Not really "infested", but the tenants that were here before us must have been ******* pigs. We moved our stuff here on Tuesday, just got internet and TV yesterday, and have been cleaning all the while. Today I made my way into the laundry room and holy **** is it bad.
The dryer vent isn't even hooked up and you can see where the mice have been living. Its by far the worst part of the house and really the only room we didnt examine when we came to check it out. There's also a **** smell coming from the AC when I turn it on. I have a feeling they're getting into the ducting under the house.
I'm on Amazon looking at those ultrasonic units that claim to repel mice. One unit in particular has some pretty good, seemingly legit reviews, but I'm still skeptical. We've used the regular old school wooden/metal traps in the past with success, if you consider success just catching them. I'd like to keep them the **** away for good, not just kill them.
We're renting and have the 2 small dogs, but we've used controlled poison outside the house before with success as well. Unfortunately that was like $500 to have done and it only last 3 months. We already plan on calling the guy and having him come check this place out, but in the meantime I'd like to get started on these bastards.
Please share any experience, advice or recommendations with us. I told her that if I could I'd catch the ******* by hand, one by one and squeeze them to death. This place is beautiful and we love it, but the mice are going to make me crazy!
Funny you say that because the tenants before us also had a cat. Which lived in the laundry room.
Unfortunately for me I'm allergic to cats. Even since I've been a kid I cant go near cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, etc etc. I found out just how allergic I was from working with them at Petco when I was in HS. Picture eyes popping out of your head allergic.
Clean up the mess and seal the holes where they've been getting in. Turn a few rat snakes loose in the house for a week and go on vacation. Mau5 problem solved.
I started going around the outside of the house moving the brush around to try and disturb the area. Any holes or gaps larger than 1/4" will be sealed.
Originally Posted by ThatGuy85
I'm dealing with the same problem. I've heard the ******* scratching around in my walls.
If you get that sonic whatever-the-hell it is, let me know if it works.
I ordered it from Amazon and it'll be here tomorrow. It says it takes awhile for it to start working, but I'll keep this thread updated with the results.
Also ordered a 4oz bottle of peppermint oil as well after reading many reviews saying the combo of both works.
Originally Posted by bluemax
If you're renting why aren't you making the landlord take care of this?
We haven't even met the landlord yet. He lives in MA and we've yet to run across any other people on the property as well. 30 acres and we have about 3-4 to ourselves. Only we get the land that's 100% surrounded by deep woods. Bears are known to live up in back, but at least they don't come crawling around pissing in the duct work.
I'll talk to the landlord about it, eventually. We just moved in and the last guy I want to be is that pain in the *** that cant do it himself. As long as it stays under $100-$200 for now, thats ok. If it turns out we need to shell out the $500 for the exterminator to come back then I'll talk to him about our options.
Originally Posted by Bryce
I came here looking for peaches. Where the hell are the peaches?
Fwiw we have several rat repelling beeping things in the garage. The rats dont care.
Any chance you could share which units you have and how long have you had them?
You know, thats probably the best idea in the whole scheme of things.
I really love it here. Its going to help me be much more productive during the days I stay home to work. Driving to the shop is no longer right around the corner. I'm about 25 miles north of where we lived before.
Here's a few pictures I took today.
The bedroom and bathroom are still full of boxes. lol
I've pretty much always lived on the water, so I've grown up with having rats/mice in my garage, porch, etc... It is hard to get them completely gone, especially in Florida. But once you've done it a few times you can get them gone in a matter of days, sometimes on the first day .
Here is my latest problem. I was able to get him in about 9 hours after I first spotted him in my hangar. He brought some friends in and I got the rest in the next few days. He might be bigger than what you have to deal with. (That is peanut butter, not his brains)
The best advice I can give you is to make sure you get a VERY good look at your mice. Make sure you have a good idea on their average size because most traps are not one-size-fits-all. The same trap I used to get that monster ****** was too big for a small one on that came on my porch on night. I was the swing bar go right over him, lol.
Also, DO NOT use chemicals or poison if you are not prepared to play hide and seek later. It's very rare for a poisoned rat/mouse to go off and die in a area where you will be able to find them easily. They will most likely die inside a wall or in a tight space. You will have to smell them for a while before you actually find them.
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