Tell me how to get rid of mice! Desperate!

(110 Posts)
FlatsInDagenham Thu 19-Sep-13 08:22:07

We've had mice in our Victorian terrace for too long. Many months. We've used a humane trap and we did catch 2 mice ages ago using that, but this latest batch don't go near it.

Every morning I come downstairs to find mouse poo behind my sofas and all over my DD's highchair angry. They are also slowly killing my piano from the inside by leaving poo / wee / dog biscuits inside it.

Last week we put poison down, but so far there is absolutely no change and the bait trays don't look as if they've been disturbed.

What should I try next? An old fashioned spring trap?

By the way, I don't really want to kill them but the poo on the highchair really gives me The Rage and the humane trap isn't working.

elcranko Thu 19-Sep-13 08:42:37

Have you tried one of those plug in things that make buzzing noises that mice apparently hate?

Get a cat.

Call rentokil.

FlatsInDagenham Thu 19-Sep-13 11:02:28

Has anyone tried peppermint oil?

I can't afford the plug in thingy or rentokil.

Ezza1 Thu 19-Sep-13 11:28:08

Can you phone your Council environment dept for advice? Our Council comes out for a small fee for pests (used to be free!) Works out cheaper than Rentokil.

I do feel for you - we once had a rat problem thanks to a house 3 doors down - affected the whole terrace. Council came out and put bait down over a 3 week period amd didn't have a problem after - this was a while ago when it was free though.

catpark Thu 19-Sep-13 13:43:01

House insurance companies often cover 2 visits from a pest controller as part of the policy. I'd check with them.

Mice have inherited memory so if a mother mouse knows something is poisonous she passes it to her babies. That is why at first bait seems to work.

Personally i'd bypass traps/bait and go straight to fumigation. You have to be out the house a few days and afterwards you get a smell and flies from the rotting corpses but it does kill them off.

Council for sure.
Mine get rid of rats and mice for free still. (I think!!??)

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 14:04:34

Get in pest control. Poison traps need to be put along the areas where they travel and use a poison they will take back to the nest with them.

Check for holes where they are getting in and your compost heap if you have one.

OliviaPope Thu 19-Sep-13 14:24:37

We were told mice can squeeze through any gap bigger than the width of a biro - plug every gap you can with wire wool (advice from rentokil). Use humane traps and put bacon in them - apparently mice prefer it.

christine44 Thu 19-Sep-13 14:29:46

Get a cat and your problem will br solved without any poison. Worked for us and kids adore them

Patchouli Thu 19-Sep-13 14:29:48

Our council do rats for free, but charge for mice.

The old fashioned 'little nippers' spring traps aren't pleasant, but work.
TBH the humane traps weren't that humane - as catches waned, we forgot to check one and later found a little starved mouse, also they panic so much.

Chocolate is the best bait.

We have to be meticulous about clearing up food crumbs, not leaving washing up til the next day etc

iloveny001 Thu 19-Sep-13 14:30:13

I have mice in my bedsit and its hell as I'm allergic to them. I got some basic scoring traps but the bugger is eating the bait without setting them off. There is a type called Big Cheese I think, they are a better design and are ready baited. Am off to get some this afternoon. Mice also love peanut butter, try that as bait?

capticorn1 Thu 19-Sep-13 14:38:55

Try chocolate in the traps, mice like chocolate. Or push poison bait into chocolate

Misspixietrix Thu 19-Sep-13 14:39:04

are you renting OP? If you are Call your Maintenance or Repairs line to get put through to their Pest Control. I feel for you I had them once and they literally drove me up the wall angry. I think you might have to resort the spring traps. We put everything down and our upstairs neighbour had one of those electric things put in that he Got from homebase. Tip. Dont put cheese in the traps neither. Chocolate always Made our little bleeders pests come Running.

pinkfelttippen Thu 19-Sep-13 14:42:09

They take longer than that to go for the bait. Put the bait down, perhaps behind the sofa or in the piano, and leave it. They won't touch it until they're absolutely sure it's 'safe' - they're quite clever you see. That might take a couple of weeks.

And yes, plug up all potential entry holes with wire wool - apparently it's the only thing they can't chew through.

We had a rat. My own fault because I left a bag of birdseed on the dining room floor for a few weeks, then one day I came down and found a hole chewed in it and a few bits of birdseed sprinkled about. So I put the birdseed in the shed in a metal bin, and then nothing happened for about two weeks. Then one night I came down around 3 a.m. to go to the loo and thought I saw something shoot past the bottom of the stairs. Then nothing for another two weeks, when a cereal packet had been knocked off the kitchen counter and a piece of cake left out on the chopping board had been dragged across the kitchen floor. That was my clue that it was a rat, because mice don't generally drag largish things around. Only rats.

