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As someone who has survived hantavirus (no it is not always fatal) I will support the argument that mice CANNOT be in your living space. Just had a mouse in the house and read your 'ible after finding the peanut butter had been licked clean from the triggers on my traps. Did the tweak you suggested and 1 hr later, no more mouse! Thank you
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For the most part, the dead mice look just fine. I do take them outside and place them in a tree where they are typically taken as food by one of the local big birds. Much of my yard is a mouse house as it were. There are plenty of places where they live. Nature has a way of providing for them both with food and shelter. So as long as they stay out of my house, I leave a big chunk of my yard alone so they can do their mouse things.
We try to keep the mice out of the house and are doing a good job of that. Because of this, tracking on a monthly basis doesn't even make sense as the number of mice are maybe 6 a year and most of them are in the attached garage.
The best way to deal with the mice is just what you did; keep them outside. Mice are very small and it doesn't take much of a chink in the armor to let them in. Mice can climb vertical walls making their options greater that one might think.Good job for figuring out how they get into your house and fixing that issue.
I've had such a hard time setting these conventional traps to be sensitive enough to catch the mouse, but not snap my finger when I try to put them down. I do like the idea of putting it into a box first that someone suggested, with holes in the box to allow rodent access, but I found that electric traps work great and are humane in that the rodent is electrocuted and killed within a fraction of a second. These traps cost more (about $40), but I don't have to touch the rodent, they're extremely easy to use, and I don't get my fingers snapped (this last one is the most important).One thing people should check is for how the rodents are getting in. I had a problem with them getting into my attic every winter, but saw no points of access that they could be using. I don't recall how I figured it out, but I did some investigative work to identify how they were entering. I suppose a motion sensor camera or something like that would work to help gather clues. Anyway, once I saw that they were coming in at a roof junction between the garage and the house that wasn't 100% completely sealed, I bought some anti-rodent expanding foam and sealed up the hole. No more rodents.
but if you kill it don't you think it will look kind of gross? And maybe you'd want to make a small house somewhere far from your home (make it warm) so if you catch a mouse u could put it there and it may not come back.
The problem with using a live trap is what to do with the mouse. If you let them out in your yard, they will come right back in. I could walk them over to my neighbor's and let them go there; but I like my neighbors and don't want to just pass the buckAnother issue is the size of a live trap means I can't get them into the small areas where a mouse does it sneaking around. We really do not need mice chewing into our dry goods or living in our stove (that was very odd).Don't get me wrong; I like mice. I had a pet mouse when I was much younger. They also make great meals for some of the larger birds we are in the area.
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I'm having this issue now. We've been dealing with mice since moving in our new apartment (we didn't know mice were here until two days moving in). Since November of 2015, I've caught at least 30. Mostly with the sticky traps. I prefer killing them, because I don't want them to come back into MY home. I do not like mice, especially with a baby in the house. My issue is when I get rid of one, more pop up. Ugh. It's a never ending battle and I need a permanent solution. I saw a pregnant one last night. *sighs*
Agree with ChrisP18 here. Rodents are disease spreaders. I grow organic vegetables and they get in the gardens and chew on the food and leave their droppings behind. Ugh!! Think about this the next time you eat. It is very important for human safety to get rid of them.
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We always live trap and release. The key is to release a mile or two away from the house. Chances are they will be eaten by snakes, or raptors but at least they will have fulfilled their role in the Grand Stratagem.
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