It's mouse season

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by viverrid, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Cold weather coming. The critters are trying to get inside. I have been catching mice most days for about a week. One or two per day. Sticky traps. Sometimes there is a trap with lots of fur on it (and shit) where one was temporarily caught and got away. Something like this happens every year about this time but this may be a high.

    All the traps are in inhabited rooms and are checked every morning. The mice patrol at night. Customarily I would drop the whole assembly in a paper bag, then WHAP! the bag on a counter for a quick kill. But not only was I running out of bags, some of the mice are barely stuck on there and I was worried that one would squirm off as I was picking it up.

    So now I put a second sticky on top, making a mouse sandwich. Then I WHAP! the sandwich and drop that in the trash. These traps didn't cost much per trap, I bought a bulk case of traps a couple of years ago from a restaurant supply store and I still have a lot left. These are a cardboard card with the sticky stuff on it, not a plastic tray like consumer-store traps usually sell for several dollars per 2 or 4 pack. The commercial stickies can also be folded into a tunnel, and have side tabs that can be folded to make more of a tray, or left flat and slid under a baseboard.
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  2. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    Yup, they are out there. I only got one in the house in the past 10 years, but they are still out there. Just discovered two nests in the wood pile as I started using the woodstove. The suckers are crazy. Also, several mice holes near the foundation - since they cannot get in, they seem to bury themselves close to the warmth.

    I usually look for them with a .22 loaded with CB shorts, low velocity. Hardly makes a noise. Of course, this is outside only.

    Watch out for Hantavirus
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  3. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    Makes seriously short work of mice in the house:

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    Also a good hiking partner. Great company for afternoon naps too.




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  4. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Did you start harness training very early? Not that many cats will take a harness but I theorize that people start when the cat is too mature.
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  5. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    He is a Bengal - the breed is generally okay with a harness. We got him as a rescue when he was about 18 months. He adapted to the harness quickly but it took a LOT of patience to get him well trained enough to be a good hiking partner. Very cool animal: intelligent, fast, strong and bold.


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  6. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    This has been a partiularly bad year for the little bastards. They made nests in two bikes in my shop,,,, destroyed the wiring harness on an ST1300 and occupied the airbox on a Goldwing. Trapped 18 of them in week following.

    This morning I opened the door of my van and found mouse turds all over the place. Found a small nest under the seat among the wiring. Hopefully they will be taken care of by the traps I left tonight.
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  7. PhilB

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    My wife's cat has caught and eaten quit a few in the last couple of months. Hopefully he'll bring my kitten up to speed soon and he can eat a few as well.

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  8. V8

    V8 Night Stalker

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    What traps seem to be most effective?
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  9. McDuff

    McDuff Been here awhile

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    Nice looking cat, that's cool that you take him hiking with you.

    I've had the best luck with the plastic ones. Use a small dab of peanut butter for bait.
    Wear a dust mask whenever dealing with mouse turds.
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  10. GirlRyder

    GirlRyder Queen of Flugistan

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    He is absolutely stunning. How lovely to be both decorative and useful! :raabia
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  11. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    I know this is a thread about mice ( and I am running a trapline myself at present) but that is a magnificent feline.

    And I'm a dog-person!
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  12. Happy Seal

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    My cat is a good mouser but not real smart in the brains!


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  13. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Nice! It's like, Let me the hell out now!
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  14. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I'm not a cat person but wow, thats an amazing critter. Those whiskers are soooo cool!
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  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    google the 5 gallon bucket trap. I've used them for years. Got another little sob a few hours ago.
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  16. Fire Escape

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    That worked about the best for me. I had it outside near where I thought they were getting in which only works until it starts freezing over night. I had 3 mice and 2 chipmunks in one 'set', after that there were a lot less scratching noises in the walls.


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  17. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Do the chippies come inside? I've never had one visible inside, dunno if they were in the walls. I think ours stay out under the garden shed.

    Oh yeah, got another mouse today, sticky trap. I don't like using poison. Some say it is inhumane but even aside from that, then they go die someplace where I don't (or can't) spot them, and they rot & stink. Or if I do find them much later it is gross. One year we did try poison and weeks later ended up finding 6 dead concealed among stored stuff in the basement; knew what general area by the smell.
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  18. NHBill

    NHBill Loosely Wrapped

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    I like Henry's idea best :D
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  19. Boatman

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    I just use the standard spring loaded wooden base traps. Pack the trigger with peanut butter so they have to work at getting the bait.

    Also have used the bucket traps in my storage building. In freezing weather I pour in some rv anti freeze.
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  20. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    The farm house in Vermont had resident squirrels in the attic during the winter months. Would scurry around every night. For 10 years. Probably the same two squirrels. Mice came and went. Part of the "charm" of living in the country.

    Great reason to live in NJ! The mice get poisoned by the toxic dumps, and the BUGS are destroyed as soon as they take flight! Air is too toxic for them! Windshields and face masks stay clean all summer long! :D
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