Having mice problems?

10/2/2009:

Mice set to rule the world?

Not to skeeve anyone out – but I’ve received a couple emails from folks that seem to be having rodent problems lately. Do you think that building management companies are just cutting back on their extermination expenses, or is the yet another sign that we’re going to have a brutal winter?

Marc asks: “Has there been any word of a mouse infestation throughout Hoboken? I’ve had friends from four different apartments (including ours!) saying they currently have a mouse problem. I went to the hardware store on 2nd and Washington and the clerk said at least five people came in for traps just yesterday.”

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33 Comments on "Having mice problems?"

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Skywalker, thanks for the Saran wrap tip; I’ll remember that. A word on steel wool… I have seen many groceries and warehouses where the mice just push at the steel wool or gnaw the edges of the wall around it. Insulating foam spray works better. Mice will eventually chew it, and it’s more expensive than steel wool, but works better, too. Look along all floor/wall junctures and inside cabinets under sinks and behind stoves — they commonly follow pipes and wires to holes around them. The best stopper-upper is cement, messy but cheap and effective. If you have persistent rats rather than mice, you may have to mix some broken glass in, because rats have been known to chew cement.

Skywalker
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I had a mouse prob in my old Bohoken apartment and through some trial and error I became a pretty good trapper.

Glue traps are effective but it means you may wake up or come home to a squeaking and panicked but live rodent who has sh*tted and p*ssed himself. It’s not a lot of fun to dispose of that.

I like the plain ol’ snap traps. After a few failed attempts I learned that saran wrap is key — wrap a tiny bit of peanut butter in saran wrap, poke a hole or two in the wrap with a safety pin, and use that as bait. The wrap makes the mouse have to gnaw at it and that pressure should be enough to trip the trap and decapitate the disgusting little bastard.

TPain
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TPain

Wow… just learned a lot about mice through this thread…

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Well whaddayaknow – came home to a mouse today. That hasn’t happened in 6 years.

Like last time, I borrowed the neighbor’s cat. That cat located the mouse in less than two minutes and had the thing in its mouth within three.

The mouse became a play toy for a brief period until the cat’s interest turned to getting his head scratched by me. The mouse is deceased.

Furey
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That is a great point. Cats do have a great role as mousers. Also some dog breeds (terriers) are good at catching mice, too.

In response to HansBrix who said:
Well whaddayaknow – came home to a mouse today. That hasn’t happened in 6 years.

Like last time, I borrowed the neighbor’s cat. That cat located the mouse in less than two minutes and had the thing in its mouth within three.

The mouse became a play toy for a brief period until the cat’s interest turned to getting his head scratched by me. The mouse is deceased.

jc5201
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jc5201

I never had a mice problem until they knocked down the building next door to me.

Furey’s right about the smell — it’s nasty.

Steel wool works. Fill every hole, regardless of how small it is, or how high it is off the ground. They love clutter. It gives them a good place to hide, and they’ll eat paper.

The problem with living in a building is that you have to rely on the other persons cleanliness.I also have to rely on a non-responsive management company, which really sucks.

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