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Hi everyone,<br><br>
This is my first post here so please bear with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> .<br><br>
Well, I'm a vegan (apart from the odd bar of milk choc which I'm very ashamed of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"> ).<br><br>
Anyway, to cut a long story short....I have a mouse...well more than one in fact.<br><br>
They've been in my house for a couple of months and I hear them in the attic and under the bath. They're house mice and are the cutest things (have seen babies and awwwwwww).I have been known to feed them (but haven't for a few weeks now hoping they'd leave) .I bought a humane trap off the internet for £25 and have tried peanut butter and chocolate and all the usual. I did catch one once in it a couple of months ago but it looked panicky so I let it go<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> . And none have been in it since. I've blocked up any holes I can find but they still wriggle in.<br><br>
I drilled a hole in my shed door and made them a bed in there for when I finally (??) catch them.<br><br>
Well, talk about gratitude, lol. My new stainless steel £800 cooker which I've only used 5 times so as not to ruin it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> , blew up the other night. The man came out to fix it and yep......a mouse had been in it and chewed the wires and made a nest out of the insulation. Bless 'em.<br><br>
So, I'm gonna get tough lol, before they cost me a fortune. But I don't know how to get rid. Hurting them obviously isn't an option , so I was wondering if anyone had any success with de-mousing. And obviously I don't want to only catch a mother incase she has babies to feed and I'm splitting up a family.<br><br>
Sorry this is a long post for my first one. I've been reading through the boards and I'm pleased to be here and hope to get to know some of you.<br><br>
Thanks for any advice.<br><br>
Jo.
 

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those human traps work great but you really have to balance the trap door properly<br><br><br><br>
try messing with the spring, heavier and liter food, etc<br><br>
and when you catch one, bring it outside before you let it go!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
g'luck<br><br>
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Yes, Caroline is right about having to balance the spring just so. (I have used a pebble to balance it properly.) You have to play with it, until it's set off by an extremely light touch. Also, different mice are attacted by different foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> Once you get the combination right, you should be trapping them very successfully.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, welcome! As someone who once bought a very elaborate rodent playground to house mice that I trapped during the winter and didn't want to put out in the cold <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">, I like your style!
 

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Your name is most alluring! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"><br><br>
Welcome to VB êliñêåzurå <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You may find this thread helpful<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4034&highlight=mouse+in+the+houses" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...+in+the+houses</a>
 

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You know what they say about great minds thinking alike...<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2910&highlight=mouse+in+the+house" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...e+in+the+house</a><br><br><br><br>
You may find something helpful in that thread too.
 

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Welcome. I'll add that the house where I'm dog-sitting as a rat guest, and they keep meaning to trap and release, using one of the humane-style traps, obviously, but they never seem to get around to it. It's kind fun wandering in to the kitchen at night, flipping on the light, and watching it scamper somewhere "safe."<br><br><br><br>
But you don't want to let that problem get out of hand, as you've seen, so start trapping and releasing into the wild, ASAP.
 

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aww i think it's cool that you set up a new home for them and everything. you have a lot of patience especially after they've cost you money, gotta admire that.<br><br>
i used to work in a restaurant where they used glue traps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br><br><br>
i wonder if there are any scents that either attract or repel mice? like, cats hate lemon so putting lemon essential oil on something will keep them from scratching, spraying etc. wonder if mice have a scent they hate, that you could put around the house to drive them out, or one they like that you could use to lure them out to the shed
 

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Mint repels mice. I had a mouse in my kitchen, I used some mint where it was hanging out (the broiler drawer of my stove!) and I've never heard from him since. Use a pure mint extract, or fresh mint sprigs. I used,in my desperation, a crushed Hint Mint (they're like a vegan altoid) and that worked!
 

