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    I'm sitting here and lmbo. My sister got into one of those almost dropped it with a squeaking mouse also. She caught it. Her finger stuck right up against the backside of the mouse. L-ing MBO!
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    This thread reminded me of a mouse problem my sister had in Tennessee. She had just moved into a small house and kept finding mice running across her kitchen floor. I told her to get a cat, but she decided to buy those supper sticky mouse traps. The first morning, when I went by to share a cup of coffee, she found a mouse squeaking and trying to get loose from the sticky stuff. She waited until the mouse wore itself out, then took it outside saying ewwe! Ewwe! As she ran to the door. When she opened the door to drop it outside, the wind caught it, and it flew over to the neighbors house and stuck itself to the high side of the house! My sister got to meet her new neighbor by asking him for a ladder to get the mouse trap back. All I could do was stand on her porch and laugh!

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    My theory is we are supposed to kill the mice. There are not enough animals, and many times no animals, to thin the herd and if we don't natural selection them, it will imbalance nature. We will have too many at the rate they multiply. My mother always said for every one mouse you see, there are at least 100 hiding in your walls. When she would say this my dad would contradict her and tell her that is the number if you have a cat. 200 Plus without. Now that freaks me.

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    You should have taken them to the neighbor hehehe

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    I understand! We had an infestation last year. Fabric was the culprit. The exterminator was called after the trap was sprung over 10 times in an hour! We live in the country, and now think we have all the holes plugged. There's a certain smell now..I think their urine seeped into the cement floor...and I'm trying a vinegar solution to get rid of that. Mice are cute un storybooks. Not so much where things are stored!
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    Ewwww Mice .. you did the right thing !!
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    This thread has me in stitches....and i have a tale of my own. Setting the scene....we lived in the country and it was early fall and I knew the mice were already starting to come into the basement.
    I had an open bag of M&Ms in my pantry...but was saving them to make M&M cookies for the kids. One night after they were in bed, got in the pantry only to find the bag had only a couple M&Ms left in it. Darn kids !! I told them i was going to bake cookies.
    Didn't think anything else about it - til a couple days later i was going to make rice with dinner. Reached 3 shelves UP from the shelf the M&Ms were on - and almost dropped the rice box because it was so much heavier than it should have been. Looked inside and the Uncle Ben's box was full of......you guessed it ....M&Ms. I swear it's true !!!! Some dumb mouse had moved them all into that box. No way the kids could have done it - they could not have reached the top shelf even standing on a chair !!!
    Sure made me mad cuz i had to throw away the rice and the M&Ms !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    There's a certain smell now..I think their urine seeped into the cement floor...and I'm trying a vinegar solution to get rid of that.
    I would recommend either this:
    http://www.amazon.com/ANTI-REMOVER-P...dp/B001RFY3AK/

    or this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Nok-Out-Spectr...dp/B009LLHOJY/

    They are both enzyme formulas that work on breaking down the proteins causing odor.

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    I can vouch for peppermint oil! I also had an infestation...IN MY CAR!! I'd gone shopping, and when I came back to my car, there were TWO brown and white mice on my drivers floor mat. UGH!!! one dead, one not quite. Luckily I was able to pull the mat out and leave them...sorry... no proper burial. When I got home I noticed tons of little pieces of foam behind both the drivers and passengers front seats...yep they had both made nests in my seat backs, and yup...left their babies behind!! DH had to handle it from there, and by the time he finished taking the seats apart, he removed 9 babies. He bought little plastic bottles with holes at the top, added cotton balls, and soaked them in peppermint oil. They now hang on the door handles of the back seat. There's one in the engine compartment also. For several weeks I made him drive my car, and I took his....just to be sure!! They haven't returned, so I'm back to driving my own car!

