Oh, those deer mice in my area are BIG. I was used to small little field mice and recoiled in horror the first time I caught a deer mouse in a trap.
Originally Posted by Banana731
It's true, some cats don't earn their keep!
Yep. My female cat was a great mouser. Her brother on the other hand, not so much. Once, I actually saw a mouse run into his foot and he did nothing but shake his foot like he was shoing a fly. Cats also like to bring their "treasures" to their owners so be prepared for kitty to drop a dead mouse at your feet, on the doormat or, as in our house, a live mouse in bed in the middle of the night.
Originally Posted by MariesMama
I just can't believe that the seller lived like that, with mouse poop all over his stuff!
Our exterminator told us he is amazed that many people live with mice but will go bonkers over spiders, rats or other infestations.
We have battled mice. Some places and houses are just prone to them where we live (North East). Really, the best thing is to get a professional exterminator. For every one mouse you see, there are probably 10 or more you don't see. I tried to do it myself but grew tired of spending money on traps. I would beat them back for a while and then out of no where, it would start again. I think our total annual pest control bill is less than $500 per year and that is as many visits as needed to control any pests including 24 hour on-call service. Our service uses bait placed in out of the way areas and plugged all the holes with some sort of copper mesh that they can't chew through.
"Giant farmhouse" makes me think of all sorts of pests like wasp nests, bees and the freakishly large and terrifying hornets we had last year. All covered under our contract.
Are you working on this house prior to moving in? If so, a bucket of water is an amazing trap for when you aren't there. We have a cabin and dead mice rotting in a snap trap was less than idea. A friend told me to fill a bucket partially with water and put something like a nugget of pet food or even a splash of olive oil in the water, lean a board against the bucket (creating a ramp) and let the suckers drown themselves. (the mice seek out water and will fall into the bucket)
I laughed at her but it totally worked for us. Just dump the bucket and water out in the field, no need to touch the mouse. This is particularly effective if you are using bait or poisson, which is nothing more than blood thinner that makes the mice incredibly thristy and seek water.