Huge Mice problem!

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I have a huge mice problem, i clean and clean and it's just the same the next day, Traps aren't enough i need help to get rid of them for good. Any Ideas?

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Denyse - posted on 09/17/2009

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The easiest way to be rid of mice is in your spice cabinet. Whole BAY leaves put all over will keep the mice out. Put them in the basement on the joists, along the top of the concrete walls, in vent holes, whereever there is a small enough hole for them to get in.

Vickie - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Jamie:

Huge Mice problem!

I have a huge mice problem, i clean and clean and it's just the same the next day, Traps aren't enough i need help to get rid of them for good. Any Ideas?



Move !!! lol..

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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You truelly need to put out posion, we use rodentx, it works awesome! But be sure to keep it away from the children and animals, you can buy containers that only the mice can get in and out. After you put down the posion, you need to make sure there is no food sources out, or water sources. They will seek out water,and even leave the house to find some.

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Contact your local Orkin. Their plan will cover most household bugs AND mice without you spending money on traps. They will do a quick inspection to find out where the mice are getting in and let you know what you might be doing wrong that's causing the problem to continue.

Katie - posted on 09/16/2009

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My in-laws just had a huge problem with mice. And they used a couple of tricks to get rid of them. One they got live traps instead of the regular snap traps because the guy at Orkin said that the snap traps kill the mice, but then bring in more mice because they are attracted to the smell. Then they also got these things that go in your light socket that send out a sound that only mice can hear and it's supposed to keep them away. My in-laws had great success with this way of getting rid of them. They had one mouse each day for about 5 days that they caught and then after that they had 1 mouse during a 3 day period and then they didn't see any more. I think the light socket things helped the most! Hope this helps. Mice are no fun!

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Julie - posted on 08/10/2010

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It has nothing to do with your housekeeping skills..It is not reflection on your home :) mice just go looking for a house! we use to live with a back fence on a field...and had to call in the pro's My mom lived in a million dollar golf course community...when they started developing one of the new sections alllllll the mice that needed a place to live ....took up residence in their homes..it was a major infestation!!! but the mice had no field anymore...

Sherell - posted on 08/10/2010

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First, seal all holes and unnecessary openings in the house. The thing with poison is when they die, if u can't find them, then u get this really bad smell. Once all the holes are sealed, get glue traps. Put peanut Butter or cheese on the traps. Trust me, this really works, but if u don't seal the holes in the house, they'll keep coming back

Diana - posted on 09/20/2009

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I agree that you need to find out where they're coming in at and seal it. After that, poison definitely works but your kids look pretty small so you are going to have to be soooo careful. Good luck.

Christina - posted on 09/19/2009

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Yes I have a good suggestion get a kitten or a cat...I have moved into places that have had problems with mice, but I on the other hand have never seen a mouse ever inside where I have lived...I have always had a cat...They keep all those little nasty critters away...Best of luck.. :)

Kenzie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I would call a pest control company. My husband is one, and he is very good at it. They have special traps and poison you can't get at the local stores. It's not too expensive.

Paula - posted on 09/16/2009

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did u try a pest control company? I have a pest control company. They have things that will kill them. Or put steal wool by all the holes they don't like steal wool. Paula

Linda - posted on 09/15/2009

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get a cat. I had a mice problem but haven't seen but a few dead ones in the years since I got a cat.

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2009

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See if you can find a pet store that sells snakes or even a zoo and ask them for some shed snake skin or some snake poo. Put these in spaces where the mice might travel (like behind your fridge and in your roof and garage). When the mice catch the scent of a snake, they won't want to be anywhere near your house.


 

Karla - posted on 09/15/2009

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Find were they are coming in a stuff the hole with steel wool. Make sure you do not have anything that is grain product. Such as stuff toys. or strawflower.

