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Mice!

Got them in the kitchen - looks like they've got behind the units near the sink

Ive checked outside and cant see any holes in the wall so it looks like they may have come from next door.

No matter how I go about trying to get them out (humane traps so far, which are useless) they are giving me the complete run around and I'm getting really ****ed off.

Anyone know how to get rid without resorting to poison, or demolishing my kitchen?
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They're quite nice as an Hors d'Oeuvre, lightly grilled on a skewer?
 
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On a serious note...sorry to hear this. They're resourceful little buggers, they might be coming in from absolutely anywhere (loft space even) and settling in the kitchen where it's warm, with a ready food-source.
 
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How about removing the kickboards from under the units, and getting a strong torch?
 
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If you have no objection to killing them then a standard mousetrap baited with chocolate works well.
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Get a cat.
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Yep. Cat.

Nasty I know - but effective.

Mice get to know about traps very quickly and avoid them.
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A line of cheese strings leading outside.
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Large high sided bucket or similar. Lace with mousey snacks. Have a wooden ramp up to the top of bucket so mouse gets in but then can't get out. Take for drive to countryside. Release.

That's what happened in the shed over winter Inadvertently. Didn't realise until mouse brown bread.
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Slice some Mars Bars....add to normal inhumane trap....hey presto...we got all of the wee (albeit cute) pests a few years back.
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Maltesers work on a trap as well.

Personally I would stick with the traditional trap, they normally kill pretty instantly.

If you see a couple though chances are you have many more, my brother caught around 50 mice in just a small shed over a couple of weeks, so you may need a few traps.
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A line of cheese strings leading outside.
What happens when the cheese runs out?

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Large high sided bucket or similar. Lace with mousey snacks. Have a wooden ramp up to the top of bucket so mouse gets in but then can't get out. Take for drive to countryside. Release.

That's what happened in the shed over winter Inadvertently. Didn't realise until mouse brown bread.
At first I thought you were describing the game mouse trap...
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What happens when the cheese runs out?

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At first I thought you were describing the game mouse trap...


Reckon it'll work though as Stan doesn't want to go down the murderous route.
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If you have no objection to killing them then a standard mousetrap baited with chocolate works well.


Imagine for a moment - if you will - mice as lions.
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Large high sided bucket or similar. Lace with mousey snacks.

Are these like Scooby Snacks, only more diminutive?
 
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Are these like Scooby Snacks, only more diminutive?
I got the term from a song by the Fun Lovin' Petty Criminals.
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Petite Criminals, shurely?
 
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Oh go on then.

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Haha! Cheers for the comments chaps, relevant or otherwise

Unfortunately, I've been on nights and therefore been unable to do much since laying the positively useless humane traps, and last night took a sinister turn for the worse.

My daughter reckons she saw one in her bedroom.

I am now in dilemma land: on one hand, I have an almost Buddhist outlook on life and killing things is not part of my persona; on the other hand, the humane method seems to be impractical and ineffective.

Possible solutions:
i) Cat - I can't get a cat as I have 2 dogs, one of which likes playing with them enough to make them angry!
ii) Spring traps - I remember having these in the house when I was growing up; I remember seeing poor mice trapped and still wriggling when it was obvious they'd been there for some time. I don't do cruelty!
iii) Poison - as above, as a kid I saw a mouse that had almost succumbed to poison, but had managed to wobble out to the back yard. Seeing it in distress, I did the humane thing and battered it to death with a shovel. That moment still haunts me.
I also don't want to use poison in case one of the dogs finds and eats a Warfarin-laden corpse.

I would love to just call rentotkill in, but after having spent 550+ on the car service and having committed to a couple of short breaks over the next few weeks (GOT 3 WEEKS OFF WORK - YAY!!), Im afraid I can't afford it.

Timing is everything and the mice have timed it to perfection.


ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

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Either adopt them as little pets who will gnaw through everything,cause carnage,leave little presents for you and multiply until they take over your house................

Or Grow a pair,Stan : TRAPS !!!!! ...and any you can't catch....finish the rest off with poison.....Happy hunting
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The bucket idea that was previously mentioned won't work. After a few attempts at jumping, the mouse will easily escape. I tried similar using the base of a flip-top kitchen bin that was nearly a metre tall and half a dozen 'practise' jumps were all they needed before they were free again !!!!!!!
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Well the cat option won't be cheap in either the short or the long term and you may have to deal with "presents" from one that are supplementary to your existing mouses but you'll never have them in the house again!

As for the concerns about the dynamics between the animals, a few tactical flashing of the cat's claws will see a cat stand its ground alright, meaning that it'll be the dogs you'll be worrying about.
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iii) Poison - as above, as a kid I saw a mouse that had almost succumbed to poison, but had managed to wobble out to the back yard. Seeing it in distress, I did the humane thing and battered it to death with a shovel. That moment still haunts me.
I'm not surprised, running out and murdering an epileptic mouse

Same boat as you Stan, but with the little buggers gnawing through the ceiling it was them or me. I'm still here.

Create a little mouse commune at the end of the garden if you want but the only way to get 'em out is poison, unless you want to end up....
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Imagine for a moment - if you will - mice as lions.
Imagine for a moment - if you will - a mousetrap the size of a car.
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