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Thread #75546   Message #2671792
Posted By: Genie
04-Jul-09 - 11:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Non-violent anti-mouse techniques?
Subject: RE: BS: Non-violent anti-mouse techniques?
As for blocking the rodents' ingress to the house, I'm afraid my current (exploding) mouse population may have made their way in via my cat, Grisabella.   I can't be sure, but I've lived in the same house for 29 years now, and I never had mice until about 18-24 months ago.   I've had at least one cat, sometimes a couple, since about 6 months after I moved in, but even though my house originally had large holes in the basement foundation, I didn't have mice during that first 5 months.   Later, even when the only cats I had were old and rather feeble, still no mice.   But although Grisabella, who is now about 11, used to catch and eat mice and still chases them, I've had a mouse problem for over a year.   I think maybe she brought me a live "present" a year or two ago, from outside, and it got away while she was playing with it, then proceeded to make more.

Thanks for warning me about the mice eating stuff like wiring. I have also had some trouble with some of the older wiring in my house in the past year or so, and it's possible the critters are to blame. I've discovered that they've not only eaten just about everything in my pantry that they could get to (jerky, cereal, pasta, packages of almonds, boxes of wine) but they've also chewed up lots of papers to make nests.

I may have to resort to the snap traps, but I have to make sure the cat can't get to them and that they're somewhere where I won't accidentally set them off with my fingers, having forgotten they were there.   I also won't use poison, for several reasons, not the least of which is not wanting mice dying inside my walls.    I'll try the makeshift coffee-can method and may buy a couple of the commercially available "humane mousetraps" such as:
Greenfeet Smart Mouse Trap

Mice Cube

Kness Tip-Trap 109-0-006 Live Capture Mouse Trap

Mouse Ketch-all

I'll get back to you if I have success.

Genie