Charlotte - posted on 09/14/2009

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first, put all of the things mice like in plastic storage containers. then, fill all hole around plumbing with steel wool! thats all i know of. hope it helps!! oh, wait! have you tried d-con? at the feed store there are mice bars (poison) that they chew on!!!!!! CATS???

User - posted on 09/14/2009

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hi, i have to agree 100% with Lacy Hall.you also have to make sure that the holes that your water pipes come through into the house that you block all the gaps. main doors left open is another way in.we have the same problem, in uk we have chickens and we put poison down in blocks to get rid of them and rats.lucky i havent had them move in with us. get pro in worth their weight in gold.

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Peanut butter instead of cheese. Just a little bit on a trap. They LOVE IT!! & you need to find how they are getting in an fix it

Dee - posted on 09/14/2009

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mothballs in your attic and not where your children and pets can get at them cut down the mice problem in my home. Remove or seal all potential food and water sources in or near your home. I live in the country and it is a constant struggle--also cut down the cat food--that would make the cat interested

Michelle - posted on 09/14/2009

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id call pest control might cost but will asure to get rid of them wouldnt want one to bite the babys

Millie - posted on 09/14/2009

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i don't know if you have the sticky yellow paper in your place but this is where mice really get really stuck on. hire also a pest control.

Sharon - posted on 09/14/2009

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When I was a kid - we had a persian cat and had just moved to Georgia. Shortly after moving in, my mom found a mouse in the pots & pans cabinet. She grabbed my cat and pitched her in.



Lots of screaming later, my poor frazzled cat wailing at the closed cabinet door - my mom finally let her out. Mouse unharmed but looking disturbed with an odd twitch between his ears. I think my mom took him out with a broom. My cat was so disturbed she didn't want her gourmet kitty food.

~Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

Lmao Jenn - the cat doesn't always eat what he kills. A lot of times he just likes to play with it till it quits moving, then instinct says 1. present it to your owner so you'll get rewards, 2. Save it some where dark and hard to get to, like under a dresser for eating later.... now theres' a pleasant smell!! LOL.



aww, c'mon...the little mouse butts on the porch are great presents!  



 I'm just a cat advocate.  We've never had to put down poison -- I would be worried about having it tracked through my house regardless of where it was 'hidden'.  My kids seem to find things that I didn't even know we had anymore - including the ant traps left by the previous tennants in this house.  =/



I can say that we have 4 indoor / outdoor cats, and that my neighbors have told us that not only do they no longer have a mouse issue, they also haven't had the usual problems with gophers, moles, bugs (we live in NC where mega- roaches seem to roam freely outside - they call 'em 'waterbugs' here, but I know what a damn roach looks like...{they're actually called wood roaches or leaf litter bugs})  or any other 'pests' that would cost money to have someone come out and exterminate.

Sharon - posted on 09/14/2009

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On the other hand if you're feeding them and providing them with food and water - aren't they your pets? ROTFL

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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My cat didnt give a "rats ass" about the mice in the house. :0)

God what a pain would it be to buy a cat purely for mousing only to find out the cat couldnt careless about your mouse problem and has better things to do then chase them. Sharons advice is excellent, I completely forgot about sealing the house up, but first I want my little suckers to go outside before I seal them inside lol.

Sharon - posted on 09/14/2009

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Lmao Jenn - the cat doesn't always eat what he kills. A lot of times he just likes to play with it till it quits moving, then instinct says 1. present it to your owner so you'll get rewards, 2. Save it some where dark and hard to get to, like under a dresser for eating later.... now theres' a pleasant smell!! LOL.

~Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

1. You have to poison them. This will suck. You'll also have a lot of carcasses to find and dispose of.

2. keep using traps.

3. The most usual poison for rats & mice in the USA causes an unnatural thirst. Put bowls of water down, you'll usually find them drowned in the bowl which makes finding them and disposing of them easier.

4. You have to find out how they are getting in. Go to a hardware store and buy $5 - $15 dollars worth of steel wool. A cannister of "Great Stuff" Its an expanding foam. And disposable gloves.

