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2022-10-05 12:55:29 PM  
We're Cartoon Mice! Stay Tuned
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What if the mice fight back?
 
2022-10-05 1:41:46 PM  
I suppose this is more convenient than a carving knife.
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/See how they run.
 
2022-10-05 2:07:24 PM  
Not much click bait on that ad.  Oops, I meant hard hitting news story.
 
2022-10-05 2:36:55 PM  
Feral cats. Until the feral cats attract coyotes...

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2022-10-05 2:38:03 PM  
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2022-10-05 2:38:26 PM  
get a cat?

DRTFA
 
2022-10-05 2:38:40 PM  

f150: Not much click bait on that ad.  Oops, I meant hard hitting news story.


It's not news, it's amazon referral links! ®
 
2022-10-05 2:39:17 PM  
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2022-10-05 2:39:25 PM  

Teddy Brosevelt: get a cat?

DRTFA


I came here to also say get a cat
 
2022-10-05 2:39:34 PM  
List fails badly without the bucket trap. It's easy to make one from scratch, or if you're lazy, you can buy them off Amazon, but they work REALLY well.
 
2022-10-05 2:46:08 PM  
Mouse in my House | David Mitchell's SoapBox
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2022-10-05 2:46:25 PM  

Marcos P: Teddy Brosevelt: get a cat?

DRTFA

I came here to also say get a cat


That's our neighbors' solution, and it seems to have worked well.  We're in a rural area, and they have two outside cats that control the mouse population.  Being cats, they don't restrict their travels, so I occasionally see them ranging across our yard.  Makes our dog a bit crazy when she sees the cats, but that's okay with me.
 
2022-10-05 2:47:51 PM  
Move your cinderblocks to the Lee of the stone, and run an extension cord out to Thorn Valley.
 
2022-10-05 2:51:56 PM  
The Greatest Mouse Trap Ever Made Catches 74 Mice - The 4 in 1 Mouse Trap. Mousetrap Monday.
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2022-10-05 2:52:48 PM  

Private_Citizen: List fails badly without the bucket trap. It's easy to make one from scratch, or if you're lazy, you can buy them off Amazon, but they work REALLY well.


Not so much for rats
 
2022-10-05 2:53:00 PM  
I was thinking get several rat snakes but a cat is good too
 
2022-10-05 2:53:21 PM  
My cat is a lazy bum who wouldn't do anything. Though recently, she did actually make one exception for a roof rat that snuck in through our laundry room to eat her food; she jumped on and sat on it (she's around 13lbs of fat cat) until the rat expired from fright.
 
2022-10-05 2:54:12 PM  

nitropissering: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/clTq6Gzm0SA]


came to post this - beaten to it.
 
2022-10-05 2:57:11 PM  
I had some tenants who had a mouse problem. I went over there and discovered that they were keeping wet dog food in a bowl on the floor and they were not doing a good job of keeping their kitchen clean. I told them 'get the food off the floor and we'll trap all the mice, problem solved.' We caught all the mice in about a week (using the dog food as bait) and I didn't hear from them again for a couple months.
Then, I get a call, 'the mice are back.' I go over there and the dog food is on the floor, and there's crumbs and dirty dishes on the counters. Grrr...
This cycle repeats several times, each time they get more insistent that I solve the problem. I have to explain to them each time that if they keep the damn dog food off the floor and do even a half assed attempt at keeping their kitchen clean then the mice won't have anything to eat and they won't come back. But no. I even hired an exterminator who trapped the mice and explained to them that if they keep the dog food off the floor and clean their kitchen the mice won't come back.
Thankfully they moved out after about a year of this. Current tenants have no problem with mice.
 
2022-10-05 2:58:10 PM  
Ok, the mice are gone. Now how do I get rid of the owls?
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2022-10-05 3:03:09 PM  
"Hi. I'm Bill Berg, O'Reilly Exterminators."

