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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:40 PM

Mice. Any suggestions?

Cat died a few months ago.

Now mouse poop appearing in several places around the house.

Dogs don't seem to care.

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Reply Mice. Any suggestions? (Original post)
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2021 #1
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #8
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jmbar2 Jan 2021 #2
Sanity Claws Jan 2021 #3
Phoenix61 Jan 2021 #4
Binkie The Clown Jan 2021 #5
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BusyBeingBest Jan 2021 #9
OregonBlue Jan 2021 #30
Clearly fogged in Jan 2021 #10
In_The_Wind Jan 2021 #14
Rorey Jan 2021 #19
JenniferJuniper Jan 2021 #11
mpcamb Jan 2021 #42
In_The_Wind Jan 2021 #12
Rorey Jan 2021 #17
In_The_Wind Jan 2021 #22
Arkansas Granny Jan 2021 #20
Disaffected Jan 2021 #53
Rorey Jan 2021 #13
procon Jan 2021 #15
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applegrove Jan 2021 #21
Kali Jan 2021 #23
Rorey Jan 2021 #27
MissB Jan 2021 #24
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Initech Jan 2021 #26
sinkingfeeling Jan 2021 #28
BusyBeingBest Jan 2021 #31
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Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #33
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3catwoman3 Jan 2021 #35
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #36
AmyStrange Jan 2021 #37
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Disaffected Jan 2021 #52
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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:41 PM

1. New cat.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:45 PM

8. Thought of that

but I'm tired of cleaning the litterbox, lugging heavy boxes of litter (even the lightweight weighs too much), and lugging filled bags of used litter and cat byproducts upstairs to the carport trash bin.

I love cats, have had many, the last one was 17 when she passed. But my arthritis is saying no.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 11:41 PM

57. YouTube Channel Shawn Woods--MouseTrap Mondays. Walk the plank is one of the best.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:41 PM

2. Get another cat

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:41 PM

3. Another cat?

Maybe two?

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:42 PM

4. Live traps, lots of them. I can't handle killing

anything. My dad used to do the same thing.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:42 PM

5. Mouse traps baited with peanut butter.

I saw mouse turds a few weeks ago. Set down traps and caught 3 of them. No more signs since then.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:43 PM

6. This happens every time our house goes catless.

Two months, max, & the little scratching sounds in the walls. Time to get another cat.

Sorry about the loss of your friend.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:45 PM

7. Seal cracks in foundation, openings around outdoor pipes

Leading into the house, gaps in between bricks and the like

Buy some D-con spread it in basement

Get a new cat? Sorry about your other...

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:47 PM

9. 5 gallon bucket, ramp running up side,

dowel through the diameter/rim, round oatmeal box or similar cylinder that spins freely, smeared with peanut butter. They run up the ramp, leap onto the cylinder to get the peanut butter, it immediately spins and drops them into bucket. I don't like killing them, especially inside my house where they might have fleas that jump ship (I live in a plague area), so we do this and take them away from houses and let them go. Then seal up entry points with Great Stuff or sheetmetal or grates. Edit to add: inside we have kitties, this is our garage setup.

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Response to BusyBeingBest (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:28 PM

30. Can also stuff steel wool around all entry points. They won't chew it and it's very cheap.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:49 PM

10. Never trust a cat

There is a stray nearby, planting mouse droppings as evidence of your needs, hoping you pick up on the clues.

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Response to Clearly fogged in (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:52 PM

14. Good kitty.

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Response to Clearly fogged in (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:58 PM

19. LOL



I've got four cats, and none of mine are that smart.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:50 PM

11. Seal the house up. Prevent them from coming in.

We found an entry where the AC unit enters the house. Sealed it up and they've haven't been back.

