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    Default Why so mice friendly?

    Ever wondered where your dogs prey drive went?
    Its mouse bloody haven here at the moment. Im overrun this morning. Like you see on the news. Its gross.

    My 2 brave souls? Gaurd dogs extraorinnaire? Just watching them, chillin out, not getting up for a mouse, no way. Useless hounds, should of got a cat.

    Neither pohm nor bernie, is batting an eyelid at this. Im freekin out, setting traps i have left. Thing is, have to wait for the old man to come home and empty the things.

    In time it has taken to type this, in MY LOUNGE! ive been run over 3 times by a mouse. Im not the screaming damsel in distress type. But goddam it, they are everywhere it seems!

    Mouse Plague? in my house?
    it would appear so.
    I need a cat. For 24 hrs. Any offers. Can you borrow them from cat pounds for a night?

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    oh no, you need a couple of jack russels, better than 20 cats

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    I had mouse issues once, my cat is good at telling me where they are, but useless at catching them(how I prefer it anyway). I think I caught most of them manually with a bucket or chased them into a box, trapped them in the pantry etc and then disposed of them. Since disposing of the group that frequented my kitchen at night, I haven't really had a problem since. Though I now have 2 cats in the house that I'm sure would let me know if something was there that's not supposed to be. My parents have the opposite problem, their cat is an extremely prolific hunter (much to my annoyance that they won't keep him in at night!) but the problem with him is he catches rats (not so much mice, just big rats), brings them inside and lets them go!.. so my parents end up having to chase rats all over the house at 3am (sometimes they're lucky and get a snake brought in by the cat too) .. you'd think they'd learn :/

    Good luck with the mice. Just try and limit any reasons they might have to come inside, such as access to food and bedding materials, close all doors and windows at night etc .. though that can be pretty hard, the sneaky little things can climb just about anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbax View Post
    oh no, you need a couple of jack russels, better than 20 cats
    Post of the year mate !!!!

    Have a look up in your roof Bernie...i wouldnt be surprised if the little buggers are nesting up there. If the dogs arnt chewing on the little bliters then put some Rat sack up there. They'll die but hubby will have to get them out of the roof before they start stinking the place out. I'm stoked we havent had mice since we moved to Bundy...maybe its the dogs, whatever it is i hate mieces to pieces !!


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    Not the most humane trap...But the bucket of water with the greasy bottle and peanut paste as a lure... My dad set a few of these traps when we lived on a farm and had a mouse plague caught many of the little blighters... Beat hearing the snap and the removal yucky yucky...

    Still like the Jack Russell trap though
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    I like the traps available from a QLD site called gettrapped.com.au

    I had several different types of traps, caught up to 3 mice at a time in one of these
    Mouse Trap Multi Catch - Small

    I had a rat sized one of those too but didn't catch anything - I suspect the mice were eating all the bait.

    Sure beats the mouse traps that only catch one mouse at a time. I sometimes catch 10 mice a week and then it slows down for a while. And I don't have to use ratsack which I think is a slow horrible way to die.

    I did let Frosty have one of the live mice - and she carried into the middle of the lawn unharmed and let it go, a couple of times and then it escaped. Until it went in the trap again (distinctive colouring for a wild mouse) a couple of days later (you think it would have learned the first time). I didn't let Frosty have it again.

    I don't think my doors would stop mice that wanted to get in. Sigh.

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    I am being taken to bunnings later today. My first trip out of the house for days "woohoo"
    we'll see what arsenal i can find. I certainly wont be getting up into our ceiling as injury right now. And a hubby who is not prioritising mice as he's not walking amongst them.

    Im thinking poison bait boxes out of dogs access. That you then just pick up and ditch in dustbin.
    hubby is not keen on emptying traps either.

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    In SA a year or two ago I think we had a mouse plague - at least we had heaps in our back yard. Sammy was very good at finding them and certainly had the drive to want to catch them but he's so big and there were so many it just didn't work out. And this is a dog who catches rabbits and birds on the wing, but smaller prey seems to elude him. We bought a cat, not just because of the mice but we were certainly hoping it would help. We thought for sure we would be disappointed because as he grew (or didn't really grow as it were) he became more and more sooky and lazy. Anyway, at around 6 months, he caught his first mouse and we saw a different side of Vasco. He wouldn't let Sammy anywhere near him or his mouse and made very ferocious noises if he tried. Sammy didn't have the sense to stay away but fortunately we heard the racket and could separate them. Vasco caught 100's of mice after that, chewed their heads off and then left them for us in the lounge room. Point is, after a few weeks, we never saw another live mouse - and it used to be that we could just look out into the backyard and watch them run by. Vasco would still find one from time to time but either he got most of them or they decided to live away from this small but very fast cat.

    So my vote for mouse control goes to the cat. Growing up I had a jack russell cross and he takes 2nd place. There is almost nowhere a mouse can get that a small, determined cat can't. A cat won't leave mice to rot in places you can't get to. A cat will work all day every day, never wears out, gets full, cleans itself and the best part, a cat is a deterrent for nesting mice. The smell of cat and cat urine in particular is something mice don't want to be anywhere near and studies have shown it can even stop them from wanting to mate - here is an article about using cat pee to scare away mice How to Get Rid of Mice With Cat Urine | eHow.com. Downside of course is that a cat will hunt more than just mice, but if your cat can't leave your yard, you get all the benefits whilst also protecting the native wildlife.

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    Bernie - bun nings have got nothing but single catch and poison. I find them the most frustrating shop in the world.

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    Had thousands here in the last plague (farm) It was a regular occurrence to put on the back light and see a moving hoard run back for cover under the house. They also got into our split heating/cooling system and their tails would hang out of it and their urine ran down the wall. I prioritised and the house became the battle ground and outside my 4 dogs loved it and went on extermination drives into the shed where their bedding was if they slept outside. I gave a two toned voice signal and they ran into the yard. I would move the bedding and they would attack.

    To this day the voice signal means run into the pen but now they know I am just changing the water in the clam shell pool and it means I can get in through the small gate without being bowled over by them.

    Peppermint spray, and traps were my main arsenal with lots of ratsak in the roof. This dried them out too so there was no stink. I don't know how many thousand I threw over the dog yard fence so the dogs would not roll in the decaying bodies.

    I did not put any bait outside at all because of the dogs though hubby used heaps of poison grain in the far off farm shed.
    The mice ate through wiring in farm implements.
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