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  1. unabear09

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    Hey all!

    Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to catch and/or kill mice? I have at least one in my house. it started out hanging out in the kitchen, but the son of a bitch has taken residence in my bedroom and that shit ain't going to fly. HELP!
     
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    Get a barn cat.
     
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    oh if you see one there are a dozen atleast. do a wiki on mice....its scary. I have never had a problem with them in the 9 years i've been in my house until this year. They are brave little son of a bitches when they are used to rummaging in your house. I have crazy stories from the past few months.

    We sat out traditional traps and peanut butter works better than cheese. We have caught 18 of them in 3 weeks. The weiner dog caught several more and the cat caught one and put it on my pillow the other night.
     
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    Glue traps work well but are not very humane, even so. I lived in a home that had 6. We caught all of them disposed of them with a quickness. One even tried to take residence in the oven.

    Hell to the no, with the mice.

    Good luck.
     
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    ugh we had to take my stove completely apart the other night....no fun. they love the oven and dryers.
     
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    Had problems with mice this past winter / spring. They were coming through the wall where the pipes run through, as my apartment is heated by the pipes. Tried traps but they just always managed to get the food off the trap without setting it off. Tried poison but they just ate the poison and would have diarrhea on my floor. Tried those sonic sound things and it worked for a while until they got used to the sound.

    I had the main. man come in and seal up the holes with tin. Have not had any more problems with mice. Your best bet is to find where the mouse / mice might be coming in from, and deal with the holes
     
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    +1 for glue traps.

    One of NY apartments had a mouse. He was small enough to fit through the hole for the gas line to the oven. Smart, too, and quick as all get out - the super and exterminator were never able to trap him.

    Then the owner came by and laid glue traps around the gas line and behind the shelves. One night, I came home after a few days at my now BFs, open the door and there's scratching on the wood floor. About 10 seconds later I hear "eek, eek, eek" - he bit it under the stove trying to crawl back into the gas line.

    Inhumane? Perhaps. But, he was a nasty, counter crawling :)mad:) mofo, and one of us had to go.
     
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    UPDATE: Well, I laid out sticky traps in nearly every nook and cranny in my bedroom and so far have caught one little bastard. About 5 minutes later, I saw another one crawl out from under the couch in my room, and I've heard it scratching. I hate these things. I don't know where they've come from. I've lived in this house for 8 years and up until about a month ago, I've never had mice or seen any evidence of any. Now, just about every day I get up and go to the kitchen or the laundry room, and the cabinets have turds on them, the washing machine has turds on them, the water heater has them, the window seals....pretty much every surface in either room. I've even found turds in the drawer with the dish towels in it, on top of the microwave and under the cabinets. Idk what caused them to all of the sudden move in, but it kinda has me worried that we're in for a bad winter.
     
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    You know, normally I'm a hardcore animal lover. I've actually wrecked my car trying to avoid hitting animals. I'll drive off the road and swerved all over the road to miss running over frogs. With these mouse, I have taken exception. They have eaten thru so many things. I've thrown away close to $50 in food because they have chewed thru the packaging. They are disgusting. The fact that I can't get a towel out to dry my hands without having to shake off mouse turd (of course I don't use that towel, I throw it in the washing machine despite it being clean and unused) or the fact that I now have to check every package of food I have for holes, or the fact that no eating/food prep surface in my house is clean pushes my limits of being humane. Now that I've discovered them in my bedroom...that was my final straw. I have OCD and I fight the urge to freak out about germs and things being sanitary when I don't have mice. Now that I do have mice, I'm always nervous and fearful about touching ANYTHING in my house...and they are now in my bedroom....screw being humane.
     
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    That's a nasty infestation. I use snap traps and they work just fine plus you can reuse them most of the time. Spend just a little more and get ones with a wide setting flange so you don't whack your fingers. Place them along the wall where you see the poop and don't bait them or set them. Let the little critters get used to them for a day or two. THEN set them. You'll get a lot more mice if the trap has the scent of other mice on it. I agree with peanut butter. It's cheap and just a little goes a long way as it's so strongly scented.

    Cats or terriers are really good at finding where mice come from. You may want to borrow someone's cat for a few days so the cat can show you where they're coming into the house. I've had problems with the stove gas line inlet too and the mice in my kitchen seemed to use that to get in from the basement. Filled it with insulating foam and now it's not a problem. They'd crawl right into the oven and then up through the vent and out onto the counter. It was gross.
     
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    Mice are vermin and they carry disease. Load your fridge up with all the dry food you want to keep and toss anything that's not in a sealed glass, ceramic, or metal container. They will chew through plastic containers if they're hungry enough.

