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Visitor [Apr. 18th, 2003|10:30 pm]
Peter Sheil
I had a visitor this evening.

I was sitting on the sofa reading the e-mails that had collected over the previous day when out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. Scuttling over the floor was a cute little mouse. After a little investigation using a high power torch I found it cowering in an inaccessible corner of the room. I went to get a plastic bowl to try and drop onto it to trap it and take it outside but by the time I got back it had hidden itself.

I went back to the sofa and after a few minutes I saw another scuttle and it ran back into the kitchen - I couldn't see where it went. Since then I've been investigating every small sound I hear - I think most of them are from people in the next-door flat.

Points to note:-

  1. my flat is one floor above ground level - how did it get up here? (the mouse that is)

  2. there is no door between the kitchen and the lounge at the moment.

  3. there are lots of mouse edible things in the lounge right now - piles of papers, clothes, new colour printer, sofa, books and so on.

  4. I'm mostly working away from home during the week and only home at weekends.



Any suggestions - ideally not too nasty for the mouse but if it comes to a choice between my books or the mouse then the mouse gets it :)

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: angel2dy4
2003-04-18 04:44 pm (UTC)

Hate those....

pesky lil' shits! I caught one last night in a trap! *snap* bye bye mousy!

Ang =o)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-19 12:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Hate those....

No sign of it today - hope it just goes away. I'm going to put all my papers and other 'mouse edibile' stuff in plastic boxes foe safety.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-18 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...
Mouse traps are not good, I can tell you that. Modern mice are too clever.

Remove all mouse-edible things? I don´t think the mouse would eat your sofa or printer though.

On a good note, it is warm and mice should not need indoor shelter anymore. Mabye you could tell that to your mouse to make it go?

Make sure it´s not building a nest anywhere behind your furniture (might use newspapers or clothes for that) and clean everything really well, with bleach or something.
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[User Picture]From: angel2dy4
2003-04-18 06:38 pm (UTC)

Actually...

we caught ours with a mouse trap last night - first try! Ya just gotta hide the cheese really good to make them work for it when they try to get it!

I'm gonna put another trap out tonight in case there was more than one.

Ang =o)
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
that is lucky!

The 2 times we had raps, they never worked. :(
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
raps --> traps
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-19 12:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Actually...

Good luck
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-20 11:00 am (UTC)

Re: Actually...

Any more mice found?

No more signs of mine, touch wood.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-19 12:52 pm (UTC)

Re:

If it's building a nest I think it is in the kitchen, but I'd have to remove fiffed cupboards to find out if it is or not.

No sign of it today so hopefully it will just go away. I'm going to put all papers into plastic mouse proof boxes and hope for the best.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-19 01:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe it was just temporarely sheltering itself.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-18 05:00 pm (UTC)
cat??
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-19 12:54 pm (UTC)

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If I were around more then maybe, even though all pets are banned from the flats, but with being away all week it would not be fair on the cat :(
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2003-04-19 01:27 pm (UTC)
True. Cats need someone to be around.
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-04-18 06:35 pm (UTC)

After living in the country & dealing with such a perdictiment I read up on mice. They have the ability to squeeze into really small places. If they can get their nose in to it they can squeeze through a space as small as the end of a pencil. Ah yes, government funding well distributed ;-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-19 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re:

Yes I know they can get through very small gaps. I guess if I see more signs of it then I'll have to get traps and / or poison for it.
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-04-21 08:52 am (UTC)

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If you want to get rid of it quickly, use that dry bait & place a bowl of water close by. It makes them very thirsty & the water consumed makes the pellets swell...well I am certain you can guess the rest,ick. But that way you will know you have gotten the problem dealt with. Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-21 11:29 am (UTC)

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Thanks.

The mouse was back last night, so I've bought a baited trap which they should die in and a traditional spring trap in case I need a backup. I've also reattached the door to the kitchen (my sister took it off while she was living here to make the place lighter and airier) so that should limit the mice to the kitchen.

I'm working in London tomorrow (it was a holiday here on Monday) so I'll see either Tuesday morning or evening. I'll be driving back to Cardiff on Wednesday morning early and haven't got anywhere booked to stay so will have to arrange that during the day.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-04-21 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re:

Use peanutbutter to attract them to the spring trap. Pet Miss Mouse the Kitty. See you then. Have a care :-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-22 04:28 pm (UTC)

Re:

Yep, I got peanut butter already, but mostly for me :)
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-04-24 09:02 am (UTC)

Re:

LOL
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-04-21 05:10 am (UTC)
Our house was infested with mice for a while. We could hear them in the walls. And they became quite bold and would come out and steal dogfood and then sit there and eat it in front of us. Then we got Ruby. We hardly ever see mice any more.

But since a cat seems to be out of the question, I have a recipe for mouse plaster that I'll be happy to share if you like. Basically the mice eat it, and when they drink the plaster hardens and they turn into little statues. There's no actual poison involved, so it's much better for the environment. Additionally, you're less likely to find little carcasses lying around the house since they likely go outside to drink. And if any cats find and eat the remains, they won't be harmed.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-21 06:17 am (UTC)

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Yes please - sounds like a wonderful idea.
*images of little statue mice*

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-04-21 12:53 pm (UTC)

Mouse Plaster

Mix 1 part plaster of paris and 1 part flour with a little sugar and cocoa powder. The rodents eat the snack, drink a little water, and then get plastered! Place in an area inaccessible to children and pets.

(from Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles by Ellen Sandbeck)


When I used this I found the little mousey statues out in the yard. I never found any in the house. Though it's possible they could have died in the walls.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-04-21 01:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Mouse Plaster

Sounds yummy :)

I've put down a baited trap but the mice are supposed to die inside it. I'll see what happens on Tuesday.

Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it later ifd I still see signs of mouse.

Peace
peter
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