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2022-10-05 3:04:10 PM  
Soaking rags or cotton balls in ammonia and leaving them where you see rodent activity will discourage mice from staying as they do not like the smell (though it's likely your cat or dog will not be too happy with the scent either)


Be careful about that, you cat may not like it because it may smell like another cat and so they may start pissing there to mark territory
 
2022-10-05 3:06:22 PM  
Our damn cat is the one who brings mice into the house...grr...
 
Izo [TotalFark]
2022-10-05 3:09:08 PM  
I had a mouse infestation that was caused by the cat.   She'd bring them home and turn them loose, alive, in the living room, in case I wanted to play with them too.
 
2022-10-05 3:09:08 PM  
mouses? water under the fridge. just hire Ricky.
 
2022-10-05 3:10:14 PM  
Eh, we have three cats. If a mouse was stupid enough to come in the house, the kitties would be absolutely delighted.
 
Izo [TotalFark]
2022-10-05 3:10:43 PM  

dennysgod: Soaking rags or cotton balls in ammonia and leaving them where you see rodent activity will discourage mice from staying as they do not like the smell (though it's likely your cat or dog will not be too happy with the scent either)


Be careful about that, you cat may not like it because it may smell like another cat and so they may start pissing there to mark territory


I have done the same, except i used peppermint or lemon oil. The cat doesn't like it, the mice don't like it, but its nice when i open a cabinet or drawer.
 
2022-10-05 3:11:51 PM  

RolandTGunner: I suppose this is more convenient than a carving knife.
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/See how they run.



They think this must be the apocalypse,
'Cause you cut them with your aviation snips.
They all run around in a bloody ellipse,
The three blind mice.
 
2022-10-05 3:12:33 PM  
Snap traps with the right bait (I use Tomcat gel bait) work great.

We found where they got in shortly after moving in, and that keeps them out of the house/basement.

We live next to a swamp, so while we plugged all the foundation entry points, they scamper into an open garage door occasionally.  The second I find any mouse scat, the traps come back out.  Probably catch four or five a year in the garage.
 
2022-10-05 3:15:35 PM  
One time a mouse got in, and my cat was just hanging out with it like he didn't know he was supposed to kill it instead of chilling out. That mouse was definitely infected with toxoplasma, so I just had to scoop it up and chuck it outside.
 
2022-10-05 3:17:27 PM  
Snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.
 
2022-10-05 3:17:52 PM  

Izo: I had a mouse infestation that was caused by the cat.   She'd bring them home and turn them loose, alive, in the living room, in case I wanted to play with them too.


We have two cats. One isn't coordinated enough to catch a mouse but he tries. The other one is coordinated enough, but he too likes to play with them until he looks away for a moment and the mouse dives under the couch...sigh.

Very occasionally I'll find a dead mouse in the hall, but I assume it expired from a heart attack or that the uncoordinated one sat on it after the other one caught it.

/Getting to be mouse season again
//They like moving inside for the winter
 
2022-10-05 3:17:54 PM  
We had a plague of rats a few years ago. I spent a lot of time sealing up the outside of the house with flashing, mowing the lawn, putting all food in metal, glass, or ceramic containers, and all the rest. It helped. Eventually new ones weren't getting in.

We tried steel wool and steel wool in foam. They pulled it out.

We tried every kind of trap from glue traps to water traps to traditional rat traps. None of them worked more than once or twice. The time we got up and there was a rat's head in a trap but no rat was kind of gruesome.

The dog and the cats helped out.

Finally we resorted to poison, and it worked perfectly.

A rat managed to eat one of my Adderall tablets. I bet the wee beastie exploded a few minutes later.
 
2022-10-05 3:28:18 PM  
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Don't be fooled by the cute face and heart-shaped nose.  Pyper here was orphaned on the mean streets of...uh, Coral Gables, and her nickname is "Predator".  How many mice has she killed in her lifetime?  Three?  Six?  Twelve?  The legend grows with every telling.  My ex claims she once killed a mouse "as big as a toaster".  This might not be true.  But if it were, Pyper would be too humble to confirm it.

Get your mouse exterminator from a rescue facility near you.  Save a feline...kill those vermin.
 
