Post # 1
We saw them last week, but had to leave for 5 days. While we were gone, our upstairs neighbors called the exterminators and they put glue traps in our apartment (yeah, it was great coming home to a dead mouse on a glue trap). We also have kill traps which I like better because they’re more humane, but the mice seem to know what they are and won’t go near them.
Well, apparently after we left, they discovered and moved into our pantry–I went in there once and one crawled out ONTO MY HAND (i shrieked and it ran under the sink somewhere) and when I ventured into to the pantry AGAIN another one dropped out! I am freaking out. I’m literally shaking and I do not want to go into the pantry again even though (obviously) I know that we have to clean it out.
So this is partially a vent, but seriously–what do we do?? (please don’t tell me to get a cat–FI is really really badly allergic)
Post # 3
d-con, I used to live in the country and it is what we used, works great.
Post # 4
Are you renting? If so, definitely call your landlord. They are obligated to fix this for you. When my sister and I had mice in our apartment she called the landlords, and when they didn’t fix the problem to our satisfaction, she called the health and safety inspector and complained. You definitely shouldn’t have to live with a mice problem, it’s a health hazard!! Ick!!
Post # 5
oh no I hate mice and I had a mice problem in my old apartment.. If you can figure out how they are getting into the apartment you can buy this pest repeller. It emitts a high pitched sound that you cant hear but that really bothers the mice and position it so it is facing the hole or entry point into your apartment that should keep them out. Me and my house mate used glue traps too and I hated those cos when the mice get stuck on them they struggle around and just the sound of them would get me itchy. I HATE MICE… goodluck though and hopefully you can get rid of them
Post # 6
Pick them up and love them as pets forever! :3 No, I’m just kidding. I second the landlord thing. You could always try putting cheese or something (our mice liked fruit–we had two pet mice once, crazy, right?) else in the humane trap, too, to see if they’ll go in.
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions. Our landlord is great, but I guarantee that she’s just going to tell us that we have an account with Terminix and to call them. And they’re just going to put down more glue traps, I suspect, although I will call them.
I really was anti-poison (most work by dehydrating the mouse which is a horrible horrible way to go), but I just looked over our kitchen and after 5 days of being away it is COVERED in droppings. Like, everywhere. It’s DISGUSTING. Like I am going to scream. We’ll probably just get the entire arsenal of mice control extravaganza.
Nothing like having a pest problem to beat the humanity right out of you.
Post # 8
I don’t recommend using poison, you can poison animals you aren’t intending to. (Either they eat the dead mice or they eat the poison itself.)
When we moved into our house, the previous owner had left rat poison all over the place, we thought we picked it up, but our dogs found some we missed. Luckily we caught them in the act and got them to the vet, but if we wouldn’t have, we would have had dead dogs and not known the reason (mouse/rat poison causes the animal to bleed to death internally). Luckily after getting their stomachs emptied they only had to get an injection of blood-clotter and be on vitamin K pills (blood clotter) for a month and were fine.
Also avoid glue traps. I got glue traps one time, and the mouse was stuck on it and still alive, my ex-brother-in-law had to come over and stomp on it to kill it, not a pretty sight.
The regular snap-traps are best; they are the quickest and most humane way to kill the mice. Get a lot and set them anywhere you think mice would go (cabinets, along the sides of the walls in the basement, etc.)
Post # 9
@abbyful: You CAN actually remove a mouse from the glue trap. Put the trap and mouse in a bucket with high walls (we have a tupperware cake holder–the top of it works nicely) and douse it in vegetable or canola oil (you could use olive too, but that’s kind of pricey). Wear gloves and use a q-tip to help the mouse free its limbs–do not ever touch the mouse or get your fingers close to it because it can bite you through the gloves. Some people have a problem with freeing a mouse; when I did it it was because I lterally couldn’t stand stomping on one, although another friend suggested you can try drowning the mouse, which I hadn’t thought of at the time.
BUT you have to do this somewhere secluded at least 2-3 miles from your home; otherwise, if it’s a female mouse with babies stashed somewhere, she’ll find her way back. We live in NYC and drove out to Queens where there’s a running track by the water and the freeway and freed it there.
I totally WANT to use the snap traps and we have them, but we’ve baited them with everything under the sun and moved them every which way we’ve seen the mice and still to no avail. I swear, they know what they are! 100 ways to kill a mouse, anyone? Sigh.
God, every time a breeze blows through and my eye catches a piece of paper ruffling or something, I think it’s a mouse. Damn FI and his stupid cat allergies!
Post # 10
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Drowning is a pretty horrible way to die as well, so not sure I’d recommend doing that to glue trapped mice.
We have a small mouse problem as well, but we have a cat.. and she takes care of it in her own way. I don’t know how else I’d take care of it, I’m way too empathetic to rodents..
Post # 11
I’ve used these D-Conn traps before.
They’re pretty pricey, but they do the job. The thing about mice is…they are smart! I started with glue traps, then with poison, then these snap traps
(which they soon learned how to eat the bait (peanut butter without setting off the trap, and finally the first ones posted, which work wonders. FYI: I’m not the most humane person when it comes to pests.
Post # 12
Please do not drown the mice. I know they are pests for you but I agree with @ribbons. That’s a pretty terrible way to go.
Here is a link for a humane trap:
If you google ‘humane mouse traps’ you will find more than what I posted.
Post # 13
We had a mice problem a couple of years ago. The biggest thing other than the kill methods (ie: poison etc.) is to make sure everything is super clean. I found that dosing the house with chemicals along with using traps and poison made the biggest difference. We also went out a bought plastic containers for our cereal, bread, and crackers. Don’t leave anything open, take your garbage out right away, vaccum and sweep every day. I know it sounds crazy, but we originally tried the traps and poison and it didn’t start working until we were really aggresive about keep everything spotless. If they can’t smell the food it’s a huge help!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
@mrs.peters.to.be: Yeah that’s probably the most effective thing to do.
Post # 16
I had mice in my old apartment and my parents suggested these:
… they actually work really well! They’re much easier to set than the metal ones, and I don’t know if the mice think the yellow part is actually cheese or what, but I caught all the mice within a few hours (after knowing they were there for days and days prior). You don’t need any bait, just set them along the walls in areas where the mice like to go.