Tell me how to get rid of mice! Desperate!(114 Posts)
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 . 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.
Hi saw a mouse a couple of nights ago plugged in three of those electrical things and saw nothing else, although I am not around much. However just went upstairs and there was a mouse...a different one or had it just moved upstairs? Has anyone got any experience recommendation for these devices....really cannot stand the thought of having to handle mice dead or alive and can't afford these private companies...council just as expensive . Thanks
Forgot to add, if you have airbricks on the outside of your house, cover them with metal wire mesh - we do this routinely every time we move now just as a precaution!
Yes, call the council, they may charge but it's worth it, and they come out again to check and remove traps/bodies etc. They will also give advice. If you have home emergency cover like Homeserve they will also come out, we had them recently and they were very good, came 3 times over a period. Forget the humane stuff, this is vermin we're talking about, very injurious to health and to your home/wiring etc. You want them dead.
Avoid Superproof, doesn't work and they don't honour waranty. We used Superproof because we fell for the clean, no traps, no poison salespitch. Our experience wasn't good. They charge a lot more than most companies, and really all they do is seal up any openings with some kind of special caulk, and put some nasty-looking plastic strips down at some floor edges -- this is only where they see a gap, so the strips start and end randomly all over the house, and it really looks bad. They also leave caulk all over everything, including carpets, and put a big ugly piece of industrial mesh in front of the whole fireplace, so it's not usable and looks like it's been condemned. Worst of all, we got another mouse/mice a few months later, but the company decided it had come in from outside when the door had been left open so there was nothing they could do (we don't leave the door open, as we have dogs and children!). So we are much poorer and back to using live traps (with which we have caught exactly one mouse in six months...). But putting all cereal and dog food in plastic boxes and keeping bread in fridge seems to have helped a lot more.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
No amount of poison/traps works as he just brings another one in.
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 Also release them quite a bit away from your house :P
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
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.
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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.
Glue traps, seriously?!? That's got to be the cruelest thing, how are they even legal?!
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
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!
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.
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.
Really enjoying these mouse anecdotes
and getting mildly paranoid that I've got'em as well
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.
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!!
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