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home made mouse remover?
August 15, 2010
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bonita
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Any home remedies to rid kitchen (I'm afraid to check pantry) of mice. Right now, I think they're confined to under the sink. . . but the dog's been acting like  she hears something elsewhere. Looking for something serious but not toxic to pets.

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August 15, 2010
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About the only thing we have used in years are the sticky traps. I can't stand them …hubby takes care of them. We didn't have any mice last fall. Everyone else did but we had no problems. Go figure!

August 15, 2010
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How about a cat? lol. I'm not sure what they are called, but I guess they are like those sticky traps, a mouse goes inside, and I'm assuming it dies, and you don't even have to see the dead rat. I think you can get them at Lowe's.

August 16, 2010
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PEPPERMINT EXTRACT WORKS WONDERS – THEY HATE THE SMELL

SAFE & NON TOXIC TOO

Alis volat propriis

August 16, 2010
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Make sure there is nothing to eat for them.

I use big jars (the huge ones from pickles) to store things in my pantry (I got them from a care home, who buy that stuff in huge jars)

If there is nothing to eat..and maybe a cat to scare them of a bit…they will leave.

But as long there is anything for them to eat…they will stay.

August 16, 2010
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I didn't think I had anything open or available for mice to eat, and then discovered they were eating the wallpaper off the wall behind my dresser. ( possibly eating the wallpaper paste/adhesive? ) I live right on the edge of town and there is a field of corn one year and soybeans on alternate years right across the alley from our house. So——-we are always fighting critters. Mice, deer, raccoons,  possums, an occasional skunk. Never know what will be lurking out there at night.bug-eyedbug-eyedbug-eyed

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August 17, 2010
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It is sometimes amazing what critters will eat.  I had a problem once with them eating the homemade soap stored under the bathroom sink!  Now just about everything gets stored in plastic or glass.

August 17, 2010
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judydee said:

It is sometimes amazing what critters will eat.  I had a problem once with them eating the homemade soap stored under the bathroom sink!  Now just about everything gets stored in plastic or glass.


 

Hahahaha that mouse must have been swearing a lot, and his/her mom let him wash his mouth LOL

August 17, 2010
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quietstorm said:

PEPPERMINT EXTRACT WORKS WONDERS – THEY HATE THE SMELL

SAFE & NON TOXIC TOO


 

Hmmmm, Would it work as a preventive if you sprayed it outside around the foundation of of your house?

August 17, 2010
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Flatlander—

I don't know how clean his mouth was, but based on the amount of “leavings”, he was pretty clean on the inside.  Guess that soap was quite a purgative.  YUCK!!

August 18, 2010
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Mouse appetites  are funny, indeed. I discovered the problem because he/she was eating the label off the bottle of vegetable oil. My pantry is mostly cans and jars, or boxes packed in airtight heavy-duty plastic bins. Even so the mousies made a home in it last year…they nibbled at every roll of on-sale paper towels I had stashed. Gonna try that peppermint oil—let you know the outcome. (No one here but me to retrieve sticky traps…so I'm grateful for an alternative!)

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August 18, 2010
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The most effective deterrent we have ever had around here was black snakes.  We had NO problem with the little guys until one of the mature black snakes was accidently killed during a construction project.  Since then our snake population has disappeared, and the critters, of all kinds, have increased in and around the house.

We are still looking for the perfect solution, including finding another pair of snakes to encourage to take up residence here.  While I understand that in the country and in the woods I must learn to share airspace with a certain amount of unwanted wild life, I will NEVER learn to cohabit with rodents!  No, no, no!!!   surprised

Will try the peppermint extract, for sure.

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August 18, 2010
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We used to have a mouse problem in our kitchen too. We live in the country with wild fields and woods all around us. They were coming in under the built in dishwasher. I used to keep set traps under the edge of the dishwasher all the time and I would catch a mouse about every other day. Then we got two cats. Haven't had a mouse in the house since. Shadow, our male cat and night roamer outside, usualy brings one home about twice a week. He has really cut down on the mouse population.

 

Our dog Buck keeps the other animals at bay, I think. I haven't seen the groundhogs since we got him. I did see a skunk yesterday morning while having my coffee on the front porch, however. Buck was sitting beside me and never even saw the skunk, thank goodness!

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August 19, 2010
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My 2 dogs were “tagged” last week by a skunk..guess where they slept for 3 nights?

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