(Closed) Help! There is a mouse (or more likely, mice) in our house!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’ve had one and our cat took care of it. Good luck!!!

Post # 19
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Time to get a cat.

Post # 20
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had mice for a while and it sucked! They do sell pet safe traps- it’s annoying, because they are a lot more expensive than the regular snap or glue ones, and to be honest, we never caught one with it. I also have those noise emitting ones and I don’t think they really work well. What did work for us was 1) finding where they came in and putting steel wool in the little hole, and 2) putting ALL our food in big plastic storage bins. Anything not already in a plastic, metal, or glass container got put into big plastic bins, even things you wouldn’t think they would want to eat. Especially pet food– don’t leave dog food out all day, and make sure his food supply is in heavy duty plastic or glass containers, not the bag it comes in. 

I also read that peppermind oil smells really bad to mice, but I don’t know it worked at all and then our apartment smelled like toothpaste for days. 

Post # 21
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Random way to get rid of mice is Strawberry scented candles. Apparently lavender also works but not as well. Mice have a strong aversion to fake strawberry scent and will leave the home. Apparently its so effective it has been used since Roman Times!!

The peanut butter/chocolate traps rarely work – the mice tend to just find a way to eat it and leave the trap ready to spring on your toes in the morning!

Post # 22
3063 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Get a cat and keep his/her claws. Gross, but it works!

Post # 23
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Having rented a room in an old house where we got 10 mice in a few months, I’ll chime in. As others have mentioned, those plug-in things don’t work. If the time I came into the kitchen and saw a mouse eating a loaf of bread right beside one is any indication, that is. We caught the most mice early in the morning (around 5 a.m.) and late at night (11-midnight). if there’s a way you can crate/keep your dog away from the room overnight, I’d recommend some snap traps around your living room for a night, and see how that works. Our traps were cheese-shaped, and I don’t know if that helped at all, but they caught mice with nothing on them sometimes. Otherwise we used a tiny bit of peanut butter.

Good luck!

Post # 24
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree you should get a cat. My SO’s parents have an acerage and they got two outside cats since my SO’s little sister is allergic to cats. I’ve seen mice outside maybe once, and they didn’t last long since the cats take care of them.

Post # 25
2211 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had mice in my garage (which is not surprising) and I was afraid they’d get into the house (which they probably did and I just don’t see them) and my boss lent me a battery operated rat zapper.  It was seriously amazing…I dumped 10+ little corpses into bags without having to touch them.  They’re not cheap, but are pretty effective!

This is similar to what I borrowed:  http://www.amazon.com/Agri-Zap-RZUIR1-Zapper-Ultra/dp/B000BWFESU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352416501&sr=8-1&keywords=rat+zapper

Doesn’t really help with your immediate situation, though.

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