Cue the big guns. I plugged up all the potential entry holes, and put traps and poison down. Nothing for ages, then one morning, something had been trying to chew through the bottom of the back door - presumably because it couldn't get in through it's normal route!! So I put poison down in the shed outside, where I figured it must have been living, and it didn't touch it for a couple of weeks, when suddenly, one day, it had all gone.

Haven't had a problem since.

lollylaughs Thu 19-Sep-13 15:01:00

I feel for you op, these little so and so's are terrible to get rid of. We have had mice and rats on various occasions, we tried humane traps and those plug in things (don't waste your money) but our mice and rats seem too smart for those gadgets wink. Without fail, whenever a mouse or rat gets into our house, they ALWAYS end up underneath our bed. I have no idea why, but it freaks me out. We see tell tale poos lying around I brace myself. At this point, trusty Labrador enters the scene. He is overweight and the most lazy dog, until he gets the scent of the rodent..... Quick at lightning he usually catches them. One of the little devils even jumped on his back one night............ of course I wasn't able to assist, rather shouting '"its on his back, its on his back" standing a good distance away on my stool wielding the broom grin.

But on the odd occasion trusty Lab isn't up to the job, I admit to using poison. I tried peppermint oil, and all the other natural type repellents, but they haven't worked for us.

I should add that the mega rat who visited us for a good length of time would polish off an entire banana or pear each night. I found pear pips and banana skins behind the couch along with his poo's. I really thought the dc's were doing well eating their 5 fruits and veg per day..... hmmmmm
(I even found quality street wrappers behind there.....)

Humour aside op, they are awful things to get rid off, but you do need to wait a bit for the poison to take action. You have to make sure they cant get into any other food as they wont eat the bait otherwise. Then it will take about 4 days for them to die.

PseudoBadger Thu 19-Sep-13 15:09:49

Professional pest control (council or private) - they will kill them then tell you where to proof so they don't come back. Anything else is false economy.

80sMum Thu 19-Sep-13 15:27:12

Call out pest control. Sounds like you will need repeat treatments over several weeks. They will advise as to how and where the mice are getting in. Block up all possible entrance holes. Once the problem is under control, get a couple of cats.

Damnautocorrect Thu 19-Sep-13 15:29:37

Check for broken air bricks, any damage outside and block the holes.

If you are seeing so many obvious signs there will be a lot of mice. Plug ins don't work and traps will only get the odd one.

You need pest control. Ring your council.

JuliaScurr Thu 19-Sep-13 15:36:46

Moth balls with naptha
we had loads of mice with cat, no mice with mothballs. put in a perforated container where they come in. they hate the smell

HumphreyCobbler Thu 19-Sep-13 15:37:46

you need to sort this out properly and stop trying to be humane. Get the council in. Mice wee constantly, there will be mice piss all over your house.

We suffer from them here and use poison to get rid. One year they climbed up my christmas tree and ate the middle out of my stylish dried orange slices.

vixsatis Thu 19-Sep-13 15:37:54

If you go for a cat, make sure that you verify mouse catching skills first. Ours are useless and I had to take to a rat with an umbrella.

roses2 Thu 19-Sep-13 15:43:45

My local poundshop sell wax traps, worked a treat for me but you'll need to kill them when you find them stuck.

hellymelly Thu 19-Sep-13 15:44:28

Some types of humane traps only catch heavier mice, (the black plastic tip type) so the secret is to add a small coin to add to the weight so that even tiddlers get caught, we had all ours that way. Peanut butter is the best bait. We have the metal humane traps now and do catch mice or voles whenever we get them coming in. Please check humane traps several times a day though, and release any mice in an area where they can find shelter quickly and leave a small pile of peanuts so that they have food on hand. The kill traps do work, but are pretty horrible, as you can imagine. Avoid at all costs the sticky traps, i think they are completely inhumane.

SecondStarToTheRight Thu 19-Sep-13 15:56:56

Mice love snickers bars,.....

Hippymama Thu 19-Sep-13 16:03:02

I live in the countryside and many of my neighbours have mice. We've got a cat and have never had a mouse in the house.

Hippymama Thu 19-Sep-13 16:03:23

Well, not one scurrying about at any rate...

RustyBear Thu 19-Sep-13 16:06:28

The thing about the plugin buzzers is that they will (usually) stop mice coming in to live in the house; they will go and find a quieter place, but they don't drive out mice that are already nesting, because it's not bad enough to make them desert their young. So you need to use other methods to get rid of them first and then use the plug-ins to try to stop new ones coming back. And if you use humane traps make sure you release the mice a good long way away - they can find their way back from surprisingly long distances.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Thu 19-Sep-13 16:21:37

Proper killing traps. <bloodthirsty> Poison didn't work - the mice dragged the poison tray all the way around the back of the cooker and then ran off, leaving little blue-dyed footprints. Dog doesn't work - too slow. (He's a whippet cross Staffie, so he tries, but they shoot behind the kitchen cabinets too quickly). I can't have a cat because the dog is definitely not cat-friendly.

