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Old 11-13-2019, 09:09 AM
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Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Or maybe even might be more than one. Ughhh!!

I'm scared to put any kind of regular, deadly mouse trap. The day I realized I Might have a mouse, I went and bought some traps. When I got home and looked at them, I realized that Budgies are Not much bigger than mice. They Probably wouldn't go in a trap - but - WHAT IF??

So I ordered a couple "Capt Sure," non-kill, catch-and-release traps. The mice have NO interest in these traps, none.

Recently budgie Jefferson has been having night-terrors again. Night before last was really bad. After he awoke me with his panicked.flapping around in the cage, I had to sit up HOLDING him - (my normally "lookee-no-touchee budgie!) - holding him 45 minutes before he was willing to return to his cage.

That was night-before-last. LAST night I slept more lightly. Last night I awoke to the softer sound of one of them moving around the floor of the cage. Only, when I got up and checked, they were both on their perches at the top of their tall cage.!!

After some hunting and searching, I left the front cover more open, and went back to sleep. Some time later I awoke again to the same sounds. Without moving, flashlight showed Budgies still at top of cage whilst feet sounds below. !!!!!! !!!!

Then, more flashlight actually revealed a tiny culprit sneaking out thru the bars ---uuhhhgghh ahhh---- please help what do I do??

HOW do I get rid of these critters withOUT endangering my Budgies or my Sunny? ??? HELP!!!


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Old 11-13-2019, 09:25 AM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Are the cages off the ground? On a stand? It's probably interested in the seeds or food left behind from your budgies. Not a fun situation at all!!

The only thing I can think of is getting a seed catcher to place around the bottom of the cage so it can't get in, and ensuring the cage is on a stand, high off the ground with no way of allowing a critter to climb it. The main thing is finding out how its getting into the cage and making a way to ensure it can't get in anymore. From there, I would keep traps out at night under the cage and remove them when birds are out of the cage.


Is it possible to move their cages -- or the birds -- into a carrier to sleep at night and set up a trap inside the cage bottom to catch it?

We have mice show up randomly in the house sometimes but we have two cats who hunt them. Our cages are also about two feet off the ground and uncovered at night so there's no way a mouse could climb up to get to them or fit in the narrow bars.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:42 AM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

I want a cat. In fact I love cats. However I'm quite allergic and I like breathing more than I love cats. (That's actually why I first took interest in birds.)

Yes the Budgies' cage, and Sunny's new huge day-cage - have built-in stands. The legs are square metal but Im not convinced they're climb-proof. However I suspect it climbed the blanket-cover to get in. This one is tiny and when I saw it, it slipped out Thru the 0.5-inch spaced bars.

So you suggest I put the Capture traps inside the budgie-cage at night? Or - put Budgies into a foodless sleep-cage and then put kill-traps and food in the empty budgie cage? ??
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:47 AM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Place a weighted laundry basket over the traps!
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Mice are voracious breeders.... once they set up shop all bets are off. Best tactic is aggressive and thorough action! No-kill traps are most humane, but also work to seal off all possible entrances to your home. This can be very time consuming and requires attention to the smallest of holes/cracks/gaps.
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:25 AM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Welcome to an early Winter in the Great White North!
It is common for mice to search for a warmer place in the Winter and if it has an ongoing supply of food - jackpot!
If you live in an Apartment house, contact your Landlord and inform them of the mouse problem. Their response is likely to run the full gamut from total disinterest to rapid response.

Whether you own you own home or live in an apartment, you should be proactive in vastly limiting the mice interest in your place. This starts inside by eliminating food sources. Cleaning up before bedtime, using mouse proof containers (zero cardboard containers)

Move the birds as stated above!
At lights out, no food in the cage(s), including the bottom.

Access points! If its your home, you want to investigate and eliminate access points into your home. This is a process that involves a detailed search in the basement, around outside access points (doors, windows, thru wall cuts for electrical, plumbing, all side wall vents, etc...) No expansion Foam is a great tool. But it is best to search out and clearly mark areas that you need to fill prior to starting. Once you start, you need to keep moving until you are done as rarely does the product can allow a start and stop for awhile process.

FYI: The more access points you close, the lower your energy cost for heating your home!
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:28 PM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Probably the most important thing to keep your budgies safe to to make sure there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for a mouse or mice to have interest in their cages! This means an EXTREMELY thorough clean of their cages and surrounding areas EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! Cage liners will need to be changed and any little bits of seed or food will need to be vacuumed out of the cage and off of the floors around the cage. Then if you want to ensure that mice can’t get into the cage construct cones that you can put around the legs of the cage stands (wide side of the cone pointed down so that the mice can’t crawl around them). These steps should ensure that the mice lose interest in your birds’ cages. Then comes the joy of mouse proofing the rest of your house as mentioned above! Best of luck!
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

The humane traps do not work well at all. Old fashioned mouse traps do work very well. Also Dcon works great.

During the colder months my cats get one or two mice a night in the house. In my workshop I use Dcon. And in my camper I use fabric softener sheets.

Bucket mouse traps work the best

It's pretty impossible to seal up a house from the critters.
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

Quote: Originally Posted by bill_e View Post
The humane traps do not work well at all. Old fashioned mouse traps do work very well. Also Dcon works great.

During the colder months my cats get one or two mice a night in the house. In my workshop I use Dcon. And in my camper I use fabric softener sheets.

Bucket mouse traps work the best

It's pretty impossible to seal up a house from the critters.
I tried the bucket trap ours for the rats thstvidit my wildbutd feeders didn't work at all...
The live traps work great for me, bsit with peanut butter
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:17 PM
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Re: Help! A MOUSE!! What do I do??

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The humane traps do not work well at all. Old fashioned mouse traps do work very well. Also Dcon works great.

During the colder months my cats get one or two mice a night in the house. In my workshop I use Dcon. And in my camper I use fabric softener sheets.

Bucket mouse traps work the best

It's pretty impossible to seal up a house from the critters.
I tried the bucket trap ours for the rats thstvidit my wildbutd feeders didn't work at all...
The live traps work great for me, bsit with peanut butter
Like with all traps bait is important. Seeds floating on the water in a bucket trap works as does a little bacon grease but as with anything, what works for some doesn't work for others. With live traps you'e supposed to drive something like 3 miles away before you release the critters.
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