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MICE! i am going to kill them all! please help me....

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by par0thead151, Jan 15, 2010.

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  1. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    When you live out in the country - you're on their turf.

    I've got so many here that I can see them jumping in the grass infront of the lawnmower. My shed is loaded with them. I took out the christmas decorations and in one box alone - I killed 12.

    Thankfully, we don't have them in the house, garage, basement, or attic.

    The old fashion snap traps with Peanut butter works best. I've trapped and killed atleast 40 in the last 2.5 years and there seems to be an endless supply from the woods, bottomland, and tall grass. The mice were here long before me.

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  2. Hunderliggur

    Hunderliggur Minister of Fire

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    We live on a farm. We have two cats that are allowed inside/outside and five cats that out outside [they are all fixed]. We have no evidence of mice in the house or basement. The inside cats venture into the basement from time to time but never get anything, just outside. We also have Buckeye Chickens who really do a number on mice. Interesting to watch 4 or so chickens torment a mouse.
  3. ribs1

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    Good ole snap traps are my favorite. I like to set them up so the mice has to walk over one to get to the other, otherwise they get smart and lick the peanut butter off without setting off the trap.
    My cat was once a great mouser. He hasn't caught a mouse now in probably 10 years at least (23 year old cat)
    He was a blood thirsty killer when he was young.
  4. Gooserider

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    Agreed on the "Resident Rodent Control Engineer" approach, with the note that they must have been properly trained by mom when young, or they will be unclear on the concept and job description / duties...

    I have also had decent luck w/ the electronic "rodent repelling" units - we used to get flying squirrels in the attic, and haven't since I put one up there.

    One problem w/ snap-traps is that they only fire once, and then have to be reset. I have a "multi-mouse" trap that I got from HF, but have seen the same idea elsewhere - it is a metal box with a spring loaded clockwork paddle wheel separating the sections - mouse enters the trap area and trips it, and the paddle pushes it into the second "holding" area, and automatically is set for the next "customer" The mechanism (and optionally the bait) is in a third chamber that the mice can't get at... I've found it works pretty good, unless it gets a mouse half-way in, which gets the mouse, but jams the paddle... The top slides open to allow the removal of the captives (I give them swimming lessons in the toilet...) The ads claim it will get up to 20-25 mice per windup... I've only gotten one at a time, but wasn't using it in a "target-rich" environment.

    If you are using snap traps, or other traps w/ accessible bait, I find it helps to thread a small strip of cloth through the pedal, and work the bait into the fabric - it causes the mouse to chew and tug on it, which makes it almost certain that the trap will trip and get him where it counts...

    Gooserider
  5. raiderfan

    raiderfan Feeling the Heat

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    I had an electronic one from Victor, at one time. The you would bait the far end of the trap where a metal pad was. The mouse would walk into the far end through a maze type section (so they cant just back out) and go for the bait. When they sat on the metal pad they were zapped. If the trap was blinking red, it meant you had a confirmed kill, and with a push of a button, you could release the dead mouse w/out having to touch anything. Re-bait and set again. It was like $25. Can't find it now, so just sticking to the snappers for now.

    BTW: No mouse evidence in the chip cabinet as of 6:51am this morning!!
  6. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    You need to watch the mice, for they will live in a stove. We were out of this house for a year and we almost had to throw away a new stove. I had it apart 3 times and had to reinsulate and scrub the stove to be able to use it. They get in the insulation, and they like to live under the burners on the top where there is food.
  7. par0thead151

    par0thead151 Feeling the Heat

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    where can i get the electronic noise emitting anti mouse device?
    i snapped 1 more last night and would prefer to not have them in my garage at all, the electronic device thingy might be mu ticket to keeping my traps empty for the most part.
    thanks
  8. Gooserider

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    Should be available in lots of places - I'd try EBay and WallyWorld to start, possibly Home Despot and Slowes as well... Should be in the same general area as the traps and baits...

    Ebay - search on "rodent" - I found HUNDREDS of listings - typical - http://cgi.ebay.com/Riddex-Plus-Electronic-Pest-Rodent-Control-Repeller_W0QQitemZ260496967623QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ca6d447c7

    This seemed to be the most popular listed model, with different numbers of units in a listing...

    Gooserider
  9. par0thead151

    par0thead151 Feeling the Heat

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    will this affect my dog(great dane)?
    i assume this uses a frequency of noise humans cant hear?
  10. Gooserider

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    Supposedly its a frequency people can't hear, but I can hear a faint whine from each of the two units we have in our house when I'm right next to them. I know that they warn in the instructions against using it in areas where you have pet rodents like hamsters and gerbils, not sure about what it does to dogs - if anything. Might be worth doing a Google on the topic, see what comes up...

    Gooserider
  11. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I have better luck putting out poison in September. Seems like more of them die outside .

    I found at least 10 living in the bottom of my saw cut-offs garbage barrel in the wood shop.
    Nice little house of wood scraps and pink insulation.
    Put out poison (shop is 100 feet from the house) and dead mice are showing up in my cellar.
  12. Oldmainer

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    Hi Guys...interesting talk about mice and the different ways of gettin' rid of um...:) I think the electronic rodent repellers are a scam....save yer money. Just cos someone says they ran off thirty five mice with them don't make it so...:) Franklin
  13. MNBobcat

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    Ha, I read your post:

    Your sig was just under your message. LOL! I thought, "what in the world do you have planned for that special someone that involves mice?" !!!
  14. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Well I've got four cats, but unfortunately the one cat who really liked hunting mice is getting fat and old (much like me) and so he isn't pulling his weight as much as he used to . . . instead he now prefers to spend most of his time lounging on the chair in front of the woodstove (again, much like me.)

    I did have a problem with mice getting at my birdseed (which was in a room in the garage closed off to the cats) . . . I fixed that problem with a re-usable snap trap loaded with peanut butter . . . bought it at the local True Value . . . never have to touch the mouse if you're not into touching mice.
  15. basswidow

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    The mice are so bad - they've actually gotten into 2 of my work cars.

    I was driving to work and saw one dart from the under the passenger seat and into the dash. I set a trap and got that one. There was no food in the car. They nested in the spare tire area and chewed up upholstry to make the nest. This happened in the winter.

    My next work car was at the shop and the mechanic told me I had something living in the engine compartment. It built a nest between the alternator and transmissioni out of some white fully stuff (possibly car insulation). Again, no food to attract it there, just a warm place during the winter.

    They got up into my boat too. Chewed up all my PFD's and nested in the compartments. Burned me up. I hate them.

    I've done the poison - but I don't want my dog to get it.
  16. Highbeam

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    Well then put the poison in a place where the dog can't go or fit. I have chickens that would also love to eat rat poison so I carefully place the bait station. You don't need to worry about the dog eating dead mice and being poisoned.
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