How can I get rid of mice?
By drsphlps from KY
Years ago, I read an article in Mother Earth News, that mice and rats have a one way digestive system. If you feed them highly carbonated soda, they can't burp and they die cleanly, without much mess. It might be worth a try. (07/16/2009)
Honestly? The very BEST way is to get a cat! We lived out in the country and they were sneaking in all the time (I hate mice!). We tried traps of all sorts, chemicals...nothing! Then, we got our smart kitty and did he ever put a stop to them coming in. They still tried every now and then, and even if they succeeded, he'd be right there to catch them. If not, I went looking for him, around the house, and I'd bring him TO the mouse. ;) Our kitty was a good mouser; however, he would not eat them. Like most kitties, he'd bat it around a while (this drove me crazy!), then kill it, then, leave it right there, in the middle of the floor, for "mama" to dispose of. Other than that, he did that job well. =) (07/17/2009)
Get a cat. Or two. And don't think you have to starve it to make it a hunter. Cats hunt for the entertainment of it. Females are often better than males, but one of the males I have now is wanton killer. I've had one mouse in the house in 9 years, and the mouse was killed before I discovered it had been there. (07/17/2009)
Get a cat, I have lived in a very old house that any mouse could find his way in without a problem. I have always had a cat and never had a mouse problem. When there is a cat the mice tend to find other places to dwell. (07/17/2009)
You don't have to get a cat. My dog is a great mouse getter. It's funny he knows the word mouse. You say mouse in my house he looks around like "where?" He is an 85 lb. pit-bull. We can't have a cat because my mother-in-law is allergic to them. (07/31/2009)
I've had a mouse problem every winter for years. I don't like traps or poison; one is messy and with the other they seem to die in the walls. Even feeding a fox every night to keep him around eating mice didn't solve the problem. I gave up looking for helpful tips and got an exterminator on a monthly contract and use Pine-sol and Peppermint oil on cotton balls in my cupboards and silverware drawer. So far, no mice this year. But if you're going nuts, get a professional. (11/13/2009)
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