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Old 12-20-2011, 09:14 PM   #16
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While it's very humane of you to worry about harming a chipmunk or squirrel, its not the best way to deal with them. Once they get used to wintering in your house, you will have a very hard time keeping them out. Then they will nest and have a litter, and that whole group will move in every fall too....

Many years ago, my wife found a mouse in our dog food storage bin. She was CERTAIN it was a domestic pet, and tried to adopt it out ($@#%^) eventually, convinced that it was in fact a wild pest, she took it a mile away and released it. I am certain to this day that it beat her back to the house.

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Old 12-21-2011, 05:12 PM   #17
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This thread could be turned into a reality show! Itís better than the ones they show now.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #18
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"Last Rat Standing"

Oh wait! That's a game show isn't it?
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #19
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Nawh it's not a game show it's Tim Allen's new show. I had to go look it up. Funny as hell.
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Ok so get this, the trap triggered, the peanut butter was licked clean, no rodent.

I'm now convinced it must be a mouse, a chipmunk would not have been able to fit between the bars, but perhaps a mouse can.

Once I confirm it's a mouse, I'll have to go the lethal way. If it was a chipmunk, there would probably be one, but if it's a mouse, there will be a lot more and mice don't look all cute and don't eat from my hand in the summer, they're just pure pests. At least a chipmunk or squirrel I was willing to give some leaway given they are like undomesticated pets and fun to have around.

Then my priority next summer will be to try finding how it/they got in, but that will be pretty tough. I can catch them all I want but if I don't fix it, they'll just keep coming back in.

I'm hoping it chewed through something to get in, that will make it easier to find.

Oh and I put a web cam but it's an old camera, not really a clear picture, but it may help me spot it if I happen to be looking at the screen at the right time. Though I don't know what effect the light will have.

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It's just about impossible to keep mice out. Every fall here, before the big freeze, the come in looking for shelter. I end up killing one or two a day for a week, and then they are gone until next fall.
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I have killed 81 mice since September 10.
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I have killed 81 mice since September 10.
My wife would have moved out if we had it that bad.

Which is actually kind of funny considering her past history with mice....
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It's just about impossible to keep mice out. Every fall here, before the big freeze, the come in looking for shelter. I end up killing one or two a day for a week, and then they are gone until next fall.
A proper house should not allow them in. My parent's never had a single one in their house, and the same can be said for a lot of people. It's just the thing of figuring out how they're getting in. Since my house has two attics, at least I can isolate it to one half of the house, but it will still be like finding a needle in a haystack. The thing that gets me is how in the world does a mouse climb up there to begin with? They aren't really agile like chipmunks or squirrels, I doubt they're climbing the wall or the electrical lines.

I'm suspecting maybe the cracks in the bricks for air flow, maybe from inside the wall there is then a way to get to the attic. Even then, those are like 3 feet off the ground. I will have to go around the house in spring to ensure there is still steel wool in all of those holes.
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Has anyone tried the Evictor Strobe Light for rat control in the attic?
The reviews are all positive but who knows how authentic those are.
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Here is one negative review from Amazon, there are others. If you read the manufacturers recommendations that the attic MUST BE totally dark and any other light sources totally closed and then the Evictor Strobe MUST shine in all four corners of the totally dark attic for it to work...sounds like a bunch of hooey to me. They certainly seem to have plenty of loop-holes built in to their claims.








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This product does not work. I don't know where all of the testimonials come from on this website and on the manufacturers site. I have had these in the attic for over a week with 4-5 squirrels. They almost seem to be mocking the strobe light. I had two lights in a 1000' attic and yesterday I went up to check out the situation. Sitting at the edge of the attic where the roof line meets was a medium sized flying squirrel, staring at me and the strobe light right next to me. I stood and watched him for about 5 minutes. He did not blink, move or run away. As I started to walk back to the staircase he jumped back down between the joists. I have heard them constantly the last 24 hours. If they ultimately work I will revise/update my review but this is a WARNING to avoid this product. As of now, 7.5 days and just as loud and active as ever.
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My experience has been that occasionally I will find a trap licked clean, and the buggers even leave some poop near it, just to really rub it in (thanks for the free food Doug, useless trap you got there, and we'll be back).

Just reset it, they won't be lucky every time. Start looking for those holes for how they are getting in, and you'll just be trapping them all winter, instead of keeping them out.
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Well I can now confirm it was a mouse, and it wont get to see 2012. My car had broken down and I got it back yesterday so today I went to buy some snap traps and put them up today I noticed one had moved off camera (I setup a web cam so I don't have to keep going up there to check). I went up, and sure enough it had a mouse and lot of blood on it. I glued the trap to a piece of cardboard, which ironicly was cut out from the box for the no kill trap I bought. It's crazy to think that this mouse was able to fit through the holes of the cage. It was quite big, about 3 inches long. Guess it's all how their skeletons are made, and the fur makes it look bigger. It was actually a pretty nice looking mouse, really soft fur, and surprisingly very clean. But it looks like it died instantly from anal blowout, so at least it did not suffer much, if at all.

I left another trap up there and I'll be keeping an eye on it as well, to ensure there's not more. Then in spring I'll have to figure out how in the world it got in or I'll just end up having more. What are typical entry points of mice to look out for? This is a split level house, so there's two attics. It was in the top one.
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Donít hesitate to re-use the same trap and/or cardboard as other rodents will be attracted to the previous rodent odors, even if a massacre occurred there.
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Good to know, I was kinda wondering if they'd be turned off by that.

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