I now have 6 killing traps. One night I caught 10 mice - 4 before I even went to bed and 6 overnight! I bait them with peanut butter.

Block up all holes where possible. I live in a rented cottage in the middle of farmland and we get mice all sodding winter. The landlord sent someone round to block up visible holes using wire and cement - the mice were coming in through the bathrooms where the pipes were leaving gaps in the walls. They've recently done some holes behind the cooker (over the summer so I don't know yet if it will work). Sadly there is a hole behind the boiler which is impossible to reach, but if the latest attempt in the kitchen stops them coming in there then we will just ring the boiler with traps and keep the cupboard door closed.

I am crap at remembering to clean up all crumbs/dirty dishes etc before bed, but I'm sure if I got better at that the mice wouldn't come in so much. Although they also like the heat, so it might not help.

I once killed a mouse with the frying pan. <slightly ashamed, but also secretly proud> I was 7 months pregnant, hormonal and so pissed off with the little fuckers. I saw something move in the stack of dirty dishes out of the corner of my eye, lifted the heavy-bottomed frying pan and there was a mouse crouching behind it. Didn't think at all, just went SMACK down with the pan. Flattened the little bastard. I was too appalled by what I had done to lift the frying pan and DH had to check that the mouse was actually dead. It was.

VoiceofRaisin Thu 19-Sep-13 16:26:29

If you don't want to get a cat permanently then borrow one for 48 hours. The mice disappear immediately even if the cat is not a mouser - they sense the cat is there. Hopefully the aroma of cat should stick around for a while too.

If you live in a Victorian terrace then you may well find that the mice can get from one house to another under the floorboards or at attic level so ask your neighbours if they are suffering too, and act together.

MrsDibble Thu 19-Sep-13 16:29:01

Used the plug in thing and it seemed to work.

Also tried peppermint oil but dh hated the smell (why) so don't know if it would have worked.

EldritchCleavage Thu 19-Sep-13 17:18:22

Get someone in. Not just for traps and poison, but advice. Self-help didn't do for us either, we're on a contract with someone now and it is working. Also all of the following:

Ruthlessly efficient food clear-ups, as others have said;

Plug-in sonar/buzzers;

Check they are not in your cupboards eating stuff and if they are, have everything in sealed containers;

Seek out every hole and cranny you can find, and stuff it with wire wool. If you've got old ventilation bricks in the walls, put wire mesh over them. Check outlet pipes etc do not have gaps by them, and if they do, buy that squirty foam-hardens-like-concrete stuff (technical, me) to fill them;

Wear disposable gloves to handle traps and bait to avoid getting your scent on them, as the mice then avoid them;

If all else fails, get a ferret or two in, and let them loose. Better than cats, apparently.

PollyPlummer Thu 19-Sep-13 17:21:18

We used the killing traps after the cat bought in live mice then list them. Peanut butter works well.

KittensoftPuppydog Thu 19-Sep-13 17:23:12

The things that plug in and make a little clicking noise worked for us.

AmberLeaf Thu 19-Sep-13 17:25:20

Pest control people cost loads and doing it yourself is a better option, you can top up the poison bait more regularly than any pest control people [and you will need to]

Buy some Neosorexa gold poison bait, you can get it on Ebay or amazon.

That poison bait got rid of a pretty heavy infestation we had within days.

AmberLeaf Thu 19-Sep-13 17:26:02

You can get a 1KG tub for about £11-12 and I only needed less than half of that to get rid of them.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 19-Sep-13 17:35:48

Get a bucket. Fill with water. Tie some string tightly across the top. Tie some string around a cork. Smear the cork with a lot of peanut butter. Tie the stringed cork to the string that you've placed across the bucket. They'll drown in the bucket.

I know this sounds awful but I did this when I couldn't stand them raiding my cupboards again. It works.

You need stronger poison, sadly, or nippy traps. We had rats in the loft a few years ago, and they were resistant to the poison available from farm shops - in effect, we were just feeding them shock

The pest control people have poisons that work differently, and will actually kill the fuckers! (I say this as a vegetarian of over 20 years. I'm the only one who decides who lives in my house, thank you very much!)

