on Wed, 28 Feb 2007 13:43:36 GMT, "kitkat via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> Two days ago my fiance and I discovered we have mice when our youngest
> cat stewie caught one and batted it around the living room. We hoped
> it was an isolated event. yesterday we heard him scurrying in the
> loft and subsequently bring downstairs yet another mouse. Thus, the
> general consensus is that we have mice living in the house. I'm
> now what do we do? mice breed very quickly and we want this problem
> taken care of as soon as possible - but of course we don't want to
> injure our cats with traps or poisons.
> so what is there to do?
> I'd prefer to keep this thread clean of "the morality of killing mice"
> question. I am going to get rid of the mice in the most effective way
> possible which means erradicating the nest to prevent a new set from
> moving in. and sadly that means they are going to die...that said how
> do I do this without klling the cats?
I don't like to kill living things, but mice living in your home are a
health hazard, so I have no problem with doing what you gotta do. That
said, glue traps are the cruelest of all possible solutions. Please
don't use them. Live trap and release is kind, but if you don't take
them far enough away from your property, they will just come right back.
Some of the fancy new "no touch" traps don't work worth a darn, trust me
on that and save your money
The absolute most reliable method (beyond live traps) are the old
fashioned snap traps, 79 cents a pair is a typical price around here.
Buy a bunch of them. Set them in places where your cat does not have
access, such as inside kitchen cabinets (under the sink and over the
stove are prime entrance points for mice since there are pipes and other
conduits in these locations. The mice slip through the tiny spaces where
the drywall has been cutout). Another place would be an attached garage
if you have one, along the wall attached to the house In each location,
set two traps up against the back wall inside the cabinet right next to
each other (or along the floor next to the wall in your garage), and bait
them with a teeny bit of peanut butter mashed into the small indentation
on the trigger so the mice have to work to get it out. You want the two
traps next to each other because mice are shifty and can work bait from
traps without triggering them (you'd be shocked), so usually the trap
next to the one they are working on gets them.
To keep your cat safe, get some child locks for your cabinets and use
them. If the doors have handles, get the cheap ugly ones that slip
through the handles and clamp down. Lock them TIGHT. There are many
flavors of child locks for cabinets, even those that don't have handles,
so you might have to spend some time installing them, but they are worth
After you trap a mouse, throw the trap away and replace the pair with new
ones and fresh bait. Lather, rinse, repeat. I have a couple of spots
where I just leave traps out all the time (locked up from the cats).
Unfortunately I think they smell death once you trap a mouse and you have
to pick new locations so they will take the bait.
In my experience, snap traps are a humane way to kill mince, and safer
than poison which is dangerous to your cats (even if they can't get to
it, they could ingest the mouse and therefore also the poison). Poisoned
mice sometimes die inside walls, too, and that's a smell you don't want
to have to deal with.
Clearly I had a mouse problem, and my cats were no help at all. My dog
did kill one, though, and boy was I proud!