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Anita18
06-04-2011, 10:11 PM
This morning we found mouse droppings on the kitchen counter next to our stove. We actually don't do any food preparation right there (it's where we keep our spices) but we're going to get bleach to clean off that area.

BF is out right now getting resealable containers for the bulk food he usually leaves in the plastic bags he buys them in, as well as a big one for the cat food, which he usually leaves out completely open in the middle of the floor. :lol: This may also finally be the :kickass: to get him to clean his cooking utensils in a timely manner, because he usually leaves them out dirty until the next time he uses them. (Think the mice are going to pass up a pan full of bacon grease? :rofl: ) Plus us getting a proper trash can and all those other things that we took for granted that we wouldn't have mice.

The landlord is going to provide mousetraps and I'm planning to try and pull out the stove and maybe the fridge to see if there are any holes where they're coming in. I read that caulk mixed with steel wool is a good way to plug up those holes. Any tips for doing that without blowing up my apartment?

I'd like to know if there's anything more that we can do. We already have a cat, who's so old that if I can't hear the mice, he probably can't hear the mice. He hasn't made any kind of indication that he's sensed mice in the kitchen. We did ask my old roommate if we could borrow her much younger cat. :o But the mice are pretty ballsy, since we found the droppings less than three feet from where we keep the litterbox. :shuffle:

Grannyfan
06-04-2011, 10:31 PM
I've used the steel wool before but not the caulk. You may only have one mouse, and they are usually pretty easy to catch. Sealing up the containers is definitely wise. The open bag of cat food could be the big draw. Your mouse may be a chubby little critter.

Aceon6
06-05-2011, 12:43 AM
From our experience, check the drawer under the stove and any dark corners like where you keep your broom. If you see droppings there too, you have more than one.

The only sure fire remedy is an exterminator. S/he will be able to find the places that need to be closed up, will set baits on the travel route from those spots to the food sources, find any spots where they may be nesting, and will schedule a follow up to make sure they're gone. It's money well spent. You might soften up the landlord by offering to share the cost.

dramagrrl
06-05-2011, 12:47 AM
I second the exterminator advice, especially if your house is older and has multiple floors. My friend lives in an older house and had a mouse problem two years ago, and spent six months trying to fight the issue himself, but they kept coming back (and getting braver to the point where they were even going upstairs to the second floor and wandering while lights were on) until he got an exterminator. They never came back after the professional extermination.

Gazpacho
06-05-2011, 12:51 AM
Borrow a cat with a good killing record. No mouse trap can match a good cat.

Anita18
06-05-2011, 01:07 AM
I second the exterminator advice, especially if your house is older and has multiple floors. My friend lives in an older house and had a mouse problem two years ago, and spent six months trying to fight the issue himself, but they kept coming back (and getting braver to the point where they were even going upstairs to the second floor and wandering while lights were on) until he got an exterminator. They never came back after the professional extermination.
I remember living with my aunt in her relatively new (and very large) house one summer when they had a mouse problem. In fact I was the first to spot one, and it was already bold enough to wander into the bathroom when I was using it. :lol: Then we had multiple sightings of them in broad daylight, even running over the glue traps a few times. It truly was :rofl: but my aunt is somewhat of a hoarder so food safety was definitely a concern...

If this mouse was bold enough to do that, I'm sure even our useless old cat would have his attention piqued...


Borrow a cat with a good killing record. No mouse trap can match a good cat.
Do crickets, flies, and cockroaches count? My former roommate's young cat LOVED to catch them, but she never came back with a mouse or bird. Then again she was an indoor cat...

Gazpacho
06-05-2011, 01:15 AM
Do crickets, flies, and cockroaches count? My former roommate's young cat LOVED to catch them, but she never came back with a mouse or bird. Then again she was an indoor cat...Flies are harder to catch than mice. I suspect she'll be a good killer.

Anita18
06-05-2011, 01:19 AM
Flies are harder to catch than mice. I suspect she'll be a good killer.
Mice I suspect are smarter though. The flies don't know how to do anything other than to keep flying into windows where she can catch them.