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 19-Sep-13 17:38:52

I should add that I've used poison in the past but the problem is they crawl off and die and then you have to deal with the flies sad

iloveny001 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:41:14

Have just brought an array on Big Cheese products so will let you know if they are any good. Now have 6 traps in a bedsit. May actually get some sleep tonight.

newfavouritething Thu 19-Sep-13 17:44:40

Just buy a couple of dozen traps (proper nipper types) bait with fruit gums (easy to stick on and hard for mice to remove) and put them down everywhere that you find evidence of mice. Put extra ones out overnight on the highchair etc. Then find where they come in and leave baited traps there permanently. Don't poison in the house - dangerous for small children, and stinky dead little bodies not attractive!

TidyDancer Thu 19-Sep-13 17:46:25

Do not call Rentokill or any of the big name companies. They charge for the name and do nothing more than the council will.

Phone your council and ask for advice and for a visit. Some will do it for free, others will charge a reduced rate.

AmberLeaf Thu 19-Sep-13 17:47:22

The poison I mentioned has something in it that calcifies their bodies so no fly/smell issues.

Quangle Thu 19-Sep-13 17:48:52

Big guns. No humane stuff....

I had rentokill visit my old flat every six weeks. It was the only way. And that was every six weeks for the rest of time. In an old building you are basically constantly dealing with this.

I now live in what is basically a new build - its actually 200 years old but was derelict and had to be stripped back to bare walls and rebuilt. I took the opportunity to get the bottom two floors (basement and gf) hermetically sealed. No mice here but that's what it took angry. I feel for you OP. I hated it so much.

Actually, thinking back to being little and living in a house with lots of holes next to a field (= many, many mice), we always just used nippy traps. Gross but effective.

Quangle Thu 19-Sep-13 17:51:18

Council not interested here.

Ericaequites Thu 19-Sep-13 17:54:19

Humane traps just mean you release the same mice over and over again. I tested this, using a nontoxic permanent marker. I colored purple the chest of a mouse before release. Two days later, I caught the same mouse. Block entrances, keep open food in chew proof plastic or metal containers, and get a cat.

frogslegs35 Thu 19-Sep-13 18:00:20

We used to get them quite often and I didn't want to use poison or traps at first, my cat was as much fecking use as a chocolate teapot as he would actually bring the twatting things in the house alive angry
so I tried something I found on youtube .....

Half filled an old mop bucket, got a finished toilet roll holder, dipped it in jam/honey then rolled it in porridge ( you can use what you want really), cut a piece of string to go through the loo roll holder and tie well on each side of the bucket - the tempting dipped loo roll holder should sit nicely in the middle of the string now.
Place bucket where you know the mice are and provide the little twats with some sort of ladder at one end of the bucket NOT near where the string is tied though - you want mousey to climb when he smells the food then jump onto the loo roll holder, which starts turning when it's landed on enabling him to take an eternal swim smile
I caught lots doing this but after a few years we had what felt like bloody millions of them one winter and I'd had enough and used the traps and poison.
Good luck

frogslegs35 Thu 19-Sep-13 18:04:21

Also meant to add, as others have said fill ALL holes/tiny gaps inside and outside your home. I had quite a big gap where a water pipe entered the house and some large gaps around the door.

DumSpiroSpero Thu 19-Sep-13 18:06:45

Old fashioned spring traps baited with chocolate or peanut butter, and go round with a bowl of Polyfilla and a bowl of quick drying cement and fill every single tiny crack or crevice that you can find.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Thu 19-Sep-13 18:09:37

My cat is a useless fucking ginger twat. He brings them IN from outside nevermind getting the inside ones. Anyway, eventually we got a Jack Russell and she's fabulous.

FrigideBarjot Thu 19-Sep-13 18:13:47

We had mice in our attic recently, despite having a cat. We got rid of them with little nipper traps - effective but not for the squeamish.

Please don't use poison, we had a cat that died a lingering death after eating mouse/rat poison or a mouse that had consumed poison. sad

facedontfit Thu 19-Sep-13 18:16:14

We have 3 cats and still have mice. confused

valiumredhead Thu 19-Sep-13 18:24:03

Ring your council, 5 years ago when I lived in London it was free, where I live now you get 3 call outs per year.

Personally, I lay bait mixed with chocolate or jam and traps baited with peanut butter.

Block any visible holes and bleach EVERYTHING.

Put all food away including fruit bowl. All cereals etc in plastic containers.

Btw there is nothing humane about humane traps - you release them into an environment they don't know and just starve to death. Snappy traps are the best.

LegoWidow Thu 19-Sep-13 18:27:37

I had this problem on and off for years and tried everything. Traps, poison, plug ins etc I had council and private pest control and nothing solved the problem. They ignored the humane traps, the poison and the snap traps and strolled right past the plug ins. Occasionally we'd think that they'd gone but within a couple of months, they came back.

