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Old 06-15-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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Hey there. We just moved into a new home about two weeks ago. Naturally while am out of town my wife frantically calls me with news of a little mouse in the house.

Is this a common thing in an area of contruction( new subdivision) and how is it best to deal with it?

We had a pest control company come the other day and I thought it would have taken care of this possibitlity. Anything I can do as a homeowner to keep them out?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Bigeasy.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Find the hole and plug it up.
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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Hey there. We just moved into a new home about two weeks ago. Naturally while am out of town my wife frantically calls me with news of a little mouse in the house.

Is this a common thing in an area of contruction( new subdivision) and how is it best to deal with it?

We had a pest control company come the other day and I thought it would have taken care of this possibitlity. Anything I can do as a homeowner to keep them out?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Bigeasy.
Hah! There is no such thing as "a mouse". Mice don't travel alone.
Put out some good old fashioned mouse traps baited with either peanut butter or baloney and you will catch them. Then, like previous poster said, find the hole(s) and plug it up. Also, know that mice can come in through a hole as small as a pencil so you'll need to really search.
Sure, this is common with new construction. The building process is disrupting their habitat so they move on to new territory. You also need to watch for spiders.
I speak from first hand experience and sooooo wish I wasn't so "experienced" with catching mice.....lol
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Hey there. We just moved into a new home about two weeks ago. Naturally while am out of town my wife frantically calls me with news of a little mouse in the house.

Is this a common thing in an area of contruction( new subdivision) and how is it best to deal with it?

We had a pest control company come the other day and I thought it would have taken care of this possibitlity. Anything I can do as a homeowner to keep them out?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Bigeasy.
Get a ferret. Find the mouse hole and introduce the ferret to it. The ferret should take a few sniffs, insert his head, sniff some more, then disappear into the hole. If you go outside you will see mice running down the sides of your house and out into the yard. They won't come back. Now you just have to figure out some way to get the ferret out.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Get a ferret. Find the mouse hole and introduce the ferret to it. The ferret should take a few sniffs, insert his head, sniff some more, then disappear into the hole. If you go outside you will see mice running down the sides of your house and out into the yard. They won't come back. Now you just have to figure out some way to get the ferret out.
Badgers eat ferrets so once the mice are gone get you a mean old badger and send it down the hole after that ferret. Now you just have to figure out some way to get the badger out and your set.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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Add a few more rodents and animals and this would sound like the children's story called "The Mitten." ...except the book has a happy ending, I don't think that will be the case in the new home.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: California
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It's a mouse! Not the end of the world. Our subdivison has a few empty lots...and every once in a while I see mouse droppings outside. A few traps or bait should take care of the problem. Just be careful should you have pets or kids that can get into the bait.
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