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#727145 - 21st Sep 2012 9:41pm Mice
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We have got a bit of a mice problem in our garden,there are a lot of them about this year apparently.With having two dogs I didn't want to put poison down so I went on the net to look for a safe alternative and came across this innovative idea,put down trays of instant mash potato,the theory being that when they eat it,it will rupture their tiny tums when it expands.Well let me tell you that it doesn't work.The mice started to look as though they were on anabolic steroids and I'm sure word got around that there was free food at our house.So I'm afraid I went back to basics and started using mouse traps baited with peanut butter,now that works but it's not for the squeamish.I hope this helps others in a similar situation.

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#727146 - 21st Sep 2012 9:47pm Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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or if your humane get the mouse glue traps, the little fuckers get caught on them, take it somewere eg a park and squirt it with a little cooking oil, the glue is counteracted and the little barstard work their way free, the work really well too
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#727152 - 21st Sep 2012 10:31pm Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of baking soda ( Bicarbonate of soda)

Mix together and place in small bowls where you notice rodent traffic.

it's safe around household pets.

makes mice go pop as they can't fart raftl
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#727156 - 21st Sep 2012 10:38pm Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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Just borrow a cat for a few days and the mice disappear without the mass murder that the other remedies advocate.Then Mother Nature steps in and Raptors take over.Very clean, very normal.

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#727166 - 21st Sep 2012 11:02pm Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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We have got those plug ins they are supposed to send electric currents through the wall but dont think they are that powerful. They are tuite expensive too got 3 in house thinkin they will work. Dog has gone mad in the night a few times thinkin it could be mice comin in. Found lots of dropping outside.

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#727177 - 21st Sep 2012 11:50pm Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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EEEK you too?I mowed the lawn last week cos it was dry and for the last 3 days my cat has dumped mice on my back doorstep - cheers for that cat ... I'm thinking I must have upset a mousey house with my lawn hoover - it doesn't cut the grass it just sucks the grass out of the earth grrrr!

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#727182 - 22nd Sep 2012 12:19am Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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Did you mow over any mice?
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#727185 - 22nd Sep 2012 12:29am Re: Mice [Re: eddtheduck]
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A 'hysterically laughing ' smiley considering the extremely painful and prolonged death this method of killing would cause. Hmmmm.

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#727191 - 22nd Sep 2012 7:22am Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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I think our little visitors have come from the building at top of our road obv been disturbed by the workmen. I really cant stand them

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#727197 - 22nd Sep 2012 9:03am Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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If they are only in your garden why do you want to kill them ? Leave the poor buggers alone you cruel lot.

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#727201 - 22nd Sep 2012 9:13am Re: Mice [Re: Dilly]
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Originally Posted By: Dilly
If they are only in your garden why do you want to kill them ? Leave the poor buggers alone you cruel lot.
I agree with you Dilly,the taking of a life,any life, doesn't sit easily with me,but with having the back door open pretty much all the time for the dogs and with the cold weather coming,I'm worried that they will come inside seeking warmth and that I do not want.

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#727205 - 22nd Sep 2012 9:34am Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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I am not cruel if i find droppings in my kitchen and putting things in house to try and prevent them comin in

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#727213 - 22nd Sep 2012 11:08am Re: Mice [Re: ludwigvan]
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If these were shrews moles or voles you would probably think it was interesting to see, but a mouse that's a monster !

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#727215 - 22nd Sep 2012 11:16am Re: Mice [Re: Dilly]
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Originally Posted By: Dilly
If these were shrews moles or voles you would probably think it was interesting to see, but a mouse that's a monster !
I actually witnessed a molehill being formed while I was visiting Landican cemetery a while ago,marvellous.At least I hope it was a molehill and not some dissatisfied resident clawing his way out!

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#727241 - 22nd Sep 2012 1:03pm Re: Mice [Re: Dilly]
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Originally Posted By: Dilly
If these were shrews moles or voles you would probably think it was interesting to see, but a mouse that's a monster !


Are they house mice or field mice? Quite often they are field mice that come in from the gardens, when it has been very wet and their little nests get water logged.They usually disappear again of their own accord, BUT.. I had them last winter, (their nest had been disturbed with gardening work). Using the humane traps and a few snickers bars was fine. To put them back into their society, you have to take them a long way away, so they don't find their way back. Nightly walks to the bottom of the garden was not proving successful, it was not far enough.They were beginning to take up residence and so I thought it best to use poison and dispose of the family that had moved in, before anymore appeared. It seemed a less cruel option. Take the few to save the many.
So sad as it seems, quick action I think is better than delayed action. Sorry little mice please forgive!
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