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Okay, last week my cat cornered a mouse in my daughter's room, I caught it and let it go outside. I told myself its getting warm. Well, today I found a dead one my cat caught in the middle of my son's room.<br><br>
Okay, so mice don't completely freak me out like they do some people, but I don't want them infesting my house if you know what I mean! I have only found them upstairs which makes me think they must be coming in the attic. We are terrible about cleaning up promptly, so if they got to the kitchen they'd probably be in heaven, but I don't think they have. I do have a very good mouser cat so I'm not worried that I have huge amounts of mice, he'd be all over it.<br><br>
I'm wondering what everyone does for mice? I don't really care about killing them personally, but I don't want poison around my kids and pets and/or dead rodents rotting in my walls, kwim? I am going to give the kitchen a good cleaning and get better about putting food away. Is there anything I should do special with my drygoods? Any recommendations for how to prevent more from getting in / good websites on it, etc?
 

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my advice....don't use poison!! we did once....then i found all of the poison in our kids' toy box!!!! i'm one of those people who scream and jump on the nearest piece of furniture, so i let dh take care of it. we've got a cat now and some traps. (nak)<br><br>
oh...and we store our dry goods in glass jars or in the freezer. seems to work.
 

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I just let our cat deal with them. They seem to get worse in the winter (and worse in old houses LOL ours is old and its not uncommon for our cat to leave us like 5 or 6 a winter). Just make sure your food is packed up well and vaccuum/sweep when needed (which with my kids means every day).<br><br>
I too say stay away from poison, certianly not worth the risk.
 

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I found these mice traps that are clear plastic boxes, the mice go in, but the door can't swing out so they get trapped. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow.
 

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If you take it right outside to let it go, it's going to just come back in the house. I've heard of people taking them several miles away to a nice field to let them go, though.
 

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Yeah, I just let the first one go in our yard, dunno if it was the same one, I should have looked harder, the first one was missing an ear (I think the cat got it)
 

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I have a mouse or mice too.<br>
It's not the mice per say that bug me - it's the mouse poop! Ew! There was some on my counter this morning. Do I just have to keep cleaning up after them until they move out?!<br><br>
Dh went the poison route which I'm not thrilled about but it doesn't seem to have done anything anyway. I want them out!!<br><br>
Went and got some plastic containers for food - my naptime activity today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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where does one get the most effective mouse traps???
 

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Well, I decided to get mouse proofing since our house "qualifies". I had a guy come and inspect and give me a quote - he said there are mouse droppings in the attic and crawl space (we have a dutch gambrel so there is a crawl space behind the front roof on the top floor). What he'll do is trap the mice, then seal up the exterior of the home so the mice cannot get in, putting one way doors in the areas where he sees they've been entering and exiting, then trap some more nad come back a week later and remove the one way doors. He will warranty his work too.<br><br>
It's costly, but I'd much rather prevent a serious mouse infestation and not have to worry about it than be constantly dealing with it, because if we don't stop them from getting into the house, they will continue to move in, no matter how many I remove.<br><br>
I took a closer look at the crawl space area and the floor planks have tons of gaps which means they have easy access to the joists in the ceiling between the floors, they could do a lot of damage if the population gets out of control.
 

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They won't leave on their on. They'll call all their friends and tell them there's a nice place with food and warmth, and before you know it, you'll be housing all the neighborhood mice.<br><br>
Snap traps. The old-fashioned mousetrap kind work the best and are the most humane since they die instantly and painlessly. Releasing them back outside into a field practically guarantees they'll either come back or be instant hawk/snake/cat/critter food since they have no place to hide. Glue traps are terribly cruel and a horrid way to die. Poison puts other animals at risk, like your cats who might eat a half-poisoned mouse. Every mouse I've ever caught (and forgot about) in a have-a-heart trap has died in it... either frozen to death in the garage or from lack of water (overnight? it happened quickly).<br><br>
To prevent them from coming back inside buy some expanding foam like Great Stuff and use it all around your foundation, around pipe holes, gaps in the concrete or stone, anywhere mice could be entering. Store foods in glass or plastic bins. Keep cabinet doors open at night so the cats can go in and mice can come out to visit with the cats. Good luck! Just be glad it's not squirrels or skunks (I just caught and relocated a skunk today... he was living IN my garage and making a horrid mess).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">where does one get the most effective mouse traps???</div>
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Buy snap traps at any hardware or dept store like Walmart. Grocery stores sometimes have them too.
 

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I tried all the traps and none worked for our mice. DH finally caught one in a box. Not sure how and I don't want to know.<br><br>
But, I think I froze my mice out. We were gone for a week and before we left I trapped the whole house with all sorts of traps and cleaned everything. Naturally, we turned the heat way way down before we left. When we got home we didn't catch a single mouse nor did we have any droppings. That was 2 weeks ago now. Perhaps they are gone?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They won't leave on their on. They'll call all their friends and tell them there's a nice place with food and warmth, and before you know it, you'll be housing all the neighborhood mice.<br><br>
Snap traps. The old-fashioned mousetrap kind work the best and are the most humane since they die instantly and painlessly. Releasing them back outside into a field practically guarantees they'll either come back or be instant hawk/snake/cat/critter food since they have no place to hide. Glue traps are terribly cruel and a horrid way to die. Poison puts other animals at risk, like your cats who might eat a half-poisoned mouse. Every mouse I've ever caught (and forgot about) in a have-a-heart trap has died in it... either frozen to death in the garage or from lack of water (overnight? it happened quickly).<br><br>
To prevent them from coming back inside buy some expanding foam like Great Stuff and use it all around your foundation, around pipe holes, gaps in the concrete or stone, anywhere mice could be entering. Store foods in glass or plastic bins. Keep cabinet doors open at night so the cats can go in and mice can come out to visit with the cats. Good luck! Just be glad it's not squirrels or skunks (I just caught and relocated a skunk today... he was living IN my garage and making a horrid mess).</div>
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This is exactly what we are paying the guy to do. My husband works extremely long hours and a horrendous commute, its just really not going to happen if we say we'll do it ourselves, plus they are coming in the attic, so it involves getting up on a ladder in winter and whatnot, so I'm thinking professional is the best route.<br><br>
I figure that while I can just catch them all, I don't want to constantly having to be crawling up in the attic to retrieve traps, etc. I'd rather get rid of them once and prevent them from returning.
 
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