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YouTube really brings out some very creative ways of killing things, doesn't it?

 

I once caught a mouse that was underneath some kitchen units by partially removing the kick board and making up a taped up cardboard adapter to take the vacuum cleaner hose.  One end of the hose was effectively sealed up to the void that the mouse was in, with all other escape routes blocked (he'd gone down a gap adjacent to the waste pipe in the base of the under sink unit), the other end was taped to a demijohn, propped up at about  45 deg angle, with a bit of chocolate in it.

 

We were both amazed at how quickly the mouse found the vacuum cleaner pipe and ran up inside it.  He practically leapt into the demijohn and couldn't climb the slippery sides.

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Chocolate on a mouse trap has never failed me. I spent days in my last house trying to find a cable that some mouse had chewed through. He was found fried beside where he had chewed through.

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Just now, Declan52 said:

Chocolate on a mouse trap has never failed me. I spent days in my last house trying to find a cable that some mouse had chewed through. He was found fried beside where he had chewed through.

 

 

I think it's regional @Declan52.  I used chocolate for years, and the mice in Cornwall and in Scotland loved it, especially dark chocolate.  For some reason, mice down here in the South seem to much prefer peanut butter.  I've tried chocolate in the live traps and it just doesn't work here, whereas peanut butter gets them every time.

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Just now, JSHarris said:

 

 

I think it's regional @Declan52.  I used chocolate for years, and the mice in Cornwall and in Scotland loved it, especially dark chocolate.  For some reason, mice down here in the South seem to much prefer peanut butter.  I've tried chocolate in the live traps and it just doesn't work here, whereas peanut butter gets them every time.

 

Presumably Scottish mice like their chocolate on a deep fried Mars Bar / Snickers / Toffee Crisp? :)

 

Never forget the first time I saw them all plus pizza on a menu in an Edinburgh chippy.

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Heard a distinctive rustling in the attic a couple of nights back so set the traps with a fresh blob of PB on each, found a result this morning.

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3 hours ago, Onoff said:

Catch and release? Yeah right! Unless it's into one of these:

 

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:)

 

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I used to have 2 cats.  Heard a rustling behind me one day and looked round - both cats were fast asleep on the sofa - but the noise continued.  Looked to the cats food bowl to see a little dormouse tucking into the cat food.  

 

On a more serious not - it is starlings that get into my roof space.  Admittedly this house was built in 1951 but it was supposedly sealed a few years ago.  I have dead ones up there, and regularly hear them scrabbling about but I think most get out again

 

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9 hours ago, Onoff said:

We have the faint whiff of  "dead rat" smell at the mo upstairs! 

 

Finish that bathroom quickly, then.... :D ... and use it.

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19 minutes ago, Ferdinand said:

 

Finish that bathroom quickly, then.... :D ... and use it.

 

Tbh taking SO long over the bathroom is deep seated. The rest of the house is so bad that to do a room generally means walls, back to brick/block, plasterboard down to sort, straighten, renew ceiling joists and floors replaced / dug down and built back up. To have a sanctuary, isolated to get cleaned up in from all this will be nice. 

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I reckon I'll be sleeping downstairs tonight and vacating our upstairs bedroom. Eau de rat / squirrel / bird or whatever has died is chucking up something chronic! :(

 

All the upstairs floors of the big dormer are glued joints / angular ring nailed T&G sheets. The dormer has 8"x2" floor joists but these sit about a foot above the downstairs ceiling joists that are infilled with 4" roll insulation. So there's a massive inaccessible "space" wherein God knows what resides!

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On the subject of vermin...

 

The youngest is into making miniature clay squirrels at the mo, this ones going in the oven shortly!

 

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:)

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Since my first post I have put up mice traps covered in strawberry sauce from the inside of a quality street and some in peanut butter. I have also put some Big Cheese sticky stuff on some cardboard strategically placed around the roof space.....nothing caught yet but still at night we hear them scratching and moving around.

 

It may be time to call in the experts.

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Those Goodnature traps are great but expensive. They've recently cleared a version for grey squirrel control (something my work involves a lot of) too. I'd definitely use traps in a house rather than poison as one dead mouse under the floor can somehow manage to create the stench as if you had an decomposing cow under there, not a tiny little mouse!   

I once took an electric cooker out of a house for a friend and when I opened the junction box in back of it found a long dried mouse stretched across the terminals. The space it had utilised to get though to get into there was unbelievably small.   My father is a retired electrician and he was rewiring a pub once and found in the loft that mice had eaten the entire insulation off some of the old fashioned cloth/rubber insulated wires. It had also perished with age most likely, but the copper also had teeth marks in it. In places the bare copper wires had been reduced to lying side by side along a joist and by sheer chance had not made contact (and this is the days before RCDs). there were a few old mouse skeletons too who presumably did! 

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I'm not keen on the sticky pad type traps unless people are willing to check them very regular then humanely deal with the trapped mice/rats (which doesn't mean drowning!), but I just had to photograph these ones when I saw them. It's a bit blurred as the guy in the shop was watching me suspiciously as I got my phone out to photograph them (probably after I burst out laughing pointing them out to my daughter) so I had to snap it quickly in case he objected.  As you can see, its a curious sort of "rat" they feature :D    (Rattus GuineaPigus I believe)  

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