Without wishing to sound like a complete wuss - I was terrified of them. It was getting to the stage that I wouldn't go into the kitchen on my own (a handy excuse not to have to cook dinner eh?!) as it was making me panicky. The buggers would sprint across the room. And we saw them upstairs too - including seeing droppings below the baby's cot shudder

A friend recommended a company called Block Mice - and it was the best money I've ever spent. They totally solved the problem. They fill up all the holes basically (gaps in skirting boards, floorboards, gaps around pipes etc) They charge a one-off fee and guarantee this for a year (ie if you see a mouse in a year, they'll come back and keep looking to see if they've missed a hole). Apparently, they almost always get the job done first time, with them having to do a 2nd call out in occasional cases. Apparently we were one of their trickest cases and they ended up coming about 10+ times (no extra fee) and were determine to crack the problem. We have a rickety old georgian terrace house so not dissimilar to you if you live in a Victorian house. They did all sorts of things to fill up the holes in a way that we'd never have managed (well we probably could have if we'd done it rigorously enough) - and ultimately they tracked the route of the mouse (to help them find the final undetectable hole!) with luminous powder. The final hole was behind our fitted kitchen cupboards (we knew they were jumping over the kick board but couldn't work out where they were coming from) and they ended up cutting the back of the drawer unit, and blocking it before putting a panel on the back of the drawer unit.

I've not seen a mouse in about 3 years. I think it cost me about £300 - they base the fee on the size of the house.

LegoWidow Thu 19-Sep-13 18:31:51

Just looked at their website and they only cover London and the SE. I think that the fees are probaby a bit more than what I thought too - they say that they start at £215 for a 1 bed property. Read their FAQs - they explain more about their methods and why they are more successful than pest control generally.

valiumredhead Thu 19-Sep-13 18:38:44

Oh and sprinkle talc on floor to see where it's disturbed and you'll see where they're coming in!

OryxCrake Thu 19-Sep-13 18:57:24

We've seen a couple of mice in the house over the past year (sadly our cat died a while back - we never saw any signs while she was alive) and I surprised myself as well as everyone else by screaming and running away (didn't think they'd bother me but they did).

The humane traps were useless despite using copious amounts of peanut butter, bits of Snickers bar etc.

What worked for us was plugging even tiny holes with wire wool and putting peppermint-soaked cotton wool pads around the house where we'd seen them. Actually I don't know whether the peppermint worked because they may just not have been able to get in any more but it gave me peace of mind.

The Block Mice company sounds like a good bet if you're not sure you've got all the entry points. Good luck!

paperlantern Thu 19-Sep-13 18:58:15

cat or sticky paper

only two things that have ever worked for me. (yes I know the sticky paper is inhumane, but it does actually work)

LegoWidow Thu 19-Sep-13 19:18:10

OryxCrake - yes that's the thing, we'd tried wire wool etc before but just hadn't got all the entry points and just hadn't been thorough enough. Block Mice used cameras on bendy wires (a technical term!) to check everywhere and filled different holes with all sorts of things - silicone, foam etc. I still occasionally hear a mouse under the floor boards but the buggers can't get in now. Even if poisons etc work (which they didn't for us), it's not getting to the root of the problem, in that more will come back. Apparently pest control companies do sometimes do some proofing but not to this degree, and they don't generally believe that it can be done to such a comprehensive degree. Block mice aren't just like builders though - they are pest experts, so it's combining those 2 aspects. I should do their PR!

I think my fear of mice might stem from the time in my old flat when I cooked one (accidentally!) in my toaster. I couldn't understand why the toaster was smoking when the bread hadn't been in their long enough to burn. I took the break out and there was a mouse behind the grill bit. I'm having palpitations just thinking about it!

LegoWidow Thu 19-Sep-13 19:19:39

"there" not "their" and "bread" not "break". Eek.

Cheesy123 Thu 19-Sep-13 19:25:42

Mine moved all the poison into a slipper!

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 19-Sep-13 20:17:39

shock at Legowidow's toasted mouse story.

Cocodale Thu 19-Sep-13 20:19:10

Old fashioned traps with peanut butter in, chocolate they can grab and get away peanut butter they have to lick at.

We are surrounded by woodland and always have mice, our rescue cat is the best deterrent.

AmberLeaf Thu 19-Sep-13 20:25:50

Holy crap @ toasted mouse shock

RunDougalRunQuiteFast Thu 19-Sep-13 20:28:39

PIL used a humane trap and we marked the mouse with an ink pen - we caught him 21 times!

I had them in a flat once. Nearly drove me demented with the poo all over the work surfaces every morning. They didn't go near the traps. Then a friend brought her kitten over for two days. It didn't know what to do with the mice & just stared at them, but they disappeared and never came back.

