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Old 11-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #16
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I just bought and set 4 of those Ortho Closed Traps referenced by GenSetter. I walked into my basement to check my computer downstairs and out of the corner of my eye as I walked past one of the traps, I saw the mouse scurry into hiding. These darn things came in and set up shop in the past week and a half, I swear they got comfy way too quickly. Hopefully these Ortho Traps work, I will update.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:22 PM   #17
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I've never had luck with anything but the wire snap traps. The mice get wise to whatever you use in a hurry so it pays to move the traps around and change up the bait. One bait I found they like as well as peanut butter is black licorice jelly beans. Cut them in half and stick them to the bait pedal. They can't just lick them off. The exterminator service I used to have set a lot of wire snap traps in my basement but 3 is the most I have ever caught at one time even using the exterminator.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:47 PM   #18
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The traps that work the best are the "mice cubes" Yes, they don't kill the mouse but they also don't have the issues that tension traps have. Once they are trapped you can do what you want with them. Any size mouse will be caught. Ritz crackers and peanut butter seems to be irresistable.
Personally I don't believe in killing animals, so when they are caught they are taken for a nice long ride and released.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #19
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Make sure you set your traps near walls that they use for navigation and not out in the middle of the room or something.
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I already caught one using peanut butter. Thanks for the advice to vary bait and trap location.
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A solution from rural families here: put a mix of gypsum and corn flower in a plate. Next to it add enough water. Mice eat from the mix and then become thirsty, drink from the water. Gypsum and water kill them in their stomach. Not very humane but they say it works!

Another option is to buy one of these electrical devises that emit electromagnetic waves. It takes few days for the mice to feel uncomfortable and leave the house. One of these devices helped us to drive the mouse out of the walls right to the trap.
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Another option is to buy one of these electrical devises that emit electromagnetic waves. It takes few days for the mice to feel uncomfortable and leave the house. One of these devices helped us to drive the mouse out of the walls right to the trap.
Those things are pure nonsense. Something else drove them out of hiding to the trap. Sound waves, unless playing opera, do not work on bugs either.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #23
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Yeah I'm not too confident in the abilities of the ultrasound repellants, but I will say that the traps I've set, just caught its second mouse in less than 24 hours, hopefully that was the last one.
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Those things are pure nonsense. Something else drove them out of hiding to the trap. Sound waves, unless playing opera, do not work on bugs either.
It doesn't emit sound waves, but electromagnetic. I can't be sure how and if it works at all, but indeed the mouse activity increased after placing the tool in the plug like the warning on the instructions said.
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Personally I don't believe in killing animals, so when they are caught they are taken for a nice long ride and released.
I've heard of people doing this, taking the mice for a long ride. You certainly wouldn't want to realease them in your back yard since they will surely find their way back in. I have to wonder how the mice survive out of their own territory though. I would think they woud have a curve learning to where to find food, shelter and avoid predators in an unfamiliar territory. It might be more humane to kill them outright in a lethal trap.
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Ultrasonic and/or electromagnetic pest control devices are scams. The state of CO has them tested and since they do not work, they are not supposed to be for sale. Big box purchasing agents are in another state, and do not understand the variation in laws by state. The state will issue an order to remove it from the shelf if someone complains, but otherwise the state does not police conformance. The big box places continue to offer them for sale. If they worked, professional exterminators would use them, rent them, and sell them.

It is good to have a wide variety of devices. Snaps, gangtraps, and glue boards are the most commonly used. In addition to peanut butter, consider a cotton ball. Minnie Mouse will want it for her nest.

None of these things will stop them. There can be thousands of mice on a acre. Trapped (killed or relocated) is just a temporary fix. It is like planting a lawn and expecting to only need to mow it once. If you don't close the mouse doors, you will have a never ending flow of mice. Moral: close the mouse doors. Then your devices will make significant strides in mouse proofing your habitat.

In addition to altering where your devices are placed, move your furniture. Learn from your captures where they are coming from. This could be a hole the size of your index finger, or a 1/4" crack. Close the doors.
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Why not put the cat in the attic and let it have some fun?
Ever watch that silly show with the missing teeth that catches critters. HIs nick name is tuttle man.
I watched him catch about 20 rats at one time.
He put the bait in the middle of a sheet (a tarp would also work) he had tied lines to all the corners with an over head pulley.
One yank and he had a sack o rats.

Try some Decon or bait blocks. Yes there's going to be some smell for a day or two if they die inside a wall, it's that or deal with the smell of mouse urine and poop.
I saw that episode and it was nasty but it looks like it worked good.
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I think my mouse door was the drier vent. The foil duct had recessed back into my house leaving the perfect little opening. I trapped 2 mice the first 24 hrs. Nothing in the last 48. Fingers crossed.
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I've heard of people doing this, taking the mice for a long ride. You certainly wouldn't want to realease them in your back yard since they will surely find their way back in. I have to wonder how the mice survive out of their own territory though. I would think they woud have a curve learning to where to find food, shelter and avoid predators in an unfamiliar territory. It might be more humane to kill them outright in a lethal trap.

Actually their own territory is outside. Mice live in trees, fields, and will find logs to live in, not to mention garden sheds. They primarily are outdoor "animals" by choice, only wandering into residences when it gets cold and they can find food. They do quite well outside of a residence. And as far as humane goes....I'd much rather take them for a ride than torture them with a glue trap or breaking their legs with a trap they can wiggle out of and leaving them helpless prey. I believe it's my responsibility to keep my home vermin and varmint free...let nature take care of it's species naturally. Just my opinion
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I've heard of people doing this, taking the mice for a long ride.
Taking the mice for a long ride, what are you the mafia?

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