2022-10-05 3:29:54 PM  
When we moved into our house, we noticed someone planted a thorn bush next to it. Ripped that sucker right out. Still have a few cinder blocks next to garage though.
 
2022-10-05 3:34:51 PM  

wax_on: I had some tenants who had a mouse problem. I went over there and discovered that they were keeping wet dog food in a bowl on the floor and they were not doing a good job of keeping their kitchen clean. I told them 'get the food off the floor and we'll trap all the mice, problem solved.' We caught all the mice in about a week (using the dog food as bait) and I didn't hear from them again for a couple months.
Then, I get a call, 'the mice are back.' I go over there and the dog food is on the floor, and there's crumbs and dirty dishes on the counters. Grrr...
This cycle repeats several times, each time they get more insistent that I solve the problem. I have to explain to them each time that if they keep the damn dog food off the floor and do even a half assed attempt at keeping their kitchen clean then the mice won't have anything to eat and they won't come back. But no. I even hired an exterminator who trapped the mice and explained to them that if they keep the dog food off the floor and clean their kitchen the mice won't come back.
Thankfully they moved out after about a year of this. Current tenants have no problem with mice.


The idea that mice will only enter a home if there's food left in the open is ridiculous. They're scavengers, so they'll go out in search of food wherever they can find it. Mice will also enter a home when the weather outdoors is uncomfortable to them, so if the weather is hot or cold, they will  come indoors. They'll eat just about anything and their teeth are very adept at gnawing through packaging, so they'll find food whether it's left out in the open or not.
 
2022-10-05 3:38:59 PM  

Fano: Move your cinderblocks to the Lee of the stone, and run an extension cord out to Thorn Valley.


Yeah, but you'd need to enlist the help of rats for that.  (And a magic amulet if you're not a purist.)
 
2022-10-05 3:48:01 PM  
pfft

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seriously though.  regular mouse trap with peanut butter smeared on to the trip so they can't sneak off with it and have to commit to eating it there gets it done.
 
2022-10-05 3:55:59 PM  
This is an ad, Smitty.
 
2022-10-05 4:01:44 PM  
I had a mouse problem in my apartment several years ago , got a 2 pack of this type and 7 murdered mice in a few hours time solved the problem.

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2022-10-05 4:03:32 PM  

ReapTheChaos: wax_on: I had some tenants who had a mouse problem. I went over there and discovered that they were keeping wet dog food in a bowl on the floor and they were not doing a good job of keeping their kitchen clean. I told them 'get the food off the floor and we'll trap all the mice, problem solved.' We caught all the mice in about a week (using the dog food as bait) and I didn't hear from them again for a couple months.
Then, I get a call, 'the mice are back.' I go over there and the dog food is on the floor, and there's crumbs and dirty dishes on the counters. Grrr...
This cycle repeats several times, each time they get more insistent that I solve the problem. I have to explain to them each time that if they keep the damn dog food off the floor and do even a half assed attempt at keeping their kitchen clean then the mice won't have anything to eat and they won't come back. But no. I even hired an exterminator who trapped the mice and explained to them that if they keep the dog food off the floor and clean their kitchen the mice won't come back.
Thankfully they moved out after about a year of this. Current tenants have no problem with mice.

The idea that mice will only enter a home if there's food left in the open is ridiculous. They're scavengers, so they'll go out in search of food wherever they can find it. Mice will also enter a home when the weather outdoors is uncomfortable to them, so if the weather is hot or cold, they will  come indoors. They'll eat just about anything and their teeth are very adept at gnawing through packaging, so they'll find food whether it's left out in the open or not.


True, but leaving food out in the open makes it much worse.  Why go scavenging when you've found a house that leaves you easy pickings?
 
