How to get rid of mice

How to get rid of mice

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alan36

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402 posts

153 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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We have suddenly started to get mice in my cupboard under my stairs. An outdoor cupboard leads to this cupboard so I am assuming they are getting in that way. I have put poison down and mouse traps in the cupboard and am catching one a day unfortunately. I have also blocked holes in the outdoor cupboard where they may be getting in. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of these?

Scrump

15,263 posts

127 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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Get a cat

softtop

2,924 posts

216 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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If you are catching them as fast as one a day, you are winning.

glennjamin

71 posts

32 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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Mice and rats are a nightmare, I used a nipper mouse trap loaded with peanut butter to get rid of the mice in old house. Took a while to get them all. As we have stream at end of garden we had a family of rats take up residence in our shed in the spring used humane trap to get them and then air rifle to dispatch them ! Good luck !

Edited by glennjamin on Tuesday 9th June 11:29

alan36

Original Poster:

402 posts

153 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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So is it just wait till all the traps kill them or is there more I can do?

bearman68

3,372 posts

101 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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glennjamin said:
used human trap to get them and then air rifle to dispatch them ! Good luck !
Ouch, sounds painful, and of dubious legality.

hyphen

22,173 posts

59 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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Have they found something to eat at yours?

Also not the most humane method, but Glue Traps do work well

Please just check them very regularly so the mouse doesn't suffer too much. And keep blocking up holes as driving them away is better than killing them.

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sociopath

1,843 posts

35 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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A mouse can get through a hole you can barely see.

Be careful with poison a) because it can harm other animals but mostly because b) if one does in void in your house the stink is indescribable and takes a while to go away, and that will happen just after your massive fly infestation. Don't ask me how I know, and then imagine how much worse it is when a rat dies!!

Riley Blue

18,202 posts

195 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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I was told a mouse can get in through a hole the diameter of a pencil and that if you're blocking up holes, use steel wool as they can't chew through it.

Who me ?

7,311 posts

181 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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Scrump said:
Get a cat
We used to specify a ball bearing mousetrap AKA a tom , but I'm led to believe that those sans ball bearings work a lot better. But for those not into cats, a terrier is as good.

Smoggy XJR

418 posts

39 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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[quote=Who me ?]
We used to specify a ball bearing mousetrap AKA a tom , but I'm led to believe that those sans ball bearings work a lot better. But for those not into cats, a terrier is as good.
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Thanks for that. I now have a wine splattered tablet!




RizzoTheRat

21,251 posts

161 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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Scrump said:
Get a cat
We always had mice in the house as a kid, used tot rap loads of them. Until the cat died. Never had a problem after that, the little sod mush have been catching them outside and bringing them in.

Traps with fruit and nut or peanut butter are the best option.

croyde

18,423 posts

199 months

Saturday 13th June 2020
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sociopath said:
A mouse can get through a hole you can barely see.

Be careful with poison a) because it can harm other animals but mostly because b) if one does in void in your house the stink is indescribable and takes a while to go away, and that will happen just after your massive fly infestation. Don't ask me how I know, and then imagine how much worse it is when a rat dies!!
Had a mouse die under the floorboards, first the smell, then the flies.

After years of blocking holes, poison, traps etc we gave in and got two kittens.

The mice disappeared, apart from the odd ones the cats brought in from the garden as presents.

I don't live there anymore but the house now has 7 cats with one being pregnant.

Still no mice though.

alan36

Original Poster:

402 posts

153 months

Sunday 14th June 2020
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Fingers crossed I think they are gone now. I assume the poison and traps have done what they are supposed to as there have been none for 3 days now.

Jukebag

1,393 posts

108 months

Thursday 18th June 2020
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Went over to one of the kids school friends house recently and as we sat outside the kids came over and said there's a toy mouse, but it turned out to be a huge dead rat on the patio. I'm assume their Husky mustve caught it as it was in its run outside, can't have been anything else. I volunteered to pick it up with a long shovel and told to through it over the fence where there's a wooded area behind. They seem to be quite a problem around my way for some reason.

I've heard too that wire wool and putting expanding foam over the holes will work. Expanding foam is a right mess to work with, especially if you get it on your hands. It took me a few days of scrubbing to fully get it off my hands after using the stuff. The council bloke said it doesn't matter if your house is cluttered, untidy or spring clean, they will get in your house if they can find a way in. They will go straight up to the loft if you have one and work their way down. I've seen ends of carpets chewed.

simonhole

105 posts

147 months

Thursday 18th June 2020
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get a big cat!!!!!

extraT

1,444 posts

119 months

Sunday 18th July
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Holy thread revival, Batman!

This was the most recent thread I could find… After almost 10 years of living in the same house and never having a problem with the furry little bds it seems we have been over run! In the last three weeks I have caught about 30 of the little tts using a mixture of chocolate (nutella) on cheese, which seemed to have worked well, but now they are avoiding the traps. Well, the Mrs and I were always talking about getting a dog or cat… Now the time is come and we will be picking up our new cats on Thursday, but Right now that seems an age away. Is there anything else I can do to slot the bds? Sticky paper isn’t an option where I live (Austria, it’s illegal). Those sonic deterrents don’t seem to have helped much…. ETA tonight a mate is coming around with his dog, I doubt that will help too much, but maybe a little bit, because we will have the scent of a bigger animalistic the house??

hyphen

22,173 posts

59 months

Sunday 18th July
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Thursday isn't far away?

Just make sure all food is in plastic or metal containers and wait till Thursday.

extraT

1,444 posts

119 months

Sunday 18th July
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hyphen said:
Thursday isn't far away?

Just make sure all food is in plastic or metal containers and wait till Thursday.
Tell that to the Mrs who just burst into tears!

All food is secured.

ChevronB19

2,712 posts

132 months

Sunday 18th July
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Scrump said:
Get a cat
Definitely don’t get a cat. They bring them home to show to idiot owner how he/she is a crap hunter, and 50% of the time let them go to play with another day.