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By Shawna G. from Ann Arbor, MI
In response to some clever comments below: Yes that is a great idea! Release the little rodents to the wild where the owls, hawks and even wildcats feed on little rodents. It is a good feeling for the owls, hawks and wildcats when they feed on little rodents. Lol, that is funny. Why not be really nice and give them a spare bedroom, make tham beds out of shoe boxes and feed them $30 a bag trail mix.
On the other hand, I'm sick of these little rodents burglarizing my home, rummaging through my kitchen when I sleep, and then pooping in my attic. These little freeloaders don't have jobs and don't even pay rent. I tried to be friendly and left a note giving them directions to the nearest welfare office, but they just chewed it up.
I'll try the fabric sheets. Thanks.
To get rid of mice. I purchased bobcat and fox urine at home depot. Sprinkle this stuff in corner of basements and around outside foundation. Worked for me. Keeps animals out of gardens too. A fox is the only animal that will go after a skunk. Have not had skunk problems in about 5 years.
by Gene from Chicago, IL
This promotes cruel foxfarms. Besides you have never smelled anything like this putrid unwashable stink. Best to half burn(in frypan) fresh rosemary, spread in areas where mice or rats visit. Another is peppermint oil on cotton balls. Another is fresh dryer sheets.
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I have a problem here that is really disgusting me. I have mice in my apartment, coming in and out from the radiator, going through under the box of my bed. The box spring isn't even 10 years old yet, but they eaten through the bottom.
My boyfriend caught 4 of them in a trap. Then last year one came out of the hole in the top cabinet near the kitchen ceiling. My boyfriend caught that one too.
Later I bought Riddex, it helped with the kitchen, but they are still getting in at the radiator. Sometimes I can't sleep, I get worried, you know. Next I bought peppermint oil that didn't help either. I'm gonna find another way to work with the peppermint oil, because I would like to sleep and relax. Please can anyone give me some other advice for how to get rid of them?
Can you borrow a friend's cat. It really works.
I had this problem. Landlord would not help. My sister lived downstairs I lived upstairs. She caught 28 mice in one weekend. We moved out. The easiest thing to do is move.
I read in mother earth news years ago that rats and mice have a one way digestive system. If you put out soda in a jar lid, they will drink and not be able to burp.
It's a clean, fast and effective way of killing them, but yes, plugging up the holes is the first thing.
Then literally drink them to death...
All you have to do is stuff steel wool into the holes the rodents use to enter your apartment. They will not chew/bite into the steel wool; therefore, they will not be able to enter your apartment. This works!
My advice is to get a cat, Unless of course you really dislike cats, or are allergic to them.
I had the same problem. I live in a second floor apartment too. When I moved in the apartment was very clean.. but mice and more mice kept coming in, Okay, tried the traps, One trap caught two mice at the same time! However the problem not solved. I got a cat, and then another cat, Fortunately both are demon hunters and no mouse dares to show its face now. Once they even tackled a fairly big RAT who sneaked its way inside, and disposed of that,
My cats are truly worth their weight in cat food.. and loved animal friends as well.
Is there a rodent bait that is safe for dogs? Our barn has a number of rodents, rats. To keep family dogs safe should they find dead one, I do not use poison.
I need a safe way to reduce (kill) rodents. I have tried glue boards and traps they just don't work. We keep feed in heavy metal trash cans with snug lids in a closed feed room. Yet the rats still thrive. I am ready to consider using poison, so please help. Thanks.
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By Cindi from Ocala, FL
Cats do wonders to reduce rodent population. Female cats generally seem to be the better hunters than the males. We have both wandering the neighborhood, and the female is always bringing home her "gifts" for her people. Best of luck with the rat problem.
Quit feeding your dogs so much and they'll soon begin to hunt rats. Dogs are meat-eaters and rats are fine meat.
The Coca Cola thing? My grandpa used to do this also. But Dad said they'd drink it and then they couldn't burp so they'd blow up on the inside!! Now I don't like mice or rats either, but dang that sounds horrible to me! I guess no worse than poison though.
Thanks for so many suggestions, just want to let you know
The rats are only in the Barn not in my loft house thank goodness
so I'll try several of your suggestions
As soneal dottie & notwrong suggests (my indoor cats do a lovely job in the house)but an out door cat would not live long here, foxes and bobcat are often in sight and hunt cats for a meal
Thanks guys, It was worth it.
Any snapping type trap might injure an animal you don't want to hurt. Poison will kill the rats and those animals which might try to eat it. One reader suggesting you let your dog become a rat eater by feeding it less was really sick. Can you call an exterminator to see what they might try? Good luck to you.