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Thu 19-Sep-13 21:00:33

Same old same old: block holes in walls, floorboards; keep house clean of crumbs; put cereals etc. in plastic/out of reach (I hang bags of crisps in a carrier from my ironing board hanging thing confused); use Little Nipper traps (£1.10 round here) and bait with chocolate.... We live in a Victorian terrace and have been told they are inevitable, due to the lofts/under floors. I have also been told that this last year has been very good for mice (and we had an explosion of them). We pulled out everything we could and checked all the skirting and walls. I suspect, due to a neighbour having cats and thus not hole-proofing her house, they might be back, but I was very cheered (although it was a bit grim) to hear one going bonkers behind a skiritng board one night, as it meant they couldn't get out. I think neighbours further down are using poison, as we've had bad smells come up from underneath the floorboards confused.

Our Council comes out free for rats but doesn't come out for mice (though it will provide free poison).

We used flour to see where they went.

iWantChampagneOnColaBudget Thu 19-Sep-13 21:22:21

mum swears by peanuts being mice / rats favourite food, cheese is what cartoon vermin crave,
tomatoes were also dragged across the worktop
shudders

iloveny001 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:52:44

I've just caught one! Used 'the revolver'. It kills them in a contained box so you don't have to see it, and just chuck it out.

SigmundFraude Thu 19-Sep-13 22:00:41

Rentokill or Environmental health. I tried in vain with 'humane' traps, no joy, tried for ages. Environmental health got rid of them within the week. Just don't think about the rotting corpses in your roof space!!

DoItTooJulia Thu 19-Sep-13 22:01:05

If you're serious, you need sticky pads or glue boards. And lots of them. They need to be places in a continuous line across door ways or entry points and around the perimeter of the affected areas.

The best bait is nutty chocolate.

You need to be meticulous with food hygiene. The baby's high hairs could be full of hidden crumbs, which is a mouse banquet. It's really really important that you disinfect it every morning before DC use it for the day.

You need o leave the boards down every night nail you have two fll nights with o catches once you have started catching them. Once you are sure ou have Lear nights, then pest proof. Take a standard girl. If it fits in a gap a mouse will too. Check the doors or gaps underneath them, floorboards, ventilation bricks. A 5 mm mesh will pest proof larger areas or vent bricks.

WARNING mice caught o. Sticky boards aren't happy. They squeal and may try and chew their limbs off to get off. It's not humane at all. But it's effective.

Good luck

Rudejude7 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:01:31

The local council are cheap and can use stronger poison than the stuff you can buy in shops but be warned when they start to die off the smell is AWFUL !!!

iloveny001 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:02:38

Should clarify 'revolver' is the name of the product!

ceeveebee Thu 19-Sep-13 22:03:17

We had a big cheese trap called "killing station" - its a box with a trap inside, small hole for the mouse but too small for my toddlers to hurt themselves. Worked first night within an hour, and we were clear within a week.

Bitzer Thu 19-Sep-13 22:08:45

I tried every bloody thing. There were mice dancing under our bed every single night. DH woke up one morning with mouse poo on his pillow. The horror. They used to saunter in and out the kitchen in broad daylight. I"m not squeamish about small mammals but I would have done almost anything to get rid of the darn things.

It went like this:
humane traps - pah!
poison from hardware store - nothing
Local council - wouldn't help unless we lived in social housing, which we don't
First lot of professional help (costing about £300) - a couple of dead mice and a few months of no mice then they all started coming back
Rentokil (more than £400, about 7 visits) - one dead mouse and no noticeable reduction in activity
Trip to Battersea cats home resulting in adoption of one-year-old tabby with a killer instinct - all mouse activity ceased within 2 days

I've also heard that the sticky traps work well but I drew the line at those, too many horror stories

Selvedge Thu 19-Sep-13 22:11:04

Don't waste your money on deterrents traps or cats. Even if you catch a few you will never get rid of them all. Save up and get the council round with their poison that works. I just paid £62 for 3 months of treatments that will see the incontinent blighters off for good.

valiumredhead Thu 19-Sep-13 22:14:00

Roban is the most effective poisson ime, you need to order it on line as it's 'too poisonous' to be sold in shops. Had seen of mice and a particularly nasty rat invasion!

weirdthing Thu 19-Sep-13 22:18:40

We finally used sticky traps after months of trying to kill the same mouse (we'd blocked all the entrances). Eventually we got him. It was horrible (DH had to smack it over the head with a shovel) but it worked.

shrinkingnora Thu 19-Sep-13 22:32:45

Sticky trap gave me nightmares. The mouse had tried to crawl off and as it had been stuck for a few days it tore itself in half.

valiumredhead Thu 19-Sep-13 22:42:27

My Dh ended up hoovering one up that he cornered behind a book shelf. I screamed like a bansheeblush

It was awful we were over run with them, they were coming up from the downstairs flat. We'd had them ages and it ended up a battle between them and us! We'd go to bed and within half an hour 5 snappy traps would go off. <shudder>

babybarrister Thu 19-Sep-13 22:43:23

I have tried everything humane listed inhere and otherwise -sadly nothing works. The only thing that works are glue traps - sorry to say

OryxCrake Thu 19-Sep-13 22:49:26

Oh god - came back to this thread and read about LegoWidow's toasted mouse. Bleurgh!

