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Old 01-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #31
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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.
I was shocked when an exterminator told me this, but it is apparently true. The smell of a dead member of the same species is attractive to them....ugh.

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #32
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Caught a second one. I was kinda hoping I only had to kill one, but looks like I may have a war at my hands, and at this point, there will be casualties.

I have a webcam and web page up there so I can monitor it.

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Caught #3.

Going to need more traps for n+1 redundancy.
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cool web cam- sure beats watching that over usual trash reality TV..........
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nest time, go real skimpy on the peanut butter- you dont want to add too much. just a tad will do, and they will have to lick harder and snap the trigger.
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Also, put the opening of the trap near a wall. If you ever see one scurrying around, you will see that they generally run in corners (with a vertical wall on one side of their body). You will still catch them with your traps in the open like that, but you will catch more with them near a wall. At least that's been my experience.
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Also, put the opening of the trap near a wall. If you ever see one scurrying around, you will see that they generally run in corners (with a vertical wall on one side of their body). You will still catch them with your traps in the open like that, but you will catch more with them near a wall. At least that's been my experience.
That is 100% right. Its a practice used by rat pros, I understand. take advantage of their travel habits.
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This is up in the attic so there's not really any walls, it's hard to describe but it's just a really awkward space because of where the opening is, the peak of the roof is also very low angle so it's barely a wall, if I was to put it at the end, which I can't physically reach anyway.

This has worked ok so far, though it makes me wonder if I should set traps around the house, just in case. I put peanuts in the basement a while back and so far they're still there so it's a good sign, seems it's only the attic that has an entry point.

I'm still at 3 so far, but I've been keeping an eye on the traps just to be safe. I'm also thinking I should maybe put traps in my other attic to ensure that one is mouse free. It's a split level house so there's two separate attics. The other one is a huge pain to get into though. The opening is behind some storage shelves.
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I've been trying to figure out ways they could be getting in, it's hard to check now because of the snow and the fact that it's cold outside to be using a ladder, but here are some things I've thought of:

* Roof vents: Maybe they can fit under the flashing and go in that way? When I checked my vents real quick they look rather well sealed though so it's a tough call. But I suppose it's a possibility, I will inspect them closer in summer. I have a hot water heater chimney, an attic ventilation vent (one of those square ones that looks like a mini house) and the bathroom vent.

* Electrical mast: It goes through the eve part of the roof then along the wall outside. Maybe the hole has a gap to let them in the eves? Once they're in there, they're essentially in the attic.

* Shingles: Can they force themselves under shingles? Maybe I have a spot where the plywood is not right up against the next piece, and they can get to it that way? Though with the way shingles layer, I can't see that being possible...

* Brick vents: These are little spaces where mortar would normally go, but they are left open for ventilation of the wall. I'm pretty sure a mouse can fit in there. Could it get to the attic from here? I have steel wool in all of them, but I will have to double check them in summer as there's the possibility that some have it missing.

Also, for the mouse to actually get to the roof or the eve is a mystery to me. Are they able to climb brick? What about trees or electrical lines? I know squirrels and chipmunks can, but I'm not sure if a mouse can climb that well, or can they?

Anything else I should check? Another suspicion is there's a small section of siding where the roof meets the other roof. Though that was repaired by a pro when I bought the house. Here is a pic of how it was before. Now that I think of it, the other side was not repaired and looks something like that. Think that could be where the mice are getting in? The mice were in the top attic which is the higher roof in the picture.

Also what about where the sofit meets the brick? If mice can climb brick, think they could squeeze in there? There is most likely a 2x2 lumber going all around where the fascia border is screwed to though.


Just trying to think of every possibility so I can check all these in the summer. Really I should have tried harder to build a live capture trap as I could have let it go right on my property and there would be tracks of it going back in.

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Do you have a basement? You might try looking to see if there are any holes down there that would allow them access inside a wall from below. Maybe a hole drilled to run an electric wire? Mice do chew out holes in wood if the hole is already started.

Just a thought. Good luck.
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I do have a basement, but I confirmed it's not going down there. I placed peanuts on the ground as soon as I knew I had a rodent and they're still there. Should probably just replace that with a trap, but whatever works. I originally suspected the chase that goes up to the attic. Basically an open area for the hot water heater chimney and the bathroom fan vent. It's fairly well sealed though, but still can't rule it out.
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I Just spotted my first mouse 2 days ago in my basement and I caught 2 last night with snap traps. Have 4 traps set up down there now. I got a kick out of reading this.
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Did you ever see the trap made out of a bucket with water in it? It works very very well,little buggers crawl out there to no-man land spin around and fall in and DROWN.
Google it -U-tube has lots of stuff on it.
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Did you ever see the trap made out of a bucket with water in it? It works very very well,little buggers crawl out there to no-man land spin around and fall in and DROWN.
Google it -U-tube has lots of stuff on it.
if you use poison, a bucket of water placed nearby makes it easy to collect the rodents.

afaik, most of the consumer poisons make the little buggers really thirsty.

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