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Old 08-31-2007, 10:12 AM   #16
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No, you will be a hero. rescue one from your local shelter/ spay or neuter/

You can build a little insulated and heat with a light bulb cat house in the garage for most chilly nights. Have a spot inside for the long very cold spells.

Ask the cat for a resume'.. not all are good mousers.

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Old 09-01-2007, 11:23 AM   #17
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Best mouser cat in the world is a good old mother cat. If she has babies she will hunt almost 24 hours a day. MOST tom cats are lazy and stand between the mother cat and her babies and 'steals' the baby food.

ONLY way to make a house mouse proof is to seal all cracks,,,if you can get a pencil eraser in the crack,mice can get in!! Big cracks are best sealed with steel wool first and then smeared with calking. IF you have this many large cracks,,,your heat bills must be atorcious. It will pay you back three fold!!

Those wind up repeating traps are good for ceiling spaces or garage areas. Put some popcorn inside or cheese for bait,,,they work great,,,just take them outside to empty them,,,most are still alive,,,drown them in a bucket of water first .

Besides mice carry fleas and ticks,,,of which some can be REAL life threatning let alone the haunta virus stuff. Ever hear of Lyme disease?? Dont make it a personal problem,,,get RID of those mice!! AND keep them OUT!!!

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Old 09-03-2007, 08:11 PM   #18
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Ocoee....
In reading about the sound devices they do not appear to work....consensus is that they work for a short time but then the mice get used to them and ignore them....
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That is what the experts I spoke of tell me
It's called a scarecrow method

If you get a cat don't feed it but maybe once a day in the early afternoon and just enough to keep him from starving or wondering off

My step father used to pick up stray cats to put down in his barn
He always kept an automatic feeder filled, then he complained that the rats and cats would sit there sharing the feeder

When I told him to quit feeding the cats he looked at me like I was an ogre

When he died we had to deal with about ten fat cats and a hundred heart broken rats
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Old 09-11-2007, 03:15 PM   #19
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lol! It's true, to get a mouser to catch the mice, you need to force them by decreasing the food you give them. However, if you get them young enough, you can train them to be mousers and just kill them for fun and praise. And I agree with pp, usually it's the Queens that are the best mousers.

Finally, I can understand how the mice would be deterred by the sound devices, but what about spiders (see my post asking about the black and decker ones), any thoughts?
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:06 PM   #20
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As an update - I have an area next to the steps to the front door that seemed kinda suspicious as the soil was depressed compared to the other areas - so I added topsoil to grade it higher and I just noticed that a small animal had dug down toward the foundation....so I will dig it out and look for a hole in that area of the basement wall...
Much appreciate all the cat stories.....what an easy answer that would be.....!! The cat I have does not run after food....no need to "chase" food when it comes in a bowl......
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Old 09-14-2007, 10:17 PM   #21
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Mices in your ceiling are better than mooses, I guess!

I rented a house once where each winter river rats would make the basement their home. Got some .22 shotshells and had a lot of good target practice in the basement - moving targets even. Those suckers were big and my only worry was that someday I would open the door to the cellar and start down the stairs and one would drop on my head. Probably would have shot it anyway (and maybe myself at that point).

Rubber snakes will supposedly scare squirrels out of your attic, but don't think mice care. Like the others say, try the ultrasonic - I'd say you have a 50-50 chance of it working.

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Old 09-16-2007, 08:33 PM   #22
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I've never had a cat, but would the animal cruelty activists say something if we setup a cat-house for a 'trained cat' in our garage? It's generally warm there throughout the summer but can get chilly in the winter.

Maybe he will keep Mickey on the run...?


Just use De-con the mice eat it go out side drink water and die.

da da da that's all folks
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:02 PM   #23
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Just use De-con the mice eat it go out side drink water and die.

da da da that's all folks
De- Con and a can of Good Stuff spray insulation worked for me. The only drawback is you'll have a few dead mice in your house withering away to dust. But after that, as long as you sealed it up godd, you won't have anymore of those critters.

