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Help - I have mice and I'm alone with dd

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mamachat Mon 18-Aug-08 23:47:22

I no this is not the right place for this but a mouse just ran straight past me, I hate being alone when this kind of thing happens... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 18-Aug-08 23:48:06

Can you borrow a young female cat?

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 18-Aug-08 23:50:52

They will be a lot more frightened of you than you are of them - honestly!

Don't be such a wuss. go to bed and have a good night's sleep.

mamachat Mon 18-Aug-08 23:51:12

I don't know anyone with a cat, I could maybe buy one... will they catch all mice? only prblem is the cat might smell if i get one as a pet

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 18-Aug-08 23:52:14

Cats don't smell! Actually they do, but they smell lovely.

mamachat Mon 18-Aug-08 23:52:26

becauseimworth it - i know i am a wuss, but i just hate them, it makes me feel like my house is dirty which it is not, and worried about germs for my dd...

mamachat Mon 18-Aug-08 23:52:55

i'm scared........

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 18-Aug-08 23:55:13


Everyone's house is dirty. That is how we build up our immunity to germs. So you are doing a good thing.

Try and look at the mouse differently. It is little, cute and defenceless. Honestly!

It can't bite or sting or hurt you or your dd in any way.

mamachat Mon 18-Aug-08 23:57:13

no but it is mean and sneaky and tries to reat my food, and I have to do extra work because of it like putting down traps and taking out the rubbish every day and night to make sure there is nothing for it to eat...

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 18-Aug-08 23:59:07

No. You are being a kind and generous household by helping little cute and furry things survive in the tough wilderness that is the urban jungle.

Overmydeadbody Mon 18-Aug-08 23:59:36

You think you've got problems?! grin

I have rats the size of guinea pigs round here shock <shudder>

possiblymaybe Tue 19-Aug-08 00:03:00

Get a glue thingy trap..

I've tried to be humanitarian to my mouse and catch it in a mouse friendly type of trap but it didn't work sadly.

So tonight I out the glue one out and it got caught after 10 min.. Made me feel very sad for poor mouse but I hated cleaning mouse droppings from kitchen tops every morning.

Don't be scared apart from being messy buggers they ae not dangerous..

Sleep well smile

LuLuMacGloo Tue 19-Aug-08 00:03:10

Urg - I'm with you on this one - I hate the little blighters. First off - see if you can work out where they are coming in from (look for the wee black droppings) then try to temporarily block the area/room - with books/a board/a anything solid - anything that will seal the area for tonight and let you get some kip. An environmental health person told me once they can squeeze through any hole bigger than the thick end of a pencil - so use that as a guide.

Tomorrow look into some traps (if you can bear to see a dead one - I can't) or get some big bloke/big girl to go around and fill in the gaps with poly-filla and wire wool. Or if yu're not a woose like me, do it yourself.

Total sympathy wafting your way.

VinegarTits Tue 19-Aug-08 00:04:52

Buy some humane mouse traps tomorrow catch it and let it go in a field(not to close by as it might come back)

I had mice last year, i had fun setting my own traps for them, the best trap i set was using an empty bin laid sideways on the floor, i put crumbs at the bottom, then when the mouse crawled into it i quickly tipped it up straight, the bin was too deep for the mouse to jump out, then i just took the bin outside and let the mouse go in the grass across the road. I also used to ctach them in the traps, take them to work with me in the car, and let them go when i got to the nursery where my ds goes, before carrying on to work!

It wont hurt you, its only a little mouse. God i sound like i was infested, i wasnt, i think the same mouse had a homing beacon and kept coming back grin

mamachat Tue 19-Aug-08 00:07:26

oh no if i had rats i would die... gosh youare all so brave apart from lulumacgloo, who is as scared as me... lol

I would be ale to put the traps down but its picking them up againg that I am scared of...

Anyone got any ideas of what i could use to pick them up with?

CheckAvailability Tue 19-Aug-08 00:08:38

Ah c'mon ladies bit of sympathy please

Mamachat you are going to have to find out how it got in.

Is it a one off that came through an open door/window or do you have to block any gaps.

Get traps down, store food, empty bins and bleach bleach and more bleach!

mamachat Tue 19-Aug-08 00:09:31

No i really want them dead, if i release them that means they will be alive when i pick up the rap and they will move... then they will go on to annoy someone else in their house...

LuLuMacGloo Tue 19-Aug-08 00:09:48

You've got to use some big bit of card board - or a fish slice (specially for the purpse - don't use it on your friend egg the next morning). I've never tried to 'empty' a trap - just chuck the the whole thing. Euggghhhh.

Mamazon Tue 19-Aug-08 00:10:24

Where abouts are you? if you are anywhere near gatwick i will happily loan youmy Tiger cat.

i posted about her hunting habbits earlier today.

mamachat Tue 19-Aug-08 00:12:40

there are loads of places they could get in, i live in a house that is converted into flats so could of come from above or below... so it will be impossible to fill all the gaps...

Last christmas I cooked my ham, left it on the side as their was no space in the fridge and a mouse tried to get it..

That was the first time I've had mice and they have been back a few times, but ex p has always been here so did not have to deal with them alone...

LuLuMacGloo Tue 19-Aug-08 00:13:01

The problem with getting a cat on the job is that they like to present you with the half dead mouse. (Been there, screamed and got the tee-shirt). Ended up hating both the cat and the mouse.

Mamazon Tue 19-Aug-08 00:13:35

deffo get a cat then.

the smell of a cat will deter mice from even coming to your property

mamachat Tue 19-Aug-08 00:14:30

Mamazon - will your cat really get rid of them? and how long do you think they will stay away for? I live in dulwich so not too far...

LuLuMacGloo Tue 19-Aug-08 00:14:44

Same here mamachat - they come in all directions here too. As soon as anyone starts any building work either side, above or below it's a rodent free for all.

mamachat Tue 19-Aug-08 00:15:41

oh no i would hate it if the cat brought the mouse to me or even worse my dd.....

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