Moved to the country and I'm infested with mice!! - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


Insert BS here A place to discuss anything you want

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-05-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
Antisaint
Thread Starter
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default Moved to the country and I'm infested with mice!!

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!
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
Boost Czar
iTrader: (61)
 
Braineack's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 72,809
Total Cats: 1,780
Default

trade the dogs in for cats.
Braineack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
Murderator
iTrader: (76)
 
18psi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 36,165
Total Cats: 2,573
Default

trade the cats in for snakes
18psi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:09 PM   #4
Antisaint
Thread Starter
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Braineack View Post
trade the dogs in for cats.
lol

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.
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
Elite Member
iTrader: (7)
 
jeff_man's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Dallas, Tx
Posts: 3,056
Total Cats: 103
Default

Eat a lot of peaches.
jeff_man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:22 PM   #6
Junior Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 395
Total Cats: 6
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff_man View Post
Eat a lot of peaches.
Move to the country [check]
Eat a lot of peaches [check]

are canned peaches ok?
MazDilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:25 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 335
Total Cats: 5
Default

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.
trickyrix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 03:27 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 335
Total Cats: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MazDilla View Post
Move to the country [check]
Eat a lot of peaches [check]

are canned peaches ok?
They're nature's candy in your hand, or a can, or a pie...
trickyrix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #9
Senior Member
iTrader: (4)
 
ThatGuy85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Waldo, Ohio
Posts: 750
Total Cats: 8
Default

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.
ThatGuy85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 04:35 PM   #10
I'm Miserable!
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 180
Total Cats: 1
Default

If you're renting why aren't you making the landlord take care of this?
bluemax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 04:40 PM   #11
Elite Member
iTrader: (24)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cypress, TX
Posts: 3,778
Total Cats: 35
Default

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.
Bryce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 05:11 PM   #12
Antisaint
Thread Starter
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by trickyrix View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThatGuy85 View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bryce View Post
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?
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 05:36 PM   #13
Elite Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 1,780
Total Cats: 30
Default

YOU WILL NEED:

-5 Gallon bucket
-Paper towel tube
-Peanut Butter

Place the bucket underneath a counter space.
Smear a small amount of PB into the end of the paper towel tube.
Place on the counter with the PB end hanging off the edge over the bucket.
Win.
Jeff_Ciesielski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #14
Elite Member
iTrader: (5)
 
pusha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 7,363
Total Cats: -32
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MazDilla View Post
Move to the country [check]
Eat a lot of peaches [check]

are canned peaches ok?
A more appropriate The Presidents of the United States of America song:

pusha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 06:05 PM   #15
Antisaint
Thread Starter
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff_Ciesielski View Post
YOU WILL NEED:

-5 Gallon bucket
-Paper towel tube
-Peanut Butter

Place the bucket underneath a counter space.
Smear a small amount of PB into the end of the paper towel tube.
Place on the counter with the PB end hanging off the edge over the bucket.
Win.
After spending the last 3 days cleaning the last thing I want to do is give them a reason to go up on the counter. lol

If I did do that, I'd punch the ******* thing inside the bucket until it exploded.
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 06:07 PM   #16
Murderator
iTrader: (76)
 
18psi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 36,165
Total Cats: 2,573
Default

set the house on fire. that will show them
18psi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 07:06 PM   #17
Antisaint
Thread Starter
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 18psi View Post
set the house on fire. that will show 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.

Name:  nh03.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  154.6 KB

Name:  nh04.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  124.3 KB

Name:  nh05.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  158.4 KB

Name:  nh06.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  102.6 KB

The bedroom and bathroom are still full of boxes. lol
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2011, 07:16 PM   #18
Elite Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,165
Total Cats: 19
Default

Nice digs, too bad about the mice.
gearhead_318 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2011, 12:40 AM   #19
Senior Member
iTrader: (14)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tinley Park, IL
Posts: 1,488
Total Cats: 0
Default

Get a 12 gauge. That should take care of them.
lordrigamus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2011, 02:12 AM   #20
NB/VVT Connoisseur
iTrader: (23)
 
viperormiata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Key West
Posts: 6,065
Total Cats: 253
Default

If you don't want to kill them, then use this. These work very well. If you don't want to kill them, then use this. These work very well.

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)
Name:  DSCN1097.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  134.9 KB
Name:  DSCN1094.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  111.0 KB

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.

Good luck.

Last edited by viperormiata; 08-06-2011 at 02:23 AM.
viperormiata is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Obligation Joe Perez Current Events, News, Politics 118 11-30-2016 01:24 PM
1994 Spec Miata Race Car SM/SM2/SSM For Sale Quinn Cars for sale/trade 6 10-23-2016 08:58 AM
1991 special edition with hard top full part out JC, NJ russian Miata parts for sale/trade 6 10-08-2015 04:01 PM
Back to Stock Part Out!! Turbo Parts, MS2 Enhanced 01-05, Suspension, and MOAR! StratoBlue1109 Miata parts for sale/trade 16 10-02-2015 10:39 AM
01-05 Fab9 PNP COPs (used) FrankB Miata parts for sale/trade 6 09-30-2015 12:48 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:45 AM.