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Old 01-27-2008, 12:26 PM   #16
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You may think the catch and release option is humane, however mice mutiply like rabbits do, quickly & lots . So if they are considered a problem to you I recomend eliminating them in what ever manner is needed. I'm sure there will be plenty more to replace the ones you get rid of. Pets need humane treatment NOT Pests.

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Old 01-27-2008, 05:33 PM   #17
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This place we were remodeling was a wreck and it came with many mice. The picture shows an improv trap. The mice ran up the ramp, jumped on the plate that had the dab of peanut butter, and because it was offset on the paint stirrer they fell into the bucket.
Then we took them out and released them into a field where eventually I guess a raptor of some kind would come along and scoop them up. Pretty cruel, huh?
Well, we felt better thinking that maybe the bird didn't get sick from some poison the mouse had eaten.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:33 AM   #18
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I can only go by what my exterminator told me and what I have seen.
Your exterminator is wrong
I am a certified operator with over 25 years in the business and was a field trainer for two major pest control companies

The first thing we had to do was dispel all the unconfirmed myths that the new hires had heard and taken as truth over the years before they passed the disinformation onto customers
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How many mice did you catch in the bucket? Great idea, BTW. Did you ever trap more than one? Did they fight to the death (UFC-mouse style)?

When I had invasion of mice (bless-my-soul I convinced myself for the longest time that they were voles) I contacted the county extension office. The staff person told me that mice are very linked geographically to their territory for survival. She told me that even relocating them out of my house into my neighbor's yard (just kidding) could cause them to die. I opted for snap traps and tossed them when they nabbed their prey.
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Eew mice! I hate them. I actually adopted a cat just for our mice infestation. It worked too.

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:15 PM   #21
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I heard of an idea that I really do not know if it works or not, but here we go...
Lay down some newspaper on the floor or other area that rats and mice frequent. Then pour some soda or other sweet carbonated drink in a (shallow) bowl and place in the middle of the newspaper.

I was told the newspaper attracts the rodents (???)
And since rats and mice can not burp (???) they die (pop) due to the carbonation.

I heard about this method one week after I poisoned the few rodents that I had.

Try it and let us know if it works or not.
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When rats find new food they approach with caution, this is a natural counter action to the inability to burp or barf, they will eat a little and if it doesn't make them sick they will eat more

Carbonation is not good for them in the long run but it is unlikely to kill them in a single feeding
While mother nature did not see fit to allow them to burp she did graciously allow them to fart
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...graciously allow them to fart
lmao!!!
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:34 PM   #24
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Well, this topic just keeps going and going! Thanks for all the info and suggestions. I did not try any poison... I kept the traps up until they quit catching and let the cats take care of the rest. I'm still not sure which smells worse (mouse farts or cat sh#t) but at least the cats don't pee on my dishes.

I think I'm down to one mouse now that I occasionally surprise in the sink (or is it the other way around)? I don't know what made them decide, after all these years, that this was suddenly the place to be...

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Here's one from my area (untested). Mix cornmeal with plaster of paris. The theory is that the plaster hardens and corks them up permently.

I'm old school and play hardball. Posion and traps where the other animals can't reach and a .22 for outside (not recommended for residential neighborhoods).
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I'm on a roll at home. 8 mice exterminated with the good old spring trap in 5 consecutive nights. All from under the vanity in our main bathroom. I'm convinced that I would have gotten more had I reset the trap quicker. How many mice do you think can live in a house? lol
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I don't know what made them decide, after all these years, that this was suddenly the place to be...
Several conditions came together to create the perfect environment for the (fill in pest of choice) to thrive

Once you stop catching them with snap traps switch to glue boards, or vice versa

Every once in a while go move the trap 6 inches or so to pique their curiosity, if you are sure they are mice
I have been to many mouse calls that turn out to be rats
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Try mixing cornmeal with plaster of paris. It's supposed to cork them up permanently.
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if you are sure they are mice... I have been to many mouse calls that turn out to be rats</i>
Little brown hairy things about 2-3 inches long, plus 2-3 inches of tail? (Just kidding.) Aside from my remote location, climate, and geography, this also happens to be God's country - Alberta - which, due to a diligent and highly successful border (rat) patrol, is one of the the ONLY rat-free areas in the world.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...31_rats_2.html
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http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-66931703.html.
I'm so proud... lol
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On another sort of completely unrelated topic... larder beetles anyone?

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