MICE .. NEW QUESTION ......

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  1. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    Had a terrible shock when I went to my motorhome today to check on it .... I didn't know where to turn...





    OK.... maybe it wasn't as bad as that but I DID FIND MOUSE POO IN CUPBOARDS AND ON BED AND ON KITCHEN FLOOR and IN THE LOCKER FROM OUTSIDE WHICH GIVES ACCESS TO MY MATTRESS UNDERNEATH. I have put poison sachets down .... but now live in dread of walking in and finding maggots everywhere!!! iT IS a pain going to the storage unit but will as often as needed ... do I need to go everyday from now on to look for a dead mouse or will I still be ok only going once a week.... don't normally use poison but they are also in my engine this time and just totally freaked me out. :(
     
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    Joy, can you set some traps as with poison they will crawl away and smell when dead. At present I have six traps in the van and a sonic scarer yet they still come in and I still catch them.
     
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    It takes quite a lot of poison and time to kill them....it is very slow acting.
    You may need a few dishes before you find dead ones.

    Another problem is they possibly won't die in the open and you will never find them.

    Spring traps and glue mats will ensure you can find the dead ones.
     
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    movan Funster Life Member

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    I don't know if I could do that... but thank you. It makes sense. This is the first time I have even considered killing them ... it goes against everything that I believe in but I just am financially not able to handle any destruction they may do... ... I don't think I would be able to cope with seeing a little mouse in a trap cut in half and knowing I did it .. a dead one is going to be bad enough ... plus trying to pick up two halves is a bit daunting too. Thank you anyway .
     
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    Don't worry Joy, the mouse will die, there probably aren't any flies around to lay eggs. If they did the maggots would turn to flies that would die with no food - so you will end up with a dried up mouse and lots of dead flies - and no smell............


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    movan Funster Life Member

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    Hi John, I wouldn't ever use glue mats, but do see the sense in traps but see what I have written about.... Can you tell me will the dead ones just rot away if they are hidden in the tubes or pipes or whatever? What do I look for ? Will they smell? Sorry if silly question. :(
     
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    Thank you Vic. That is reassuring.. :)
     
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    It's extremely unlikely a spring trap will even break skin never mind cutting in half.

    The idea, though more often not, is to break their neck....instant death.
    Mostly they just get a bit of body trapped...
    Legs etc
     
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    Decaying mice don't smell that much and it isnt really that bad.

    Rats on the other hand!!!!!!
     
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    I once found one caught by the very end of its nose - dead with just a droplet of blood from its mouth - there now Joy will be upset


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    you could use a humane trap
    i forgot and left one in the garage

    when i found it , it had a few skeletons in it
    normally i stored it open
    dont like killing animals nedlessley
    if i caught a mouse i would take it a good distance from
    home to let it go

    upside is put enough food and water in it you can let them go
    in neighboring garden and no dead smelly mices
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    You could use just traps and then release them far, far away. Personally. If the van is in storage, surely they need to know there is a problem? And help you sort it?
     
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    Hi Tofo, I always leave humane traps in the van but they have only ever caught one mouse for me which I released. They have totally ignored the humane traps this time and chewed in the engine, luckily just the lining, and chewed in the cupboard just plastic container .. don't know what they done on the bed other than poo and wee on the top cover ... :(.
     
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    Hi Cat, the farmer knows he has a problem with mice and rats and uses all kinds of stuff. The compound is surrounded by woods so there are mice and whathaveyou in abundance which come in out of the cold. :(
     
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    Yes. I am.. :( Confirmed that I can't use traps. :(
     
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    OMG ... It's going worse!!!! :( Poor little legless mice running round. :(
     
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    A cat or three?
     
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    I can only go on our experience when we had rats in the garden a few years ago (we always have mice kicking around as we back onto fields).....we got the council in who put poison down. The rats didn't touch it but we saw lots of mice poisoned and it wasn't a quick way to go. It was worrying as the dogs went after the mice who made regular, staggering appearances as well.
    Not nice but think traps would be better Joy?
     
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    A barn owl......that's what you need.
     
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    As pappajohn remarked, dead mice hardly smell and u will not probably find em, It seems you are lucky, your mice are proably in comfort in the barn and come around your van site seeing and grabing something to eat whilst passing.(y)
     
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