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    My husband can't kill anything and he was sick one year so he had me taking the live traps to the back of our property through a snow storm. His cousin laughed because mice are nesters and would only come right back to the house. That was the end of that.
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    I was awakened around 3AM one morning by my cat playing on the bed. As she ran from my head down to my feet, then walked from my feet up to my elbow, I turned on the light to see what she was doing. She had a little mouse she had brought to give me, and every time she laid it down beside me, it would try to run away. Then she would catch it again and bring it back to me. I was not happy knowing that before I turned on the light she had chased it across my pillow!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I would recommend either this:
    http://www.amazon.com/ANTI-REMOVER-P...dp/B001RFY3AK/

    or this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Nok-Out-Spectr...dp/B009LLHOJY/

    They are both enzyme formulas that work on breaking down the proteins causing odor.
    Thanks, Prism99. I'll try that if the vinegar didn't work. It's not a place I like to go after the infestation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    This thread has me in stitches....and i have a tale of my own. Setting the scene....we lived in the country and it was early fall and I knew the mice were already starting to come into the basement.
    I had an open bag of M&Ms in my pantry...but was saving them to make M&M cookies for the kids. One night after they were in bed, got in the pantry only to find the bag had only a couple M&Ms left in it. Darn kids !! I told them i was going to bake cookies.
    Didn't think anything else about it - til a couple days later i was going to make rice with dinner. Reached 3 shelves UP from the shelf the M&Ms were on - and almost dropped the rice box because it was so much heavier than it should have been. Looked inside and the Uncle Ben's box was full of......you guessed it ....M&Ms. I swear it's true !!!! Some dumb mouse had moved them all into that box. No way the kids could have done it - they could not have reached the top shelf even standing on a chair !!!
    Sure made me mad cuz i had to throw away the rice and the M&Ms !!!
    Sounds like you need some Tupperware. But, yes, mice have been known to gnaw through Tupperware, too. Those were some really hungry mice, or a whole lot of them.
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    I found a water rat's nest in a self-watering planter base a few years ago after the plant (a large palm) had died and I was clearing out the dirt, so I could take it downstairs (we lived in a condo next to a lagoon). I had gotten to the bottom of the pot and saw pink wiggling bodies. Mom was gone. I called Animal Control and they told me leave the babies alone and the mom would move them. Sure enough, I checked the next day and they were gone.

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    When the new apartment complex was going in behind my house, we had lots of mice. My Westie, Annie, was very busy eradicating the mice. She doesn't eat them, just bites the back of the neck and shakes it till its dead. Come morning there were 7 mice lined up on the kitchen floor.

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    Once again I haven't read all the posts so someone might have mentioned this. But I found a article on the net for repeling pests and they suggested that strong smells especially peppermint repel mice. I tried it and it seemed to work. I used cotton balls and wet them with peppermint oil and set them where there was a place that mice might come in. I think they should be placed in something since it is oil. We also use those copper scrubbers in any holes they come through. They can't chew the metal. We tried steel wool but it rusts away and makes a awful mess. I had thought of planting mint around the foundation of the house too. I hate mice!! The neighbors just remodeled an empty house and the mice fled to my house. I had one and I thought it was a hord. It ate all the chocolate it could find and my traps didn't work so went to walmart and found some new kinds and caught it. That was the fatest mouse I have ever seen.
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    I went to open a box of scraps to rearrange an put scraps from file boxes into clear containers. Luckily, this scrap box was the smallest box. Every hair on my body stood on end when to my surprise was a family of newborn mice. Mama (Thank you God) was probably hunting for a meal. I took the box out side. I do not want to hear anything from the PETA or SPCA about my dastardly deed. I do not like rodents of any size or kind in my house. Going back to Walmart or dollar store to get more clear boxes. I expected a small siege of rodents since the guy who lives behind us has finally mowed his yard. I checked my other bank boxes and nothing (Thank you God). I did leave the baby "rodents" in the box at the very back corner of my yard. The scraps are very few and only about 1 1/2". No big loss. Mama can check on her babies outside and the birds and squirrels can have nesting material. Still feeling creepy but not feeling guilty.

