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Thread: Mice are invading my sewing room basement again!!!

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    My sewing room is in my finished basement. In the past we have had a few mice. Lately, there is at least 1 dead mouse a week.(the smell is terrible) We have an exterminator come and set traps, but they are still coming in. I don't know where they are coming from. I am allergic to cats so that is not an option. I don't have the room to move the sewing room upstairs. I hope I don't have to give up sewing for the winter. Thanks for letting me vent.

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    Some smaller breeds of dogs are excellent mousers as well. Have you tried those plug in things that emit a high frequency sound that is supposed to discourage them?

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    Do you have the ability to check the traps to get rid of them before they smell. My sewing room is in the basement too, I just us those sticky pads and check regular. Throw them out and put down new pads, works good so far!

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    Thats a sign of "winter's Coming" Mine is in the basement too are wood stove was down there and always got them when brought wood in. Now have Outside wood stove but usually get at least one inside I have the Plug-in things see less spiders but still need a trap My boston/jack russel always lets me "KNOW" when theres somebody extra!! Keep us posted

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    I don't know where you are, but around here this is a bad time of year for mice. They come in to stay warm and it can be hard to keep them out. Mice can get in through holes you wouldn't believe!

    If you don't have kids or animals to worry about, put out lots of traps. When you get down there every day, the first thing you have to do is "run your trap line" and toss them all out. At least you won't have to smell them that way.

    By the way, I don't know what your fabric is stored in but mice can chew through Rubbermaid totes without a problem.

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    ewwwww I tried the sticky pads. oh they worked great.. but the varmits dont die right away... It's terrible to hear them screaming and then they try gnawing off the legs..... The whole experience was tramatic!!!
    I've used the electronic things.. they seem to work well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    I don't know where you are, but around here this is a bad time of year for mice. They come in to stay warm and it can be hard to keep them out. Mice can get in through holes you wouldn't believe!

    If you don't have kids or animals to worry about, put out lots of traps. When you get down there every day, the first thing you have to do is "run your trap line" and toss them all out. At least you won't have to smell them that way.

    By the way, I don't know what your fabric is stored in but mice can chew through Rubbermaid totes without a problem.
    That's disappointing to hear that they can chew the plastic totes. I was going to suggest storing the fabric in them.

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    I have the electronic things too, one in the kitchen and one in the basement and one in the garage. I guess they don't work for me! I don't lie setting traps and haveing to pick them up to toss. I got a package of Tom Cat mouse bait , put it in the basement , and it is gone in a few days. I just spray alot of "Oust, air sanitizer " through out the house till the smell goes away.

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    There are some bar baits that work well. The mice look for water after eating it and usually die close to a water dish. Otherwise they go back outside looking for water. The water seems to make the poison work better.

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    OMG I didn't think about them chewing throw the totes. I have a bi level and fabric and yarn in totes in the fist floor family room. I have in the past had mice in the laundry room and in the garage. The laundry has poison on the window sill at all time. I think I will put some in the garage as well. Maybe I should put poison around the bottom of the totes???????? Now I am freaking out I hate mice with a passion I will die if they get into my fabric. OMG I forgot I also have bags of flour and pasta in totes. Since I can't get to a store I have to buy in bulk on line. I hope they don't chew through and get into my food.

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    I have the electronic ones but still catch mice in the trap not a foot away from it. Country mice are smart little buggers! I refuse to use the poison as I found dead mice all over the house the year I did that and we had a rat die inside a cold air duct ug what a smell! and no way to get him out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I have the electronic ones but still catch mice in the trap not a foot away from it. Country mice are smart little buggers! I refuse to use the poison as I found dead mice all over the house the year I did that and we had a rat die inside a cold air duct ug what a smell! and no way to get him out!
    I alway thought that they went outside to find a water supply and once they drank the water they died.

    I am freaking here I NEVER had mice when I lived on Long Island and when I had the first one in Ohio I as ready to pack up and move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach1
    OMG I didn't think about them chewing throw the totes. I have a bi level and fabric and yarn in totes in the fist floor family room. I have in the past had mice in the laundry room and in the garage. The laundry has poison on the window sill at all time. I think I will put some in the garage as well. Maybe I should put poison around the bottom of the totes???????? Now I am freaking out I hate mice with a passion I will die if they get into my fabric. OMG I forgot I also have bags of flour and pasta in totes. Since I can't get to a store I have to buy in bulk on line. I hope they don't chew through and get into my food.
    If you haven't had mice in the past, you probably won't have mice now.