Unless it's a very small infestation (and few are very small - they reproduce at very rapid rates) cats won't catch them all. Trap or poison (if no other pets or small children around) the ones in the house. Then seal up the house to prevent them from coming back next season.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 11:06 AM

42. That's the ultimate answer.

In the meantime peanut butter baited traps.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:50 PM

12. Glue traps. Stuff steel-wool around pipes.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:56 PM

17. Steel wool, yes

Glue traps are cruel. My now-ex-husband worked for a company that used them in their office. He felt pretty bad having to free little lizards that got stuck on the traps.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:02 PM

22. I live with a parrot and small birds. Mice drive my rescued terrier crazy.

I don't want to live with wild creatures in my home.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:58 PM

20. Glue traps are horrid and inhumane. If you usr traps get those that kill instantly.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:11 PM

53. And barbaric (glue traps)

I'd use live traps, release them outside and seal the house. I live in the country and haven't had a mouse in the house in decades (and without a cat).

Sealing the house is something you should do anyhow to prevent cold or hot air and water infiltration and to keep out insects as well as mice.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:52 PM

13. In my experience

The most important thing is to figure out where they're getting in.

We bought a house as an investment that was overrun with mice. After we got the house cleaned out, and spraying with a bleach water solution, I went around the whole house on my hands and knees and found a little hole they had gnawed through to get in. I blocked it with steel wool before covering it with trim.

Then we used these green cube things that I tossed around under the house, but I wouldn't advise that you use that without checking it out because it was probably poison, and you wouldn't want your dogs getting sick, or worse.

I don't like using poison if I can possibly help it. I feel like you're not just killing the mice, you're also killing predators of the mice. Trapping is probably your only answer after plugging up their access.

I don't like killing things, but mice do bring a lot of disease. I've found that the live trap thing really only works for a little bit.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:55 PM

15. Live traps work for me.

You don't touch anything dirty, the mouse is locked inside and you just take him outside and set him free. No killing or a horrible slow and painful death like those ghastly glue traps.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 04:58 PM

18. Borrow a neighbors

female, youngish cat. Just a few days, then give her back.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:01 PM

21. Foster a cat.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:02 PM

23. close access points and snap traps

baited with peanut butter and a chocolate chip or bacon. all other methods have major drawbacks, search this topic + my name and you will see my reasons/experience.

the most reliable, fast killing, humane way to get rid of vermin from your living space.

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Response to Kali (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:19 PM

27. Anybody who watches a mouse in a live trap

will know that they pee and poop pretty much every second. They're disgusting and carry disease, so I have always done what I felt I had to do.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:04 PM

24. Snap traps

Im not nice to mice. Sorry, not sorry.

We fixed the area where they were coming in, I think folks have said that enough times now. Its an important step.

I lost my best mouser last year. He was ruthless. Hed decapitate them (perfect cut, not a mouse hair out of place from the neck forward) and bring me those. Hed eat most of the rest.

My other cat- well, in theory she should be a great mouser. Shes a tortie. In reality? She actually *seeds* the house with live mice. She loves the chase but isnt into killing them. She just brings them inside. Weve cut off her hunting abilities because we were winning that battle, thank you very much.

If youre not into snap traps (I like some black plastic reusable ones I found on Amazon- much safer for humans, still deadly for mice), then I suggest a tall waste basket. Put the peanut butter or whatever at the bottom and make sure they can get in- pile some stuff up outside so they can make their way inside.

Once inside, they cant get out. You can do whatever your conscience allows with them.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:08 PM

25. no kill traps

(hold them in gerbil cages or waterless aquariums. mice make interesting cute pets; my daughter has had pet mice for years and they all have different quirks and personalities. the females live together really well, the males tend to fight each other and be assholes so she had to separate the males into their own aquariums)

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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:23 PM

28. Please do not use glue traps. They are the most inhumane trap

ever invented. I had a poor mouse skin itself alive 30 years ago and swore to only use live traps since.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:29 PM

31. Having used one once, it's horrifying. Never again.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:15 PM

55. Agreed 100%

I can't understand why they are allowed. Mice are sentient mammals like dogs, cats, horses, cattle - why the difference in protective legislation?

