is what supposedly drives away the critters.

JLMCDANIEL
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They didn't work for me. Decon did however.

Jack

dj1
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"Glue traps and regular traps didn't do the job when we tried them before."

Spring loaded mouse traps do work, if you do it correctly.

The advantage of these traps over poison and bait is that you get to remove the dead mouse from your house. With baits, the mouse can crawl away to a hidden place and die there, stinking the whole house.

Electronic repellers are not always effective.

A. Spruce
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dj1 wrote:

Spring loaded mouse traps do work, if you do it correctly.

The advantage of these traps over poison and bait is that you get to remove the dead mouse from your house. With baits, the mouse can crawl away to a hidden place and die there, stinking the whole house.

Electronic repellers are not always effective.

A lot of people don't want to handle a dead animal, so the standard spring trap may not be an option, however, there is a new style of spring trap that is enclosed, you simply set it, then toss it when you've caught your quarry. The key to setting a spring style trap is to use bait that can't be easily licked off the trigger, use something that requires some effort, if you're not sure what that is, experiment with different baits until you find one that works.

One of the big problems with using poisons, aside from odor issues from dead critters, is that other beneficial critters will eat the poisoned critter and die as well, such as carnivorous birds and beloved family pets. All the more reason to use traps, if possible.

dj1
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Spruce brought up a good alternative, the "mouse motel", where the mouse can check in but can never check out.

Look around places like Lowe's...they are placed around the building.

Mastercarpentry
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Rodent traps should only be used when you can remove the corpses in a timely manner. There are some nasty diseases like bubonic plague which are transmitted by fleas, and the lack of an animals movement and grooming gives them an easy target. Then there's flies and their larvae to contend with as well.

Poisons may also have this disadvantage according to where the rodent dies, and predator or scavenging animals can be poisoned from the corpse. Plus they can die in the walls where getting rid of the odor can be a huge task.

Animals enter a house for only two reasons- food sources and shelter. You can address the first one with cleanliness and not leaving anything they can eat behind when you close up house for the year. The second is tougher to handle and can require extensive work. The approach I try is the seal he house against them then giving them an alternative space where they can shelter adequately just as well way from the house. You can entice them to go there by baiting that place with a little food to help them discover it. You can also sprinkle cayenne pepper around the perimeter of the house and inside along the perimeter walls as a deterrent, cleaning up inside when you arrive with a wet mop so the pepper dust doesn't repel you too.

As much as we hate rodents they are a part of nature so the best control methods are the ones which keep them elsewhere as they are going to survive overall anyway. So make another place more to their liking and make your place less so, then the problem (or most of it) will go elsewhere. It's not a winnable war but you can keep your casualties down to an acceptable level if you're not totally over-run with them in which case it's you who will have to move away from them instead to get the problem under control.

Phil

bill
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I have a cottage in northern Quebec, I have tried everything , glue, viceroy traps, poison, electronic noise makers etc. this is my experience
Glue sometimes the mouse would drag the glue sheet to the hole in the wall and get away leaving fur on the sheet.
viceroy traps did work but not allways 50/50 at best and can not be reused
Poison, the trouble with this is that the mice will crawl in to the wall and die leaving a stink for years.
Electronics did work but only after several months and you need several to do a house.
i now have found a mouse trap that is fantastic it is called super cat mouse trap , comes already baited with peanut butter, and can be reused several times Bill

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ed21
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But what if your mice don't know the metric system? :)

dj1
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I use the std mouse traps. I use plastic gloves (not to leave any finger oils with odor), put some fresh PB and wait. When I catch a mouse, I discard the whole thing. If you re-use the same trap again, tough luck, the mice smell and know that another mouse died there.

A pack of 3 is 99 cents at the Dollar store.

Once I built a hillside home and I caught 29 mice during construction. It was a nice family.

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