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NEC
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem

Wonder if you have a ready food source for the little buggers? Pet food is about the worst but other sources are just as attractive............. We had a christmas gingerbread house stored away that was reduced to rubble.

I would put all food in the fridge or glass/steel/tin containers and keep set traps.

Laughing.............. I had a GF who had a mouse problem. She liked to wear my shirts for some reason to sleep in...... Anyway, she was wearing a snap button denim shirt of mine and went to the garage to get dog food. A mouse was in the food and jumped under the shirt making its way up her back and into her hair. There was a wild shriek and I heard the snaps unsnapping. Next thing I knew there was a streaker........... LOL!

Roxanne76
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Hella hilarious I really could see my self doing that... I dont have any animals but fish and I hope they are not trying to eat them that would make me really mad....I have been putting ALL food products in the frig... And in plastic containers The only thing which makes sense is the garbage can They take the food out of there I have noticed Pizza shredded which I thought was the kids..... But I also found my daughters Favorite towel from the laundry basket pulled under the cabinet and when I pulled it out it was shredded...So now I am going to check all cabinets just in case and throw garbage out nightly.I will see about the traps I have a 1 year old and She has access to the kitchen...I don't want her to get hurt if she were to get up in the middle of the night and some how manage to get over the child gate...Is there a safer way to catch the jerk...besides my staying up all night and shooting him with a shot gun... (JK)

Roxanne76
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem
NEC wrote:

Wonder if you have a ready food source for the little buggers? Pet food is about the worst but other sources are just as attractive............. We had a christmas gingerbread house stored away that was reduced to rubble.

I would put all food in the fridge or glass/steel/tin containers and keep set traps.

Laughing.............. I had a GF who had a mouse problem. She liked to wear my shirts for some reason to sleep in...... Anyway, she was wearing a snap button denim shirt of mine and went to the garage to get dog food. A mouse was in the food and jumped under the shirt making its way up her back and into her hair. There was a wild shriek and I heard the snaps unsnapping. Next thing I knew there was a streaker........... LOL!

Thank you for the advice...I took all trash out and found some food the kids were hiding... had a really good talk with the kids.. about cleaning and the mouse.. I woke up to nothing this morning to no mess in the kitchen I also re filled the hole he chewed.. It is working so far... Thank you again...:cool:

A. Spruce
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem
NEC wrote:

Laughing.............. I had a GF who had a mouse problem. She liked to wear my shirts for some reason to sleep in...... Anyway, she was wearing a snap button denim shirt of mine and went to the garage to get dog food. A mouse was in the food and jumped under the shirt making its way up her back and into her hair. There was a wild shriek and I heard the snaps unsnapping. Next thing I knew there was a streaker........... LOL!

You planted that mouse on purpose, didn't you NEC ... :p

NEC
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem

I would never!............:D

keith3267
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem

Try baiting the traps with molasses mixed with peanut butter. Mice can't resist.

Dmurr33
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem

I've had decent luck with traditional mouse traps baited with peanut butter. Sometimes it takes a few shots, but you will get them. The trick is to place the trap in a corner where the mouse's only approach is straight toward the bait. If they approach from another angle, they can accidentally trigger the trap, get away safely, then walk away with your bait leaving you with fat, satisfied mice.

I also suggest buying an electronic rat trap. It looks like a little mailbox that's batter powered. Put some sunflower seeds in the back of the box, and when the mouse or rat reaches the back of the box they get zapped. Those things are strong enough to take out a full grown squirrel, so the failure rate is extremely low.

Whatever you do, don't put out poison. A mouse or rat can eat the poison then die in your house. They can stink for weeks or months.

Sonya
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Do the stuff you're already doing--remove food sources, block up holes, put down traps--but nix the poison. It's a slow, nasty for the mice, and they'll probably die in some inaccessible spot in the wall and stink up your house.

I have heard that peppermint oil will repel mice. It has to be pure peppermint oil, available at health food stores, aromatherapy stores, and some pharmacies, not peppermint extract or peppermint flavoring. I had a minor mouse problem in parts my house, and removing their food (birdseed) and putting down rags soaked in peppermint oil seems to have persuaded them to find another place to stay. But then, I don't think I ever had that many mice to begin with, and found no evidence of them in the actual living quarters of the house, thanks to my two cats. Any chance you could get/borrow a cat? Best all-natural mouse deterrent on the market. :)

Roxanne76
Re: Please help woman with Mouse problem
Sonya wrote:

Do the stuff you're already doing--remove food sources, block up holes, put down traps--but nix the poison. It's a slow, nasty for the mice, and they'll probably die in some inaccessible spot in the wall and stink up your house.

I have heard that peppermint oil will repel mice. It has to be pure peppermint oil, available at health food stores, aromatherapy stores, and some pharmacies, not peppermint extract or peppermint flavoring. I had a minor mouse problem in parts my house, and removing their food (birdseed) and putting down rags soaked in peppermint oil seems to have persuaded them to find another place to stay. But then, I don't think I ever had that many mice to begin with, and found no evidence of them in the actual living quarters of the house, thanks to my two cats. Any chance you could get/borrow a cat? Best all-natural mouse deterrent on the market. :)

I removed all Food sources and It has SEEMED to work...But I think they are running out side..I am going to look into getting the trap mentioned above.. And That peppermint idea can I buy a bottle of it and Soak rags and place around the outside where they are coming in at..Would that help just in case they are still here and I don't hear or see them...

Hurriken
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Also clean up anything that may provide bedding. Of course you can't remove the insulation but I had a pile of moving blankets and rags in the garage and they turned it into a condo. It was a huge nasty mess.

Usually I only struggle with mice in the winter (my house is backed to a wetlands preservation) but we have been fighting them all summer. I don't like to use poison either but it is supposed to dry them out so they won't stink. Home Depot sells some stuff (it's green) that works good as bait. I always used PB but it seemed to stop working after awhile.

Also pet food was mentioned but we put anything in a container they can chew through into rubber maid bins in the pantry. That helped a lot.

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