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Could a mouse get into the 'workings' of a built in oven?

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Germgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 13:11:07

And if so, will the council pest man we have coming on Friday be prepared to pull out the oven & delve inside?
We have mice. Hopefully not too many. We've put down poison, cleaned everything, done all we can think of but they're still around.
Whenever we turn the oven on there's a foul smell, like burnt, mouldy food. It happens as soon as the oven is switched on. Way before it's hot. So. Could a mouse have got inside the case of the oven somehow? I have visions of a burnt mouse corpse sat in front of the fan!
DH refuses to pull the oven out & look. Will the exterminator man do it?
Any tips for me regarding mice in the future. We have a cat, he's rubbish!

mawbroon Wed 04-Jun-14 13:22:03

No idea if an exterminator person would do this with a built in oven.

I called out an electrician once when my freestanding electric cooker was playing up. Every time I switched it on, there was a horrible buzzing sound and a burning smell.

He looked round the back and found a fried mouse hanging on one of the wires!

Germgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 13:29:43

Yuk!
We do have an oven cleaning man booked too but I've got a horrible feeling that it's not the grubby oven that smells. I suppose I can just ask the pest man & if he won't do it then DH & I will have to man up & sort it.
DH wants to buy a new oven. A bit of an overreaction I think!

iwanttobeanonymous Wed 04-Jun-14 13:35:46

My mils next door neighbour has mice....she is planning on replacing all furniture and carpets...
Pest control said it was the worst infestation he has seen

I think she is hoping her insurance will pay for it. Not so sure about that!

And I have been winding mil up saying they will probably move into her house...

Germgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 14:04:33

Oh that's awful. We think we have them confined to the kitchen. We think they've been around for a few weeks, happily living behind the fridge, coming out at night to eat the cat biscuits.
Then we went on holiday for 2 weeks. Deprived of their cat biscuits they ventured further afield. They ate house plants, pooed on the windowsills in the lounge & behind the sofa & sideboard. They even went upstairs & pooed behind my DSDs built in drawer units.
Now we're back we think (hope) they're just back in the kitchen. We haven't found droppings anywhere except there since we got home.
We remove the cat biscuits every night, much to the annoyance of the cat!
I just really hope we haven't got a corpse in the oven

mawbroon Wed 04-Jun-14 14:14:51

Just make sure the oven cleaning man gets it squeaky clean. grin grin

Germgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 14:17:58

smile Haha!

chemenger Wed 04-Jun-14 14:31:47

A mouse ate the wiring of my dishwasher, so yes it could be in your oven workings.

Germgirl Wed 04-Jun-14 14:35:47

Oh bloody hell. Maybe DH's idea of a new oven isn't so far fetched.

Germgirl Fri 06-Jun-14 10:04:01

The mouse man is here. There's good news & bad news...
Good news: there's only one creature. Not a family of them
Bad news: that creature is a RAT!!
The smell in the oven is RAT WEE!!!

whilewildeisonmine Fri 06-Jun-14 10:06:15

A mouse ate my dishwasher too angry

My stepdad's brother found a mouse skeleton in his toaster, shows how often he cleaned it!

Germgirl Fri 06-Jun-14 10:09:04

Boak! That's grim!!
The mouse man was giving me very 'knowing' nods when I described the dug up pot plants & smell in the oven. Then he triumphantly told me it's a rat not mice.
The bloody cat must've bought it in.

mawbroon Fri 06-Jun-14 12:55:22
Germgirl Fri 06-Jun-14 13:29:08

Haha! smile

Germgirl Fri 13-Jun-14 13:15:41

The rat has gone! The rat man has just triumphantly pulled a dead rat out from under the kitchen units.
I felt a bit sorry for it really but I couldn't have it in my kitchen making a smell all the time.
Rat bloke reckons, as far as he can, that it was a one off, a young male that the cat brought in when it was even younger.
Bloody cat!

mawbroon Fri 13-Jun-14 13:51:29

Goodness. I just assumed it was removed last week!

Has it been lurking there until today shock <boak>

Germgirl Fri 13-Jun-14 13:58:32

Yes. And for weeks beforehand! Makes me shudder to think about it!
I think it only died yesterday or the day before as before that I could hear it scrabbling about.
RatBloke put poison & traps down last week & thank goodness, they worked!
I've had a serious word with GermCat. Hopefully he won't bring another one in!

mawbroon Fri 13-Jun-14 18:18:49

I'm not sure what is worse! A dead rat or a live one!!

Are you going to get a new oven?

hollyisalovelyname Fri 13-Jun-14 19:16:07

Sweet Jesus.... Faints

Germgirl Fri 13-Jun-14 19:52:14

I really don't know about the oven. The rat hasn't been inside it, as in the bit you cook in. But there is a stink when we turn it on due to the rat peeing on the floor underneath the oven. The fan is just picking up the pissy air under the oven & wafting it through.
I haven't cooked in the oven for a while!
So a new oven would just do the same thing, it's the pissy floor that needs sorting. RatBloke sprayed a disinfectant all round & hopefully now the rat is gone the smell will eventually go too.
We have a Neff oven & DH refuses to get a 'lesser' one if we do change it and tbh that's £800 I'd rather not spend! (I'd be happy with a £300 Hotpoint, he's an oven snob!)

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