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Discussion: mice

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2021-11-24

Nov 24, 2021 10:21 PM # 
I think they still make noise in the attic, but between some renovations that I did last year and the two civilized furry residents that moved in, they shouldn't stand a chance in the living space here.
Nov 24, 2021 10:22 PM # 
You have civilized furry residents? I had no idea.
Nov 25, 2021 4:33 AM # 
For some reason Nancy didn't want to put them in the storage unit with her furniture.
Nov 25, 2021 9:00 PM # 
We have traps up along the sill in the basement to keep them out of reach of our furry ones, but when we catch a mouse (and trap then falls off the sill), they are sure to bring the mouse/trap combo upstairs and leave it on the back mat for our prompt disposal in the morning.
Nov 26, 2021 4:02 AM # 
With a stone foundation in our 1810 house, mice are a constant battle. We started out trying to do traps ourselves, but got up in the dozens in very short order. So we've been using an excellent pest control guy--small local business, not the names-you've-heard-of national businesses constantly trying to upsell you to a more expensive monthly plan. He comes when it is seasonally and situationally appropriate and only charges $350 year instead of $75 and up every month, and takes care of whatever needs taking care of: wasps, rodents, ants, etc.

It did help when we had our back deck repaired and discovered while it was opened up that there was a major (half a foot or a foot) hole in the foundation (the mouse highway, we called it). We had a mason fix it, after which the flood of mice has died down to a trickle. There will always be cracks they can work their way through the stone foundation, but at least it's a more manageable level.
Nov 26, 2021 5:05 PM # 
It would be good to find a good local de-mouser like that. Unfortunately these new cats of ours are way less interested in rodent control than our former cats were.
Nov 26, 2021 9:03 PM # 
Time to sit down and have a good talk with those cats.
Nov 26, 2021 9:59 PM # 
A daunting prospect. They're a somewhat surly lot.
Nov 28, 2021 12:55 AM # 
Maybe they're trying to chase the humans out?

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