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Old 10-11-2020, 09:12 AM
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Question Mouse Problem

With Winter coming, I have begun to have a mouse problem in my home. I do trap the mice, but it doesn't seem to be enough, there are still droppings in the same room as my birds and it has me very nervous.

I know mice don't like the smell of peppermint or cayenne pepper, but I am struggling to find a mouse repellent that is safe to use around my parrots.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Re: Mouse Problem

I’ve had perennial problems myself during the winter. I do catch and release. First time I did this I caught a whole family of 5 young mice. Big mama came a couple days later.

How clean do you kept the area? That’s going to have an impact here.
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Re: Mouse Problem

This is a common problem that can happen year around, but really expanses rapidly this time of year. As stated above, it all starts with little to no food available. Poor as a Church mouse has a solid foundation.

The process starts outside, with cleaning all rubbish away from the side of the home. target an area from the side out the home out of about 4'. Clean to the bare ground or grass. This will allow an active inspection of the openings that can exist or develop over time. Find 'all' openings and fill with a caulking or foaming filler. Note the areas filled and repeat on the inside like in the basement or crawlspace.

Clean the basement or crawlspace, targeting trashing all that stuff that has accumulated over the years. This provides the first real deterrent as when they enter an empty space they tend consider some other place that offers more places to hid and keep warm.

This clean area also provides an area to place mouse and rat killers. It's your choice as to whether your wish to be kind or just kill them all. It's your choice.

As stated above, and by my good friend, keeping a clear home, vastly reduces the interest of mice in staying around.

Yup, its a pain, but it beats living with mice!
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Re: Mouse Problem

I keep it clean around their cages and I change their paper weekly. The mice come up through the heat vents unfortunately so I can't seal those up! The only seed out is in their dishes overnight.

I also do catch and release, I've caught 4 so far over the past 2 weeks.
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Re: Mouse Problem

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I keep it clean around their cages and I change their paper weekly. The mice come up through the heat vents unfortunately so I can't seal those up! The only seed out is in their dishes overnight.
Not true, replacing heat vents is easy. Sealing the heat ducts will provide a reduction in heating cost by getting the heat out to the far ends of the home. There is a number of products available for sealing ducts. The vent itself does not provide an easy access for mice to move in and out of, and is likely broken and needs replacement.
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Re: Mouse Problem

Whatever technique you choose, and catch/release most humane, be aggressive or else you will have an infestation. Thankfully mice, not rats - they are far more crafty and difficult to remove!
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Re: Mouse Problem

Find out how they are getting into the house. For me once it was a loose dryer vent outside, so thet got into the walls that way.

Change cage papers daily till resolves. I think a week is asking for bug or mold and bacteria issues...

Make sure no water source like a leaking pipe.

Pests have followed humans since forever.. ugh...
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Re: Mouse Problem

Also this disease among others is a real concern.

" Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).

Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host. The most important hantavirus in the United States that can cause HPS is the Sin Nombre virus, spread by the deer mouse."
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Re: Mouse Problem

Some of the others

"Three percent of the mice carried Salmonella bacteria, 14 percent carried disease-causing Shigella, 12 percent carried the food poisoning germ Clostridium perfringens, 4 percent carried enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and 4 percent carried Clostridium difficile, a notorious cause of often-fatal chronic diarrhea.Apr 18, 2018"
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/healt...-germs-n866701
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Re: Mouse Problem

I'g get a ton of live traps...and close off any holes under your baseboards etc (not with a chemical foam though). please don't forget to check the live traps...and release them FAR from your home (wash hands VERY thoroughly after, as they can spread hanta virus). Snap traps if you cannot do live, but ONLY in places where your bird cannot go.
NEVER EVER EVER use glue traps-- they are THE MOST terrible and inhumane way to kill anything (and they pose a risk to your bird).

Poison is another option, also inhumane to an extent, and also kind of sketchy depending on where it is stored....If your bird can get to it, do not use it. If you have it in a basement of garage, that is safer, but even then, I prefer to avoid it.

peppermint oil around the perimeter of your home, but not in the bird's room..

How are mice getting into your vents? I do think crickets sometimes come out of mine, but a mouse??? I know they can squish down to fit through small spaces, but a vent is a bit of a stretch (at least based on the style of vents I have here...1/2 " if not smaller)

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