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Old 08-08-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Mice are in every neighborhood everywhere. It doesn't matter what a neighborhood looks like. The dime sized hole is all they need. I would not use moth balls. They emit a rather toxic vapor not to mention stink up everything horribly. Stuff every crack and crevice with steel wool. They can't chew thru that.

 
Old 08-08-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Good luck with the mice. A cat is still the best mousetrap.
I had awful problems with mice when I lived in old townhouses in Washington, D.C. My oldest cat -- a true alley cat -- was good at finding them but couldn't hold onto them. She'd bring it to me, open her mouth to yowl, and the mouse would run free. Then she'd go looking for it where she found it originally, not worrying about the one she just let go!
Once, she found a mouse living under the stove and sat with her nose stuck under the little notch in the front. The mouse bit her nose. That ended her mousing days.
I got her a companion, a purebred Balinese. She was deadly on mice. But she got mad when I took them away from her, so she started hiding the bodies under the rugs. I wouldn't know until I stepped on them.
I'm so glad those days are behind me. The only mouse I've got to worry about now is Simon's Invisible Mouse in the bathroom.
Watch the cats and dogs for tapeworms. Mice carry fleas that carry tapeworms and often transfer it to cats and dogs. Mine got it that way.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Thanks all for your mouse tips/links. I used the steel wool since I had some on hand and remember reading about it once.

Karcon - a group road trip would be so fun - anyone have a bus? Anyone that can drive a bus? I have a Honda CRV - it really holds only 4 people comfortably - it's a 4 cylinder so 4 people works best.

I need a short nap - got up way too early (4:30 a.m.).
 
Old 08-08-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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While we're on the subject of mice, just saw this story about a mouse that moved into an ATM and built a home out of the money:
The Associated Press: Mouse builds nest egg in ATM with $20 bills
I'd love a road trip right now but I'm not near the rest of you. I've got a 6 cyl. Ford Escape.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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A group road trip could be a lot of fun. What a way to really get to know each other. I suppose we could always charter a bus if there are that many of us. What an idea!
 
Old 08-08-2009, 05:12 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Good luck with the mice. A cat is still the best mousetrap

I had no idea that mice were in my townhouse until I sat down to eat one day & there was a teeny mouse right on my placemat, compliments of Gracie the Maine Coon.
The handyman who sealed up the hole said that they are so tiny and their bones are so small that they can squeeze into holes the diameter of a pencil.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Nancy - How's the condo selling going? Any bites yet? It is cute as can be, both inside and out, so sending good vibes your way~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What a great cat to want to share with you - lunch - on your placemat? Ewww.
 
Old 08-09-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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No one has made an offer yet, mn2co . Thanks for the good vibes. I need them.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Winter Park FL
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I got her a companion, a purebred Balinese. She was deadly on mice. But she got mad when I took them away from her, so she started hiding the bodies under the rugs. I wouldn't know until I stepped on them.
Now that is gross! Ewww, squish (or crunch depending on how long they'd been there).

My cats use to hunt our little geiko type lizzards. Not to eat, just to play with. I would save them when I could but sometimes I would just find what I called lizzard popsicles! Just stiff little bodies. Poor things.
 
Old 08-09-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I think I just may have sold my condo. Cross your fingers for me. Thanks .......
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