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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

The last year my house has a few times invaded by mice. Now it seems like this cute little bastards are quite clever animals. It's almost like they know how an ordinary spring-loaded bar mousetrap works.

I just place these traps because I found them somewhere. There must be other ways to get rit them like poison. It's just I don't want any rotting body of a mouse somewhere in my house. Anyone knows a good method?

Thanx in advance
Sander


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User currently offlineNavymmw From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

get a cat. lol, I have two and during the summer I almost always find a dead mouse, bird, or some small animal on my porch. Of course that is outside but they have killed one or two inside my house before. Pretty creapy, lol.

User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

I can live in the country without a dog, but have found, like another neighbor mentioned to me, that I cant live without a cat or two. Every few weeks I get a mouse invasion. Poison is the way to go but you're right about the smell. I've heard there is a poison that decomposes the body very quickly, made by Shell. I haven't seen any. Those live traps are a waste of time.

Another thing is to close any openings they might be using. They have a soft skeleton and are able to squeeze through very small openings.


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Just remember, it's always the second mouse that gets the cheese!

User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5136 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2936 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 3):
Just remember, it's always the second mouse that gets the cheese!

use chocolate - its sticky and harder to get off than a piece of cheese - also apparently mice prefer chocolate to cheese anyway.



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8958 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2938 times:


http://www.amazon.com/Agrizap-inc-RZU001-Zapper-Ultra/dp/B000BWFESU

Seems a little pricey, though.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2936 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4):
use chocolate - its sticky and harder to get off than a piece of cheese - also apparently mice prefer chocolate to cheese anyway.

peanut butter too.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Guys I have dealt with mice in a pizza delivery joint and will attest that they work well.

Hunter



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User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2925 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4):
use chocolate - its sticky and harder to get off than a piece of cheese - also apparently mice prefer chocolate to cheese anyway.

peanut butter too.

Bacon is great... Cook it just long enough to smell good...

Snakes are good too, but if you don't like cats, you probably won't like snakes...  Wow!

I use warfarin out in my workshop. It doesn't kill them right away, so they usually leave and go die someplace else...



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User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

make sure you are placing the traps well. From what i know, it is best to place them along walls, in tight spaces so that they basically have no choice but to go over them.

User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1418 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

I live in an apartment building in Queens, so Mice are a constant battle (part of is it because my neighbor is a flippin pig). We have exhausted plugging up every single hole that we could think of in the kitchen which helped somewhat. There was still one hole we couldn't find though and instead of ripping the cabinets out, we used a combination of snap traps and this puppy....

http://www.victorpest.com/sonic_pest_control.htm

Now I wasn't a believer when I ordered it online but I was desperate so I figured, hey what the hell. I plugged it in and within 4 hours I caught 3 of these little bastards and (Knock on wood) I haven't seen one since.....This was 7 months ago.


So hey, give it a shot, otherwise just put out the snap traps (with peanut butter or Rolo which is what we use) and just clean em up when ya catch em.


User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1466 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2890 times:



Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
The last year my house has a few times invaded by mice. Now it seems like this cute little bastards are quite clever animals. It's almost like they know how an ordinary spring-loaded bar mousetrap works.

I just place these traps because I found them somewhere. There must be other ways to get rit them like poison. It's just I don't want any rotting body of a mouse somewhere in my house. Anyone knows a good method?

Thanx in advance
Sander

They do work really well however you have to get the mousetraps with the big yellow plastic piece to make the trap mechanism more sensitive and a bigger area. This was taught to me by a exterminator that helped me catch 3 mouses last winter as there is a slight mouse problem here in Western Nevada.
This is the one you need to get.
Big version: Width: 190 Height: 190 File size: 14kb

Use old fashioned peanut butter and drip a little of the peanut oil on to the peanut butter they love it. I was also told they love dry dog food.

Hope this helps.

Regards, Mike

This one I was using before the exterminator told me it wasn't that effective as the little mouses would eat the bait off without triggering the trap.

Big version: Width: 109 Height: 204 File size: 6kb


Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):
peanut butter too.



User currently offlineWidget1580 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 345 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2859 times:



Quoting Navymmw (Reply 1):
get a cat. lol, I have two and during the summer I almost always find a dead mouse, bird, or some small animal on my porch. Of course that is outside but they have killed one or two inside my house before. Pretty creapy, lol.

that is your cats way of showing they like you! a lot of them will bring dead animals home because it's a way to show you gratitude for taking care of them. they hunt and bring you food since you do it for them. no joke!



