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Old 01-13-2007, 04:07 PM   #16
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AweMan: Your situation seemed so similar to mine. I spent yesterday afternnon opening the ends of all the return air ducts in the house. I found NOTHING. I was very disappointed. Didn't even see any mouse tracks in the dust. We also opened and check in, around, over and under every box, cabinet and shelf in the basement. No signs of nesting anywhere. I'm at a complete loss as to where these guys are coming from. I am now quite certain they are not living/breeding in the basement, but coming in from outside. Got one more last night.
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Old 01-13-2007, 07:11 PM   #17
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Bill :
Mice typicaly like to build thier nest out of shreded paper or any other soft redily available material. If you have boxes stored in your basement { or anywhere for that matter} I would thouroughly check them out for nests. Just because they choose my furnace duct for one of thier nest sites I did find other nests before that, that I destroyed probably causing them to move to the unacessable ductwork. {At least unacessable without unscrewing the grills}. It is possible that you are right in asssuming your problem is coming in from outdoors. In any case decon will kill the little buggars if you can put up with finding and removing the dead carcuses.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:14 PM   #18
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AweMan: Yes. I'm not concerned about the trapping and such, I just want to find out where they're coming in. We did open every single box, storage bin, etc. and removed all the contents. There was no sign of any nest activity. we did every thing on the same day (yesterday) before I checked the ductwork. There should have been no opportunity for them to move, especially during the daytime and with two dogs present. At my previous house we had a 24 x24 exterior pole barn. I saw plenty of mouse nests there so I know exactly what they look like. I've also removed and checked every piece of insulation in the areas above the wall and between the floor joists. All I've found there is evidence of burrowing in the insulation, no nests.
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Old 01-13-2007, 09:30 PM   #19
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Okay, maybe it's the desperate times/desperate measures. This works. It won't help you find their entrance, but it should make them turn around and go bother someone else.

Male urine. Human or animal (you can buy fox or coyote urine at some exterminator places), distributed around your foundation. Think of a moat or firewall they won't cross. Someone I know who lives in the country and had mice coming in even after plugging every spot they could find finally got frustrated and tried this a few weeks ago. She got hubby and boys involved and has not had a mouse since.
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Best to call an exterminator. He'll probably be able to help locate the problem.
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:36 AM   #21
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May want to try to use those Ultra Sound device which many people claims successfully drive mice away....
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:51 PM   #22
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If you can go to your local farm supply store and ask for moore mans mouse bait. If they eat the stuff they will very shortly leave the house insearch of water and will not show back up. this stuff works great. It sure seems to me that you have done everything you can to find the entry point. I think I would start trapping and baiting the heck out of the place and make sure the pet food and water dish is off the floors.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:39 AM   #23
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Megawatt: Thanks. I never heard of that stuff. I'll see if I can find it. Dog food and water are upstairs (main floor) and we've never seen any signs of mouse activity up there.
I lived in the Black Hills area many, many years ago when I was very young. My dad built Lustron homes in the area.

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Old 01-17-2007, 11:40 PM   #24
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Bill today at work i remembered one more possibility. I don't know how your condensate drains from your heat pump are plumed but we once hade a problem with mice coming in one of our substation buildings through one of the condensate drains. other than that i'm striking out. at work we used to trap mice like crazy I know for sure that the best trap bait we found was peanut butter.
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Bill...SOunds like you've done alot of sealing and investigating on the outside of your home...if you are still seeing and catching the mice it might mean that there are just alot of them in the house...they can multiply like crazy having up to 10 litters a year with 5 to 6 young per litter. Those youngsters are ready to shake and bake at about 6 weeks old...I have a blog www.pestcontrolinfo.blogspot.com that has some info on mice. Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:21 AM   #26
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Thanks to all for their advice. Turns out I apparently had the same situation as AweMan. I went the decon route though I didn't like it. No signs of activity for two weeks now.
THANKS AGAIN!
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I can tell you from experience that an Ultra Sound device WORKS.
I had mice in my RV, I found where they were getting in and sealed it off.
Set up the device, came back later to check and those little dudes chewed their way OUT. They chewed my power cored and door, they wanted out. I use it at home to run off mice too and no more mice.
I use 4 around the house.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:26 AM   #28
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Scan the house with a thermal imaging camera.
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Old 03-18-2007, 11:53 AM   #29
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Hard to imagine sealing a house so tight a mouse couldn't eventually get in. Makes me wonder about dryer vents and entry exit points of plumbing you can't see or easily check like drain for tub or any drain that goes through the bottom of a cabinet. I think I noticed some signs a few days ago while looking for something under the kitchn sink.

On a comical note, one Easter or there about, I think I had recently put out bait. Wife was sitting on the couch when she ran her hand between the cushions. She felt something soft and pliable and pulled it out thinking it was cream-filled candy. As she was bringing her hand up, I noticed what looked like a string draped on the edge of her palm. Just as I was thinking uh oh! Man, she came up scrwaming . LOL!

Then was the time she was in the shower when she encountered a live mouse, and one of my sons had a new girlfriend at the house. I bet that girl will never forget the crazy naked woman that ran out of the bathroom screaming!

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