Need help getting rid of FIELD MICE!!!
Please, I’m begging you nice folks……take a moment to give me some advice. :womanfrustrated: We bought this house over a year ago and the Winter was awful because I had mouse droppings in my kitchen and heard and saw some MICE! That scares the heck out of me and grosses me out! Funny, because pet mice I don’t mind and love pet rats. 🙂 We have 2.5 acres and these stupid monsters don’t want food. I didn’t think I would set any cruel traps but I did. We only caught a few. They’re in the broiler even and I’m pretty clean.
Okay. So, I have 4 dogs, no cats but researched many things and bought those Bell & Howell plugins. Two of my dogs reacted to them even though they claim they can’t hear them. I sent them back. But I feel like trying them again as THEY’RE BAAACCCKKK. Yep. Got a break from the mice during the summer. I also bought 2 ferrets during the winter as I read they hate the scent of them and will flee. Nope.
Thinking about a barn cat or two but I’m allergic so they can’t come inside. Two or 3 of my dogs will chase them also and if they go in the back, half acre, fenced then they may never return. Some cats aren’t mousers so what would you do? Sounds like that show!
I will reward the person that gives me advice that really works! Not sure how but I will! lol. Maybe Joy’s mop. :heart: JK. I’m dead serious as these creepers have made me not want to reside in my own house!
I’ve heard to use peppermint oil on cotton balls. It’s suppose to keep them away .. Do you know where they are coming in at?
Build or buy owl nest boxes. Circle of life.
nooooooo! to sticky traps!!! i agree with ?. if we have vervim, don’t make them suffer horribly, too. the problem with sticky pads is that they trap other animals (like snakes). owls, hawks,and cats are part of the natural cycle. sticky traps and poison are just bad. temple grandlin says, “nature is cruel, we don’t have to be.”
We had a problem with field mice when we lived in NC, everything was great with our new house until cold weather hit and then boom they were all over the place. We got that spray foam stuff from Home Depot and went around the outside of the house looking for any small entry points, when we found them we zapped them with that yellowie foam, places like the edge of the siding near downspouts. Everything looked great! We went to bed and set some traps, as soon as the lights went out we heard snap, snap. Hubby took care of that and set them again and then snap, snap…. this went on for a while. Eventually we figured out that around the pipes under the master bedroom sink had not been filled in properly, we had open gaps between the back of the cabinet and the pipes leading into the insulation part of the outer walls of the house. My hubby filled in the gaps with more foam and then that was it – no more mice!!!
Thanks for the tip for Zika mosquitoes, I’ll look into it.
Oops, got this out of place. I was thanking MisAnthrope in earlier post.
Still reading about how to get rid of mice, though. Interesting stuff.
I just put down those sticky pads that traps them. I have them under my dishwasher ( a favorite spot) and on both sides of the garage entrance just inside. They love to run along walls. Check them everyday. Cheap and effective and no poison. I have caught many and even a couple of snakes this way.
See if you can attract owls to your property; maybe even build a barn owl nesting box. A pair raising babies will kill many, many mice on a daily basis.
Also, try providin food, shelter & nesting materials for the mice FAR away from the house – I found they love birdseed & cracked corn.
Lots of info is available on the interwebz for solutions that are safer for your pets.
Been there, done that. If you see droppings, understand that they urinate as they poop… so there is pee everywhere and it soaks into/coats the area. After awhile, it will smell and like cat urine; will NOT come out of porous surfaces.
If you see one mouse, understand that there are most likely 6 more as well as a nest with babies. Females birth every other month so if there is a food source and shelter, they will do so constantly.
Mice come INSIDE for ONE reason: FOOD. Not shelter, but FOOD. They start on the ground level (usually where their entrance is located), travel through the walls via pipes and beams. They will drag food to specific locations and store it there so when pulling furniture, boxes, toys, etc, away from walls, you may find stashes.
Once in a kitchen they will enter ALL drawers (including cutlery), your oven, the lower drawer of the oven and cabinets, looking for crumbs as well as pasta, sugary items and bread stuff. They follow specific scent paths (urine trails) and are nocturnal.
Like I said, been there, done that. Mice will become very bold once they realize there is no true threat. We would set traps (yep, the deadly kind and they would come out WHILE we were putting peanut butter or Nutella on them) and look at us. NO FEAR. Because butters are sticky, it takes longer and more physical activity for them to lick it off causing the trap to snap. Our record is 8 mice in 30 minutes doing this.
They come in waves and you have to explore EVERY nook and cranny; plug them up. Keep your house spotless. I mean NOTHING in the sinks, on counters or tables. ALL items in the cabinet in sealed containers or bags (sweet, savory, cookies, crackers, etc). Clean ALL surfaces with whatever cleaner you use but a blue light will show you how extensive the urine in and… it’s sickening. Vacuum multiple times a day. In other words, white glove clean from top to bottom. Remember, they ONLY will stay if there is food and no threat. Do NOT use anything that they eat and then return to the nest with and die… your walls will STINK for a LONG TIME.
It works as I’ve done it a few times not only at my house but friends who live in the city have done this as well; so have neighbors. It’s work but it’s either that or MICE. Good luck.
I’d be moving out of that house. i’m getting creeped out reading all this lol had a mouse and it was in my dresser draws….ewwww/ Thank goodness for lysol. I still think about it. sighs. Good luck to ya.
? awesome pink! beatuiful fur baby. i would have done the same thing. i guess i have, since i have eight cats…oh well, more love. i will never turn my back on a needy animal. you are the best!:heart: nik
Sealing the cracks
setting out traps
getting cats who are mousers (shelters have many cats in need of homes)
putting away any food source in containers
call a pest control tech
and when you pets are done eating make sure to put away their food too.
By using the suggestions listed by the posters on your thread you should be able to at least control the rodent population if not eliminate it. I wish you luck. The mice will be presistent in trying to winter in a nice warm house again.
Here she is 5 years ago after we saved her – Cinnamon Girl. 🙂
I had a mouse in my house once, and totally freaked out. it messed me up. to make a long story short, it took me a month to clean my house with a fine tooth comb. scrubbing day and night. threw alot of things out. i have ocd about things like that really bad, and so i had to buy sos pads to fill all the holes, even the tiniest ones, clear packaging tape for the cracks. mice can squeeze through a small area. this was 3 yrs ago in the cold month of January, they do want to come in from the cold, and i haven’t had anymore. so try this. i know what your going through. it’s sickening.
? ps. i love your ginger cat avatar:heart:
?so true, sooooo true. i qualified loooooooong ago. :heart::cattongue:
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08.04.16 5:43 PM