2022-10-05 4:11:53 PM  

ReapTheChaos: wax_on: I had some tenants who had a mouse problem. I went over there and discovered that they were keeping wet dog food in a bowl on the floor and they were not doing a good job of keeping their kitchen clean. I told them 'get the food off the floor and we'll trap all the mice, problem solved.' We caught all the mice in about a week (using the dog food as bait) and I didn't hear from them again for a couple months.
Then, I get a call, 'the mice are back.' I go over there and the dog food is on the floor, and there's crumbs and dirty dishes on the counters. Grrr...
This cycle repeats several times, each time they get more insistent that I solve the problem. I have to explain to them each time that if they keep the damn dog food off the floor and do even a half assed attempt at keeping their kitchen clean then the mice won't have anything to eat and they won't come back. But no. I even hired an exterminator who trapped the mice and explained to them that if they keep the dog food off the floor and clean their kitchen the mice won't come back.
Thankfully they moved out after about a year of this. Current tenants have no problem with mice.

The idea that mice will only enter a home if there's food left in the open is ridiculous. They're scavengers, so they'll go out in search of food wherever they can find it. Mice will also enter a home when the weather outdoors is uncomfortable to them, so if the weather is hot or cold, they will  come indoors. They'll eat just about anything and their teeth are very adept at gnawing through packaging, so they'll find food whether it's left out in the open or not.


Then I guess I'm not understanding why the current tenants who don't have dog food on the floor and keep their kitchen clean don't have a mouse problem while the old tenants did. Maybe you can explain that to me.
 
2022-10-05 4:13:09 PM  

Rindred: My cat is a lazy bum who wouldn't do anything. Though recently, she did actually make one exception for a roof rat that snuck in through our laundry room to eat her food; she jumped on and sat on it (she's around 13lbs of fat cat) until the rat expired from fright.


I once had 2 mice in my house, and a 16-year-old cat that was deaf as a post.  One would raid her food dish on the main floor, and crap behind the washing machine in the basement (there was a hole between floors there).  The other decided it wanted to raid the cupboards and crap anywhere it wanted.

Lucy (my old cat) would watch the first mouse--which I call Ivan--with fascination as it would steal dry food out of her bowl and dive back into the basement.  Never tried to chase it, just watched it intently.  But one day I hear a ruckus.  I look over to see Lucy had caught a mouse and was "playing" with it.  "Playing" as in "tormenting it before tearing its guts out and eating it."

After that, I never found any mouse poop anywhere else in the house *except* in the basement, behind the washing machine; nor any food ransacked in the cupboards, and it's stayed that way for over 2 years now.

I deduced that Lucy killed the asshole mouse but left Ivan alone.  She may have been deaf, but she had some sharp eyes and was super f*cking fast.

Anyway, end csb.
 
2022-10-05 4:13:36 PM  
Oh, and yes, I found how the mice got in and sealed the entryway.
 
2022-10-05 4:30:17 PM  
Step 1: Distance yourself emotionally. Mice are going to want someone who is available for a relationship.
Step 2: No longer provide suitable chewing objects. Bedposts and wooden chairs aren't enough - you must also remove any wood or light plastic objects from reach.
Step 3: Reduce pellets given....
 
2022-10-05 4:36:58 PM  
I have four cats.  I do NOT have a mouse problem!  (I have a litter box problem....)
 
2022-10-05 4:43:52 PM  
Mister Jitters, my Siamese, despite being a spindly little doofus, proved to be a highly effective mouser. At one point, he'd caught three mice in a 24 hour period. Partially because he's so skinny, he was able to squeeze behind bookcases and whatnot to where they'd hide.

He was also single minded in his hunting to the point of obsession. One mouse he'd spent at least three hours cornering in the closet until it was too exhausted to get away when he squeezed in to get it. He then brought it out into the middle of the room and dropped it on the floor and sat there with a confused 'Now what do I do?' look on his face. At that point I scooped it up with a paper towel and tossed them into the bushes in the back yard. 

Much to Jitters disappointment, we had pest control take care of the problem and haven't seen any mice since.
 
2022-10-05 4:56:39 PM  
Good ol small snap trap with peanut butter for bait, caught two before they colonized the house for winter...
 
2022-10-05 4:58:57 PM  
I don't know the answer to the headline, but I bet finding out would make a positively mediocre board game.
 
2022-10-05 5:20:09 PM  
Getting a kick because Lady Jane Grey is Currently running around the house with her current Victim.
 
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