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joyasmom
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 02:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I hate them! I mean, they're cute enough and I hate to kill one, but my house! It reeks. Partly of mouse leavings but traps weren't cutting it and they were abounding more and more so we finally resorted to poison, and that's the rest of the smell. They've chewed holes into my cupboards and crawl in over the backs of drawers and I don't even feel like living in my house, let alone having someone else step inside. I think I can tell a decrease in traffic now, but any suggestions? Esp on dealing with the smell?
Lauretta—Happy wife of Andrew, blessed mom of Anson (11/30/06), Arwen (7/21/08), Sean & Cedric (3/19/10), Cherie (1/2/13)
   
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 02:54 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My littlest begs for a pet mouse and loves any tiny little mice, whether fabric, plastic or whatever. While I'm reading your question, she comes in and says, "Mom, where's my mousie?" Cracked me up.

No, I don't want your mice. No ideas about the smell, either, unless you can find them somehow and get rid of them. Open windows?

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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 02:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
O dear. I'm sorry. We have mice too. No advise on the smell, but I can identify with not even wanting to live in my house some days. We had a professional come out to try to help us get rid of ours and he gave us big bait stations to put under the porches and behind the bushes. (Basically anywhere close to the house that the children won't get.) I've only noticed the smell about once. Maybe mine were all nice enough to stay outside when they died.
Nancy, wife to Jason, mom to Mia Nicole, Jenna Lynn and Ryan Andrew
   
winter babies
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 03:20 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Burn your favorite aroma of candle. It might at least cover up the smell a bit!
~Mary Jane
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& mother of Kenyon, Kimbria, Cherokee, & Havana
   
JoyInTheJourney
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 04:03 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Suggestion? How about not doing poison but doing this instead:

1. Get a 5 gallon pail
2. cut holes on the center of the bottom and top of a empty small peanut butter container.
3. poke a dowel rod through the container (make sure the holes are big enough for the container to spin freely).
4. cut notches in the pail for the dowel rod to sit in.
5. Smear peanut butter all over the outside of the container
6. pour a gallon or so of anti-freeze into the bucket.
7. put the bucket by a ledge or somewhere that the dowel is at a convenient height for the mice to climb onto.

How it works: the mouse goes onto the dowel rod and onto the peanut butter container because it smells like a good meal coming up. But then, to his dismay, the container spins, and he gets dumped into the anti-freeze where he dies very quickly.

As long as the level of the anti-freeze is higher than the level of the expired mice , there should be very little if any smell. I would DEFINITELY go for this over poison!!

~Judi
--Mommy to "K" (daughter)--July `12
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Magnolia
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 04:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
A number of years ago we moved into a mobile home that had an abundance of mice. We put up sticky traps (caught a mama & 2 babies on one trap the one time!), used foam insulation and/or steel wool around the pipes under the sinks, also filled up every little crack along the back edge of the cabinets and also stuffed any holes along the 'toe-kick' so that the mice couldn't go in or out of the cabinets. I got so sick and tired of having them get in the cabinets because that meant cleaning all the containers and silverware - again. They even chewed on the tupperware lids! If you can get something underneath your house to kill the mice that would help, too. About the smell -- would running an air purifier help?
Mom of K (15) and S (5)
   
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 05:02 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
CATS. Love my cats. they take care of mice, snakes and lizards. What more could I ask for?!
~Monica, wife to Eldon and mama to Makayla and Michael and Emily
   
natover
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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 05:35 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Kinda gross but a black snake under the house works GREAT! I hate snakes & so does my husband so he killed the black snake He saw in the yard one day & after that it seemed like I always had a mouse to deal with. I'd catch one on the sticky trap & a week or so later would see evidence of more. All the sudden there were no more mice. Just the other day, Micah saw a little black snake & it went under the house. Long as he stays under there I think I can handle it if it means no more mice in my house.
Wife of Micah ~
Mother of 5 beautiful children~
Olivia Kate ~ Aug. 3, 2006
Emily Sophia ~ Sept. 11, 2008 - Jan. 20, 2009
Wyatt Caleb ~ Feb. 25, 2010
Lincoln Matthew ~ April 6, 2012
Clark Alexander ~ Feb. 10, 2014

   
iamsoblessed
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 Posted March 23rd, 2012 08:52 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Quote:
eldmon2008 wrote:
CATS. Love my cats. they take care of mice, snakes and lizards. What more could I ask for?!


Same here. We don't have any mice in our house, in fact we never have, (our house is only 6 1/2 years old) But I contribute it to the cats. We used to have lots of mice in our garden shed, but not after we got 2 cats.

JoAnna
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mommy to:
Shalae Nicole 7
Shianne Brooke 6
Shania Jo 2
   
Sarah
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 Posted March 23rd, 2012 04:14 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My advice is to never use poison. I tried that at Jennifer's house and the results were horrible. Dead mice under the cupboards, behind the stove, in Jennifer's crocheting basket... don't tell her. I took it out and she never knew.
Since I hate snakes even worse than mice and since I am not willing to feed a cat, my favorite remedy is the old-fashioned snap traps with cheese or peanut butter for bait. Often I set them in the evening and Dan empties them in the morning before I get up. But if he's not around to empty them, I have sometimes resorted to throwing the whole trap in the garbage and buying more.
   
damys
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 Posted March 24th, 2012 06:58 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We have oodles of cats... plenty to share. We don't feed them except for scraps and milk from the barn and an occassional bag of cat food and mice. We use poison too, but I have only once had one die in the house.

Soon after we moved, the mice problem was so bad, everytime I opened a drawer or cupboard or put my foot in a boot, out jumped a mouse. Dana also went along the footer of our older house and stuffed every hole he found with spray insulation. I really think that helped too!


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joyasmom
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 Posted April 12th, 2012 01:19 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Just reporting back... Thanks for all your many good suggestions and just general support! I think we're finally over the hump. It's so great. We had been trying traps and that wasn't getting enough of them, as I mentioned before. We had also put out poison and that wasn't getting them all either. But we had mostly kept that in the cellar and attic. I went back to our local Southern States and got a different kind this time—Just One Bite. They did really well eating that and we got brave and stuck it in on the main level in places we felt sure the children wouldn't find it and still used traps some. Now it's been awhile since I've actually seen live mice around and I don't hear them in the trash cans at night or see their activity down here in the morning. I'm hoping I can clean the cupboards out now and that'll be final for awhile! I don't know what made the difference, but all our bad smell from dead mice seemed to stay down in the cellar, so all the mice that ate poison up here either went elsewhere to die or were the ones that came out and laid down in the hall and under the table or on the rug to die. It was kinda gross, but not as bad as finding them in hidden places decomposing. And I do have a husband, broom and dustpan, so we were good. And a small son that finds it fascinating fun to dispose of mice—even the ones in traps—since Mom doesn't like to. Love being taken care of by my males.
Lauretta—Happy wife of Andrew, blessed mom of Anson (11/30/06), Arwen (7/21/08), Sean & Cedric (3/19/10), Cherie (1/2/13)
   
mortal2
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 Posted April 19th, 2012 01:20 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We keep Just One Bite under the house at all times and never have mice or the smell. Back when I did have mice tho I used a lot of Yankee Candles! And Glade Pet odor reducer!
   



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