MICE MICE MICE MICE

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickengirlnm, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

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    Or how many times you neighbor wondered why they have so many mice and just drops them off at the edge of your field.
     
  2. PurpleChicken

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    Mouse summary:

    1-Search other posts - Lots of good info

    2-POISONS DON'T WORK & ARE NOT SPECIES SPECIFIC. The
    companies that make them want you to think that. These
    poisons thin the blood and kill the animals slowly through internal
    bleeding. They can also harm other animals that may eat the mice.
    Poisons don't last long anyways.

    3-Old fashioned snap traps do the job and have for years. It may
    take while for you to get them all but you will.

    4-Electronic traps-I haven't tried but many here like them

    5-Ultrasonic repellers-the things you plug in that claim to
    repel mice. DON'T USE - IF IT BOTHERS MICE IT WILL BOTHER
    OTHER ANIMALS TOO.

    6-I use Bounce dryer sheets in generators I service. The mice hate
    the smell.

    Took this pic yesterday. They love generators and propane tanks.
    Not to be gross but try starting a big deisel generator that has
    mice living in it. Mouse parts go flying.
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    They are cute little pains in the a**.
     
  3. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeap they are cute but EWWWWW I hate the poo !
    Well I have figured what we are going to get is a few of the old fashion snap traps and put them where the dogs are not going ( under cabinets, in my closet where hotwater heater is, etc..) I plan on getting mothballs - I know mice hate the smell of these and throw them under the house ( dollar store has lots of them ), I will get some of the mice bait to put in any holes I find around the house then stuff steelwool in the hole and then get some of that mudcompound to fill in the hole and paint over it.
    And after all that if I still see mice in my house and not in the coop I am moving in with my chickens !!!

    Julie
     
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to have to disagree purple chicken. I had a mouse problem and I put D-Con poison trays in the closets and spare rooms that we (myself and my dogs) do not use and within 2 weeks, NO MICE. that was about 9 months ago and still NO MICE. I keep the trays in the closets now but that is it but i have not had to fill them up once since then. I had a problem with mice in my coop so I locked up my girls real tight at night and after last turn out I would put down 1 package of poison outside the coop and the rats disappear (for a little while at least). I pick up the poison before anyone goes out side and it has worked well for us.

    Good Luck
     
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  5. ORChick

    ORChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't really speak to the problem of mice in the house, as my cats are pretty good mousers. Actually, the only mice I have seen in the house were brought in by the cats LOL. But about mothballs - these are toxic to cats (and possibly dogs; I don't know about that). Please make sure that you don't put mothballs in an enclosed space that the cats might get into. It is the fumes that are toxic. Good luck with your problem. They are cute little creatures, but you don't need them in the house!
     
  6. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:I don't want to start a debate but I must respond. Do a little reading about D-con.
    It's disgusting. Yes, it is effective at killing. So are many other toxins, many of which
    are no longer legal.

    Take a good look at the following pics. This is a shot I've posted before because
    to the untrained eye it's just a cute mouse. But look at the eyes. They are runny
    and receding, a common effect of D-con and the others. There was a tray of D-con
    in this in this machine. The mouse was lethargic and didn't have the strength
    to run away, something a normal rodent would do. It was dying a slow painful
    death. There were 4 or 5 other dead mice in the base. I see it all the time.

    So if you view mice and nothing but disgusting pests, not living creatures then
    D-con is fine. There are other effective and humane ways to deal with these
    creatures. Many people view chickens as nothing more than a food source. They
    aren't bad people they just don't know.

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    I'm not trying to make you feel bad. I'm just trying to show you the truth. I'm
    not a tree hugger/save the owl type, actually quite the opposite. I just believe
    in treating animals humanely, even if they have to be destroyed.
     
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    since it's a new to you house, can you go around and look under all the sinks? i lived somehwere i was surprised that one had a hole to the ground outside. i think there had been insulation or something there originally but it had fallen away or something.

    besides just stuffing the holes with steel wool, we had sprayed the holes with...what's the white puffy sealant. kind of like a plumber thing. once they weren't coming in anymore, then just had to kill ones already in the house. glue traps are hideous, but i've found they work. i have put them inside cabinets and then especially on the top of the trash inside a cabinet before i go to bed at night. ick. we would find like three in the morning. it took about a month, but once the outside hole was sealed up, then they were gone.

    i tried the snap kind, but had beter luck with the glue ones. eek. poor mice. but they gotta go.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    A friendly reminder, the thread is to provide options about what to do about their predator and pest issues. It is up to the end user to do research on the methods found and it is their decision on what they finally decide to employ.
     
  9. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:I hear you loud and clear Silkie. I'm doing my best on this topic to comform
    to the rules of the board.



    PicklesPickles, we had a rat problem in an office park I used to work at. The
    sticky traps worked well. Once we caught a rodent I would bring it out back and
    kill it quickly. The people I worked with either laughed or were grossed out.
    Your method, in my opinion, works well. Stop new infiltration then take care of
    current infiltration.
     
  10. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading this we choose not to get any bait - I do not wish these little poo machines a pain full death i would rather not kill them at all - if there was a way to chase them off for good that was what I was hoping for with the plug in mice thingy, I found the have-a-heart type traps only problem is there is no where around me to let the little buggers go without them coming back.
    I threw some mothballs under the house yesterday I know they are not a perfect method but i do know mice and other bugs do not like smell - I did get a few of the snap traps.
    I have found one or two holes I plan on pluging this morning with the steel wool method.

    I do thank you all for your help. I have lived places before that have had mice, but never this darn many. I know mice are going to be where the food is nothing you can do to totally keep them out forever, but to have them in my bird cages is totally not cool.

    Julie
     

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