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how to get rid of mouse in house? ahhhhhh

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jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 12:56:39

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Lonecatwithkitten Sat 07-Nov-15 13:03:40

Get a decent cat. My neighbours had rats in their garden for 30 years the tail less wonder moved in with me and there have been no rats for three years. They are wondering why they didn't get a cat sooner.

Hassled Sat 07-Nov-15 13:08:39

Assuming there is only one mouse who is somehow unable to get out (unlikely - how did Jerry get in? Have you looked outside for possible access points?) then just wait it out - sooner or later the peanut butter will tempt him and/or he'll starve. It's probably more likely that it's Jerry and his mates in which case you're going to have to put traps everywhere but really try and work out where they're getting in.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 13:09:07

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jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 13:12:15

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AuntieStella Sat 07-Nov-15 13:15:06

Anything is possible with mice!

I tend to go for poison (older children, no pets) as I don't like handling traps and we had quite a low success rate when we used them.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 13:20:48

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specialsubject Sat 07-Nov-15 16:37:09

it can be quite a battle of wits - some of our mice can trigger the traps without being in them!

poison is the best bet, although you need to check daily for dead mice.

it is the time of year when they head indoors so yes, block up accesses round pipes that can be climbed, and if possible keep vegetation away from the house.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 17:15:11

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SweetAdeline Sat 07-Nov-15 17:20:36

We have a mouse problem (although so far only downstairs. We have tried the same approach as you and I'm giving it another week before calling in a professional.

Bimblywibble Sat 07-Nov-15 19:47:55

Maybe either traps or ultrasonic thing, not both together. The ultrasonic could be putting them off.

They run round the edges of the room. Have you considered the attic? We eliminated ours completely by putting traps round the edges of the attic. Check every morning.

Also consider calling out your council pest controllers. It is not that expensive round here and if it's not successful they come back for free.

Cats can go either way. We have one brilliant mouser and one who brings in poor half dead things. We've spent a lot longer dealing with cat2's offerings over the years than de-mousing the attic with traps.

MrsGradyOldLady Sat 07-Nov-15 19:50:14

You need a really hard cat.

My an amazing coincidence I actually have a really hard cat you could borrow/keep. He's a bit "shreddy" and likes to piss in toasters but you do have to take the rough with the smooth I think.

iamEarthymama Sat 07-Nov-15 19:57:26

Once you have poisoned them (sorry you must do that, I hated it so much!) get the sonic scares.
I can see mine blinking away 2 years after the Year of the Mouse and all his mates and family on My Bed!!!!!)

gingeroots Sat 07-Nov-15 19:59:26

We use a humane mouse trap www.ratbait.co.uk/muti-catch-mouse-trap-907-p.asp?variantid=4409.
I get someone to empty it .
It does work ,mice generally run along the skirting boards ,position with opening against wall . Add apple or something ,chocolate ?

Good luck .I so hate mice in the house .

Bimblywibble Sat 07-Nov-15 19:59:33

Funnily enough our mouser is a pissy cat too. She is lucky she looks cute.

MrsGradyOldLady Sat 07-Nov-15 20:01:58

Oh my God earthy I'd have set fire to my bed. And the house.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 20:06:35

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ingeniousidiot Sat 07-Nov-15 20:15:34

I wouldn't poison in the house - too many little stinky bodies. Just put more traps down for Mr Mouse an all his little mousey friends - they don't tend to travel alone. We use fruit gums on the traps - they're very difficult to remove. Lots and lots of traps, everywhere, and remember to check them and remove the little bodies before the stinky stage.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 20:20:53

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Bimblywibble Sat 07-Nov-15 20:30:05

Funnily enough I've lived through several mouse/rat poisonings in the last 30 years and I've never known a rotting one in the house. Don't know how unusual it is.

Honestly OP, they breed really fast. You need to get ALL of them in a short period. I think the deterrants might be directly reducing your hit rate with the traps, and making the problem last longer. Kill first, then deter.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 20:35:01

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Bimblywibble Sat 07-Nov-15 20:47:02

I am not a pest controller but I think so. Imagine you were trying to catch an escaped family hamster. You'd put out a tempting treat by the cage then creep away quietly and maybe leave the lights off so it got up the confidence to investigate it. You are effectively trying to catch the mice while standing in the room, screaming at the top of your voice and flashing the lights off and on -- because that's how the sonic will feel to the mouse. Not so effective! You need dark, safe, quiet to tempt them out. Once they're gone, then deter further families from setting up home.

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 20:53:45

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FreeButtonBee Sat 07-Nov-15 20:58:05

I found peanut butter did nothing. My nice loved jam - bonne maman raspberry, to be specific. Also put the poison bait down too - preferably the block stuff so you can see if they are nibbling it. It gets them eventually.

You've just reminded me to set traps and bait ahead of the cold weather. It's been very mild but we've had them the past two years and I can't handle any more

jellyhead Sat 07-Nov-15 21:12:49

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