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    Mice

    As I type this I'm sitting here listening to a mouse scratching around inside the walls of the house. We've never found any sign of mice inside and tonight is the first time I've heard the scratching so hopefully there is no damage to wiring yet. I need to kill it a.s.a.p. Was thinking I would remove a few plug sockets and put a bit of poison bait in between the walls. Can anyone recommend something that works?

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    yes they have started looking for winter lodgings with us also , get traps down make sure the only food scouce is on your traps,poison is a poor idea in a dwelling as they die in the fabric of the house a stink out the place

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    Cheers Bruce, will get some tomorrow and hopefully they will work. I don't much like the idea of using poisons anyway but read somewhere they are more effective. Good luck with getting rid of your lodgers too!

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    Hi Bruce

    first job - outside and fill any holes larger than a pencil to deny access, also look at plants growing up the house, they will use this as a ladder, get some traps and use either sunflower or pumpkin or a similar seed as bait and place these in the loft, airing cupboard, under the sink where the services come in and if you have an attached garage the up and over door seal is a favourite entry point, if you have a large loft these areas will be there lay up point where it is warm and quiet, they will move down to get some food.

    poison isn't the best way, as you don't know what you have , probably field but could be house mice as well.

    for now proofing, then traps and ID the mice, they could be the annual grey mice an overspill from an adjoining house ?

    good luck

    let us know how you get on

    cheers

    phil
    Last edited by philip; 27-09-2014 at 22:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce w View Post
    yes they have started looking for winter lodgings with us also , get traps down make sure the only food scouce is on your traps,poison is a poor idea in a dwelling as they die in the fabric of the house a stink out the place
    i thought the usual mouse poison encouraged them to seek water outside of the house, where they go to die??

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    Had same problem 2 years ago they went up to the loft via the cavity wall, got a couple on traps & stick boards but in the end had to put poison down. To be honest they are so small and as the house should be dry as they die their de composure is more like drying out and there was no smell at all.
    Good luck but act quickly as they multiply at an alarming rate
    Wingy

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    We went down the 'catch & release' road with humane traps. Our tally has just passed 60 now & I'm thinking I'd better start tagging them to make sure that they're not getting back in....

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    If you use traps try butter or peanut butter as they can just pull seeds off the traps. They have to spend time to get butter off and much more chance of triggering the trap.

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    I melt a small piece of chocolate between my fingers and mould it onto the trap, irresistible to mice and they can't get it off. Andrew.

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    +1 on the chocolate.

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