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Old 10-19-2016, 10:24 AM
 
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Oh, and the cat thing...I have always had cats in my house. I have also had mice in my house. I've never had a cat who caught mice. Oh sure, the cats were "entertained", but they never were killers.
I have two male cats and any bug and/or mouse is a delight! They usually want to play with the bugs first (my primary concern in the building) so sometimes they do not get to kill it before it scurries away. However, I have seen them eat flies (when they finally manage to catch them) and I do find occasional body parts from bugs around---like what, you ate the entire bug except one leg? Why leave that one leg?

Before my mom got her new cat, she attempted to borrow my big cat to try to catch the mouse that had gotten into the house. We hadn't really had a mouse in the apartment at the time and I guess a mouse sensed/smelled/whatever that a cat was gone. Perhaps he did not realize that another cat was still there. That was the first and only time I woke up to a dead mouse proudly dropped next to my bed---a series of blood drops leading to the poor guy included!
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:43 AM
 
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At our old house, I sometimes heard scurrying in the walls. Finally, I put one of our dogs to work.

The male refused to enter the utility closet where I thought the mouse hung out...the vacuum monster lay in wait there! But the female entered with no trepdidation and in full HUNT MODE. She immediately found the tiny entry hole. Of course, I had to hold her back from tearing open the drywall, but after putting her in another room, I got a broom ready. The mouse emerged, sure as sht, and I clobbered it.

There were also chipmunks but for some reason they didn't make any mess that we could see. I wondered if they went outdoors for their bathroom? Pikas have dedicated bathrooms in their underground dens.

And that is one reason why I insisted on a concrete slab for our next house. After having skunks fight and spray three times in two weeks under the side section of the garage (built into a steep slope), and having to put mothballs in net bags to clear out raccoons and skunks under a shed, I vowed NO MORE CRAWL SPACES.
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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Can you say: Woodstream traps and cheese?

Just keep putting them out, and dump the trap in the trash outside. Been doing it for 45 years. Works great.

The mouse gets to have a wonderful last meal of cheddar cheese, and when s/he's down to the nubs of it, a quick death with a crushed broken neck. No terror for the poor mouse of being chased and played with by a predator. How would you like to be chased down by a Tiger and then played with before dying horribly?

Mice are just trying to survive, its not their fault that we offer such enticing shelter and food.
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Old 10-19-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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Yes, we just did a big patio redo, so maybe you're right!!!!!
Yes; I've always wondered about this. The only two other times I've ever had a problem were: Once in my 20's in a ground-level apartment when they started a complex-wide landscaping project. Then the 2nd time was when the City was doing debris removal in a waterway behind the house.

I guess when we disturb their "turf" they will come into ours. Slightly off-topic; has anyone else noticed the new "Tomcat" pest control product commercials? Kind of funny in a morbid sort of way.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:11 PM
 
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Can you say: Woodstream traps and cheese?

Just keep putting them out, and dump the trap in the trash outside. Been doing it for 45 years. Works great.

The mouse gets to have a wonderful last meal of cheddar cheese, and when s/he's down to the nubs of it, a quick death with a crushed broken neck. No terror for the poor mouse of being chased and played with by a predator. How would you like to be chased down by a Tiger and then played with before dying horribly?

Mice are just trying to survive, its not their fault that we offer such enticing shelter and food.
Perhaps the next president will grant mice US citizenship and some rights or they just might get deported and have to scale over the wall to get back.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Perhaps the next president will grant mice US citizenship and some rights or they just might get deported and have to scale over the wall to get back.
i don't think all mice are problems - only the radicalized Islamic terrorists. Clearly the sort which made it into my house earlier this week!
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:29 PM
 
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We bought these plug ins that make no noise that we can hear but apparently chase mice away with their sound. We put one in every room of the house. It even has a cute little night light on it! We got them from Lowe's or Home Depot. They come in packs of like 4.
We've had good luck with these too.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:59 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I bet you're a blast at parties.
I can sniff out a bunny humper a mile away. My parties don't have a vermin issue. Your "results" may vary.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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Snap traps. Just be aware that 1 out of 10 times, the trap may catch the mouse's leg and you'll have to dispatch it. If you're squeamish, a quick (and relatively humane) way to dispatch a mouse like that is:

Drop the mouse (and trap) in a coffee can.
Place the container in a small bucket with a tight-fitting lid. Drill a small hole in the lid.
Pour vinegar into the bucket, keeping it well below the top of the coffee can.
Drop a 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bucket and immediately close the bucket.
Go away for 15 minutes.
Dispose of mouse.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Dood.
Do not leave nibblies out for your dogs all day. Bad for their waistline and an invitation for pests.
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