I need help with a huge mouse problem!

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I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby vegantreegirl » Nov 21, 2014 4:14 am

My husband and I and our companion animals live in a semi-rural area crawling with field mice. The first year we lived here we saw the occasional mouse inside but didn't have many problems with them, but this year their population has exploded and they are all over the house. I have a humane trap called a tip trap. I've caught many mice with this and relocated them by driving like 5 miles away and releasing them. I've also tried herbal repellents both store bought and peppermint oil cotton swabs. None of this is even making a dent in the population. It's really bad. They're making us all sick and we're at our wits end. I don't know what to do?! I could never live with myself if I killed them, but I can't have them infesting my house. We lock every little scrap of food up (both human and pet food) so they can't get into them. I sweep daily so no crumbs linger on our floor. I wipe down counters etc so there's no temptation of any kind of food. What else can I do to get rid of them (humanely of course)?? :cry:

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby vegan71 » Nov 21, 2014 12:35 pm

Mice and other critters sometimes enter human homes to escape the cold or for food.

When I had cats, they kept the problem under control.

But in the end, they have a right to live too, as you state. Traditionally, farmers and others stored food such as grains some distance from the home (when practical) and the mice had a place they'd rather be.

For me, I really never minded seeing a few around. My wonderful dog Jacob actually made friends with a field mouse that took up residence in our apartment in the middle of town! When people see a stray dog or cat, they often invite them into their home for food and shelter. Why not allow the same for a mouse?

A trick some folks use is to spread used kitty litter around the outside of the house...it takes just a small amount to defer mice. We used to do this around our gardens to keep rabbits out.

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby wude » Nov 23, 2014 6:45 pm

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby vegan71 » Nov 24, 2014 11:35 am

wude wrote:Hi vegantreegirl. You need to hire an exterminator in order to locate the nest. You see, it doesn't matter how many mice you catch if you don't eliminate the nest itself because, if you don't eliminate the nest, they'll just keep coming back. I learned this from the exterminators who used to manage pest control at the food bank that I used to work at. After you've located the nest, then you must decide what to do about it. At the food bank, we decided to kill all the mice as humanely as possible. Since I was part of that decision, I'll have to live with that. Anyway, If you don't want a mouse infestation to make you and your family sick, then I :dontknow: of another way of dealing with it. I truly sympathize with your plight.



"Humane killing" has always struck me as a bit of an oxymoron.

Far more disease is spread by humans and factory farming than all the mice in the world. What crime do they commit that warrants capital punishment?

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby wude » Nov 24, 2014 3:53 pm

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby vegantreegirl » Nov 24, 2014 6:11 pm

wude wrote:Hi vegantreegirl. You need to hire an exterminator in order to locate the nest. You see, it doesn't matter how many mice you catch if you don't eliminate the nest itself because, if you don't eliminate the nest, they'll just keep coming back. I learned this from the exterminators who used to manage pest control at the food bank that I used to work at. After you've located the nest, then you must decide what to do about it. At the food bank, we decided to kill all the mice as humanely as possible. Since I was part of that decision, I'll have to live with that. Anyway, If you don't want a mouse infestation to make you and your family sick, then I :dontknow: of another way of dealing with it. I truly sympathize with your plight.

We found a couple nests in our walls when we were remodeling our kitchen. We got rid of them and patched up some holes in the walls where they were getting in and out of but they just started building nests in other parts of our home. :( I'm really at a loss. I'd like to come up with a solution besides killing them. I wish I could get a cat, but my dogs don't like cats.

Thanks both for the advice. Hopefully someone else can come up with something creative for me.

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby wude » Nov 25, 2014 3:44 pm

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby vegantreegirl » Nov 27, 2014 2:22 pm

wude wrote:
I don't really understand how a person professing to be vegan can own a cat or a dog, but then have a problem with killing mice. Almost all of the owners of canine and feline animals, that I know, feed their pets store-bought food. Do you not realize that the main ingredient of mainstream cat food and dog food products is meat? Did the animals that make up that meat deserve to die? Just saying...

P.S. -- Apparently,it is possible to feed dogs a vegan diet. Actress, Alicia Silverstone, has stated publicly that her dogs do quite well on the meatless, avocado-based diet that she feeds them.

I don't "own" my dogs. I adopted them from the shelter and Yes, my dogs are vegan. I feed them a healthy vet approved homemade diet. Now, can we please get back to the topic? Does anyone else have any suggestions please?

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby hunter712 » Dec 1, 2014 2:13 pm

Just take some peanut butter and mix some acid cleaner with it and put it out in different areas of your house. Once the mice consume the peanut butter they will go off and die. Cause the acid will desolve there insides or there is a bait out there when the mice or rats will eat it and they will swell up and then blow up. That one is really neat saw it happen, a mouse came across our shop floor moving real slow and then I stomped on it and it blew up. A little messy, but it sure was funny.

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Re: I need help with a huge mouse problem!

Postby jamesburton » Apr 18, 2017 10:16 am

could you explain me,whats problem you have,


 


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