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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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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

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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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 .


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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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
:welc::blush:
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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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?
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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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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Yes. I am.. :( Confirmed that I can't use traps. :(

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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
OMG ... It's going worse!!!! :( Poor little legless mice running round. :(
 

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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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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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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

Joy.....please, put it that way; do you want a bill going between 1000 to 2000 euros and even more if not lucky?
Believe me, the day you find out out what they've done to your van, you'll forget about being a little mouse with a nice little black nose and pinkie little ears . When you'll see your van going on a trailer because you thought about the poor little buggers...it'll be too late!
So just put things to kill! The van or the mice!


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Joy.....please, put it that way; do you want a bill going between 1000 to 2000 euros and even more if not lucky?
Believe me, the day you find out out what they've done to your van, you'll forget about being a little mouse with a nice little black nose and pinkie little ears . When you'll see your van going on a trailer because you thought about the poor little buggers...it'll be too late!
So just put things to kill! The van or the mice!


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Hi Frankie, I have put poison down for the first time, just not sure what the next step is and what to expect when I open a cupboard door ... dead mouse, or maggots or what... Yuk.
 
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Yes. I am.. :( Confirmed that I can't use traps. :(
Joy I don't like the idea of killing them either but don't want them causing loads of costly damage. So if you are going to kill them ...isn't it kinder for it to be quick in a trap than a slow death from poison? Plus you can dispose of the body. If you use a humane trap you need to go and check regularly otherwise they will be trapped and just starve to death! If you trap one and set it free surely he is free to just come back again? We have 6 traps down, a sonic repellent and bounce sheets everywhere. We go and check twice a week. Bit of a pain but dont want dead mice lying around for too long. Have caught total of 6 but thankfully none over past 3 weeks. Good luck whatever you decide.
 

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As PPJ told you, poison takes a few days to kill. It's the whole point , getting as many as possible without them being suspicious (mind you mice are far less clever and bright than rats, but they chew even more!). So killing traps are the best. At least they don't suffer. I have used special traps to release them and the first time I've used it the captured mouse died within a few hours in stress. Not very nice! I found it even more difficult you see.
So considering I don't like to make animals suffer, even if little b******, I think killing traps are the best . These ones won't come back, and you can spot where they died straight away!
 
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:( Is there nothing that just sends them to sleep, please? :(

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Joy, buy some Rentokil Advanced traps and bait them by squashing sultanas into the bait cups. That makes it difficult for the mice to get the bait out before the trap goes off. The position of the bait cup also means that it is a quick, humane, kill that the mouse will not feel, so no trapped limbs or noses. They are also easier to release the dead mouse and to set than the traditional Little Nipper traps.
 

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