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Jeff Layman

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Dec 6, 2021, 3:46:38 AM12/6/21
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Anyone else suffering from a surfeit of these rodents? We usually trap
only one or two in the loft once every couple of years, but this year in
the last fortnight we've trapped a couple in the loft and three in the
kitchen. We don't leave food out, and can't work out where they're
getting in to the kitchen, although possibly it's where the cable to the
electric meter enters from the loft.

The SOT bit of DIY is in the baiting of the trap. Over the years we've
used peanut butter to bait the trap, but for some reason the mice have
mostly avoided setting off the trap (gentle licking, maybe?). I've had
complete success so far with half a hazelnut pushed into the peanut
butter. The peanut butter stops the mouse pulling the hazelnut free, so
it tries to gnaw it in place by pushing down on the nut...

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Brian Gaff (Sofa)

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Dec 6, 2021, 4:04:32 AM12/6/21
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I remember some time ago finding they were coming in from next door via a
small hole where the staircase was about half way up which was under the
stair cupboard on both sides. Fixed it and the rotten bit of floor in the
cupboard and no more rodents.
Brian

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alan_m

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Dec 6, 2021, 4:08:12 AM12/6/21
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I tend to get them each year just as the weather gets really cold. I've
now given up on traps as some mice seem to be able to avoid them and use
poison bait instead. The trick with bait is to replace it every time
some is taken as the mice will take it for storage or back to the nest.

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charles

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Dec 6, 2021, 4:28:43 AM12/6/21
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In article <sokila$8hu$1...@dont-email.me>,
Earlier this year, I found that a set of 4 traps, backed against the unit
plinth, was needed with the bait in the middle. I used the Magic Bait found
on ebay or Amazon

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Jeff Layman

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Dec 6, 2021, 4:56:03 AM12/6/21
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I'd use poison outside if I had a rat problem, but not with mice. If
they die inside the house it's usually in a place very difficult to
reach or not worth the effort (such as under T&G floorboards). You then
have to put up with the stink of a decomposing mouse for several days.

I find the pest-stop traps work well unless the mice are very small.

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nightjar

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Dec 6, 2021, 6:24:01 AM12/6/21
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On 06/12/2021 08:46, Jeff Layman wrote:
I use a single block from a bar of chocolate. Warm enough to be slightly
sticky, it pushes onto the wire bait holder without breaking. However,
the mice have to chew at it to eat it, which sets the trap off.

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Brian

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Dec 6, 2021, 6:50:30 AM12/6/21
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Some motorhome owners have problems with ‘visitors’ ( we’ve not, at least
yet). The most common tip to deter them is mints or peppermint oil.

Obviously trapping kills some that get in but if you can convince them to
stay away totally, so much the better. Let the cold kill them.

JNugent

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Dec 6, 2021, 7:43:26 AM12/6/21
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Adopt a cat. It works.

The Natural Philosopher

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Dec 6, 2021, 8:16:42 AM12/6/21
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On 06/12/2021 08:46, Jeff Layman wrote:
> Anyone else suffering from a surfeit of these rodents? We usually trap
> only one or two in the loft once every couple of years, but this year in
> the last fortnight we've trapped a couple in the loft and three in the
> kitchen. We don't leave food out, and can't work out where they're
> getting in to the kitchen, although possibly it's where the cable to the
> electric meter enters from the loft.

Yup. same here. They know ClimateChange™ is bollox and they are after
shelter.
I think one is lying dead across some cable as one circuit with no load
on (cooker I seldom use) trips the RCD. Guess what this weeks job will be.
>
> The SOT bit of DIY is in the baiting of the trap. Over the years we've
> used peanut butter to bait the trap, but for some reason the mice have
> mostly avoided setting off the trap (gentle licking, maybe?). I've had
> complete success so far with half a hazelnut pushed into the peanut
> butter. The peanut butter stops the mouse pulling the hazelnut free, so
> it tries to gnaw it in place by pushing down on the nut...
>
I've caught 4 (until last years trap disintegrated: more on order) - on
cheddar cheese rammed into the bait platform, You cant lick cheddar.
They've eaten several plastic caps on oil bottles, so maybe they would
eat that as bait as well - PVC!