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:27 PM

29. Just One Bite II

Is the only thing I've found that really works.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:31 PM

32. We have a big Maine Coon. When we moved into our new house, he just ignored them.

I have two little Rat Terrier/Chihuahua doggies. They went after them and cleaned them all out in days. Terriers make great mouse traps.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:48 PM

33. Our cats never caught mice

Maybe the smell of cat kept the mice away

I love Maine Coons. Had a wonderful one for 15 years.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #33)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 05:50 PM

34. I had a cat who caught and ate a mouse in the living room while I was trying to read.

Crunch, crunch, crunch. It was disturbing.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #33)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 12:25 PM

44. Yes. He's our second. Had our first for 14 years. He weighed 23 lbs. Sweetest cats ever.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 11:26 AM

35. We had mice a while back, and discovered they had a nest...

...right under the rugs where our cats sleep in the basement -

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #35)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 11:27 AM

36. That's bold of the mice! nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:54 PM

37. I don't know if this will work for you...

 

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I had a big, big RAT PROBLEM, but one day I accidently left a bag of powdered mash potatoes out on the counter, and the next day, I found the bag busted open and powder all over the place.

That was two years ago, and I haven't seen a rat since.
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Response to AmyStrange (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:58 PM

38. That's fascinating

I wonder if the stuff swelled up in their stomachs and blocked their digestive systems.


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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #38)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:10 PM

39. That's what I was thinking too...

 

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or they got thirsty, drank some water, and kaboom.
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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 08:12 AM

40. Glue traps

I worked a place some years ago that had a mice problem.

they bought these cardboard things that had glue in it and it caught the mice inside and then you threw the whole thing into the dumpster.

It may have been baited with some odor.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #40)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:07 PM

52. And utterly inhumane.

How would you like to die a slow death trapped in something similar??

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Response to Disaffected (Reply #52)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:15 PM

54. You know what they say about opinions?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #54)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:19 PM

56. Sure, laugh it off.

Your response says as much about you as your OP.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:23 AM

41. I thought that I had ONE mouse.

So I bought a "humane" mouse trap and set it where I'd seen the "one" mouse.

I caught "one" mouse for 14 straight days!

At that point, I called an exterminator who checked for entry points outside and inside, and laid bait traps in various places around the house.

As of two days ago, I've collected 9 dead mice from the basement. Have not seen any other bodies since then. I hope my mice have decamped.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 11:10 AM

43. Honey mustard. Oh, wait, you meant ... nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 12:26 PM

45. Get a rat terrier. She will clean them all out.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 12:46 PM

46. Definitely go with some snakes.

They will clear up that problem.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 12:48 PM

47. We had one seveal months ago. Got an exterminator. He put down those paper traps but

no mice were caught on them. There are none now. The exterminator must have done something because there is no sign of them nor of their poop.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 02:08 PM

48. Get a pair of kittens. Or adopt an older already bonded pair of cats.

I had mice in an old house when we lived in Lincoln, NE. Adopted a pair of kitties from a little old cat lady who advertised free kittens in the local paper (1994). Our boys, Simba and Mouse, had been born in two different litters within days of each other and grew up as brothers. Brought them home and the mice disappeared. They were the most wonderful kitties and we never had mice again in any of the houses where we lived with them.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 03:09 PM

49. If its mice and not rats,

bait your traps with peanut butter.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 08:59 PM

50. You need a professional,

a live-in professional. Go to a shelter and hire one. Make sure they go purr and meow and are in good enough health. The professional will expect free room and board, sanitary facilities, medical care, scratches and rubs, and to be able to take a break when they want to.

Wolf

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:06 PM

51. stir fried.....

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 12:02 AM

58. New cat(s)






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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 12:25 AM

59. Yeah, you definitely got to get rid of them

I, too nominate catch and release baited with PB. I take them at least a mile away.

I completely sympathize with your unwillingness/inability to handle another cat.

What kind of mice are they? Small grey are indoor mice(house mice?) Brownish with a white belly and bigger are field mice. The field mice are coming in from outside. So get your house looked at and sealed.

There is a snake repellent that is biofriendly/nontoxic. An exterminator acquaintance places it around the house perimeter and swears it works. I don't know if it smells inside or anything. Use that or something like it, seal the house, catch and release.

It's a process getting rid of mice, man.

P.S. This is my 1,000 post.

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