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Old 01-16-2012, 11:07 AM   #11
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In Florida, critters are a real problem. They out number us a trillion to one. Florida is the bug capital of the entire galaxy. Nothing is left out that can be chewed into. I use half gallon mason jars for almost everything.

I buy the mason jars by the case.

Dinky takes care of anything that manages to get in. It won't live long if he sees it. He generally traps them in the laundry room and waits until they come out or die of thirst. Dinky is the fastest cat I've ever seen. He's like a streak of lightening when he attacks something. You can't even see him move. He's over here one moment and over there the next.

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #12
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I understand your problem with the old house. Mine is 112 years old, and I had a restaurant there with a dry storage..We could never get rid of them totally, but we could keep them under control by constantly setting traps, keeping the place clean and disinfected, tons of moth balls in every nook and cranny, and everything in a tight sealable container. They are rarely a problem in the warmer seasons here, just winter.

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #13
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I love glass containers. You can find them in all shapes and sizes, and spend as much or as little as you wish. I have many from Ikea from my college days. I wish we still used them, but Frank finds them cumbersome and thinks they take up too much space. They will keep mice/shrews, etc at bay.

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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Glass canning jars. Steel wool in every space you can find. Traps. I like the spring traps (the ones that look like alligator clamps).
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:29 PM   #15
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Use a tiny bit of peanut butter on the traps. They have to lick it off, which in turn triggers the trap and off they go to meet their maker.

The only other thing I can suggest is to seal all holes they are entering through.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:41 PM   #16
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We, too, use the old fashioned spring type traps. In previous years the mice and shrews went for the traps very quickly. This year I swear the critters, whatever they are (I know I saw a shrew, but for all I know there could be both living here). But this year they seem to have morphed into a different form. Timothy, never had a rodent problem in Florida (I lived maybe 90 min south of you for 6 yrs). But this year it's like they've gone to school. They are getting into food that has not been opened (most things I put in sealed baggies inside a tupperware type or canning jar once I open them), and they're eating the bait but not springing the trap. It is very frustrating.

Believe me I know about them hoarding and storing food. The first year I lived here, I'd forgotten about living in farmer's fields and mice moving in at harvest time. (Didn't have that problem in Florida or Virginia)(there it was roaches, another story entirely). I'd just bought a new electric range, and it smoked like crazy when I tried to run the self-clean cycle. I finally called (thank heaven I'd bought Sears extended warantee) and the repairman tried everything. He was trying to convince me that I didn't know what a self-cleaning oven smelled like! I finally just told him the only way for you to see it is to stay here for a half hour, 45 minutes or so. He didn't care (being paid by the hour), but then he said he'd try one more thing. He pried open the lid, and there in the insulation was a cup or so of dry dog kibble. We all got a good laugh, and he tells the story and now knows to look there first on electric stove tops when people have a complaint. I also found dog kibble in the rolls of shredded toilet paper, and I had cardboard under-bed boxes ... gnawed apart at the ends and every nook and cranny full of dog food. Thank heaven Rosebud remembers hungrier days and eats as soon as she's presented with a meal, so that isn't an issue.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:58 PM   #17
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The thing about traps is YOU have to empty them.. That's gross.

The OTC DCon bait, pellets take too long to take effect and be rid of the critters. Mice can be very clever. They know if they eat the pellets or the blocks, they can counter the effects of it by eating dog food kibble.

We went to the hardware store and bought this. It truly only takes one bite. They eat it and immediately take off to seek water. Water won't help them now. It definitely has to be kept away from pets. It's very effective in getting rid of rodents.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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Have you given any thought to the sticky traps? The problem with them is that you have to have a strong stomach. Because when you get up in the morning, whatever it has caugfht is most likely still alive. And you have to toss it out with the critter still screaming and struggling.

When they were doing the Big Dig, rat trails that were at least a hundred years old were being disturbed. Fortunately the government was aware of this and started a rodent removal program a year before the Dig even started. There were black boxes all over the city with warning to not touch. For those critters that managed to escape the boxes, the sticky ones were very effective. I worked in a building close to the construction site. Every night before I left work, I would put the traps out and in the morning find critters stuck to them. You just have a strong stomach and using a stick to pick them up, toss them in the trash with the critter still alive and stuck. But then you have the problem of the dog. He could get stuck as well. Scratch the whole idea.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:30 PM   #19
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In my former house, I had mice in my pantry once and I also had a dog. I went through the nasty trap thing and then gave up and used this...
Mouse Bait Wedges - Rodent Bait Wedges: d-CONŽ Wedges | d-CONŽ with 100% perfect results, and I never saw a dead mouse ! If it happened again, I wouldn't hesitate to use it.

I wasn't worried about my dog getting into it as I placed them on shelves out of her reach.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #20
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Consider electronic rodent repellent devices? VictorŽ Rodent Repellents - How Do They Work? | Mice Repellent | Ultrasonic Mouse Repellent | Mouse Repellent | VictorŽ Rodent Control

There are too many critters to trap them all. Drive them off by making your home unpleasant for them.

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