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Old 10-28-2010, 08:12 AM
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Well at least one scurried across the kitchen floor the wife said. Or should I say SCREAMED! Anyway, we had 22 inches of rain here in 4 days and many around here have said they have seen some mice in their houses since then. So I go out and buy 6 regular mouse traps, the kind that kill the mouse and for goofs I buy one glue trap. Well so far have caught none in or around the kitchen cabinets or behind the fridge, but this morning my daughter says she hears something in the attic. I go to the pull down stairs and sure enough something is scurrying around on the stairs. I didnt pull it down. A couple of taps with a broom handle and it stopped. Then I remembered the glue trap I put up there. I pulled the stairs and nothing. But one of the regular traps had caught a mouse. Then I saw the glue trap about 10 feet from where I put it. Yup, the noise must have been a mouse caught in the glue trap. Shouldn't have used the broom, must have knocked him off it. Oh well I threw the trap out and reset the deadly one.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:24 AM
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I used the little green pellet poison boxes (1 each in the attic, kitchen, utility room and under the house) and never saw another one, not even a body. My tenant's house next door is overridden with them and catches them daily in traps.

Ants are a whole other problem!!!!
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:38 AM
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Stray cat! After 1 week of in at night out at day break the mouse problem will be gone.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:51 AM
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have had good luck by adding peanut butter to the snap traps.

glue works if you put it where they will run along the edges. not sure how good it is in the middle of a space.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:52 AM
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I had a GOOD mouser, he was no match for the numbers of mice that can get in down here. The mice hide in places he can't even get to.

I should add that it was (2)? years ago that I used the poison. Since then, I've had a good population of black snakes, corn snakes and others that have kept the mice away and the girlfriend inside.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:18 AM
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All of the above is good advice. My only concern with the poison is the smell of the dead mouse. When i was groing up my dad used poison and it seemed like our garage always smelled of dead mice.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:20 AM
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Glue traps. (Add peanut butter)

Also, Ortho Home Defence traps.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:36 AM
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Make you put two traps along the back of the kitchen counter on either side of the range. They love to get in behind there and climb up to get on the counter. Always put them against a wall. I had a mouse problem in my kitchen a year ago and caught 6 in one week. No more issues after that.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:48 AM
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We used that 5 gallon water bucket trick a few years ago in our detached garage. Can't recall the exact number, but the first night it was like 7-8 of them. After a few days they were gone all together.

We have 2 outside cats, and they couldn't or wouldn't keep up. But having cats outside does keep them away.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:23 AM
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I caught a whole family with a glue trap near the base of some stairs. It was a friend's summer place that I used to watch. Fortunatly I found the little tableau in late March so they didnt stink yet.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:45 AM
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The green extruded poison baits work great BUT the smell of a dead mouse is nauseating...until it dries out completely. I would think in an attic the smell wouldn't enter the living space.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:40 AM
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Peanut butter on snap traps. They kill instantly, versus being potentially dragged away (glue trap) or creating a bad smell (poison, mouse dies in wall).

Get a dozen of them, put them along walls and structures versus out in the open.
Aside from the attic, put them near food and water sources - whatever got in will quickly get around the entire house.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:01 PM
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One problem with poison, if they get outside their is a good chance a cat or hawk will get it
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:22 PM
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Whats funny is ever since the wifes scream no signs of the mice in the house. the attic, still has at least the one that got off the glue trap but no signs of any down in the house.
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We have had 5 mice in the house this year. The cat got 2 and the other 3 I got in the regular snap mouse traps. We have a farm field behind our house and when the farmer tills, plants, harvests, etc we can usually count on 1 or 2 mice in the house. This year we have had 5 so I called a professional pest company to come out and survey the house. The guy spent 1.5 hours inspecting inside and out and couldn't find a single place they could be getting in. He put 4 poison traps outside and 5 in the house. My wife freaked out just thinking about a dead mouse rotting inside the house so all 9 of the traps are now outside.

Since we put the poison traps outside we haven't gotten another mouse in the house. The guy from the pest company said this was a banner year for mice and people that have never had a mouse in their house have them now. He said all they need is a 3/8" crack or a hole smaller than a dime to get in.

I have no idea where they are coming in but now that the poison traps are outside they must be feeding on the poison food and dying before they can get in. Or they are finding the poison food and are satisfied enough that they don't want to get in the house.

The pest guy also said an attached garage is usually the place the mice get in. We have an attached garage and have a couple of snap traps set in the garage. Nothing has eaten the cheese or tripped them either.

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Old 10-28-2010, 04:07 PM
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Here's a sure and simple, plus cheap way to rid any rodent from rats to raccoons out of the attic......Good old fashioned "MOTH BALLS".

Open the attic access door and toss a few in all four corners of the attic, I do warn you to toss a few, don't go overboard, or it will knock you out of the house as well.

All rodents and animals have very high smell senses and won't be able to take it long, trust me I've seen nursing mother raccoons in an attic leave her young in broad daylight. Plus if you notice them leaving that's where there entering too.....Plug up that area, or stuff steal wool in the hole till you repair it, rats hate steel wool and won't touch it.

When using rat traps, once it kills one, toss it away and use a new one. It will never kill another one. Like everyone else said use peanut butter or a very small piece of Slim Jim mashed on the trigger plate, it too works well. But always place the trap against a wall or some type of back board. Rats are basically blind and will run along walls.

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Old 10-28-2010, 04:37 PM
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Every year, I get an exterminator to go around the house in Maryland. All I ever get here are ants and crickets. So this year, he was late, and he put out ant powder, green mouse pellets, and some BIG rat-size glue pads. And what did I catch? A garter snake on the pad, just inside the garage door. Good thing the boss didn't see it.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:43 PM
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I assume we all know the green mouse pellets can harm our pets.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:59 PM
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The Big Rat sized glue traps do not get hauled away by mice. Chipmunks are another story. You can attach them to the floor if that is problem.

I have a deer camp in the UP of Michigan. The neighbors/caretakers set up one of those five gallon buckets with the ramp and the peanut butter on the soup can deals in the crawl space. Filled the bottom with pink antifreeze for winter use.

They told me they stopped counting at 100 one fall.... None in the house though...
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