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llombardo 01-16-2014 08:18 AM

Mice
 
I have come to the occlusion that I have a mouse in my house. I have found the poop, he seems to be hanging out in the kitchen. I have no clue how it's surviving with 5 cats and 5 dogs in the house , but I have seen no signs of any of them taking interest in a spot where it might be. I am ground level, with no basement. I can caulk the area but that isn't going to help if its in the house when I do so. I didn't notice the poop until it got cold. In the spring I can caulk. Poison is out of the question because of my pets. Is there anything I can safely put down to deter the little boogers? My house is an open plan and I have nowhere to put anything that is harmful out of harms way.

lkcheertex 01-16-2014 08:23 AM

WE had this problem in our garage. We put down glue traps in spaces that were so small that there was absolutely NO chance that our dogs could get them and accidentally step on them.

llombardo 01-16-2014 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by lkcheertex (Post 4843281)
WE had this problem in our garage. We put down glue traps in spaces that were so small that there was absolutely NO chance that our dogs could get them and accidentally step on them.

I have no place like that. I envision the golden puppy with it stuck to his nose

llombardo 01-16-2014 08:32 AM

And I don't want to hear them crying when they get stuck, by they I mean the mice. They don't scare me, in fact I think they are cute, but I know they can carry disease, which concerns me as far as the pets are concerned

misfits 01-16-2014 08:39 AM

I took a box my work boots came in, cut a small hole in the side, set the trap inside and securely taped the top on. Dogw couldn't get into it but the mouse did. If you're worried about the dogs tearing up the cardboard, a small plastic bin works well too.

Sp00ks 01-16-2014 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by misfits (Post 4843377)
I took a box my work boots came in, cut a small hole in the side, set the trap inside and securely taped the top on. Dogw couldn't get into it but the mouse did. If you're worried about the dogs tearing up the cardboard, a small plastic bin works well too.

Simple but genius!!! They do similar outside office buildings. If you pay attention you can see little black boxes in the corners. Same principle.

llombardo 01-16-2014 08:59 AM

The shoe box is a good idea but I don't have anywhere to stick it, everything is wide open

Lilie 01-16-2014 09:04 AM

You rarely (if ever) have one mouse. If you see one, chances are you already have a family living in your home. Pretty soon they'll bring in their cousins, uncles, aunts, neighbors...etc. And then they'll multiply.

The mouse poop could have been from a scout mouse, brought in from the cold to find a nice place to colonize. Perhaps one of your cats snatched it up before it was able to return to blab about the nice place it found.

If I see/hear any indication of an invasion of mice I'll take a glue trap and wedge it in between my fridge and the cabinets. The dogs can't reach it, but I can still see if I take any prisoners.

They can come in through the weep holes in brick, scurry their little bodies under doors, through walls etc.

Okin 01-16-2014 09:34 AM

If he is in the kitchen do the dogs get up on the counters? I get them from time to time the best way I have found to catch them is get two of the glue traps and put them in a narrow area and put some peanut butter in between them. That way they have to walk over the glue to get to the peanut butter.

Springbrz 01-16-2014 09:40 AM

Try putting the shoe box in the a lower cabinet with the door just ajar keeps the dogs and cats away). I used a similar technique using 3-4 traps lined up in the box. mouse had to climb on a trap just to get anywhere in the box. I didn't use cheese (never works for me). Mice love peanut butter and grass seed. I put the peanut butter in the trap and sprinkled grass seed all around the inside of the box/on the traps. My record was 5 mice in one day using this method (in my garage).
If you have to have the trap box out in the open you could try heavy duty double sided tape (like carpet tape) to stick it to the floor. Then you would just have to use "leave it" for the dogs.

Good luck!


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