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Old 10-26-2006, 04:05 PM   #21
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LOL, never tried that inside! But I will.....I'll go set it up right now. Thanks Alix!
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:06 PM   #22
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My pleasure.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:12 PM   #23
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Lefse, my aunt swears by putting a little piece of nut on top of the peanut butter on the trap. She says that the critters somehow can get the peanut butter off without tripping the trap but they have to exert a little extra force to get the nut--just enough to set the trap.

Katie, if I had your problem, I think I'd be moving out!

A couple years ago, when DH and I lived in the woods, I went down to the basement and discovered a four and a half foot long black snake in the basement! . Of course DH was out of town. I ran upstairs, stood on a chair (don't ask why--some goofy natural reaction! ) and called a neighbor to get it out for me. I slept better knowing it was out of the house, but soon enough, the mice were back. Guess we'd been feeding that snake well!
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:17 PM   #24
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I have never had trouble with stinky dead mice, and I use D-con or something similar all the time.

Those mousies had a little bowling alley set up in the ceiling over my bed, I swear.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:22 PM   #25
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Katie, if I had your problem, I think I'd be moving out! [quote]

Haven't even considered that. We love this old place. And I do mean old. It is a three-story Queen Anne victorian house built in 1880. It has plenty of warts and there probably isn't a right angle in the place but we love it, warts and all.

The racoon is our newest uninvited housemate. We also have a ghost who lives in an area of the first floor. Buck and I have both seen him, our dogs have seen him and so has one of our sons. We think is it the ghost of one of the first owners of the house. He died in the living room and that's one of the primary areas where he's seen.

As long as he leaves our antique GWTW lamp and antique china alone, we'll all get along just fine.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:33 PM   #26
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Katie, last year we had squirrles that would get under our doublewide and they chewed the phone lines apart a few times. Get one of thos e"Hav-A-Hart" traps put in a little bowl with peanut butter mixed with honey or syrup and unshelled peanuts in it. Place that in the back of the trap so that they have to work to get it. We caught 7 squirrels (here is one of them; ) that way under our place and one huge kangaroo rat. My hubby turned them loose at least 10 miles away from our place as we had experience with the same ones coming back many years ago in Flagstaff. This past year the squirrels did not come back but there is one mouse that I swear looks at me and thumbs it's nose at me!!! It did it last night as I was on the phone!!
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:49 PM   #27
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We had mice and it was HORRIBLE. A couple of years back we saw one(FREAKED ME OUT!!). It happened that at the time we saw them, DH was going out of town for the weekend, so it left me at home alone. I'm a big chicken, so was freaked out all weekend. I almost went to a hotel, but just ended up staying out of the kitchen. What worked for us then was to have an exterminator come out. He put some of the pellet stuff in several hidden place. We also covered any possible hole that we could think of. That seemed to work, they didn't come back for a couple years.

BUT this year, we saw a bunch of droppings again. Our rationale, it's getting cold in Oregon, they're coming and using my place as a hotel. Bought a black and decker noise thing to plug in the wall. Man, that was useless. Didn't work at all, next day, still droppings. Stuff we bought at local stores didn't seem to work. We found a spot in my cabinets that was a potential entry and just covered it up. I'm going to try to find that brand of pellet online, those worked really well. Not sure if the stuff the exterminator has is stronger or what. If you buy any sort of pellets, be VERY CAREFUL if you have pets or small children.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:33 PM   #28
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Although all of the basic counter-measures have already been mentioned by others, I would like to add a couple of comments of my own that you may want to keep in mind.

1. Poison should be avoided not only because of the inconvenience of having mice die and decay in inaccesible places but also because of the serious danger to other animals in your house or in the neighbourhood. Mice that have taken the poison bait takes awhile to die during which time they move around in a drunken-like state that makes them easy prey to cats. Needless to say, that a cat which eats a poisoned mouse will also die. We lost many a cat this way and the experience has been traumatic as a poisoned cat will linger for days before eventually succumbing to the poison. I am also aware of donkeys and goats dying from mouse poison when a poisoned cat vomitted on their hay.

2. From my experience, the best bait for a mousetrap that I know is a piece of dry hard bread (probably a crust) dipped in olive oil. The smell of olive oil drives mice crazy and the hard bread makes it easy for the mouse to set the trap off without disintegrating as the mouse pulls it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:39 PM   #29
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I didn't even know there was a mouse in the house a couple years ago until one of my cats (I have two females) appeared from behind a chair in the living room with one in her mouth. I didn't know what to do! Before I could decide...the other cat came up to her to see what was going on, the one with the mouse opened her mouth to meow, and the mouse ran away back under the chair! The two of them stayed perched for hours, and the mouse wouldn't come out again for them to catch it. I called my boyfriend over, and he got the darn thing.

What would be the best thing to do if you saw your cat with a live mouse in its mouth? I couldn't think fast enough because I wasn't expecting it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:01 PM   #30
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Take the mice and hook em' up to the 'puter! sorry.... had to.
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