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The mice are on the run.
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Cindi    Posted 02-24-2003 at 09:31:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I‘ve always heard that if you see one mouse, you‘ve got a bunch. I had one mouse that used to visit me early every morning while I sat at the computer. I didn’t see any reason to get all freaked out. Just a little mouse, about as long as my index finger. Kind of cute in fact.

Havoc, our cat, was in the house one morning. He comes in nights and goes out at first light, lest he get too comfortable with soft living. All of a sudden I hear this awful racket and I look up to see this cat ricocheting around the living room like a balloon with a bad air leak, knocking over lamps and pulling down curtains. My first instinct was to be prepared to run, as it looked to me like he was having a fit of some kind and could be dangerous.

Then I spotted what he was after. It was a little bitty baby mouse about maybe two inches long, if that. My early morning mouse was three to four inches long. What does that mean? It means that Mr. Mouse had officially moved in bringing family and belongings and was now taking his mail at my house. That’s what I get for being hospitable, I guess.

Havoc, after having destroyed the living room quite efficiently, caught the mouse. I bent down to try and wrestle the mouse away and put it outside as it was so small and helpless, and I really didn't want Havoc to EAT it but oh no, he wasn't having any of that.

I grabbed the tail and tugged and he clamped down tighter than ever and basically said in cat language, 'you take my mouse, I take your finger'. One look in his fiery green eyes we came to an understanding.

Havoc had gotten to the toothpick stage when I hear these squeaking sounds coming from under the kitchen cabinet. The cat seemed to hear it too, he cocked his head to the side and licked his lips. I wonder if mice know when one of their own buys the farm, as it was such a coincidence for this to happen just as Havoc was munching down on this mouse. It sounded for all the world like a whole herd of mice engaged in some fairly vociferous grieving.

I told Fred about this and he was not unaware of the mice invasion so we went and bought one of those electronic pest control devices. The day we plugged it in, the mouse sounds and sightings stopped. This was Saturday and usually by now Mr Mouse would have been by to say hello. No sign of him. I never beleived these things would work but apparently they do. Everyone in the house had reported mouse activity up until Saturday and now say no more mice. Cool, huh? Twenty five bucks well spent.


Spence    Posted 02-25-2003 at 00:35:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best trap is the grey plastic one that you pinch to set. Looks like an open mouth with the pallete being the tongue!. They're re-cleanable made of stainless steel and plastic. The spring wraps around the top of the trap.

What makes them special is they're sensitive to light baby mice, not like the wooden spring trap.
I have learned that all mice come in one area of my foundation and I have set 3 traps in a row along the run of the foundation wall. I no longer
have any coming in the house. They get trapped on the wall and I empty the trap once every 2 weeks.
I then re-bait with peanut butter.
I just finished re-wiring my kitchen ceiling. We're remodelling and changing some of the previous owners work. I pulled out some cable and the 3 conductors, black ,white and ground were exposed by 3 feet. All the sheathing was chewed off. Goes to show you what can happen if you're content on just not having them visible.

Like I say, best to get them at the source as they are very destructive and a fire hazard. They have to knaw constantly as their teeth keep growing. I'd recommend setting traps all over to start. And by catching them in one area you will eventually narrow down the spot where you can set up your trap gauntlet. I have a cat too, but he can't get them between the walls where they plan to set the next fire. You can put out bait but they usually smell up the house when they die between the walls.


Errin OH    Posted 02-24-2003 at 09:56:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mice? Last night I was up in the loft pulling down some bedding when Strech, my only male cat, jump four feet off the floor and started hiss'n and growel'n like the world was comin to an end. Next thing I knows he off behind the hay and it sounds like WWIII has started. Bangin, screemin, and hissin. I mistakinly assumed it was a rivle cat and procceded to chase the offender out when to my suprise a opossium came darting out between my legs and ran right off the end of the loft some 10' down to the ground. Strech followed him all the way out. Now thats a Cat.......

BTW Barney the dog, well he was on the ground, but apparently didn't fell like playing catch. He just stood there and let the cat handle it. Or just maybe he knows his place when Strech is involved ???????


Cindi    Posted 02-24-2003 at 10:49:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know. I had a momentary burst of pride when the cat caught the mouse and then I got to looking at it. Might as well have been a palmetto bug. Havoc is no hunter.


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-25-2003 at 09:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let Havoc stay in a few nights, and pay him a little overtime. He's got the idea!


Randy    Posted 02-24-2003 at 09:41:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure better than those sticky traps!


Cindi    Posted 02-24-2003 at 10:34:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I couldn't agree more. It just doesn't seem fair. Here this mouse is going along minding his own business when wham, there he is all four feet stuck, if he's lucky enough to get all four feet stuck as two feels like partial freedom and gives a glimmer of hope. Now his feet are stuck in whatever position he ended up in, and he gets tired so he sits down so his butt is now stuck as well and it scares him so bad that he tinkles and then he's sitting in a wet spot. Then this massive hand comes down from heaven and plucks him up and these huge eyes gaze down at him and this gigantic mouth starts moving and making big noise at him and if he hadn't just tinkled well, he'd tinkle again, and he is transported to either the trash where he eats what he can reach and then finally dies when he can't reach anymore, or suffocates, or he is smashed with a large heavy object, or worse yet, tossed out back into a bush where he becomes prey to ants or the elements. Not a very humane way to go. If I can find a way to just make them leave, all the better. I'm a softie.


Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-24-2003 at 11:37:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife and I tried those electronic Pest control things.Nope dident work at all.Either we have super mice or totaly deaf mice but either way the best mouse trap is our three cats.They bag them and we get them away and transplant them outside far away as possible.Cant beat the 4 legged traps.


Cindi    Posted 02-24-2003 at 11:52:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I know is this one is suposed to work with the electric current and does something to the wire that they (the mice) can't stand. I haven't heard a peep. Maybe I'm not waiting long enough. This one is put out by Global Industries.


Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-24-2003 at 12:18:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well this one is supposed to make a high pitched noise and drive them out but I guess they are all deaf and it gives the cats some exersise and something to do.Oh well ,this is the country right??!!?


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