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Old 03-14-2008, 03:07 PM   #31
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IF mice and other rodents are coming in ,,,they are dragging in the other less desirable critters too,,,like ticks and fleas, mites and what have you. Hantavirus is a REAL concern also!! get rid of them ALL!!

bait those traps with a bit of cheese,works best,,,I never had good luck with peanut butter!!

I used to have some come in,,,couldnt figure it out,,,the dryer vent was open a tad from lint,,they crawled in,,,knawed thru flexible tubing and were inside. I replaced flex with aluminum solid pipe and NO more mice.

Since then I went to the pointed up dryer vent that the air raised up and the weight dropped it back down,,,as long as you clean the lint out every little while,works good. Slick plastic they cant crawl up.

Did you KNOW a mouse cant pee like a regular animal?? Where ever they walk they pee with EVERY footstep!! they excrete it thru their feet. So walking on your counters,dishes,food items are okay?? Get some more snap traps or at least the glue boards.

yes they can enter from a crack as small as a pencil eraser. Steel wool keeps them out of cracks and places best,,,they dont chew thru it.

Your very HEALTH may depend on getting rid of these PESTS!!!

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Old 03-15-2008, 10:08 AM   #32
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Years back in NYC, there was a mouse and rat poison called Mouse Nots (if my middle-aged memory still serves me correctly) that once ingested, caused the rodent to go into a frenzy for water as it was literally burning them up from the inide out very quickly. The idea was no dead mouse/rat carcass left to stink up the joint
OMG I remember that stuff. I was living in a apartment building at the time. Three building were being renovated next door to us, displacing the local rat/mouse population. The super put those mouse knots down. Was a horror show coming home at 5am and seeing dead rats in my toilet bowl. Even found a couple in the dishwasher. Still makes me cringe when I think about it.
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Little brown hairy things about 2-3 inches long, plus 2-3 inches of tail?
Also describes baby rats

Where I live in Central Florida mice problems are not common except in two small defined areas
The rat/mouse mistake usually come from customers with thick Bronx type accents
A big rat here is about 1.5 pounds

The active ingredient in Mouse-Nots was strychnine and is highly regulated now if used at all. You will not buy it over the counter or find any responsible professional that will use it these days
It was replaced by Zinc Phosphide which also has fallen out of favor due to it's indiscriminate lethality and as far as I know it is banned

It caused death by causing muscular contractions leading to asphyxiation
Even if the rodent did feel a need to drink water his mental and motor faculties would not have permitted it to search for it

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bait those traps with a bit of cheese,works best,,,I never had good luck with peanut butter!!
Everyone has their own preferred best bait
Peanut Butter is the default, the best I have ever found was mayonnaise
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Did you KNOW a mouse cant pee like a regular animal?? Where ever they walk they pee with EVERY footstep!! they excrete it thru their feet.
No, they make pee pee through their little pee pees just like other mammals
They do suffer with incontinence that causes them to pee whenever they get enough pee in them to work it's way out, but they don't pee with every step or through their feet
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Steel wool keeps them out of cracks and places best,,,they dont chew thru it.
Steel wool is a very good but very temporary quick fix
The thinness of the steel strands make it very susceptible to rust and it degrades very very quickly if exposed to any humidity
Copper mesh, such as Chore Boys works much better
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:15 PM   #34
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