Post # 1
New apartment is lovely, except for the mice. Saw one a few weeks ago when first moved in, and saw one three times today (or three different mice?). Maintenance put down poison a few weeks ago, and I went and got traps this morning.
I was studying just now and ACTUALLY HEARD A MOUSE SQUEAKING. It was just hanging out in my kitchen, squeaking, not trapped or anything. I’m too chicken to try and catch it with a bucket or something. Any advice out there? Strategies that have worked really well for you? I’m freaked out that it’s going to join me on the couch. Or the bed (a la Carrie in SATC).
Post # 3
Poison is the worst way to get rid of mice… they eat it & rot in the walls. Blech.
haha just remember: they’re more afraid of you!! Also, stuff a towel in the cracks of your bedroom door! Don’t know if it will actually keep the mice out, but its good for piece of mind 🙂
Post # 4
Ahhhhh! Mice! We had mice in my dorm room in college and my mom is absolutely convinced I’ll get them in my new apartment. Here’s hoping NOT because that would make me for real antsy. They’re cute little boogers… in CAGES!
Post # 5
Thanks! A towel under the door is a good idea, I’m going to try that tonight, just in case. I haven’t seen one as far as the bedroom yet, but this apt isn’t all that big.
Post # 6
I’d go and get some humane traps ASAP. Most importantly don’t keep food out – put it all in containers if you can’t put it in the fridge. Ever, even if you’re just leaving the room for 10 minutes. If it can’t find food it’s more likely to go away and leave you alone. It won’t join you on the couch, don’t worry. It’s far too scared for that! The squeaking shows that.
I’d try to find out where it’s hiding holes are though – it’s good to know for when you lay down the traps. Behind cupboards and tall furniture (wardrobes, fridges) are usually favourites.
Are you on the ground floor or something? If you’ve just moved in and have left a door open to the garden or something it could have come in and is now trapped and freaking out because it doesn’t know where it is.
And if all else fails then try and borrow a cat for a couple days. Hope you catch him!
Post # 7
@KMSull – They ARE cute in cages! Or on television. I hope you don’t have them in your new place! I wish I wasn’t allergic to cats – I really want one anyway, and it might be good for the mice problem.
Post # 8
@littlemissmoo: My brother thinks it might be hiding in a cabinet somehow. I saw the squeaky mouse disappear into the floor, practically (there’s some slightly peeling linoleum on the edge of the kitchen, by a cabinet). I’m actually on the second floor of a two-story building, and the maintenance guy and a neighbor said they’ve never seen mice before in this building, so that’s something at least. Thanks for the reassurance about it being more afraid of me! I hope so. 🙂
Post # 9
No worries. I deal with mice a lot at work so I have seen my fair share of mice! They can squeeze into the tiniest of spaces so it sounds like he’s living under your floor above your neighbour. I wonder how he got up there! Usually the higher the place the less chance of mice cause they don’t like climbing – so he’s not going to want to get up on the sofa anyways 🙂
Maybe he was a pet mouse that got left behind?
Post # 10
Haha we got cats 🙂 They got rid of the mice (killed a couple, the rest just stayed away after that!) We’ve moved a few times since and now our cats are like our children, haha 🙂
Post # 11
Poison is a bad idea. Not only can it be torturous, the dead mice don’t just disappear and they’ll decompose right where they die- in your walls. Poison is so darn easy to use though, which is probably why maintenance used it in your place.
Traps work pretty well, especially if you place them where the mouse usually is. If you can borrow a cat over the weekend, that’s also solution. My parents’ house had mice in the cupboards when construction was finished. Two cats moved in with them, and no mouse has been seen since!
Post # 12
Make sure all of your food is in containers so they cannot get at it. Poison doesn’t work unless it’s in combination with some other steps, your landlord should have done more. They should use a spray-foam type stuff that fills cracks in the floors or holes in the walls. That’s how mice get in, they can squeeze through the tiniest of places! Call them again!!
I hate mice. My sister and I had an infestation in our apartment and I moved back in with my parents until it was dealt with!!
Another fun piece of advice, get a cat!!! lol 🙂
Post # 13
oh man, that stinks! my old place had mice, and we got the sticky traps, … only then my roommate let one of the neighborhood cats into the house and the CAT got stuck on the trap. It was NOT a pretty experience.
The mice ARE way more afraid of you. Best advice I can give is to limit/contain food as much as you can to just the kitchen, and be super, super clean about crumbs and stuff. Vaccuum every few days, keep dirty dishes to a minimum, seal everything air tight. They come looking for food, so… don’t let them find any.
Post # 14
i’d set out the human traps … and then form a mantra of they are not creepy bugs.. they are cute little mice that need to move on!
Post # 15
We’ve got cats AND we live on the second floor! I feel so lucky! We had mice when I lived with my parents. My Step-Dad used steal wool on any hide-y holes he found since they can’t chew through that!
Post # 16
Use peanut butter on the traps.