    They are kind of cute, though - when they are outside or in cages.

    If necessary, just wash and dry the fabric if mice run around on it. It's no more of a disaster than if a baby peed on it.

    If you have health issues, wear rubber gloves and a mask while handling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach1
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I have the electronic ones but still catch mice in the trap not a foot away from it. Country mice are smart little buggers! I refuse to use the poison as I found dead mice all over the house the year I did that and we had a rat die inside a cold air duct ug what a smell! and no way to get him out!
    I alway thought that they went outside to find a water supply and once they drank the water they died.

    I am freaking here I NEVER had mice when I lived on Long Island and when I had the first one in Ohio I as ready to pack up and move.
    They can find water in your home, fish tanks, sinks, toilets and some of them just died wherever they were, I even found one on top of the washing machine.

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    You can store your flour and pasta in the freezer; if you have room.

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    You can get a poison bat from the feed store - it's a turquoise bar. The mice/rats eat it & it mummifies them so if they die inside your wall or whereever it won't stink.

    (sorry, but I can't remember the name of it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom
    My sewing room is in my finished basement. In the past we have had a few mice. Lately, there is at least 1 dead mouse a week.(the smell is terrible) We have an exterminator come and set traps, but they are still coming in. I don't know where they are coming from. I am allergic to cats so that is not an option. I don't have the room to move the sewing room upstairs. I hope I don't have to give up sewing for the winter. Thanks for letting me vent.
    I use peanut butter on the old fashioned little wooden spring traps. I have a pest service come in also with those little boxes -- but there are always some in the traps. If you can't stand dumping the dead mice -- just buy more traps. In a summer place closed all winter you learn to expect critters.

    I store blankets and fabrics in wooden chests. -- have your DH build some out of plywood if he is handy

    Also -- put poison bait outside your house -- lean a small board against the foundation so the rain and larger animals can't get at it and the mice can run in a nice darl "hallway"

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    You can get a poison bat from the feed store - it's a turquoise bar. The mice/rats eat it & it mummifies them so if they die inside your wall or whereever it won't stink.

    (sorry, but I can't remember the name of it)
    Is it Tom Cat or Just one Bite?

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    yrs ago when i was a receptionist, a mouse died in the walls. talk about stink. no one would relieve me so i sat there all day. took over a month to go away. later the health guy at the office told me that was bad for me. yes it was. nauseating.
    later on the bug guy who came to spray for ants told me there is something that smells like bubblegum they can use....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    You can store your flour and pasta in the freezer; if you have room.
    :cry: :cry: :cry: no I don't have room. I have 10 bags 5 lbs each of flour, 4 bags of corn meal and about 15 lbs of pasta. I would need a walk in freezer for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray

    If you haven't had mice in the past, you probably won't have mice now.

    They are kind of cute, though - when they are outside or in cages.

    If necessary, just wash and dry the fabric if mice run around on it. It's no more of a disaster than if a baby peed on it.

    If you have health issues, wear rubber gloves and a mask while handling it.

    I had them twice before in the 9 years I am living here.
    I thought they chewed the fabric to make nests. That's what is freaking me out I don't want holes in my fabric.

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    try getting plastic buckets to store flour in ( the kind that joint compound or cat litter come in, with snap lids. ) Sometimes you can get them from restaurants or bakeries, donut filling comes in them also.
    As long as you have holes, mice will come in. Get a can of expanding foam and seal up holes.
    I have used the bars also, I leave them in my attic every winter. The pellets are not as good as the mice just move them around a lot. The bars, they have to gnaw on it and eat some. Brand names are Tomcat or Hawk.

    they will chew and make holes in fabrics and quilts.

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    I have heard that bars of Irish Spring soap will keep them out of stuff? Dont know if thats true or not....

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    The last time I had mice, I tried everything. From the little machines that make a sound to peppermint that is supposed to drive them away. Didn't Work!!! Sticky traps are gross and work for a couple mice, then the mice smarten up and avoid them. I finally had to use bar bait in every single room in my house. I have to hide it because of the dog, and yes I had to pick up dead mice everywhere, but I will tell you I would rather pick up dead mice and throw them out than to have the damage from the mice. I even have to fix a wall where they chewed through it. They didn't however chew through the rubbermaid. I guess there were too many other things for them to eat.

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    The electronic little boxes don't work, but the large ones do. When I was selling my house I found mice and of course, I almost lost it. I went to Lowes and found this electric box, rather large, about 8 inches across. I set it in the basement and by the next day there wasn't a mouse in sight, and they never came back.

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