Serious gross issue

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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We have lived in our house for 12 years now. We're on the very edge of a small town, and our back yard is a field. Every fall after harvest, we'd get 1-2 mice. Not a big deal, set the bread off the counter, get the traps, day or two and we're good to go. This year, it's a LOT! We've caught many mice this winter so far. They are not gone. Every house on our street is having the same problem, most likely because it's such a bad winter.

All our food is in cupboards above floor level and shelving mice can't climb. We moved out the fridge and put steel wool into a mouse hole we found behind it. We had glue traps out all winter and have caught several mice, but certainly not all. Two days ago one ran across our bathroom while I was using it. Last night, my husband found one in my daughter's bed! She's 3 and on a tube feed, and was screaming. With all the food put up at all times, and the table and floor cleaned immediately after meals all winter, I'm certain they're getting hungry, but I never thought a mouse would attack my child for her tube feeding! She didn't have any bites but it's scared us.

We aren't able to borrow a cat to hunt them as my husband is allergic and it's truly beyond what one cat can control. We can't poison because of the number of small children we have that could be harmed. My husband is picking up a ton of the traditional snap traps today and we're setting them.

What else can we do? This is a very old house, and the basement is crumbling (same as all the others on our block) with open holes to outside we can no longer repair. The estimate we were given for repair this summer was $30,000. We decided instead that we are building a new house this coming year, in the back yard, and tearing (BURNING?) this one down. But in the meantime, we have to live here.

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Firebird - posted on 01/08/2011

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Rodent chasers. I have one upstairs and downstairs. They emit a high pitch frequency that rodents don't like and people can't hear. Drove the dogs nuts though. My parents first got one when I was a kid because of a mouse problem and I haven't seen a mouse since. Well... there was a dead one by the road that one time. They help keep the spider count down too, which is awesome since we have Black Widows and Brown Recluses here. You should be able to find them at any hardware store, and they aren't that expensive.

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Jane - posted on 01/08/2011

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You're doing all you can. We have a farm behind our home and so we get field mice every once in a while. The way I combat it when it happens is set about 10 snap traps all at once. This way I know that if there are more then a few, I get 'em all. It's a very successful process for us. The steal wool in holes is excellent as the mice hate that AND I do throw the mouse poison blocks behind things where kids and animals cannot get to. If the snap traps don't get 'em, they eat the poison and eventually die...usually in plain site.

I'd be freaked out too but when you live in an older home with field land around you, there is not much you can do except out number them with the snap traps.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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Rodent X, it comes in bricks or pellet form. The containers should be right beside all the types of poision.

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011

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The only poisons I've seen are DeCon bricks and the pellet wedges. Do you know what type? Hopefully the exterminator will have some available like you're talking, or we'll have to order it online.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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Oh btw the poison you can buy containers with locks on them so pets and children can not get into them.



What I do know that works and is natural, is pet rats. Mice will not live near a rat. We had pet rats for a while to keep the tenants mice away from my living area, and it did work, but as soon as our rat passed away, the mice invaded my area of the home too.



The other problem with traps is mice breed much faster then the traps kill them. If you see 3-5 mice in your house you can bet theres another 20 babies hiding out. At least.

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011

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Yes, we're having that problem with the sticky traps after the first few were caught. I hope they like the snap traps (peanut butter and a cheerio on each)! We may have to use the poison route, but carefully. Monday the exterminator will be open so we'll be calling asap; we didn't realize it was THIS bad until last night.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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Due to tenants I also had a major mice issue (they werent very clean), we tried everything for ever, before we realized we HAD to use posion. To help with young children and pets in the house, I would only put posion out at night (and clean it up in the morning before children got into it). The poison I used was rodent X (its blue pellets) and its like crack to mice, most mornings there would be zero poison left, it was just a matter of washing the floor. After 2 weeks we were mouse free. Btw mice know what sticky traps are, and also know what a snap trap is. I have watched mice in my home jump them or just run right past them.



Those ultrasonic sound plug ins only work for so long, then the mouse become use to the noise and no longer care.

Kate CP - posted on 01/08/2011

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If your husband isn't allergic to dogs you could see about borrowing a Jack Russel Terrier or another small ratting dog that will get rid of the little suckers.

But I'm very pro-dog...so I'm not much help. Maybe call an exterminator and ask about bait boxes on the outside of the house?

Katherine - posted on 01/08/2011

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Ha ha Amy. I actually had a field mouse in my house back in the day (college) and my cat had gotten it. I'm so animal "friendly" I pulled it out of his mouth and the little sucker bit me. Needless to say I was off to the ER getting a tetanus shot. But really I just have this huge compassion for animals, I always have. When I was a kid I used to pick up ducks off the road that got hit by cars, I found ANOTHER mouse who had been injured by a cat or something.
Anyways off topic glad those links helped!

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011

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The environmentally friendly traps you're supposed to drive a few miles out of town at least and release them. Mice DO carry infections - Salmonella - which is a huge deal with two kids that are Immunocompromised. And the fact that one actually tried to eat my daughter's tube feed - if she hadn't woken up screaming when he walked on her face, he could/would have bit her! We were horrified and still are.

Lol! My son is all for a pet snake! Not such a good thought for us. Currently, there isn't anywhere safe and out of sight in the house; 3 three year olds, one with PICA, just too big of a risk.

Did the breath spray work? Or aren't you sure? I was just talking to my husband about the mint oil. Also, one of the links Katherine posted said fox urine is a great deterrent, so he'll be buying more (ran out hunting this fall; maybe that's why they left our house alone somewhat before?).

Amy - posted on 01/08/2011

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What trap is "animal friendly"? I mean, you want to keep the mice as pets and release them into the wild so they come back into the house? Good thing the sweet little things don't carry diseases.

allergic to cats...pet snake? lol. a "rat terrier" dog was made to catch and kill rats, i'm sure it wouldn't have a problem eating mice. or a barn owl. they eat mice. just kidding. :) As far as poison - do you have a crawl space under the house or anything like that where children won't be, yet mice will certainly want to dwell since it's "safe and out of sight"? Poison may be an option there.

Mice don't like mint. any kind of mint as far as i've known. We bought that powerful breath spray mint and sprayed it across doors and any place we thought they'd come in. too bad it's not summer, you could plant mint all around the house to help keep the suckers out.

And I've had mice before. I'm all about the snap trap.

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011

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Your second link is great! I was searching and really not finding much we weren't already doing. We will also be calling the exterminator on Monday, but we have to get through until then and these guys are getting so bold!

Iridescent - posted on 01/08/2011

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Thanks. We have two of the environmentally friendly traps, and they're the only ones that have caught nothing at all despite a visible problem.

Katherine - posted on 01/08/2011

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I think the traps are the best way to go, although I would have gone with the animal friendly ones ;)
I wonder if you can look online and find some kind of safe remedy to put around the outside of the house to keep them out. I will look.

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