I have mice in my home. I have tried everything I can, but they are always here. Poison, traps, they know about them. What should I do?
By shoaibmoman from PA
A couple of things come to mind. The mice here love peanut butter. I use only that in my traps. A spayed female cat is a good critter to have around. Don't overfeed her (of course don't starve her either) and she'll naturally hunt. I'd keep her an outside cat and you'll have better luck having a mouser. (05/28/2009)
I read a while back in Mother Earth News that mice and rats have a one way digestive system, so they can't burp. They said put down a lid of soda they love the taste, but can't burp, so their little tummies can't handle the pressure. It seems cheaper and worth a try. Good luck. (06/01/2009)
When I was little, my grandmother always got mice. Since moving in to her home we've had at least one cat. We've had 1 mouse in the 25 years we've lived here. (06/02/2009)
We had this problem too. Didn't keep up with the increasing population until we were overrun. We used the trap listed below (that is listed from Amazon, but you can do a search for it on line and buy it from other places, too) as I just couldn't kill them. Read too many mouse story books with my son. Anyway, this method took time, but we've eliminated at least 25 mice, one at a time. No signs of them anymore and you can be sure if we do see them, the trap will be set pronto. At times, it seems as though they catch on and won't go in, but just be diligent. Move the trap to different locations. Now we even loan our trap out to my husband's coworkers.
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Now that it is warm they should leave for the outdoors. Take steel wool and block the openings to your house. A good exterminator should be able to tell you where they enter. I did this after two years trying to rid my house of field mice and the steel wool did the job. No more mice. Oh, and I used Brillo to plug the spot they entered.
So keep the cats indoors and well fed. Good luck.
Jennifer from Northern VA (06/02/2009)
We live in a rural area and frequently get mice in our garage and they occasionally get inside the house. We have 2 cats that we keep inside. One of them instinctively knows when we get mice in the garage and will "slip" out the kitchen door. The cats keep any mice at bay for us. We don't put poison out as we don't want our dogs or cats getting into it. (06/02/2009)
Easiest thing I ever did. My husband works at an Agway type store. Someone suggested we buy this thing you plug into the electrical outlet. It was about $20 and worth its weight in gold. I am so serious. It sends a pulse through the electrical wiring that mice hear, but we do not. The mice have not been in our house since. If your house is big or has two floors, put one on each floor and at either end of the house.
I can not tell you how sick I was of cleaning mice droppings. Disgusting. This is a miracle product that works like it says it will. I wish someone had told me of it years ago. I have spent more on traps than the price of this over the years and had the awful mess of throwing away half dead mice or worse. Try it and let me know what you think. Only get the one that plugs right into the outlet, about 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches. On the back it says Global Instruments Ltd. I just went to their website: http://www.global-instruments.com/ End of mice. Yippee. (06/02/2009)
Try Ex-lax (the little chocolate cubes), people have told me it really works. Seems the mice eat it and when they are back with the rest of their crew they are sick and a natural instinct for animals is not to revisit places that make them ill, so they don't come back. (06/02/2009)
You can bait them a little more successfully if you offer some different kinds of baits or you call in a pro. I usually bait my traps with some sort of fish oil like tuna juice or even vanilla extract. One old pro suggested "jerky' of any kind and so far that is an excellent option. Mice can't see well at all, but boy can they smell. Use that to your advantage and make sure to set all traps or glue boards next to the wall, tongues of traps especially. For more hints try:
By Dutch 1962
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