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Old 08-25-2009, 05:17 AM
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Looks like the little buggers are back in the kitchen. They leave their little "presents" all over the pans in the bottom oven drawer and under the fridge. I can't keep them out of the house b/c they can get in through the dog door. Can't get a cat b/c the dog really likes cats - for breakfast. Some traps work, but i'm reluctant to use poison. Has anyone had any luck getting rid of these nasty things?
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You're best best is to eliminate all available food sources to them. If
they have nothing to eat, they'll go elsewhere.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:27 AM
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I had a few in the shed - no food for them out there but they made it home. I used a few cheep traps from Home Depot that allow you to catch them alive - I used peanut butter. this may be the way to go for your kitchen. They worked well..
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CJS is right - check the garage and outdoors too. Pet food left out? Bird seed, fertilizers in the garage? They freekin love bird seed. Take a look at what they are getting into and put it in Rubbermaid type boxes.
My house is way in the boonies surrounded by grain fields. In the fall when they cut the fields the mice want to move in. Trapping them doesn't do much good b'cuz there is always one to replace the one trapped. If you don't get rid of the grub they will keep coming.
My wife's cat likes to kill them and smear their blood all over the laundry room floor. And she is such a btch (cat, not wife) she keeps the dog right in his place.
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Mice don't need a food source where they hold up for the winter, they'll bring their own and make hoards!

You have one small advantage right now, the mice are still coming and going from inside the house. If you won't close down the doggie door at this time of season then I think you need to setup mouse traps along the inside and outside walls leading to the doggie door. Catching them before they enter is best, but you are now behind the eight ball. You could use spring loaded mouse traps along the walls, just cover them with bricks/ blocks/ stone so the dog can't disturb the trap. Mice love to run to cover, especially along a wall. If you do setup mouse spring loaded traps inside the house then I'd advise you to put lanyards on them......mice STINK like the motherload when they die if you are not able to remove them!


I have a question, is this early for the mice to be seeking a winter home inside?
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For spring loaded traps, my dad and I have great success attaching them via screw or nail to a short piece of 2x4. Then, you don't have to screw around with dead mouse. just pick up the whole thing and toss in the trash.
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Originally Posted by Hydro View Post
Looks like the little buggers are back in the kitchen. They leave their little "presents" all over the pans in the bottom oven drawer and under the fridge. I can't keep them out of the house b/c they can get in through the dog door. Can't get a cat b/c the dog really likes cats - for breakfast. Some traps work, but i'm reluctant to use poison. Has anyone had any luck getting rid of these nasty things?
If you feel they are exclusively entering through the dog door you might liberally set traps "outside" the house around the door with the dog door. Perhaps they will stop for dinner short of the dog door and meet their maker.

You might also glue/screw/affix the traps on the outside of the door under or around the dog door in a vertical position. Liberally bait, and they will still have their necks broken while standing up and getting the peanut butter/cheese.

When all else fails, call an exterminator. They'll likely have some scheme to find the source and kill them.

I hate mice/rat crap.
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I like the glue traps works great for me
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I like the glue traps works great for me
x2 on the glue boards. Caught 2 in the office last week. They're still alive which is kind of freaky, but they work. Don't know how you keep a dog from stepping on them though.
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good luck hydro
i have them all up in my barn, and cannot get rid of them
tried spring traps, glue traps, poison...

they ignore the spring traps
my dogs get in the glue traps
the squirrels ate the poison

i had my livewell stored in there for the winter, took it out this spring and found two huge nests, full of babies. even after i got rid of those, evey night i see the bastages running around the property

i guess its just part of living in the sticks

anyone know where to get those traps they use on "verminators"?
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were loaded with them here too, them and those frigging groundhogs. This spring i started up my leaf blower, revving the hell out of it and had no wind ? take the nozzle off rev it up again and shot 5 mice out of the tube like a mortar !!!!
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My mom and dad had a couple a couple weeks ago in the house...When they got rid of the organic fertilizer in the garage they have not seen the mice since...Check for food sources. No other reason for mice to be in the house in August.
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Poison, poison, poison but place it outside before they get in the home. You can get blocks of seed/poison then place it in shed/near garbage and any other outdoor structure. I even put them around the perimeter of the yard. (the only other animal that will be interested in them is squirrels and dead squirrels are an added benefit for me). Who cares if the mice die and stink for a while outside, just so long as they don't get inside. I put the poison in my shed because the mice will use this it as an outpost before coming in my house and I come back in the couple of weeks to just find seed dust remaining where the poison was, I get big smile, I know they're dead somewhere outside.

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I have had luck with the spring traps with peanut butter (just a smidgen) bait.
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Food -- water -- shelter. Eliminate any one of those three and problem solved.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
I have had luck with the spring traps with peanut butter (just a smidgen) bait.
Yep, peanut butter works best as bait, it's too sticky for them to get it off the trap and, WHAM! There a gone goose.

My wife was a great mouse killer in a house we owned that got a bunch of them in it, she used to laugh like crazy when a trap went off, glad they don't make traps for husbands.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:48 PM
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Hydro,
I have had great success with the ultra-sound units that keep them away. I have had it for 7 years and instead of getting a "family" of mice when it turns cold, I MIGHT get 1 mouse and he is killed within 1 day of my noticing signs of his presence. Check them out. They worked for me and since you have a dog, you want one that has different settings. Did you know that a mouse pisses everytime it walks??
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Originally Posted by jpdeg View Post
For spring loaded traps, my dad and I have great success attaching them via screw or nail to a short piece of 2x4. Then, you don't have to screw around with dead mouse. just pick up the whole thing and toss in the trash.
You throw the trap away with the mouse?
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Use a 5 gallon bucket with a rolling handle in place fixed almost vertical with screws at the side. Put a half inch of antifreeze at the bottom and dope the rolling handle with peanut butter and make sure the plastic handle rotates freely. Just make sure the side of the bucket is near a rock wall or something they can jump from to the handle. I know someone who had them in his attic and used this method with real good success.

Believe me.... this works.
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