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DH keeps setting traps. We keep getting mice in the traps. Jasmine killed one herself a few months back. Yet, still we keep seeing them in the basement. DH was watching a movie tonight and one crawled up on the couch and jumped into his popcorn bowl. Yesterday, he tried to set the popcorn bowl down and it spilled. Today, the popcorn that was spilled was gone. Now, Jasmine likes eating popcorn, so we blamed her. DH now thinks it's the rodent who enjoyed the leftover popcorn. Yikes! We are going to have to figure out how they get in.
I think we may have finally solved the bat problem, but now we have to deal with the mice. Fortunately, the traps fit under the entertainment center, so that Jasmine can't get at them.
I would have DIED if I was eating popcorn and a mouse jumped into the bowl. YIKES!! I love little furry critters, but only when they're in a cage.
But bats????? I'd take mice over bats any day. Nothing freaks me out more than bats!!
Good luck with this!
I was on the other side of the basement, when it happened. I don't think he was eating the popcorn anymore. He just happened to see something moving! LOL! The bats don't freak me as much as when we first started seeing them. Some we managed to get outside, without ending their lives. Others weren't so lucky.
Yikes, I would call in the professionsals! We had mice in the first house we lived in and it would freak me out when I saw one.
ditto Annie on the professional. If you can't get rid of them with regular traps time to get the yellow pages out.
for the record - I'd take mice over bats anyday too. Had a bat in here once, swooping around my living room, I think my kids heard a few words mom's are not supposed to say that day.
We've had critter problems, too. Did you see my post regarding $400 worth of damage due to mice nesting in my van engine?! *Hopefully* we have it under control now, with the help of Terminix and work we had done to prevent critters from entering the house. The Terminix guy said we had evidence of mice, bats and flying squirrels in the attic. We have several mouse traps in the garage and have nabbed quite a few. Hopefully that's the end of it because we haven't caught any for awhile now.
When we moved into our new house, we had a horrible problem with mice too. We called Terminix. The only way we could get rid of them was to use the bait boxes. The regular traps just didn't take care of it. Terminix also helped us locate where they were coming in, so we could fix the problems. I haven't seen a mouse in the last few months.
Good luck! I hope you get rid of them soon.
Can you borrow a neighbors Cat?>..<
You're all giving me the willies. LOL
Cats make DH sneeze, so it's not really an option.
We have two cats, but they're definitely not mousers. LOL! Besides the fact that we don't want them eating mice and possibly getting worms. Yuck.
I think you should call a pro tomorrow. If they're in the basement they're really in the entire house, their nest is probably just in the basement. But trust me, they're wandering EVERYWHERE. (including your kitchen and your bedrooms while you sleep....Pa Ingalls had one chewing on his hair in bed....) I think I'd have moved out by now....ack!!! Your traps aren't cutting it and spring is coming when they will have tons of babies. You need a pro NOW, before all that happens. Good luck.
Have you tried poison? We never had luck with traps. Tons of mice around here because we live in the middle of cornfields!! They were terrible our first year here. Traps don't work IMO. We use D-Con for mice. DH baits the crawl space, attice, and garage about twice a year. We rarely see one now, and 99% of the time when we do he's eaten the poison and on his way to happy mouse heaven. Usually we just find dead ones, and they don't smell because the poison dries them out.
Within 6mths of moving in they were walking around the house in broad daylight and Riff was getting them. There was mouse poop on my K counters and in my linen closet. I was freaked! The d-Con did it and we've been good ever since.
Ditto on the poison!! We have used that and it worked.
We saw 2 scorpions in our house 3 weeks ago and I had the house sprayed immediately. ugh I can't handle bugs or rodents. ewwwwww...
Just be careful with poison. If a neighbourhood cat eats a mouse that has eaten the poison, the cat can die, too. I do empathize with you, though. I wouldn't want them in my house. They are in our garden shed and when I open the door, they'll go scurrying. It gives me he heeby-jeebies. And we have THREE cats!!
With the dog, poison would make me nervous. He did set up some traps last night and did get one. So, we are thinking that popcorn-bowl mouse is in mouse heaven now.
With kids and cats - I don't like the idea of poison.
I had mice in my old house and now we have them in the attic here. The rule of thumb is there are never less than at least 6 together. Call a pro. Good luck.
We have 2 dogs Dawn, but the poison is never where they can get to it and same for Natalie. It's crawl space, attic, and under the workbench in the garage, which they could never get to either. My dogs don't "eat" their kills either. Just bring them to the door.
Those are the primary places to really nail them.
We just put the bait box in our attic, and a furnace closet. They were coming in at these two places. But, we don't have pets, so I didn't have to worry about that. And, my dks can not get where the bait boxes are because they are both locked.
Since you have a dog, I would probably worry about using the poison.
LOL I deal with mice all the time I live by farm grounds and all they need is to sqeeze under door and there in, they get there snoot in then they get the rest in. I put glue traps in the drop ceiling and I get 2-3 a week at times. I will not use the poison again as soon as some ate it they went for drink and then went to find place to die and sometimes find them in my dresser drawers yikes.
You can keep catching them, but it will never end until you find their entrance point(s). We had rats in our attic for the longest time. DH closed all sorts of tiny openings that MIGHT be an entrance but w/ no luck. Finally, when we redid a section of the roof, DH found the big whole under the tiles where he never would have found it. Got the new roof and no rats since.
Rats would creep me out even more than mice. (Did anyone see the pictures of that KFC/Taco Bell in NYC that had rats? Ugghh!) Rats are cute in pet stores, but I would freak if I ever had one in my house.
DH and DD are deathly afraid of snakes. They don't bother me (tho I wouldn't want one in my house ), but rats do it for me.