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It's easy for rodents to sneak into your garage or storage shed, especially during the winter. Getting rid of them can be difficult so preventing them from getting comfy in the first place is the best policy. This is a guide about rodent control.

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October 9, 2012 Flag
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Dryer sheets stuffed in opening around plumbing.If you have had problems with rodents invading your house in the winter, try this helpful tip. Place Bounce Softener dryer sheets into the little crevices and cracks where they are coming in. Place them around the pipes under sinks, too. They don't like the smell and they won't chew through them because of the taste. We had two mice last year that we caught with sticky traps. Then we started tucking dryer sheets into the areas they were coming in we never had another one!

By Shawna G. from Ann Arbor, MI

October 20, 20140 found this helpful

Buy one of those spray bottles, add 1 cup water and 2 tsp. Oil of Peppermint - NOT peppermint flavoring, but the REAL essential oil (Amazon has it for few dollars or get it at your local coop - about $7.00 or so - not bad to get rid of the pesky things.) Spray...

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April 18, 2011 Flag
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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?


April 21, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

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...

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 22, 20110 found this helpful

Plug the holes that you can with steel wool. Get a cat.

If you are renting an apartment, this seems to me to be the landlords job to stop up the holes and get an exterminator, but if that is not an option, you have to take your own action.

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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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.

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By Cindi from Ocala, FL

March 30, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

Quit feeding your dogs so much and they'll soon begin to hunt rats. Dogs are meat-eaters and rats are fine meat.

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

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

o 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.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

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...

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November 5, 2009 Flag
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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

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November 5, 20090 found this helpful

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...

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August 12, 2010 Flag
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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

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

That is what I have always been told.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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October 21, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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