Like someone else stated: Check all over the foundation where gas lines, conduit aor cable lines may be installed. Also check bilco doors and windows.
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:36 PM   #24
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Just use De-con the mice eat it go out side drink water and die.
That is a myth started by pest control guys to get you to let us put poison inside your house

They will die where they die, usually where they are nesting
There is nothing in D-Con or any other rodenticide that makes them thirsty

The active ingredient is coumadin, an anti coagulant

It simply thins their blood to the point that they are hemophiliacs and causes massive internal hemorrhaging
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:56 PM   #25
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Ocoee....
You know I thought that the discussion had come to an end - until you said "coumadin"....so if I (hypothetical) go the pharmacy to fill a prescription for coumadin and pay $80 - it would be better just to eat some rat poison - obviously depending upon equivalent dosage...I don't take coumadin but I know several people who do and we also have a coumadin clinic in the local hospital.....wow.....so I could sell coumadin at cut rate...?
Sorry but you certainly got my attention - everyone always told me over the years that the poison drives the mice out of the house looking for water to satisfy their thirst and then bloat and die.....this qualifies for a 60 Minutes piece.....
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:37 AM   #26
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Rodents can not regurgitate so rodenticides have Ipecac added to prevent misuse or accidental poisoning
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:34 AM   #27
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lol! It's true, to get a mouser to catch the mice, you need to force them by decreasing the food you give them.
That's not my experience. Our cats (always indoor/outdoor cats) all catch mice, shrews, even red squirrels (!) regularly, without training, and they have open access to food in the house. I don't think you need to starve a cat to make it hunt.

For your garage, you really need a barn cat, IMO. Any shelter cat isn't necessarily going to be able to adapt to living in an unheated space, and be a good mouser. If you're close to a rural area, put an add in craigslist, or call around, and you'll be able to take a spare barn cat off someone's hands. (People rarely fix their barn cats, so they usually have more than they want). It'll be used to living outdoors, and it'll likely be a great mouser. Get yours fixed, and then put it to work! As long as a cat is being fed, it is not considered to be neglected. (That's the rule around here. You don't need to be providing indoor, heated space for your animals - you just have to be keeping them fed. So guard dogs on pasture-land are fine, and barn cats are also fine. No problems with animal rights or animal protection officer.)

If your cat is living in the garage, you can feed it in there, and it should do a fine job of keeping mice from eating it's food. Just keep the food near the cat's "house". I'd also put a cat door in your garage so you don't have to clean litter, and so the cat can hunt around your perimeter too.

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Old 09-25-2007, 01:33 PM   #28
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Nate, have you recieved a live bird as a gift yet?
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:42 PM   #29
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Occasionally, but the birds seem easy to kill, so they're usually dead before they come in the house. The squirrels are our most common "live gifts". I once found one clinging to the door casing into my daughters room. It was nighttime, and the hallway was dark, so I had to get really close to see what my daughter had apparently stuck on her door frame. I had my nose about 12 inches from this thing when it suddenly ran further up the door and I nearly jumped up and hit the ceiling!

Our best gift has been a bathroom with nothing but feathers everywhere, and blood streaked on all the walls, mirror, toilet, tub, floor. It was truly disturbing. Looked like a horror film.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:33 PM   #30
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Check the site below. Your mice are getting in somehow. Find the holes and plug then with copper mesh that you can buy at the below site or other sites. You can use the mesh along with expandable foam or caulk to seal the holes. Also look into getting bait stations for outside your house at the link below to knock down the mouse population outside.
I have had the same problem. Even with tons of poison the mice still get in. I had to crawl around in the dirt and seal up around the foundation where they were getting in. Depending on the poison used the mice can live up to 4 days after consuming a lethal dose. There are faster acting poisions but they can also cause other problems like poisoning dogs cats etc if not used correctly. Good luck.

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