Pull out the refridgerator, dishwasher, stove, washing machine & dryer. If you can look behind the cabinets. If you can't seal any gap between the wall and cabinets with crammed steel wool and the Great Stuff.

Similarly seal any other holes and gaps around pipes you might find.

Go outside of your house and do the same thing. Out there use the Great Stuff and when its dry trim it to inside the edges of the gap and seal with quikcrete for patching or treated wood pieces.

If you have anything that leaks - don't use it while the poison is out. They'll crawl away to crazy places to get to water and then die there so if you have a minor leak in the wall from a shower, they'll die in the wall staying near the water source. Then you'll have to tear open the walls to get at the carcasses.



(a cat sounds like a whole lot less work)



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Sharon - posted on 09/14/2009

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1. You have to poison them. This will suck. You'll also have a lot of carcasses to find and dispose of.



2. keep using traps.



3. The most usual poison for rats & mice in the USA causes an unnatural thirst. Put bowls of water down, you'll usually find them drowned in the bowl which makes finding them and disposing of them easier.



4. You have to find out how they are getting in. Go to a hardware store and buy $5 - $15 dollars worth of steel wool. A cannister of "Great Stuff" Its an expanding foam. And disposable gloves.



Pull out the refridgerator, dishwasher, stove, washing machine & dryer. If you can look behind the cabinets. If you can't seal any gap between the wall and cabinets with crammed steel wool and the Great Stuff.



Similarly seal any other holes and gaps around pipes you might find.



Go outside of your house and do the same thing. Out there use the Great Stuff and when its dry trim it to inside the edges of the gap and seal with quikcrete for patching or treated wood pieces.



If you have anything that leaks - don't use it while the poison is out. They'll crawl away to crazy places to get to water and then die there so if you have a minor leak in the wall from a shower, they'll die in the wall staying near the water source. Then you'll have to tear open the walls to get at the carcasses.

Lacey - posted on 09/14/2009

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Mice will keep coming no matter how much you clean. Whether they are looking for food or a warm place, your house has it. I had the same problem when we built our home last year. I called an exterminator out and he put these little black boxes in closets, under the stove, and any place the children or pets could not get it. Within a week the one mouse I had seen was dead....in the middle of my kitchen floor. Try calling around to different exterminator companies and find out how much a contract is. When you sign up for a contract they generally will come spray for EVERYTHING (spiders, ants, roaches, you name it they will spray something to kill it), also the poison for the mice is included. You need to call a few different places to get the best deal. We pay $60 every 3 months. They call and come out when its convenient for me, and in between if there are problems they come out for free. Also they put the poison blocks under my crawlspace as well, so that way chances are the mice will eat it under the house and never have a chance to come in anyway. I have seen one mouse since I moved here a year ago, we are surrounded by fields and woods, and ever since the exterminator started coming I have seen nothing! But its worth the money to make sure they stay away along with others creatures with more than 2 legs! LOL. Good Luck!

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They usually are looking for water, other than food, so besides cleaning don't leave any water out. google it and you'll find more things to do at home.

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Cassie:

When i moved into my house i had the same problem. I use traps which didnt work much so in the end i used mice poison which eventually got rid of them. On the packet its says only to put abit down but i wudnt advice that i would put alot more down. Hope i have helped



I agree, put a lot down, let them go nuts on the posion. Also you need to find the main nesting area, attic, basement, because if you dont get them in there (ie the babies) you will just be constantly putting posion down and new genderations of mice will keep being born.

Cassie - posted on 09/14/2009

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When i moved into my house i had the same problem. I use traps which didnt work much so in the end i used mice poison which eventually got rid of them. On the packet its says only to put abit down but i wudnt advice that i would put alot more down. Hope i have helped

Nicole - posted on 09/14/2009

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There is supposed to be a spray that you can use to deter them. I am not sure what is called. Ask at your local hardware store. So sorry!

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