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    I don't know as I've never had a mouse problem that I know of, but I do know that were I in the market for advice about how to catch mice, the guy named Owl would be the one I would listen to.

    Having said that, starving your cats would be mean. Have you seen these new mousetraps where you never have to see or touch the dead mouse? You twist it and put in some peanut butter to set it, then they go into the trap, and it snaps untwisted to decapitate the mouse and close it up inside the trap. I was like "This is a symptom of our culture which hides from the messy realities of life THAT IS SO COOL!"
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    Also if it's a stress reliever, let the unit smash it with a broom, baseball bat, whatever. ;P
    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I don't know as I've never had a mouse problem that I know of, but I do know that were I in the market for advice about how to catch mice, the guy named Owl would be the one I would listen to.
    But he starves cats!
    Having said that, starving your cats would be mean.
    totally.
    Have you seen these new mousetraps where you never have to see or touch the dead mouse? You twist it and put in some peanut butter to set it, then they go into the trap, and it snaps untwisted to decapitate the mouse and close it up inside the trap. I was like "This is a symptom of our culture which hides from the messy realities of life THAT IS SO COOL!"
    Sounds less cruel and so much less fun, but this is coming from a woman who kills defenseless sheep on WoW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I don't know as I've never had a mouse problem that I know of, but I do know that were I in the market for advice about how to catch mice, the guy named Owl would be the one I would listen to.
    You could just set an Owl loose in your house.

    Those suckers are mean though. I was actually attacked by an Owl once. I was climbing a mountain, and I saw these two fellows ahead of me on the mountain hootin' and hollerin' waving their shirts around, and I thought to myself, "my, they're excited about something."

    A few minutes later they come running toward me, and one has some long, bloody rake marks on his back and a shredded shirt. Turns out an Owl attacked the two of them while they were climbing. So I thought to myself, "my, an agitated Owl? How interesting. I'd like to check that out."

    So I climbed up to where they were when they were attacked, and there, behind a rock, was a nest with three little baby Owls chirpin' away, and then... THUMP. I thought, "my, a rock must have fallen from above me and hit my backpack. (I was wearing my school bag.) Turns out, the momma Owl didn't like my being so close to her chicks, and she dove into me full force. Unfortunately for her, my bag was full of hard cover books. So she perched on a rock above me and gave me the evil eye, as if to say, "touch my chicks, and die."

    anyway, that's my story.

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    Whoa. She has nobody to blame but herself for choosing such a public location for her nest! The nerve of an owl, nesting in a wilderness area humans are trying to enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    You could just set an Owl loose in your house.
    Yikes. If you do that, the cats won't even be safe.

    I still remember when I was young and one of our outdoor kitties lost her head over an encounter (presumably) with an owl.

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    To take care of the problem in the long run you are going to have to figure out where they are coming in. They can get into spaces as small as 1/4" along pipes, foundation, under trim, etc. Figure that up, seal it, repair etc. Then trap them with regular mousetraps or poison. If you cannot figure out where they are coming in, then call a professional. It cost us $200 a couple of years ago to have critter-control come out and tell us where they were coming in, and place some boxes of poison. We also trapped a few. Problem solved. Prior to that, we were just using traps and they would come back every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    It sounds like they were never trained by momma or dadda cat.
    That's true. They were abandoned by their mom and dad!


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Have you seen these new mousetraps where you never have to see or touch the dead mouse? You twist it and put in some peanut butter to set it, then they go into the trap, and it snaps untwisted to decapitate the mouse and close it up inside the trap. I was like "This is a symptom of our culture which hides from the messy realities of life THAT IS SO COOL!"
    Oh wow. Do you know the name of them? I definitely don't want any humane sort of trap where you release them into the wild. I just want to torture them endlessly for entering MY HOME! MWA-HAHAHA *ahem*

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Do you know where the entrance for them is? Probably a good idea to find it and block it.
    That's one of the problems. I'm not sure. We have radiators for heat and Haight said something about them coming up through those little holes. There are probably a zillion openings for them to enter, and it's tough because I can't control the openings on the other floors of the house.

    We do have a pest person who just visited recently and put a couple of traps under the sink, but I don't even know if they have bait on them. I'm cleaning this place from top to bottom today!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen
    Surprised the cats aren't chasing them.It's instinct and likely that her cats are well fed and lazy. If you don't need the food why bother getting up?
    They were more interested when it was moving. One is verrrrry well fed and lazy, but I had high hopes for him because he has caught a bird in the past. The little one is playful, but a little skittish and probably frightened that mom is standing on a chair shrieking.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix13 View Post
    NEVER using heat in the winter has done it for me.
    ...I hope this doesn't sound as absurd as I think it does.
    Oh HELL NO! If I don't use heat then that just means that the mice have won.

    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    Stop feeding your cats, or feed them very, very little. They'll learn to hunt right quick, and then you'll no longer have any mice.
    I want to torture the mice, not my precious fur-babies.

    The good thing is that they are still on the prowl, so if there is a next time, they will perform better, or I will verbally berate them again. All those hours we spent playing with those little toy mice . . . and for WHAT!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Also if it's a stress reliever, let the unit smash it with a broom, baseball bat, whatever. ;P
    I think he was more stressed and a bit frightened, especially when he thought it was dead and went to clean it up but it started moving. Heh heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    Oh wow. Do you know the name of them? I definitely don't want any humane sort of trap where you release them into the wild. I just want to torture them endlessly for entering MY HOME! MWA-HAHAHA *ahem*
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    Thank you!

    Now I want to clean up this place, but I'm scared that I will see mice while I'm doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    Thank you!

    Now I want to clean up this place, but I'm scared that I will see mice while I'm doing it.
    here's a tangent issue.

    Why do mice scare you?

    They don't particular scare me, I think they are cute.
    Although they do move quickly and change direction just like those gross thousand-leggers that show up at night all the time.
    Those make me jump, especially the big ones.
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