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 Post subject: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:39 am 
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We put some of those peanut butter ant traps under our sink, and this morning there was some mouse poops around it! ARGH! No evidence of an infestation (we've scoured the space + the basement) but chances are in an old house like this, there's lots of little sneaky places they could come in if they smell peanut butter. Both Trevor and I are (obviously) not doing anything harmful to the silly mousies, and are wondering what has worked for you as a mouse deterrent. I read peppermint oil soaked cotton balls are good because they hate peppermint. I also have a ton of peppermint Bronners and I'm wondering if I can use that somehow.

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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:20 pm 
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I've had them in the past when a new housing development went up across the street. Specifically we had deer mice. The only thing that worked for me was plugging the corners of the house where the siding meets with steel wool (up under the siding right in the corner). I have no idea how much of a deterrent my two cats were/are and then I used a live trap called "the tin cat" baited with peanut butter. Any mice you catch you need to let go at least a half mile away or across water to prevent them coming back. I do believe my cats helped (maybe it was just the odor of cats that kept them away - works well as long as the rodent doesn't have a toxoplasmosis infection) but I suspect it was quite a bit since my neighbors with cats also didn't have much trouble either, but some of the ones with dogs or no pets ended up hiring exterminators.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:17 pm 
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Make sure all food is locked away so they have no reason to come in. Block up any holes that they might be using to come in through. Catch them in humane traps and release them far away. I used to spray my house with peppermint oil but I have no idea if it was effective. The mice did go away eventually though... Been mouse-free for a while now.

Edit: My mice were so adorable, it almost made me feel guilty trying to get rid of them! But they are pretty annoying and unhygienic.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:55 pm 
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Thanks, guys! Haven't seen any mouse poops since we took away the peanut butter ant trap. Maybe gonna put some peppermint oil cotton balls in the space I saw the poop to ensure they don't want to come back.

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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:06 pm 
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if they do come back you can get no-kill mouse traps and catch+release them. My neighbor is a hoarder so I sometimes get mouse spillover. I haven't found that peppermint oils really does all that much but I still put it around everywhere out of habit (it was my mom's anti-pest tactic)
anyway the no-kill traps are a good way to deal with it, just check 'em regularly and take them at least a mile away!

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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:27 pm 
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Just a note about the humane traps - you really should check these multiple times a day. The mice do get scared, stressed and dehydrated in these, and releasing them can be stressful to them too, so just make sure you read up on how to do it properly.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:38 am 
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We use a humane mouse trap - the Tin Cat - http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... pla_963426

We check it every morning when it's in use and I drive the mice away to a church with a bunch of woods behind it. They are so cute and I could never kill them!!


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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
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We saw a mouse for the first time last week. Just ran into the living room to hang out, he has come back a few days after and we put out live catch traps with PB I watched him run into the side of one because I put it down in his pathway and I guess he didn't see it? Since then I haven't seen the mouse but none of the traps have caught him. He looked pretty cute, but I am worried the 4th time I saw him he was a different colour and therefore possibly a different mouse?

We've also lived her for over a year with no mouse poop or signs of mice... so maybe he is a new addition? Which doesn't make sense.

I also put some peppermint oil on cotton balls in all the areas with food, even though there have been no signs of mice near the food (which is also weird).

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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
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Thanks for the info
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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:57 am 
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I have mice and I can't get rid of them. It happens pretty much every winter. They come in through the garage that I don't have access to, but I've let the landlord know.

I plugged in the one hole I saw that they were using, but now they seem to have moved into other parts of the house. I just found mouse poop inside a bag that I packed up to donate to the animal shelter. (It had no food in it at all - blankets and a heating pad and some toys) There's also some poop behind the door in my bathroom. RAAAAR.

I put humane traps out weeks ago, but have caught exactly zero mice.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruelty Free Mouse Control
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:09 pm 
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We actually had pretty good results using the ultrasonic mouse repellant plugins. We knew we had a couple of mice in the basement but when they started navigating into the kitchen, we used the plugins. That helped moved the mice back down into the basement where we were able to trap them. Not everyone has this experience but I have a feeling placement is key.

We had a lot of trouble with ineffective live traps for a while. Mice were getting in, eating and leaving. You might need to consider some different makes or styles if you come across that problem.

Some people claim success with products like these, but I have no experience: http://www.earthkind.com/how-to-use/fre ... qrWg1_EjCQ

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