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8/2/13 11:31 P

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I am a woman and a wimp... mouse traps no way... I use the poison packages... I use wilsaron .I find that putting it near the pipes..I sometimes leave it near the pipes in a 5 unit building that I look after... I don't have a problem but if I do I find out by the empty package... not by seeing them... when I know about it they are dead.

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
3/17/13 9:33 A

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Oh - and our cat IS a female. She's killed a couple but played with others. Worn them out at least so that my husband could catch them and get rid of them... but that's not exactly as effective as I'd like!

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
3/17/13 9:31 A

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Thanks everyone for the mouse tips. I think we'll end up putting out poison when we go skiing for a few days... we always take the cat with us so that would give the mice time to die before we brought her back in the house. Then I will most DEFINITELY be trying the peppermint trick... I use Peppermint Essential Oil often, so I've already go it around, and we also have peppermint plants outside. Hopefully all the mice will have eaten the poison and died before we get back from skiing AND the snakes wake up!

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3/17/13 3:50 A

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I didn't knowtat about cat gender. Gave two males who always toy with the mice but rarely eat them and I thought it was just because my ats are well fed. I may go get a female!

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3/16/13 8:26 P

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We have also had mice coming indoors and you are right, where there is one, there are always more. We have some really effective traps (I think they are made by Rentokil) and we bait them with peanut butter. Works every time, the mice just love it! I recommend putting them out every night for a while and would also be reluctant to try poison unless you could be sure your animals could not get at it. We also have plenty of snakes about but I think the mice breed too quickly to be kept down by them.

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3/16/13 2:52 P

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I got those poison packets and put them where I saw the droppings. the mice will eat and take some back to their nest to share and to save for later. I have never seen a dead mouse in my house. But the dropping has stopped. I went through about 3 boxes before I stopped seeing dropping. I left the poison where the dropping were just in case some more show up. So far I haven't had any new ones. - it's been a few years now. I have 4 cats and 2 dogs that live inside and haven't had a problem with them getting sick.

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3/16/13 1:24 P

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I don't have any additional suggestions on getting rid of the ones you have, but here is a suggestion to help prevent future problems. Mice don't like peppermint. You can soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them in your cabinnets and drawers to keep them out, added benefit you get a pleasent scen when you op0en them up. You can also place the cotton balls near where you think they may come in. You may have to reaply the oil occasionally to keep it working. You can also make sachets by cutting 4 inch squares of fabic, putting crushed peppermint leaves in middle then tie them up. If after a time the scent decreases you can add a little oil.

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3/16/13 1:06 P

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get a female cat that likes to hunt, we have a part Siamese that loves to hunt. and when mice are around cut back on their rations. Don't get as male cat because they just play with them, females hunt for food. As for traps use a sticky food like peanut butter

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3/16/13 12:41 P

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I hate to admit it, but I had to resort to poison. I put EVERYTHING into Mason jars, ran EVERYTHING through the dishwasher then stored them upside down and STILL there was urine and poop in the kitchen. I just couldn't chance spreading diseases to my family and friends for whom I cook.

As you noted, you would have to be diligent to keep the poison away from your cat (I have two dogs) BUT you will also need to hunt daily for any mouse bodies so they aren't ingested.

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
3/16/13 12:25 P

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What do you do??? Traps aren't working (the bugger either doesn't grab the goods OR escapes somehow OR if on the rare occasion we do catch one, there is another one around within 2 weeks) and although I know poison is extremely effective I have issues with it on so many fronts - including that we have a cat and my parents had a cat that died from getting into poison. Never mind the wonderful snakes that live (outside) around here that will soon be waking up...

We've done the obvious - remove food (as best possible), stuff steel wool in obvious escape routes, etc.

What would you do? Go with the poison or something else? They're here - so it's no longer a point of deterring them... we need to GET RID of them!

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