Post # 1
We live in an older home, it was probably originally built in the 40s and it’s been added onto as the years have gone by. Needless to say, it’s not exactly airtight, lol. Lately we’ve had a mouse (or maybe mice?!) running around under our cupboards. We tried to seal everything up and stop him from getting in anymore. I thought we did a good job until Christmas day when he chewed a hole in the line of our dishwasher and it flooded our kitchen shortly before lunchtime and 10 people coming for dinner. Oh ya, and it was Christmas so all the stores were closed and we couldn’t get a new supply line to fix it so we had to do all the dishes by hand. Amazing.
Darling Husband fixed it (thank god that man is handy) on Boxing Day, declared war on the mouse, and we haven’t seen/heard a peep from him since. Enter today. Darling Husband comes home early, has a bite to eat, puts his dishes in the washer, and turns it on. Kitchen flood 2.0. I guess that where the supply house is located is where there’s a hole cut between the bases of the cabinets, so he needed to chew through it to get to the next spot. Grrrr!!!!!
Any suggestions? Apparently this is one smart little sucker. We put out traps and poison but he outwitted us 🙁
Post # 3
I was told you have to catch him (them) before you seal up the holes. If you just seal them up and he still know where he wants to go, hes just going to create another way in/out. Unfortunately, I got no good ideas on it, I’ve been battling flying squirrel in my attic for over a year now. They wont venture far from their path from my understanding, so if your traps arent very close to where he would be, he may not be finding them.
Post # 4
I grew up in an older home and years ago in that house we had very smart mice. They would somehow get the cheese from the traditional mouse traps without getting caught. This went on for what seemed like forever. My mom decided to try those sticky traps. She put them down when we first got home from the grocery store that day. The mice were caught before we finished putting the groceries away!
Post # 5
I HATE mice, bakerella. Like HATE more than anything else in the entire world. Ugh.
We bought these high frequency noise emitters for our house, and have yet to have a single mouse. I also bought them for my office after a mouse snuck in here and ate some candy in my boss’s office. Mice have been caught all around my buidling, but we haven’t seen another one in my office since! You can buy them at Home Depot or Ace Hardware (or whatever the Canadian equivalent is, lol). They look like little scent plug-ins and are usually in the pest deterrent section.
Post # 6
steel wool. stick it everywhere. steel tape, tape the steel wool. any holes. they can get in the TINIEST holes.
Set some traps, please don’t buy the sticky traps.
Post # 7
Oh no, that sounds like a massive hassle! Have you tried those plug-in mouse thingys that make a high pitched sound (people can’t hear them)? Apparently mice hate them.
ETA: I see Mrs. Spring has already mentioned them!
Post # 8
@.twist.: Darling Husband stuffed steel wool in the hole he was coming in. The little bugger climbed up INSIDE the wall, and pushed himself out the plastic (it’s under sink cupboard, so it’s not drywalled in this one section for whatever reason), and brought the insulation out with him!!!!! Then he pulled the steel wool out of where we had put it. He’s a jerk!!!
@Mrs. Spring: I’ll have to look for those noise emitting ones. So long as they wouldn’t bother the cats, that sounds like a great solution. Oooh I caught Darling Husband while he was still at the store! He’s going to grab one 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t have much advice on getting rid of them as I haven’t had much experience with mice. My dad would get them in the storage areas of his store but traditional traps always did the trick.
Apparently your cats don’t chase / catch mice very well! 🙂
I feel bad for you though! Dealing with a tricky little mouse has got to suck, especially when he keeps damaging your dishwasher.
Post # 9
I knew you ladies would have the answer! LOL!
Post # 10
@Mrs.KMM: I grew up fairly rurally, and we always did the traditional traps too. I bought some for Darling Husband to set up but he never did, and I’m not going to lie, I love cute furry little creatures and I couldn’t bring myself to do it 🙁
Post # 11
Awww shucks! I think mice are soo cute!
Back home , they were quite sociable , so we would pick them up on a dust pan and set them on there merry way outside. Then like pp’s have mention use steel wool and continue on trying to make things airtight! Also cut some sheets of porcelain to plug up places. is great and rather mouse in destructable.
Best of luck!
Post # 12
I can’t stand traps. I’d like to say it’s because I’m so compassionate I can’t stand the thought of the little guys getting caught in there, but… it’s really because I’m horrifed about the thought of a dead mouse in my house before my husband can get home to empty it. Shudder.
The noise emitters haven’t bugged my dogs, yet, but I do have them in kind of “hidden” outlets (e.g. in the pantry, next to the back door, behind the washer/dryer, etc…). So far, so good!
Post # 13
I’m assuming you have humane traps with peanut butter out (they go in and just get stuck). My parents had them in their old house and the buggers are so difficult to get rid of. Apparently if you have one you may have 10 more. That was true for us, I think we ended up finding 8 or 9 in the house.
I think the ladies are right, you have to catch them once they’re inside. Just close up any holes leading into your house so you don’t get more. They are tiny little buggers and will sqeeze through anything!
And YES please don’t get the sticky traps!! They are so inhumane! This just happened last night and I’m still disgusted. I was driving and got lost so I stopped to figure out where we were supposed to go. As I started driving again I heard some weird noise so I pulled over again and had Fiance check the car. I drove over a sticky trap that someone had tossed out and it got stuck on my tire! He didn’t see in the dark what it was, picked up and got his glove stuck on it. Then, he opens the car door to show me what he had and I FREAKED out. Part of the mouse were on there. So gross.
Post # 14
Bounce dryer sheets! I swear they work. We had a problem with one in our cabinets and I read on line that they hate them. I stuck them everywhere and no more mouse! I haven’t seen a trace of one since, and I LOOK for traces, they just freak me out.
Post # 15
Paper towel tube mouse trap – http://journal.chrisglass.com/2005/09/how_to_catch_a_.html
Used it a MIL’s and it worked like a charm.