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Piemother Sat 12-Jan-13 23:53:20

Tell me theres a clever way to disuade them without killing them?

Just moved the furniture around in my living room assume I've uncovered a hole or something as been here a long time and no droppings etc just a little dinky mouse dashing about!

Blottedcopybook Sun 13-Jan-13 00:09:52

If you've seen one mouse, there's more. You can get humane traps and plug up holes with steel wool but honestly? You really want some poison down. Mice drip pee everywhere as they don't have a sphincter on their bladder, they really are revolting.

If you go with humane traps, you need to release the mice miles away from your house. Don't stick them in the back yard or they'll just come back.

PigletJohn Sun 13-Jan-13 00:11:39

come back in a few weeks, when you don't mind killing them.

Selks Sun 13-Jan-13 00:13:39

If you use humane traps just remember to check them daily, that is all. sad

CointreauVersial Sun 13-Jan-13 00:17:07

We've had mice too; we put down a humane trap and caught one within a few hours, and haven't heard any more in the house, but still hear them in the loft occasionally.

I don't mind killing the buggers but have heard too many stories about mice trapped but not killed in a snappy trap, and I couldn't deal with that.

Quite happy to drive 1/2 mile down the road and turf furry critter onto grass verge in the middle of nowhere though!

Get some humane traps and bait with peanut butter.

Piemother Sun 13-Jan-13 12:52:16

Thanks folks. Humane trap it is then. Dc would love the releasing part but have nightmares about seeing crushed mice hmm

NewYearNewTown Sun 13-Jan-13 13:27:02

Poison, break back traps and plugging up holes. It's the only way to be truly rid.

DeepRedBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 13:30:11

Our rat problems were solved by BettyCat's arrival. She killed and ate (most of) several, and the others were too scared to live in the house any more.

chewingguminmyhair Sun 13-Jan-13 13:35:29

Show no mercy. Get as much poison as you can carry and kill thevfuckers. Put it everywhere, under cupboards, in gaps

You can get poison that dries them up so they won't smell when they die.

They will hide to die so you won't find one in the middle of the living room.

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 16:42:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Piemother Sun 13-Jan-13 18:28:01

Good lord! I've found the hole already I will be sticking with the humane traps I have no desire to hurt them unnecessarily especially when dc love their Beatrix potter books so much. It's so far one mouse which is probably ignore if not for small dc.

PigletJohn Sun 13-Jan-13 18:50:21

there's never "one mouse"

After they have eaten and soiled your cornflakes, biscuits, clean towels, best jumper, flour, electric cables, fridge insulation, cutlery, plates and carpets, you will start to feel differently.

chewingguminmyhair Sun 13-Jan-13 18:52:26

It is not one mouse. You'll have dozens.

NewYearNewTown Sun 13-Jan-13 19:06:33

It isn't one mouse. For every mouse you see, I have heard estimates of between 10 and 30 you haven't seen yet. It is dribbling urine over every surface it runs across.

I personally feel that break back traps, which should give a clean kill, are often more humane than leaving a terrified mouse trapped in a box for hours on end. IYSWIM.

TeaOneSugar Sun 13-Jan-13 22:20:06

We've haven't seen a mouse since we got a plug in deterant device, like these.

You need to make sure you get one big enough for your house, worth every penny. Ours clicks but you do tune it out, like a ticking clock.

CointreauVersial Sun 13-Jan-13 22:21:57

NewYear - the problem with the snappy traps is that the mice can sometimes be trapped injured, and I couldn't cope with that.

Interesting about the no-smell poison - that was always my worry, that the loft would slowly fill up with stinky rotting corpses.

MoreBeta Sun 13-Jan-13 22:25:27

We had a large number of mice under our kitchen units (rented property).

I discovered they were coming in through the air bricks so I put a very fine wire mesh over the bricks and then I put down killing traps and poison. Gone in two weeks.

AloeSailor Sun 13-Jan-13 22:28:32

Mice carry salmonella. The mummifying poison is good.

attheendoftheday Sun 13-Jan-13 23:19:54

We had a successful experience with humane traps and blocking up the ways in. I found chocolate buttons were the best bait, and the mice need to be released a mile from your house (and not near anyone else's house). My tip would be when you think you've caught all the mice to keep putting the traps down for another week and checking them daily, there always seem to be a couple extra hanging around.

Piemother Mon 14-Jan-13 00:06:28

Thanks attheend - I found the hole it's where I've moved a sofa away from the wall so I can sort that out easily enough.
I can't kill them however naive that sounds that's just not how I live. Plus I've been here over a year and be we had then until now so in fairly confident this one hole is the problem grin

JamNan Mon 14-Jan-13 17:17:32

Honestly Get.Rid.Of.Them.Now.
As they scramble all over your worktops/food/furniture/ when you are asleep or not watching they piss everywhere leaving behind disgusting diseases.

Get a cat.
Get Nipper traps (they like chocolate and bacon).
The poison AloeSailor recommended is good as it dries out the corpses and they don't smell too badly.

JNan goes downstairs to look under her sink to find out brand name for you...
back now... it's Rentokil Rat and Mouse Killer £6.99. Not harmful to humans. Little feckers pests have eaten their way into the Bio Slug Pellets though. That'll learn 'em. grin

LifeofPo Mon 14-Jan-13 17:21:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

attheendoftheday Mon 14-Jan-13 23:04:53

We can form a being nice to mice club, piemother. I'm veggie and I don't like to kill things. I don't mind if people think I'm naive.

Piemother Mon 14-Jan-13 23:30:54

I can't kill Hunkamunka!

Fianccetto Mon 14-Jan-13 23:38:58

You can kill 4 mice this week, or pay a fortune to get rentokill in to kill hundreds of them in a few months. Your choice.

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