At any rate my roommate wrote back and said no since she doesn't want her cats contaminated with mouse. :lol:

rfisher
06-05-2011, 02:36 AM
Good old Victor snap traps work every time. Bait them with peanut butter and oats. Leave the traps out even if you aren't catching mice because the smell will deter others.

Rex
06-05-2011, 03:01 AM
I've used the steel wool before but not the caulk. You may only have one mouse, and they are usually pretty easy to catch. Sealing up the containers is definitely wise. The open bag of cat food could be the big draw. Your mouse may be a chubby little critter.

Like Alexander Petrovsky told Carrie, "Vere dere ees von, dere ees probluly more". Eradicate the beasts. I use regular traps and glue traps and could care less how much the little bastards suffer. Yeah, and don't leave any food hanging out.

BigB08822
06-05-2011, 03:21 AM
Not sure of your lease agreement but I wouldn't put too much time or money into this. Your landlord should be taking care of it.

Gazpacho
06-05-2011, 04:12 AM
Like Alexander Petrovsky told Carrie, "Vere dere ees von, dere ees probluly more". Eradicate the beasts. I use regular traps and glue traps and could care less how much the little bastards suffer. Yeah, and don't leave any food hanging out.Glue traps are the worst for everyone. There are humane mouse traps available. I used one to catch a mouse in my apartment. Forget what they say about cheese. It's all about peanut butter and Mars bars. Here (http://www.victorpest.com/store/rodent-control/live-mouse-trap) are some of the traps, and here (http://journal.chrisglass.com/2005/09/how_to_catch_a_.html) is how to make one yourself.

BaileyCatts
06-05-2011, 06:40 AM
Oh my gosh. I was just thinking about posting the same question cause I gots mice (or mouse?) too!! Saw one scamper across the kitchen floor and dart under the basement door before I could even scream out "eek a mouse!". :lol: Also saw one in my garage. I know there are field mice around where I live because I found a little dead mouse in the garden one time, and another time one scampered right across my hand when I was pulling weeds! :eek:

I put out traps with peanut butter on them, came back and peanut butter was licked clean away, but the trap didn't even go off! :eek: I found a h-u-g-e nest in an empty box I had in the basement, along with at least 10 items of clothing and towels that had holes eaten in them. :mad:

Does the fact that my house is sitting empty most of the time attract them? I am mostly staying at my mom's house right now helping her clean out her house to get it on the market (and making very little progress). So I basically live there, then just go to my house to cut the grass and check on the house, so not really "living" there. So an exterminator will actually inspect your house and figure out how they are getting in? I have two big crawl spaces in my basement, and there's no way I can haul my big ole butt into those areas to look around, but I can see with a flashlight there's mouse poops all in there. Will they go in the crawl spaces and vacuum up that shyte in there? :D

Cyn
06-05-2011, 06:45 AM
Please don't use glue traps - all to often, the mouse will gnaw at his/her own body to free itself :yikes: .

I love little critters, but not in my house. I've found that a good mouser has been the best way to go. Granted, we haven't had any problems with mice, but all three of our cats absolutely love it when a palmetto bug or any other insect finds its way inside. They'll actually fight over who gets to "play" with the bug, and so far we've never had any problems. The only thing I have to deal with is sweeping up what's left of the invader's body (usually wings or part of the exoskeleton).

My ex-husband has an aquarium with cichlids, and if he finds any type of bug in or out of his house, he catches them alive and feeds them to the fish -- those bugs are to fish what filet mignon is to humans :lol: . It's actually kind of fun to watch them go after their dinner treat; the fish actually get into fights over who gets to have the fine dining :P .

judiz
06-05-2011, 02:02 PM
We set up the humane traps baited with peanut butter in several spots, along the floorboards, on the stove top and against the wall where the counter meets the wall. Mice also like chocolate, we found chocolate wrappers under our stove one year and another year under the refrigerator. Don't leave out bananas or any fruit and if you trap the mouse live, take it far away before you release it. I swear one year we had the same mouse coming back over and over until my husband drove it to a park a mile away!