Anyone dealing with mice with the cold? Or Ever?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My dad gets field mice every winter. Your neighbors may have been their food source. You have to put the dog food in a rubbermaid container. Get the sticky pad traps….the snap traps sometimes dont kill them. I would pull out the fridge & stove… if you can… and bleach everything. We stopped getting them when the dog died. We found dog food hidden behind the stove and in the floor under the kitchen which is also the ceiling for the basement. It haas been a rough winter so you may have them just for winter. Oh also our neighbors found mice under their toaster and dog food hidden in shoes.

Eta: snap traps may only injur them…its gross if that happens

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I grew up on a horse farm that my parent’s still own and opperate.  We would get mice from time to time until my grandfather told my mom to start putting dried mint around the house.  Believe it or not, mice HATE the smell of mint and won’t come near it.  Put it places where they can get in and see if it helps.  It’s organic, won’t hurt any pets, and smells pretty good.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We’ve only ever had a mouse once. We started with the most humane ways of trapping it, which is a trap where the door shuts when he goes in to eat. It didn’t work. Then one where the trap shuts when he goes in to eat and kills him, but at least you don’t have to see him afterwards. No luck. Then the old fashioned spring trap. Still nothing. Finally we used the dreaded glue trap. That got him, but it was awful. Woke in the morning to him screaming. He’d chewed one of his legs off to escape, but was stuck. FI had to take him into the garage and kill him. I’m still a little traumatized, thinking about it. 🙁

We just set the glue trap along the baseboard in the pantry, knowing he would run along the wall. He was also going after dog food. That’s your best and easiest bet, though not very pleasant. Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MASPA:  Yep. We coexist with a mouse (maybe two) in our NYC apartment. We’ve tried everything and nothing gets him.  We haven’t seen him or traces of him in over a month but we’re pretty sure he’s around in the walls.

We’re moving soon so we’re willing for him to just be a roommate.  We don’t love mice or anything but they don’t scare us.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

For those that use glue traps:

I wouldn’t use them but my husband finds them at his work.  He just gets out the olive oil or vegetable oil and pours it on the trap and the mouse comes loose.   So just something to think about if you find a mouse on a trap and the poor thing is still alive.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

http://www.ehow.com/how_2340830_use-mint-repel-mice.html  

 

Here’s a link that has some good tips, believe it, I can testify to it actually working.  There are worse things than your house smelling like mint right?  Mice creep me out mainly because I’m a clean freak.  I moved in with my Fiance and found mice droppings…I’m pretty sure they were old but neverless, the kitchen was sterilized floor to ceiling, everything was pulled out and every dish was washed.  The whole house got a good scrub down.  

 

Keep in mind a mouse can fit through anything it can get it’s nose through, their bodies are build so they can squeeze though tight spaces.  You might not ever be able to tell where they are coming it at.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Similar story- 2 years ago my parents’ neighbor did a full renovation my parents got mice. We have never had any pest or rodent of any kind before this. We weren’t sure how many there were so we took a broad approach and used the dreaded sticky traps, the old snap traps, these little poison bait centers that mice crawl in to get the bait. That worked in terms of getting rid of them but it didn’t stop more from coming as the neighbors continued their renovation. It was disgusting, frustrating and gross.

Finally we read that mice hate mint and gave it a try. It worked! We used Peppermint Essential Oil and it stopped them from coming in. We rubbed it on nearly every surface and even put cotton balls that were soaked in it around the house as well. The smell was quite strong lol but it kept them from coming back. This is the brand we used:

http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/now-foods-peppermint-essential-oil-4-fl-oz/n8-1062?sourceType=sc&source=FG&adGroup=40-60&keyword=N8-1062&cm_mmc=Google+Shopping-_-Product+Listing+Ads-_-40-60-_-N8-1062&gclid=CLKNrJLW1bwCFXHxOgodhRUAgg&gclsrc=aw.ds#.UwNRhYX6Qbw

Also, mice harbor a lot of germs and diseases and even fleas. They leave urine and feces everywhere and all of this causes health risks. As another bee posted I would advise you to clean everything with bleach. Also put any food you leave out or in cabinets in tightly sealed containers, even things that are already in boxes and bags. Make sure that your trash is in a tightly sealed container, like a trash can with a tight lid. You will have to seal the dog food because as long as it is out the mice can feed from it.

Hope this helps!

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I use rat zappers traps if ever I notice signs of a mouse (in our new home we had one this winter). Years ago we were renting my mom’s old house and noticed signs of mice, I found their trail to the dog food and placed the rat zapper with dog food right in their trail and caught about 15 within a week (I had only thought it was one or two total, yuck!). It completely humane and the trap is meant for even larger rodents, so it easily killed the little mice. If you notice an issue with them not dying you need to replace the batteries. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have caught 3 mice in our apartment – they gross me out. We used the old fashioned spring traps, baited with peanut butter. We put the trap in a paper bag on the counter so we could just close it and throw the dead mouse away instead of having to look at it.

We haven’t seen any evidence of mice for a few months now so I hope they are gone for good. I never knew about the mint thing – that it a great thing to try!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@FleeSircus:  Thanks for the tip! In our situation, he’d chewed his leg off, so there was no point in freeing him, but I’ll keep it in mind for the next time. Though I hope there isn’t a next time! 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Oh I’m still traumatized by my mice experience. I used the snap traps and killed two or three that way, but one time the trap only caught the mouse’s tail and the mouse was stuck on the inside of a low cupboard with the trap on the outside. I had to call my dad.

I know I would never have been able to use the sticky traps. 🙁

Go for the MINT!!!!! I am really curious to see if it works for you. I’m having flashbacks now. 

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