I am fighting mice problems in my house, but can't put poisons out because I have two birds. I have caught the mice in their cage.
By Melodyse from PA
My vacation mobile home was totally infested, I tried everything, The only thing that works is to get a cat. Make sure its a good mouser. (of course, he might also go after your birds too if you let them out of the cage while he's inside your home)
*Besides that, there's always the spring-traps. But your birds could get caught in them, so you'll have to buy those expensive mouse "hotels" where they go in but can't get out. (07/21/2009)
Nothing works. I am 60 years old and never had a mouse problem until I moved here 4 years ago. My cat kept everything under control until I lost her one year ago. I would wake up some mornings and find one or two dead mice on the corner of my bed. Freaky.
Last October without Miss Kitty I found myself overrun by them. I made it to the store to buy traps and killed over 50 in just 2 weeks. I put a dozen cotton balls with peppermint oil all behind the head of my bed plus sprayed my entire bedroom with it when I spotted them scurrying across the bed. I also dumped half a box of mothballs back there. Didn't stop them. I killed 18 in my bedroom in a week and watched them run behind the head of my bed and over to the other side to the trap each night.
When I moved my couch to clean behind it I found a softball sized hole chewed into the wall and holes chewed into several other walls and windowsills. They even chewed holes in the ceiling and dropped down from above. My yard became overrun with them in the spring. Every time I moved a flowerpot I would find a nest of 30 or 40 underneath. I have been unable to drive for a year and both vehicles are basically ruined.
I spent $20 on fox/bobcat urine and sprinkled it all over the yard and in the vehicles - nothing. Didn't even slow them down. My friend in town suggested some of those electronic goodies, because she was having success with them, but that only lasted about two months before she was getting them again.
I am finally getting the house under control by vigilantly putting out 10 to 20 traps every night, but the best thing has been my new friend. I had noticed the past few weeks that I was seeing less mouse activity in the yard and not seeing mouse poo in the outside dog dishes as often. Well I was sitting outside a few days ago when a movement caught my eye, a 5 - 6 foot black snake was slithering across to one of their favorite hiding places. I saw one mouse scurry out, but no others. I would say he is enjoying his meals and as long as he stays outside he is very welcome. (08/14/2009)
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