WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a(7b8a)July 31, 2011

I just went down the hall to my entry door and a mouse ran across the hall. I am appalled. Please advise as to the best way to rid myself of any rodent.

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Dan Staley

Do what everyone else does: set a trap.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 8:37PM
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For a longer lasting deterrent, get a cat. Or two. Or three.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 9:25PM
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We have had cats and some did not even show any interest in chasing, much less catching, mice. Traps are much more effective depending on the bait used.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 7:01AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a(7b8a)

Thank you. I will look for a trap. What kind of bait is most effective?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 10:50AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

The old standby - peanut butter. Or bacon, or a strongly aromatic cheese. Traps are cheap, often sold in a 3 or 4 pack at the hardware store.

Do you have any ideas as to how/where mouse could get in? My BIL tried for a couple of years to figure out why they had intermittent evidence of mice, had resorted to keeping almost all food, dog food, in sealed containers - their pantry looked like an ad for Storables or Rubbermaid with nothing in the original packaging :)

In desperation, he pulled out the built in dishwasher and found a tiny gap in the floor where the plumbing was - packed it with steel wool with a screw driver and (knock on wood) - problem seems solved.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:12AM
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