And valiumredhead's DH hoovering up a mouse. Stuff of nightmares...

daisychain01 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:53:40

A good bate is smooth peanut butter

Jellybeanz1 Thu 19-Sep-13 23:04:29

Tried it all the only thing that worked was a cat. Managed to tie it in with as birthday present to dd wink

Terrortree Thu 19-Sep-13 23:05:21

Apparently bushels of mint are supposed to send them scurrying, but I think buying bags of mint from your local supermarket may prove costly long term.

I have two cats, who bring them in, and release them for a midnight feast later. Had one in the cooker the other day, and it jumped out and landed on my fat cat.

hellymelly Thu 19-Sep-13 23:05:27

Glue traps are cruel. I think they should be banned tbh. Killing things may sometimes be the only way but those traps are torture, I couldn't sleep at night with mice stuck on those. Am really shuddering at the thought of them, I think I'd rather live with mice.... If you must kill the old fashioned traps are better.

LegoWidow Fri 20-Sep-13 00:10:52

To those of you who shudder at the thought of the mouse in my toaster - I can tell you, I was a complete wimp. It was before DP and I lived together. My flat mate came and had a look too but then neither of us would go back in the kitchen (pathetic!) and so I had to get DP to come round (he lived nearby) to dispose of the toaster whilst we shut ourselves in the living room. You'd be amazing how many people were incredulous that I'd thrown the toaster out. The mouse was BEHIND the bars, and the toaster had been turned on! How the hell would one even begin to dig a dead mouse out of that? I'm incredulous that people would even have considered using the toaster again! My DP thought it was hilarious to wait till I was drifting off to sleep that night and do mouse running up my arm impressions with his fingers. Ha bloody ha.

That was the only time I ever saw one where I used to live, but as I say we used to have loads in this house on and off until we used "Block Mice".

I have a bit of a thing about small rodenty things - ugh. DP and the kids want to get a hamster/gerbil/guinea or suchlike. I've said no way - I spent large sums of money getting rodents out of my house, so I'm certainly not going to invite them in willingly!

after trying everything, a cat was the only thing that did work

BMW6 Fri 20-Sep-13 08:17:22

I am having a battle with mice in my victorian terrace.
The first night I put down humane traps I caught one tiny mouse. Since then, nothing (though I have just re-baited with chocolate raisins).

They are running along a worktop & then dissappearing down the back of the range cooker, so have blocked off that route to try to get them to go onto the floor, where my terrier might catch them. He spends hours sniffing along the floor by the cooker, so he knows that they are there and wants to get them!

Re Toasters - it never occured to me that they would go into the slots at the top, but just after we first realised we had mice, I took out the crumb tray and found zero crumbs, lots of mouse poo.......toaster now wears a cunning hat (upside down biscuit tin) when not in use. That has worked.

Suggest you go check your toaster crumb trays.....good luck!!

iloveny001 Sun 22-Sep-13 22:09:20

I should not have been so blasé. Am now onto dead mouse no 3, should never have presumed there was only one. Had a big clear our today, and will be calling landlord in the morning.

Really enjoying these mouse anecdotes and getting mildly paranoid that I've got'em as well

Mimishimi Mon 23-Sep-13 03:24:03

A cat and a bucket trap. Suspend some tasty bait (peanut butter, snickers NOT cheese) etc on a string over a bucket half filled with water. You'd have to suspend it off something slippery that they hopefully can't climb (eg shiny metal lightstand/hatstand etc). Put something against the bucket to act as a ramp. They will jump for the bait, miss, land in the bucket of water and drown.

bronya Mon 23-Sep-13 06:06:00

Get a cat. Seriously. Problem solved for ever!

Crowler Mon 23-Sep-13 06:27:43

Oh my god, I'm shocked by the toasted mouse story. Gross. Poor you.

Can the person who used the bucket trap come back? Does this really, actually work? How many mice have you caught this way?

I am sandwiched between two little old ladies. I think they're both hoarders. I have to deal with mice about once every 2-3 months. Ugh.

BMW6 Mon 23-Sep-13 09:18:41

I think mine have moved away (fingers crossed). I bought some Peppermint essential oil and put some drops behind cooker and in doorway to kitchen.........

