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How can you get rid of house mice safely with pets in the house
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christy    Posted 07-17-2002 at 10:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
weve noticed a few unwanted friends in our house recently, weve tried glue traps, savea hart traps exct.. we cant use D-CON because we have pets in the house...any other suggestions?


Barb    Posted 03-28-2006 at 12:08:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here's a tip that works, I found it myself on the web last year when I HAD a problem...use dryer sheets!!! Yes dryer sheets!!! My duplex was crawling with them all the sudden last year, and I totally freaked out. I have a small child and a dog so I was looking for something safe. I put the dryer sheets everywhere I saw signs of the critters...and I mean everywhere. At first I would change the sheets weekly (I was really freaked out) then biweekly then monthly...well, I never did see any trace of any after that first dryer sheet went down. FYI...your place will smell fresh and clean around the clock too!! More bad luck.. I work in a women's shelter, we started noticing a couple mice running around, so I brought in some of my stash, laid them around, and now I can proudly say, no more mice and I'm a hero to all. With this new found info, I spread the good news to all I know and now others I know (homeowners, business owners, college students) also no longer worry about these pest. I recently purchased my own home and you can call me paranoid, but I put a couple dryer sheets in each room and change them every 4-6 weeks, I can sleep peacefully now and my home always smells wonderful. Now I'm off to fight the water bugs! Good Luck!!


pat    Posted 07-18-2002 at 15:03:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
with that many animals around you are bound to have mice, keep your feed covered and only put out enough for the animalsto eat ,, or you will end up with the bigger rodents,,,,,on a "farm" with that kind of animals I alwaays keep around some."BARN CATS" THESE are cats that are only around for one thing,,, and that is getting the mice and such,, when you feed them they get dependant on you ,,, and dont do there job,,,, then when there are to many of the cats around well you get rid of them, also I use the green pellets that are for rodents ,,put them behind the fridge and such so the pets dont get to them,, although that is the last ditch because they end up dying in the basement or whatever and smell for a while but this is just one more of the things country living brings with it hahaha, just my 2 cents,


Chuck, WA    Posted 07-18-2002 at 07:53:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hammer - gotta tell it because although it's become something of a legend around our family, it's true!

Had a very smart and persistent mouse under the kitchen sink. He consistently stole the cheese off the old type wood base, wire and spring trap. One day, I opened the cabinet door under the sink to check the trap. There he sat with his back towards me, calmly munching the cheese off the trap which had been sprung. I closed the door, went out to the garage and grabbed a hammer, back in and opened it again knowing he'd be gone. Nope...there he sat, back to me, still happily munching. I "tapped" him with the hammer and thus helped improve the mouse gene pool relative to attentiveness if not to springing traps. If they had a Darwin award for mice...!

My record also includes an unlikely "kill" outside with a manure fork...2 inches between tines and a 3/4 inch wide mouse...first thrust!

That will probably get me on PETA's 10 most wanted list!


Glroia King    Posted 11-03-2004 at 01:58:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have tried traps and I get them but more come in. I have gone thru so many traps. I went out and bought Sonic Pest repellers . one in each room. That was a week ago , then nothing. Yesterday I found droppings on the kitchen counter. I set more traps up right on the counter. Snap. got one. all food that isn't in a can or jar is in tight plastic containers. No food so why are they here. Help!!!


Ludwig    Posted 07-18-2002 at 08:33:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of my friends from the Rod & Gun club
just shoots them, IN THE HOUSE!!
Talks about one he shot of the curtain rod,
unfortunately that one held on long enough for
blood to run down the curtains.... Wife gave
him a beating for that one.
You go in his house and the baseboards
everywhere are peppered with .22 birdshot.
How do the mice get in you ask? The cats
bring them in to play with.
I suggested he quit feeding the cats, he says
he would but that would ruin all the fun...


DHunter    Posted 07-18-2002 at 03:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stop feeding the cats.


David Ransom    Posted 07-17-2002 at 22:32:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had mouse trouble. My mother got three plastic 'Tip Trap' traps, I think from Harbor Freight. We caught two mice within minutes. Now we have another mouse that knows to stay out of them.


christy    Posted 07-18-2002 at 07:16:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
this is the problem we are having...apparantly our mice are very smart~


Ludwig    Posted 07-18-2002 at 08:34:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Figure out what the mice are eating, once you
cut down the easy food sources they'll go after
the traps.


christy    Posted 07-18-2002 at 12:20:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
probably bird seed, we have pet finches in the house, occasionally seeds go on the floor...if its not one thing its another...:}


Pearl    Posted 09-03-2003 at 17:55:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a mouse eating our dog food. When we remove the food we cannot figure where the mouse is hiding??? we used a trap, one went off but no mouse.


Les...fortunate    Posted 07-17-2002 at 17:34:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use D-con and traps. Never had any problem with the cats. When the varmints start to move in on you, you have to act, that's for sure.
I have just recently suspended my feeding of the birds so that there will be one less thing to attract the dang mice, chipmunks and squirrels.


Mom    Posted 07-17-2002 at 13:24:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used a little trap, not the wood and metal cut your fingers off type, a better one. It looks like a clip for closing bags or holding papers together. It was easy to set, and easy to empty, one hand. They are at the store with the other traps, I think I went to Home Depot and got mine.
They have a big red V on them, they are plastic and you would think they are junk but they work great. I set 4 out, with PB on them, where I had seen the critters. You can hear them snap, then reset them. I was critter free in a day or two.
Mom


Ludwig    Posted 07-17-2002 at 12:59:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wooden-base-snap-their-neck-kill 'em-quick-
type traps.
Definately not the clothespin type trap which
usually grabs their leg.
Second best is the scary black you-don't-
gotta-touch-the-dead-body trap.

I always bait with cheese 'cause I hate the
stuff. Some folks have good luck with peanut
butter.


vern    Posted 07-18-2002 at 08:49:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like traps better than d-con. At least you know where they are when it's over. The wood ones will work if you are a skilled trapper. I mix a little honey in the p/b. They can't resist it.


Ludwig    Posted 07-18-2002 at 13:04:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use decon at the camp when we aren't
there and traps when we are. I put a little thing
of decon under the hood of each snowmobile.
All you find are little dried up balls of fluff with a
skeleton inside. The skeletons are pretty
wierd. My wife says we should save 'em and
glue 'em together and sell 'em....
I told her if she thought she could get enough
for her time to go for it!


ger    Posted 07-17-2002 at 11:42:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
cats


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