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    • bob_regis
    • By bob_regis 1st Mar 06, 8:49 PM
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    Getting rid of rats/mice (merged threads)
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    • 1st Mar 06, 8:49 PM
    Getting rid of rats/mice (merged threads) 1st Mar 06 at 8:49 PM
    I walked into the kitchen yesterday and saw a black rat/mouse move towards our bin in the kitchen, it came from the utility room.

    Now what can I do to get rid of them?
    Should I buy the rat poison and leave it around or buy traps? How much should I buy and how long does it take to do the trick?

    Is there anything else that I should do?
    Do I need to tell the council?

    All help appreciated.
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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 6th Oct 17, 12:44 PM
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    I was under the impression that mice usually die from heart attack once caught by a cat, also even the slightest cut turns septic once infected with cat saliva and they quickly die from that too, so it may have darted off and died in a shoe somewhere.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    Lets hope so - because there's no sign of one !!
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 6th Oct 17, 1:10 PM
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    Spotted some droppings by the gas fire in the front room - have moved traps to there !!
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 7th Oct 17, 11:09 AM
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    Spotted some droppings by the gas fire in the front room - have moved traps to there !!
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    My own top tip is to never touch the trap with your bare hands (not that most people would want to anyway). Mice don't like changes to their environment and are sensitive to human smells, so it can take a while for a new trap to work.... if you move them around with bare hands then it is effectively a case of starting all over again.

    What did you plan to do with any you catch humanely? If it is put them in the garden then bear in mind you may be catching the same ones again next week
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 7th Oct 17, 11:11 AM
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    stop feeding the cats, they will soon get rid of the mice
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 7th Oct 17, 11:14 AM
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    My own top tip is to never touch the trap with your bare hands (not that most people would want to anyway). Mice don't like changes to their environment and are sensitive to human smells, so it can take a while for a new trap to work.... if you move them around with bare hands then it is effectively a case of starting all over again.

    What did you plan to do with any you catch humanely? If it is put them in the garden then bear in mind you may be catching the same ones again next week
    Originally posted by EachPenny
    It's rats that are neophobic, rather than mice.
    If OP catches a mouse humanely, they need to release it a few miles from their house.
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
    • Clairabella
    • By Clairabella 7th Oct 17, 12:33 PM
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    If you do manage to catch him in a humane trap, don't make the mistake I did of having a little peek at him. He jumped out in a flash and I had to start over!!

    Another time we had trails of droppings and couldn't find any mice. I brought in the local council who were bemused with the trails as they were not in the usual places. They set bait and a while later I moved a sofa and picked up what I thought was one of my son's toys only to find it was a very dead bat!!
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 8th Oct 17, 4:28 PM
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    Still no sign of him/her
    Is it true that mice can live on paper - ie) Enough energy to keep them alive ?
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 8th Oct 17, 4:29 PM
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    It's rats that are neophobic, rather than mice.
    If OP catches a mouse humanely, they need to release it a few miles from their house.
    Originally posted by maninthestreet
    If I do catch it - it is going over the fence to next doors garden !!
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 11th Oct 17, 8:48 AM
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    Outfoxed by mouse
    Mouse is stil running around somewhere in the house
    Spotted fresh droppings on window cill in hallway yesterday - 3 feet off the ground, with no way of climbing up there !!
    Set traps around the area - but none yet caught !
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 12th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
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    At last - mouse captured (after almost two weeks) and disposed of in the garden waste recyling bin (collected this morning) - so it will have the freedom to roam around the recyling site !!
    It was a largish grey mouse about 3 inches long + tail
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/33koxb6khnijecb/mouse%20workout.gif?dl=0
    Last edited by 50Twuncle; 12-10-2017 at 10:44 AM.
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