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Can you ever get rid of mice?
« on: May 10, 2012, 06:30:37 AM »
I arrived at my camp this spring to find the camper overrun with mice. I trapped 9, and haven't seen one for 3 weeks- until last night. The temperature dropped into the 40's, and they're back. I sprayed a nasty repellant, but evidently they prefer that to the cold. Any ideas on how to discourage them? There is no food in the camper; I store it off-site. They have a plug-in ultrasonic repellant- do those work?

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 06:51:40 AM »
No,I don't think so. BUT you can control them. My Mother always said, no disgrace in having them,just a disgrace not doing something about them.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2012, 06:59:39 AM »
I've caught more mice under the plug in repeller than anywhere else  :D

They are getting in somewhere. Go around with spray foam or tin patches.

I battled with them for 10 years in this house and just had my first winter without them  8)
But they have found a way into the walls of my camper.... lots and lots of traps slowed that down.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2012, 07:28:41 AM »
Before the first person tells you to use dryer sheets I'll keep you from wasting your time. We put them in the dozer and backhoe along with a trap in each. Caught just as many in the trap as without the sheets.

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2012, 07:56:38 AM »
Don't think theirs any surefire way,except a hungary cat,but thats no good when your not around.The old bucket trick works to thin them out but will stink if your not there. Frank C.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012, 07:56:56 AM »
even  companies like black and decker sells those plug in things that are supposed to repel pests. mice seem to ignore them roaches love them. i wonder what they repel?

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 08:05:47 AM »
I just finished a mouse repair job yesterday.  It climbed up the camper cover, entered through the frig vent, and proceeded to chomp paper towels and carry the bits to the top of the frig and build a nest.

I had to disconnect the LP line, power, remove the mounting screws, and then slide the frig out.  I removed the nest, vacuumed, and then used handi-wipes to clean everything.  It cut the flame meter wires, so solder and heat shrink fixed that.

Next, I pop riveted " hardware cloth over both of the frig vents to prevent a further invasion.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2012, 08:30:51 AM »
It all ways seems campers are a magnet for mice. Cussed little buggers. A few years back my son and I arrived late in the night at the camp, and once hooked up turned on the furnace. Everything ok up to this point, that is until the furnace fan kicked on. Through out the camper shredded toliet tissue blew out every vent. Next day I filled every crack I could find with spray foam. That worked for for a while until they chewed a hole around the slide-out seal. I've decided there's only one sure way to get rid of the mice ........ sell the camper.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 09:36:18 AM »
Maybe get this pair of mousers. http://www.wimp.com/catowl/

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 09:49:53 AM »
The only long term solution that I know of is cats. They will keep the mice under control and at bay for the most part.

Note; I did NOT say they would rid you of your mice. they will control them very effectively. The more mice you have, the more cats you need. When I was farming we had between 35 and 40 of the critters on the farm. They were just part of the livestock.

Only problem I found was that the bank wouldn't accept them as a valuable asset on our asset list. I know they saved at least a few thousand a year in feed and other damage that the mice over run would have caused if we hadn't had them.
   
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 10:04:21 AM »
 :D That film clips reminds me of the nursey ryme ."an owl and a pussycat  in a pea green boat " Odd bed mates so to speak .I've been to two county fairs and one goat roping but I've never seen the likes of that for sure .

Mice,feret maybe or a Jack Russel terrier . You'd have to catch the feret though and the Jack Russel would destroy the cabin getting at the mice but sure as God made little green apples the little dawg would get-er-done .

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 10:35:24 AM »
I used the stickey paper you can buy at hardware and big box stores.  Mouse crawls over the paper and gets stuck.  I take mouse and paper out to the front yard and wait for the resident hawk. Just like the National Geographic movies....dive....snatch....eat.

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 11:11:30 AM »
I think the only sure way to "not have mice" would be to not provide them with anything to eat or a place to hide!

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2012, 11:41:58 AM »
I know its not the green or the popular way to go, but if I had a place that I visited infrequently (and I do), I use DeCon (Warfarin).  Put it out when you leave and pick it up when you arrive, so your pets don't get into it.  Our cabin in Canada used to be a great winter hotel for the buggers.  No problem now.  Trapping only gets the mice that are there at present.  New ones will always find their way in if there's food or shelter from the cold available.  They reproduce very, very quickly.  So, if I see signs of them when I arrive, I trap.  But I always take Decon to leave out during my time away.  They are too destructive to go untreated.  Our mouse problem has been significantly lessened with this method.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2012, 02:26:59 PM »
I'll second the Jack Russell !  Cat's like to play with the mice and it seems like they never do want them all gone...the Jack kills right now, and is looking for more!
I find them all the time in airplanes, and the best solution there has been to take tin or aluminum sheet that's about 2' high and form a circle around the tires or anything that's hanging down for them to crawl up on. If it's high enough, they can't jump it and can't get enough traction to climb it, so they stay out.
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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2012, 02:52:34 PM »
I use the 5 gallon pail and peanut butter trick....instead of using water i use anti-freeze...no smell.

I don't think there is anyway of getting rid of them!

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2012, 03:17:55 PM »
Hmmm- Not much I can do, I guess. I don't know how I'd seal up the camper- there are many openings, and they come in through the A/C unit, which I can't seal well either. I have the camper in my barn, but there's no way to seal that up, either. I don't really mind 'em, but if one crawls on me in the middle of the night, I'll scream like a little girl. :D

I have to live here for the next year or so while I build my house- I guess the war is on!
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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2012, 04:21:57 PM »
I've found poison to be the best way to hold the population in check. And I don't wait until they have already infested (taken up residence) inside, as then they die inside.
Found that poison before residency is found and removed to where their residence is at, and they pack the poison off and as well, die there.
Once in, they die in and then stink until they dry out.

If already in residence, then I use traps.

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Re: Can you ever get rid of mice?
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2012, 05:51:08 PM »
+1 on chemical warfare.

It will take a few days, maybe a week or so, but the best I've found is something called Tomcat Ultra in the granular trays. The solid bait didn't seem to do much, as near as I could tell. The active ingredient is called Bromadiolone.

For an organic method, you could try a King Snake. The logic there is if you don't get rid of the mice, they are going to attract snakes anyway. At least you get to choose what kind of snake.

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2012, 06:34:33 PM »
Around these parts that serpent would be a 6 foot black snake .

There's one the house right now,mouse not snake .Lawdy were it the later Mrs Smith would beat it with her broom and probabley do more damage than a pack of Jack Russels in the process .

I set out the mouse traps .Just a matter of time,snap .

We have scads of red tail hawks and great horned owls .They're pretty good mousers ,squirrelers, occasionally catters .Small cats that is .Big ones they don't fool with .


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