Not a squeek heard since (Friday lunchtime) and dog has stopped sniffing round the kitchen units.

Am going to keep the access to back of cooker blocked, and refresh the peppermint oil, for a month to make sure the blighters have moved to a new home. They must have been starving, cos there was not a crumb of food that they could get at for weeks!

sarahtigh Mon 23-Sep-13 09:47:02

snap trays are most humane mouse dead in seconds, humane traps are not humane to be rid of mice need to release at least a mile away, may then starve to death or maybe in another mouses patch so fight

poison slowly kills them glue traps cruel so my money for humane working soluuion is snap traps with chocolate or peanut butter spread check daily when we had a problem the first day we emptied traps 4 times but in a week or two were free of the blighters

Damnautocorrect Mon 23-Sep-13 10:00:11

Glue traps, seriously?!? That's got to be the cruelest thing, how are they even legal?!

hellymelly Mon 23-Sep-13 12:24:38

I agree Damnautocorrect. I am shocked they are legal too. As to the inhumanity of non-killer traps, actually mice re-locate all the time, which is how they arrive in our houses to start with! They are well equipped to deal with it. Obviously it is stressful for them, but rather less stressful than being stuck on a glue trap and having to chew ones own leg off.
We get far more bank voles than mice here, and they are rather lovely, but get humanely caught and re-located to the woods with a stash of peanuts. They only come in when the weather gets cold, they are fine outside. With house mice we have sometimes used the snappy kill traps as they do kill instantly.

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trixymalixy Fri 21-Feb-14 10:39:14

We tried all sorts of traps repellers etc. They were all crap.

The only thing that worked for us was putting a couple of these behind the kick boards in the kitchen.

The mice chewed through our phone lines, which cost is a fortune to get fixed.

Since we've put the poison boxes down we haven't had an issue and that's been a couple of years mice free, with other methods it was a constant hassle.

chocoluvva Fri 21-Feb-14 11:25:38

grin I was going to say - they love peanut butter and chocolate. The peanut butter is sticky so they can't whip it off the trap quickly enough to avoid getting trapped.

IME the mice freed from humane traps just come straight back.

Borrowing a cat is usually effective too IME

chocoluvva Fri 21-Feb-14 11:26:32

Get plenty of traps.

Littleen Fri 21-Feb-14 11:45:29

Cat! Male cats seem more keen to hunt and kill from my experience. Our issue is that they leave them on the door mat or play with them in the house when they've killed them off - but we have no problem with live mice or mousepoo indoors :P

Potentially you could get a cagetrap that doesn't kill the mouse, it goes in, steps on a leaver thingy and the door shuts behind them. I'm sure someone has mentioned it with the proper name, I have no idea what they are called smile Also release them quite a bit away from your house :P

hamptoncourt Fri 21-Feb-14 11:46:43

My cat actually brings the mice in and helpfully drops them in the kitchen, where they run between the washing machine and cupboard and set up camp. useless fucker.

No amount of poison/traps works as he just brings another one in.

Thymeout Fri 21-Feb-14 13:17:40

i didn't have any wire wool, so stuffed brillo pads in all gaps, especially round pipes. We have field mice that tend to move in when the weather gets cold.

Snap traps are the best. Always worked for me. I buy lots so I don't have to empty them, use tongs to pick up and put in carrier bag, then bin. Mice tend to run along walls, so position trap accordingly. Peanut butter and chocolate best for bait.

sussexmum38 Fri 21-Feb-14 13:23:56

We have tried humane but with little success. The good old nipper traps works best for us. They are cheap and throw them out with mouse afterwards. Peanut butter is the best bait. They don't seem to mind organic or standard but if you are using crunchy leave off the but!

sussexmum38 Fri 21-Feb-14 13:24:20

…nut!

VulvaBeaker Fri 21-Feb-14 13:26:24

Get a male and female cat for complimentary mousing characteristics and enjoyable pets. End of vermin problems.

Get them done, though, if you don't want small cats.

MistressDeeCee Sat 22-Feb-14 05:20:20

The only way of keeping mice out of your property is to block all entrances..they can squeeze through 1/4 inch gaps, if not smaller. It can be a long painstaking job especially if you have a large property but do bit by bit, over time. Otherwise more will come in to replace the ones youve killed. Block gaps with steel wool, plaster over any large holes. Make sure you check for cracks in skirting boards too. Mice hate peppermint oil, stick it on cotton wool balls and leave around your home (& inside your piano!). They hate mothballs too, Id try a combination of those and the oil. Agree with peanut butter as best bait for traps. I prefer the humane traps..let the mice out quite far away from your home or theyll just find their way back to you. The council around here are useless, a friend had mice they just came and put down bait which didnt work.

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