Is it true that if a rodent dies from the poison D Con, it does not leave an odor?
By cricket from San Diego, CA
That is what I have always been told.
We have used all types of rodent killers over the years, and the only thing that does not cause an odor, is if they are caught in a trap and disposed of immediately. It never mattered what brand of poison we put out, if they died anywhere near the house, such as in the walls, or under the house, they always smell. Maybe it makes a difference in the locality, such as heat, humidity, etc.
When I was married every now and then we would have a mouse and we always used d-con. That is all my now "ex" would use and it never smelled. This is in South Dakota and believe me it gets hot and humid here, in the summer. I imagine if a person has enough of the critters in the house they might smell when they die. What my "ex" said is that with d-con they eat it and go back to their hole before they die.
As a training Vet Tech and having gone to school with people in funeral service, Medical fields and near taxidermists i can say one thing. Dead things smell! (even after being pumped with formaldehyde and other preservative the scent of decay can be smelt on people at least.
As the body decays going threw the may stages of decomposition it's bound to leave a tall tale Odor. The body issues turning to a soupy slush of flesh blood and liquified organs no amount of poison or air freshener outside of professional death scene clean up can completely remove the Oder. It may take a bit more time since its dehydrated (the poison) but overall if left in the walls or house it will smell once it begins liquefying.
The only issue is how bad and that's more based on location. Naturally if it dies in an air vent you'll be smelling it in no time. In the basement wall. You may have a better chance of avoiding the smell. But chances are certain poisons make rodents thirty and they will go outside to get water. That's when the poison kills them. So the 'no smell' is just that they died outside.
So if you have pets (or there are endangered birds or animals in the area) they may eat the sick and dying mouse and get sick itself. And if it dies in your walls even if by some miracle it doesn't smell who wants a dead animals in there walls growing harmful bacteria. (or in a child's room where they can touch it). Best choice is a snap trap. Something you can check regularly and throw away to prevent any illnesses and it'll let you see that you indeed caught the culprit.
Hopefully that's helpful.
I am looking for a "natural" repellent for rodents.
Brad from Pagosa Springs, CO
Catnip or mint are supposed to keep rodents away.
Living plants are said to work better than dried. You can get seeds from herbal supply stores. Both are easy to grow.
You can get mint oil from the pharmacy at the counter. Then put some on cotton balls and put them around. It's supposed to work well and is easier than growing mint plants. You could do both however. Oir for now until the plants grew. Good luck
I read somewhere for snakes and the like, spread lime. I have lizards, which are as bad as snakes, so I plan on spreading lime around.
This products "MGN" performs repellent action to animals (wild dog, stray cat, mouse, snake, weasel, fox, bat, mole, deer, wild boar, etc.) and bugs (cockroach, slug, leech, bee, gnat, mosquito, centipede, etc.) for garden, orchard, field, etc.
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Is borax effective for the (permanent) control of attic rats?
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We live in an old house and I wish we had the time, money, and patience to close off every opening/crevice to our home, from attics, walls, crawlspace, etc. but that seems impossible. We also have two dogs, so poisons are too big of a risk. Does anyone have rodent control suggestions? I have some traps in the crawlspace, I'll work on getting peppermint oil and boxes of mothballs. (We're not cat people.) Gosh, I feel like we have NO options, but if you any ideas, I'd love to hear about it! Thank you!
I too am unwilling to use poisons, even weed killer, because of my dogs. Other than live trapping or finding some natural thing they hate I don't know what to do besides filling the holes in. I would do an internet search for some natural repellents, too. (01/17/2005)
Don't use moth balls, they are poisonous to humans too! Check out various sites regarding the dangers of moth balls.
I don't know what type of rodents you have but I have heard of people using hair clippings (from the barber shop) to keep animals away in gardens. They may be worth a try in the out of the way places in your house. (01/18/2005)
Coca Cola in saucers, they drink it and go away to die. Apparently painlessly. It as worked for me with rats and mice. (01/18/2005)
I stuff steel wool in all the cracks and around the pipes that come through the floor. I also use glue traps where the dogs cannot get them. Glue traps go into a bucket up water when filled and then into the garbage.
I use blocks of dehydrating poison behind things dogs cannot get. (01/18/2005)
By Susan from Hamilton
A hunter told me that Red Fox Urine bought at the sports store- sprayed around the attic (or wherever you need to repel rats and mice) works well. Pee yew hold your breath while spraying, but no rats in the attic since I started this! (03/25/2005)