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My experience dealing with a house with a LOT of mice-<br><br>
Keep your home immaculate and look for and block any hole you can find, inside cupboards, in closets, etc. Block the holes with something hard core, like thick wire brillo pads. (I stopped a small infestation with a bunch of aluminum foil and big metal can at a different place) Check to see they are chewing into them periodically.<br><br><br><br>
Next, if you get a humane trap, get a large one, and only use them when you are able to check them frequently.<br><br><br><br>
My house used small ones, and they would get stuck in there for a long time and there would be excremement and urine all over the inside, they would be wet, shivering and scared from being in there. Didn't seem to humane to me, so I started checking the traps very frequently and put them in places where I would see them.<br><br><br><br>
Then there is the question- where to release them and where to hold them. I don't know. I made a little cage with material they sell for mice and gerbils to build nests with. Maybe that is one thing if anything to leave out for the mice- material to build nests with so they don't use any more appliance wires. They are amazing little guys and can destroy anything.<br><br><br><br>
BTW- I am moving this to animal rights and welfare.
 

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Yes they are cute little things.<br><br>
That is of course until they chew on some wires in the walls and burn your whole place down!!<br><br><br><br>
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Thanks for all your replies........<br><br>
Well, I went round the whole house filling in any holes with wire wool and filler.<br><br>
I still have the trap out. It's one of the really big ones with space for about 10 mice. I don't put it out if I'm not going to be in, and I check it all the time......but nothing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Anyway, I thought I'd really cracked it because all the holes were sealed up and I was very proud of myself.<br><br>
But last night I heard a noise and went on the search. And hiding behind my microwave was a mouse half the size of my thumb. It sat up on its back legs and twitched its nose at me and then ran off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"> .<br><br>
I'm definitely going to try the mint.<br><br>
But now I'm worried that because I've sealed all the holes up, I've separated this little one from its mother <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> . I may get a mouse house and keep them in there until I catch them all and then set them free together. But I don't like animals kept in cages. What a dilemma lol. Silly cow I am (no offence to cows).<br><br>
And I noticed I used the same title for my thread as someone else had......I can't even be original<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> lol.<br><br>
Well, onwards and upwards with the mouse drama...<br><br>
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I've had some people at work tell me that they plug-in some electronic sound-emitting something or other and it scares the mice away...I don't know if that's the nicest thing to do or not, but from what they tell me, the mice just scamper away and don't come back. And the sound can't be heard by dogs or humans. I wonder how expensive it is, though...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by veggiewriter</i><br><br><b>I've had some people at work tell me that they plug-in some electronic sound-emitting something or other and it scares the mice away...I don't know if that's the nicest thing to do or not, but from what they tell me, the mice just scamper away and don't come back. And the sound can't be heard by dogs or humans. I wonder how expensive it is, though...</b></div>
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I tried that contraption and it didn't work for me . . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I had those a few years ago. They don't actually work like they say they do. What they do, instead of sending the mice packing out of your house, it sends them packing further into the walls. The perception is that you have no more mice problem; you know outta site outta mind kinda deal. Unplug the things for 2-3 days and see what happens. They literally come crawling out of the wood work. I discovered this a couple of years ago when I was painting my dinning room and living room. The things were unplugged for a few days and they started appearing. All in all we caught 14!!!! Mind you, we have a huge house (7 bedrooms and 3 baths) so they were scattered around. And I thought the plug in things had solved my problem of the 1 or 2 that came in the fall 6-7 months prior. Boy, was I wrong! I called to get my money back (I spent over $100 on 4 of them) and they wouldn't do anything for me. So, I got some satisfaction out of them. The rep that I spoke with on the phone made me so made that I took all 4 to the picnic table in the back yard and smashed everyone of them to bits with a hammer. Extreme reaction? You tell me....I think 14 mice is extreme. Needless to say I was more than pissed. Anyhow, don't waste your money.
 

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Feed them fattening foods so they'll be too fat to move out of the trap! Ummm....how about putting a trap outside the hole you drilled in your shed with all kinds of excellent mouse food inside?<br><br>
Sad, sad mousies.
 
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