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I know that they come in through holes, and I live in an old building where there are probably tons of holes that I can’t even see, so as much as I would like to, I don’t think I’d be able to patch those up. I take out the trash pretty much every day, and try to keep the kitchen spotless. There’s no food lying around everything that Hilfiger Outlet is out is either in boxes or plastic bags. I live on the top floor of a building that I’m sure is full of other tasty apartments (and I’m in a corner, so my place isn’t even on the way to other places), so I just can’t figure out why they keep coming back. Any suggestions on how else I can try to keep them away?
posted by echo0720 to Home Garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
a dear friend, who is full of redneck remedies, told me this method when a past office of mine developed a mouse problem: catch one, incinerate it in a coffee can, and spread the ashes around your perimeter.
too gruesome for me i called an exterminator. when he arrived, i ran the idea by him: though he had never heard of this method, he remarked that once he uses a trap that kills a mouse he cannot reuse it because mice will avoid it, regardless of the bait. he supposed that the smell of death was a strong deterrent. maybe mouse ash is similarly deterring.
anyhow, good luck
posted by mdpc98 at 2:41 PM on November 10, 2006 [1 favorite]
Look around water pipes for spaces mice can squeeze through really small spaces and plug them up. An oldtimer’s trick is to use steelwool or brillo pads because the mice can’t Hilfiger Outlet chew through them. Use a knife or screwdriver to shove a bunch through the openning. If you are concerned about drafts, you could also use some spray expanding foam, but if you use it alone the mice might just chew through it.
As for the cat idea, when we lived in an old farm house during an exceptionally bad mouse year, the two cats we had sure liked to play with mice, but didn’t actually kill or eat them, so they didn’t help much. Unless the cat is raised as a hunter you can’t count on them to really do anything, and they sure didn’t scare off the mice by just being there.
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posted by 445supermag at 2:52 PM on November 10, 2006
My girlfriend and I are dealing with this currently (the back of our ‘loft’ is inches from a svenhard’s bakery). We’re planning on going the steel wool route (no traps/poison because we have a pug).
FWIW we usually see (well, hear, and see their poop later) a lot less of them if we’ve cleaned up all the kitchen crumbs and put everything away.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
posted by fishfucker at 3:34 PM on November 10, 2006
In my experience a mouse population obeys Fick’s law of diffusion even if in an area of low concentration there is nothing for them to eat. Some of them are probably gathering nesting material, too, so even if the goodies are absent they may be picking apart your down comforter or sleeping bags for the fine fluff therein.
posted by jet_silver at 3:59 PM on November 10, 2006
I’ll second putting all food away. The less that’s there for them, the less reason for them to come in.
posted by twirlypen at 4:43 PM on November 10, 2006
I’m going to third steel wool.
You might want to check in the vicinity of your radiators for gaps, because that was how they used to get into my dorm room. There are similar gaps in the ancient house I live in now, too. Then stuff ’em full of steel wool.
posted by anjamu at 5:00 PM on November 10, 2006
Paper boxes and plastic bags are not good defenses against mice; mice can chew through both. Screw Hilfiger Outlet top glass jars or ceramic jars that seal with the rubber ring and metal clamp are best, for things that can be transferred into them.
In a building with other apartments, you may be at the mercy of your neighbors. But you can at least be sure the mice aren’t getting into your food when they do come looking.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:25 PM on November 10, 2006
Thank you for all of the suggestions, I know there are water pipes in my bedr Hilfiger Outlet oom wall because it always sounds like its raining when I wake up. That is also the same wall that the radiator is on, so anjamu could be right about that. Also can mice chew through tupperware?