I think there are about two left. Friend said one as big as a small rat
poked its head in. I haven't caught him yet


I've had no cases of bait gone trap still set. Two managed a bit of a
trek before they expired. The last one was still twitching so I bashed
it little head in. Stayed twitching for some time after that. Not much
brain there, more central nervous system,

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Rod Speed

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Dec 6, 2021, 9:22:41 AM12/6/21
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Not always. Some cats are useless and some are very fussy about what they
will eat.

Peeler

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Dec 6, 2021, 11:40:53 AM12/6/21
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soup

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Dec 6, 2021, 1:07:02 PM12/6/21
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On 06/12/2021 09:55, Jeff Layman wrote:
> with mice. If
> they die inside the house it's usually in a place very difficult to
> reach or not worth the effort (such as under T&G floorboards). You then
> have to put up with the stink of a decomposing mouse for several days.

That's a thing I have always (FSVOAlways)wondered about.
What happens if a mouse dies of natural causes , old age, disease etc
, but it dies in an unaccesible part, does the rotting corpse still smell?

Jeff Layman

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Dec 6, 2021, 1:56:42 PM12/6/21
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It would smell, but in the majority of cases it would get caught outside
by a predator.

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Rod Speed

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Dec 6, 2021, 7:59:54 PM12/6/21
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Jeff Layman <jmla...@invalid.invalid> wrote
> On 06/12/2021 18:07, soup wrote:
>> On 06/12/2021 09:55, Jeff Layman wrote:
>>> with mice. If
>>> they die inside the house it's usually in a place very difficult to
>>> reach or not worth the effort (such as under T&G floorboards). You then
>>> have to put up with the stink of a decomposing mouse for several days.
>>
>> That's a thing I have always (FSVOAlways)wondered about.
>> What happens if a mouse dies of natural causes , old age, disease
>> etc
>> , but it dies in an unaccesible part, does the rotting corpse still
>> smell?
>
> It would smell,

Mine don’t. I have a concrete slab on the ground so do fine
the occasional dead mouse when moving stuff in the house.

The corpses are surprisingly flat and no sign of rotting.

> but in the majority of cases it would get caught outside by a predator.

That’s bullshit in winter.

alan_m

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Dec 6, 2021, 8:32:02 PM12/6/21
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On 06/12/2021 09:55, Jeff Layman wrote:
I did think I had a rotting mouse recently in my kitchen. I looked in
all cupboards and removed kick-boards etc. It was only after a few hours
when I went into my garden that I realised the the smell was coming from
the outside and more to do with plant life dying back.

The Natural Philosopher

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Dec 7, 2021, 1:21:05 AM12/7/21
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I shot a hare or a bunny eating my alstromerias, and left it on the lawn
for 24hrs. I went out next day to see if it was worth skinning and
eating, but the crows had beat me to it. Just a skeleton. I threw that
into the field for the foxes.

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The Natural Philosopher

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Dec 7, 2021, 1:22:36 AM12/7/21
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Year ago I had a Terrible Smell. Eventually it went away. A couple of
months later I lifted my camera bag from the floor and found a dead
mouse that had crawled under to escape the cat.

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Brian Gaff (Sofa)

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Dec 7, 2021, 3:48:18 AM12/7/21
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OK as long as you don't have pets or visiting cats etc.
Brian

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Mike Rogers

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Dec 8, 2021, 11:54:06 AM12/8/21
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On 06/12/2021 09:08, alan_m wrote:
> On 06/12/2021 08:46, Jeff Layman wrote:
>> Anyone else suffering from a surfeit of these rodents? We usually trap
>> only one or two in the loft once every couple of years, but this year
>> in the last fortnight we've trapped a couple in the loft and three in

Spiral pasta works very well on mouse traps.

Mike
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