    And I'm the same way about most animals. I draw the line with anything invading my home. As I see it, this is a me vs. them thing no different than if we were living in caves wild in nature. It's a creature invading my lair and like any other creature I'm defending my lair against an invader. I'm well within my rights to kill the things if necessary. It's a law of nature.
     
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    @MickeyLee's nonexistent post...
    As I stated, an exterminator was called and the super tried with the humane traps first and they did not work. The last resort was the glue trap, which caught it and the super removed it that night.

    I am not going to live with vermin, and am thankful the owner did what was necessary to remove the problem, perhaps beyond what most would do.
     
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    i hate the new windows *sigh*

    anyway..

    Facts: Glue Traps and Humane Alternatives

    i'm not telling people to co-exist with vermin on their floor plan. you have a right to never question the raisin in ya morning bowl of Kellogg's, to reach for hand towels without risking trans-species fecal colifroms and not wake up with kitty delivered present on ya bedding. man+castle=king, groovy.

    i pointed out the absolute and totally unnecessary cruelty of glue traps. i stated my opinion that if you're going to off with their little heads, ya own up and do it quick.

    also, check ya house. most vermin come in to get out of the cold and to seek food/water. you can kill all the mieces ya pleases, but until you make ya home unwelcoming to the four foot mafia ya house will be over ran.

    seal food in air tight containers.
    make sure the faucet seals tight, keep the sink dry.
    close toilet lids.
    if you have animals, take their food up before bed time and keep food sealed.
    steel wool in any holes/cracks larger than the tip of your finger.
     
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    Honestly, I can only think of three places they could be getting in. One is thru the dryer vent in the laundry room. It (the dryer) was recently worked on, and the vent connection came off and I kinda half assed put it back on. Second place is near the water heater. A few months ago, my 40 year old water finally broke, and it was replaced by a smaller one. All the piping had to pretty much be replaced, so its entirely possible that they are coming in from the gaps between where the old piping was and where the new piping is. The final place is the 1/2 inch crack between the floor and the door to the basement. I kinda doubt the last one because that gap has been there as long as the house has been (90 years), and to my knowledge there has never been any issues with mice up until the last few months.
     
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    I wanted to go the poison route or the old fashion mouse trap route, but I've got a 4 month old puppy that is part vacuum cleaner and was afraid she'd get into the poison or injury herself messing with the old fashion traps. Trust me, the glue traps were my absolute last resort.
     
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    Mr. Unabear,

    i'm a snappy creature with too much time to spend on the intorwebz getting my underpants knotted up. :redface:

    mice or puppies... well of course the puppy wins. puppies can fetch, roll over, can grow up to save you from a burning building or if you fall down a well...... and a person doesn't mind waking up with a puppy curled up in bed with 'em. :biggrin:

    mice, not so much.

    i didn't think ya was sitting around ya house plotting the painful death of Mrs. Jonathan Brisby. i should have assumed that by posting to the message board you had tried everything else and has hit the "fuck, they are chewing on my feet as i type" level of frustration with the issue.

    sorry for the fail. is kinda why i deleted it. cranky isn't a really good reason to post.
    ml

    (still hate/get butthurt over glue traps)
     
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    Mice tend to come indoors whenever it gets cold out so it's not uncommon but they are still dirty, nasty, pooping little suckers and I always dread the coming cold at my summer place.:rant::ugh1:
    They can get in through the tiniest spaces and it always amazes me they can get in from a teeny hole!
    That being said a Jack Russell Terrier is the best mouse, critter catcher available they were bred to rat but then you are left with a high energy dog and maybe that isn't something you're looking to take on now.
    :nervous:
    A good snap trap as Jason said will catch them and you will be able to hear it when they're caught. :15:
    My husband and I caught so many in a half an hour we ran out of trash bags! We used peanut butter as bait.
    I don't like glue traps because the mice were always alive and trying to get away so I'd end up de-glueing them and letting them go somewhere else. :fing02:
    C.B.:saevil:
    *just noticed you have a puppy sorry!*
     
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    no worries...prehaps I should have mentioned my pup in my original post. another update. Just caught mouse number two. I have a hard time disposing of the little guys. I actually like mice....and the two I've caught were so cute. Oh well. R.I.P. little mouseies
     
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    now ya just poking the vegan with a stick. :mad::wink:
     
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    I'm sorry. If it weren't 3:30 am here and 25 degrees outside, I dig a hole and give them a right proper burial.
     
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