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Old 03-27-2019, 09:40 AM
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Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

Hey guys itís been awhile since Iíve posted here but Iíve run into a problem I recently spotted a mouse in my home and Iíve already identified how it got into the house and plugged the hole with steel wool but Iím not sure what I should be doing to get rid of it. Should I just use the standard snap traps or is there a better way to do this. I would just use poison but Iím afraid the mouse would get into bonkers water bowl or something so I guess thatís out of the picture.

Iím pretty confident itís only a few mice as I have been meticulously cleaning and have only found a few droppings. Should I take bonkers food and water out of his cage at night and like empty his tray every night after I take the food out.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:48 AM
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

I would take the food out overnight, maybe refresh the water just before bed, temporarily I would clear out the bottom of the cage nightly just to be double sure

as for the mouse itself, you can get cheap humane traps like this for just a couple bucks off Amazon and similar places. Then just take the mice somewhere a bit better for them to be like a field or woodland and set them free. My grandparents had an old cottage in the country and mice were a constant battle but they disliked killing them so used the humane traps

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I would take the food out overnight, maybe refresh the water just before bed, temporarily I would clear out the bottom of the cage nightly just to be double sure

as for the mouse itself, you can get cheap humane traps like this for just a couple bucks off Amazon and similar places. Then just take the mice somewhere a bit better for them to be like a field or woodland and set them free. My grandparents had an old cottage in the country and mice were a constant battle but they disliked killing them so used the humane traps

Thatís a solid idea but Iíve read that relocating them is just a really long death sentence anyway because they donít have there food or nest. Maybe thatís incorrect though.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

Relocating them is quite a challenge because they find their way back quite easily.
Unless you are completely sure you've plugged all the possible entrances it may or may not work.


I would just kill them, and soon before they breed ...
(a snap-trap is far humaner than letting them be in a complete panick for hours on end before being dumped in a strange place imho. They will be dead but at least not suffer for an unknown time.)
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Relocating them is quite a challenge because they find their way back quite easily.
Unless you are completely sure you've plugged all the possible entrances it may or may not work.


I would just kill them, and soon before they breed ...
(a snap-trap is far humaner than letting them be in a complete panick for hours on end before being dumped in a strange place imho. They will be dead but at least not suffer for an unknown time.)
Yea thatís what I was thinking also I need to get them out before this turns into an actual problem.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

I've used catch and relocate many times in many different houses over the years and always had successful results. You just have to make sure that you bring them to a place far enough away usually several miles I'm fortunate enough to work far enough away from home that I usually stop somewhere halfway between my house and my job to let them go. Mice are very resourceful and they can survive fine in the Wild, or they will just find a different house to settle in or Barn Etc what I don't like about snap traps is they are not guaranteed to work at all, and I've come across mice who are half alive mice who were caught on a different part of their body and obviously suffered horribly before death, so for me personally it's not the way to go.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

Where there is one mouse.... They are insidious and can chew tiny holes to create a vast maze of invisible living space in your home.

Best advice is to act immediately and aggressively or else they *may* breed generations. Remove all food sources from easy access, plug holes as soon as they are evident.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

I Agree with you, Scott. Mice reproduce at a prodigious rate, ( 5 to 10 litters per year with up to 14 per litter) and if you see one, most likely there are a dozen in the walls already. I set traps. Freaking mice ate the wires on my BMW Z3 one winter and made a home in the air intake.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

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I Agree with you, Scott. Mice reproduce at a prodigious rate, ( 5 to 10 litters per year with up to 14 per litter) and if you see one, most likely there are a dozen in the walls already. I set traps. Freaking mice ate the wires on my BMW Z3 one winter and made a home in the air intake.
Mice/rats love automobile wiring! Many wiring mfgrs use a soy based insulation that is an irresistible treat. Class action suits have been filed against various automakers.

Bought a 2016 vehicle in 2017 that had sat on lot for a bit over one year. Six months later I suddenly had a bout of warning lights and indications that made the car virtually unusable. Took to dealership, and after exhaustive tests they began to access wiring bundles in very inaccessible areas. Found one between front left wheel well and dash that had extensive rodent damage. Fixed per warranty because the car sat for a long while - charge would have been about $2K! In reality it likely occurred in my driveway.
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Re: Any ideas on how to get rid of mice.

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I Agree with you, Scott. Mice reproduce at a prodigious rate, ( 5 to 10 litters per year with up to 14 per litter) and if you see one, most likely there are a dozen in the walls already. I set traps. Freaking mice ate the wires on my BMW Z3 one winter and made a home in the air intake.
Mice/rats love automobile wiring! Many wiring mfgrs use a soy based insulation that is an irresistible treat. Class action suits have been filed against various automakers.

Bought a 2016 vehicle in 2017 that had sat on lot for a bit over one year. Six months later I suddenly had a bout of warning lights and indications that made the car virtually unusable. Took to dealership, and after exhaustive tests they began to access wiring bundles in very inaccessible areas. Found one between front left wheel well and dash that had extensive rodent damage. Fixed per warranty because the car sat for a long while - charge would have been about $2K! In reality it likely occurred in my driveway.
Yep fixed a Mercedes that had that issue where rodents eat through the soy based insulation of wiring going to second bank computer of engine and other wiring. It started on fire. Thankfully owner put it out before any other major damage occur and disconnect both batteries. That was a pain in the ass as had to pull everything on top of engine pretty much.

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