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Toasted bread covered with hazelnut-chocolate-spread (something like nutella) as a bait. That calls every mouse into the traps.


WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

I actually tried the spring-loaded device. Caught the mouse alright, but partially. This little thing was squealing - so I had to shoot it.

Since then, a carpet snake calls the attic home, having grown from 50cm to now over 3.5m (that's 9ft). My mother has a collection of skins she shed over the years, as well as 20-odd hatched eggs.....

NG1Fan


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

Try using cheese placed well aft in a surrounded one entrance trap  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21565 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2793 times:



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 7):
Guys I have dealt with mice in a pizza delivery joint and will attest that they work well.

So you're saying that mice are good at delivering pizza?  silly 

-Mir



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2782 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 16):
So you're saying that mice are good at delivering pizza?

No silly - they go out around the area collecting cheese from traps  Smile

Back on topic, I've never had cause to use one, but my wife had a couple of mice that she caught with a "live" trap, and drove them 10 miles away before letting them go. They didn't come back.

signol



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3570 posts, RR: 29
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

We killed a mouse last year with a mouse trap. They do work, but you must place the cheese so that the mouse must step on the button.

We also found rat-traps (larger mouse traps) to be more efficient...

Since we have a cat, we have few problems  Wink


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2778 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 5):

 rotfl 

"Approximately 40 kills from one set of batteries"


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2770 times:
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I have rats in my ceiling, can't really toss the cats up through the trapdoor!


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

Cats work well. One of my boys proudly flopped a dead one in front of me the other day while watching a movie.

Traps work as well. I've used peanut butter. Also, iv'e used the humane traps and they also work. Every day day i let the buggers loose in a field down the street untill there were no more mice in the house. I figure the house we had was built on a field where they lived so it's not their fault looking for shealter and food.  Wink



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4681 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2731 times:



Quoting MaidensGator (Reply 8):
Bacon is great... Cook it just long enough to smell good...

Indeed, bacon works neatly. We didn't cook it though.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2711 times:



Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
The last year my house has a few times invaded by mice. Now it seems like this cute little bastards are quite clever animals. It's almost like they know how an ordinary spring-loaded bar mousetrap works.

We had a very persistent little bugger at work. Cheese - yum yum. A Hungarian lady who worked for me said try salami. Well that was a dumb idea!

SNAP. In about 10 minutes, she had her mouse.

It seems that the Aus salami is sufficiently stringy that the poor mouse does not stand a chance as it tries to retrieve it from the trap.


User currently offlineFlexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2697 times:

The spring triggered traps do work if you do it right:
- Put cheese in, but squish it in the little hole until it is very hard to get out
- Load the trap that it takes very little to trigger it (To the very edge of the metal)

I've probably caught 20 mice like that.


25 Cumulus : Machine Gun, failing that a couple of kilos of C4. That'll sort it.
26 Aviationfreak : Thanx guys! Very helpfull! Going to try all the suggestions. Except the C4. Would love to try but think the others in the appartment-block won't appre
27 N1120A : That is the best advice. Not only do they kill rodents, but the rodents smell them and stay away. For mice, probably. I hear they are really good for
28 Mham001 : Years ago I watched a hole one night and saw the rat come out for his rounds. I plugged the hole with a towel and waited with the bb gun. Instant sat
29 Ual747 : Eww, when I was a kid we had a mouse problem once, and we bought these sticky mouse pad things that attracted mice and they would stick to them and co
30 Ihadapheo : I agree with the cat recommendation. They work wonders and are in most case quite happy and proud to show you their prizes. A bonus is the cats have a
31 N1120A : Actually, that is not necessarily the case with domestic cats. While they always have the prey drive, they don't know to eat their kill unless taught
32 Ihadapheo : Hmm, I guess the cats that wifey and I have had over the past 27 years must have been teaching each other how to have a snack. Every now and then we
33 N1120A : That may actually be true.
34 Post contains links and images PPVRA : Rat Zapper Battle Station ". . .our Battle Station, will allow you to monitor trap activity without checking individual Rat Zappers. Our Battle Stati
35 Ihadapheo : 16 at once?, that is a heck of a lot of batteries, dang I can just about hear the poor little fellas all biting the dust at once IHAP
36 Aviationfreak : Both my future wife and I are going to live together in a 30 square meters (my current)apartment as soon as we are married. We want to see how we can
37 Comorin : You guys make me sick. Signed Ratatouille
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