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    Two comments
    1: if you do trap and release -too close to your house they WILL return -if you take them too far they have no food stores built up or accessible OR they have no knowledge of safe hiding places and they will either starve or become someone's dinner. So no more humane than trapping and killing anyway
    2: We live in an old house and used to count on a few mice starting in October. The year the railway tracks were removed the mice moved in in August. When they sat on the counter watching me wash supper dishes we got out the traps. Set trap, turn out light and go watch TV in the next room - snap! Dispose of body, re-set trap,repeat ... Caught for of the little suckers in 10 minutes! Caught 13 mice then just quit counting! Caught out ny the nose ...still alive rattling around an emptied drawer ... DH took him outside drawer and and let him freeze ... It was early November by then. Finally got ahead of them!
    Then there was the year rats moved into the detached garage cause the neighbour didn't have chickens that year!
    Then that spring we had a nest of garter snakes in the rock garden ....
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    At the one room school, in 1953, I realized we had a mouse (or two) in the storage closet. So the next day I brought a trap. As soon as the children quieted down, and I was in the middle of first grade reading class. SNAP I sent one of the eight grade boys to take it outside and reset the trap. We went back to class. SNAP Got the second one. I think we got one more later in the day, and then no more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    I was awakened around 3AM one morning by my cat playing on the bed. As she ran from my head down to my feet, then walked from my feet up to my elbow, I turned on the light to see what she was doing. She had a little mouse she had brought to give me, and every time she laid it down beside me, it would try to run away. Then she would catch it again and bring it back to me. I was not happy knowing that before I turned on the light she had chased it across my pillow!!!!
    Linda, I had the same thing happen to me. Except that I only figured out there was a mouse in my bed (courtesy of my very sweet, unselfish and sharing kitty) when in a fog of sleep I felt it run along side my leg.....without thinking I rolled away from it and promptly landed flat on the floor on my tummy, knocking the breath out of myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    When the new apartment complex was going in behind my house, we had lots of mice. My Westie, Annie, was very busy eradicating the mice. She doesn't eat them, just bites the back of the neck and shakes it till its dead. Come morning there were 7 mice lined up on the kitchen floor.
    We have a bunch of chickens, potbelly pigs, goats, etc.... and the feed is stored in an old out building. My terrier loves to get into that "grain barn" and kill all of the mice it can find. His partner this year has been our kitten, they make quite a team.

    When the local builder started clearing the desert behind our property we saw coyotes, up cklose and personal, for about a week as they feasted on the displaced critters. Fortunately, the coyotes have moved on now that all of the small animals have relocated.
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    REVENGE OF THE MOUSE! As I said before, I am deathly afraid of mice and rats, so I opted for the poison route. Well on his way out he got his revenge. Started hearing a sprinkler like noise in my bathroom. Called a plumber who showed me a piece of the tubing leading to the intake on my bathroom sink. It was full of little puncture marks where that little varmint had chewed the line. The war is at a standstill right now, hope the truce holds.

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    LOL Patchesnposies, what would we do without our kitties?
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    We live within just a few feet of a patch of woods. Before we got our cats, every time the weather would change, mice would come in the house.

    Someone told me that if you put poison out for them, that the chemicals in the poison would keep them from stinking after they died. In other words, the mouse could be in the wall, but you'd never smell it. That sounded like a good plan, so we bought some poisonous baits.

    Unfortunately, that person was misinformed, because the end of our hall REEKED of "dead mouse" for a couple of weeks. Gaak. But what REALLY changed my mind about the poison was when we found a dead mouse in the floor at the foot of our bed one morning. It was in horrible physical shape from the poison, and it was obvious that it had suffered for a long, long time. I felt terrible. I've never used them, but I've heard those sticky traps prolong suffering as well.

    Mice don't even come into the house now that we have cats (I guess the mice smell them), but if we did need to get rid of any, we'd just use traditional mouse traps. At least those usually work instantly.

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    Moonrise: I think your right, its just that I live alone and I would have to empty the trap. Even the traps don't always do the job, sometimes its only a partial hit and the mouse suffers that way too. Believe me, I would prefer not to kill them at all. It was the chewed water hose and the plumbing bill that finally made me act.

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    I understand completely.

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    This sounds good, but in my neighborhood/development we have ground hogs, raccoons. squirrels, chipmunks and skunks. I would truly hate to attract any of them with a bucket and sunflower seeds - especially the skunks!

    We'll stick with the snap traps.
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