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Here's an oldie but a goodie from the old Cottage Life forum - a 24-page thread about mice...

 


Mice! They're Back!!

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Post by Sawbill » Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:18 pm

DangIt! After 3 years or so of being completely mouse free, the dirty little rodents are back. Seems they've finally discovered another hole to crawl through. Trouble is, I'm not sure if I've narrowed it down or not but again I've filled every nook and cranny that I can find with steel wool and caulking. Thankfully they're confined to the attic with no way of getting into the main building. So, with no moose tag this year its gonna be a mouse hunt. On the bright side, peanut butter is a lot cheaper than a full blown food order and a few tanks of gas and besides, the little critters are a lot easier to pack out than a moose.

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Post by LandOLaker » Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:30 pm

I've been told that cloves will help keep mice away. We're going to try speading them on our floors and near the doors etc when we close for the winter. If nothing else the palce will smell like an apple pie when we open up in the spring.

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Post by Wet Paws » Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:46 pm

I have also heard and once tried dried peppermint leaves hanging in an old nylon in our deer camp. We still had a couple mice so maybe it worked or the population was not high. It was definitely fewer than usual....a coincidence??? It did make the place smell better the next spring for the work party. If you can imagine 7-8 guys in a camp for a week with no shower during the deer hunt; it probably did not smell that great when we closed it up. I tried it just for the novelty....it was very cheap and readily available at the bulk food store. The hardest thing was getting permission to steal one nylon from my wife. And of course the ribbing from the guys of where I got it. LOL.

Oh I'm sorry...I was thinking about the cottage. What did you say?

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Post by fabien » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:32 pm

We used to have a bad mouse problem. Bought the plug-in mouse repellents at Costco (3 for $25 if I recall). Mice disapeared litterally overnight. The problem is we get lots of spikes in current at the cottage and one after the other, the three devices failed. So after 3 mouse-free years, the mice are back and I have to find my way back to Costco.

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Post by Sawbill » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:28 pm

I had heard those things work really well. Problem is I don't have hydro at the camp. So every time I go to camp its check my trap line, dump the carcasses and reset with peanut butter.

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Post by ashleaf » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:51 am

Walmart has the same plug in things seems to work well we have them in both our 200 year old house and cottge, no visable evidence of mice. [:p]

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:22 pm

Send me the money instead. I need a new depth finder. :) http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/05/fyi0128.htm

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Post by Joe Cottager » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:30 am

We had a brutal mouse problem in our house, and for the life of us, had no idea where they were getting in, all we knew is they seemed to originate in the kitchen of all places. [xx(] I ordered a new countertop and had it delivered. Upon removing the old one, we noticed the 'void' behind our corner cabinet, and lo and behold, a hole in the wall like the cartoons! And an a bundance of mouse droppings too. If we were not plannig on replacing the countertop, this problem would have plagued us for years. Glad we did it, (the old top was really ugly). I stuffed the hole with steel wool, and then covered all of it with expanding foam. Not a critter to be seen yet!!!! WOo WOO! [Very Happy] The mice find a good way in and they leave scent trails for the others to follow. Very resourceful and clever. They can gain access in the damndest of spots.

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Post by Panache » Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:53 pm

I am SO happy to report that we HAVE NO MICE in the cottage!!
Hubby went to the camp last weekend for the first visit since mid October. I was hesitant to go this first time in fear of the little critters. I'm not afraid of mice, but I would have been really upset if they had gotten into the bedding that I left on the beds last fall. Usually I strip the beds and cover them up with plastic, moth balls and charcoal. [Don't know if that works, but my neighbour told me to do it!] Anyway, when we were packing up last October, the boat was getting full and I just didn't feel like stripping the beds. I took a chance. So glad to find out that there wasn't any sign of the little critters. Even the one trap we set was still baited with cheese - frozen and dried up, but still there!
Keeping my fingers crossed that the camp continues to be mouse free!!
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Post by Kasshcow » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:02 pm

Our first trip up since december and I found a dead mouse in my toilet along with the antifreeze slush so I was not as lucky as you Panache. I guess I will have to try some of the suggestions here. We removed every last scrap of food when we closed up so I am not sure why they stick around. There is no other evidence other than a couple of droppings near the Hydro box so maybe that is where they are getting in...Hmmm the hunt is on....

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Post by Joe Cottager » Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:51 pm

hahaha, great picture. My cottage is so drafty and such, I went up the 2nd week in January, and I saw evidence of mice, grrrrr, and something else, Possible chipmunk or squrrel. A nice clean pile of pinecone stuff in the attached garage. Oh well. Mother nature. I will hopefully be abloe to make the place a little prettier and seal it up from rodents and such a lot better this year. :D Don't worry, I will make time for beers too.

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Post by Panache » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:11 pm

Some of you have mentioned in another post that you have an OUSTAMOUSE trap.
After having a little rodent in the camp last weekend I'm all for trying something new.
So, is it working? Do you have to check the poison often? Can chipmunks fit in there too? [wouldn't want to intentionally kill anything other than mice].
Tell me if I should buy one.

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Post by New Cottager » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:29 pm

I haven't used that exact brand, but I have used a similar product and the mice ate it all (including the box I'd left on the shelf) within the week between cottage visits.

BUT, the week after we used it, we discovered that our permanent resident neighbor has cats who like to mouse around our shed (that's where the mouse problem is). I had planned to put more of the product in the shed, but didn't because I'm worried that the cats will eat a poisoned mouse and get sick or worse...

So, I'd say the product probably works and how often you have to refill/replace it depends on the number of mice you have, but keep the food chain in mind when using it. Does anyone have any other suggestions (except traps - I'd never keep up) for getting rid of the mice?? Over the winter they ruined a hammock, pedal boat cover, pop up canopy, large tarp... well over $500 worth of stuff! Grrrrr!! :evil:

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Post by UKCG » Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:53 pm

We bought the Oustamouse at the Spring Cottage life show. I always set traps inside too and up until last weekend had not caught a single mouse in a trap or seen any evidence of activity. I was very happy!

Then last weekend, three mice! I checked the bait and it was still about a third full. Not sure what to do now. Will check again next time I am up - likely not for a couple of weeks.

Hoping for no mice inside...

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Post by Wet Paws » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:37 pm

I have decided I will only use the conventional mouse traps when I am AT the camp. They can be emptied in the morning.

After 2 different trips of leaving 3 traps set I arrived to the smell and presence of flies, maggots and the decaying mice. That was enough. Now when I leave I set up the bucket. First trip back after that was one mouse 'scuba diving' and the smell was better.

The other thing is, the conventional traps are only good once per trip away. If a mouse sneaks out the minute I step off the dock (boat access) and finds the trap then all the other mice have free reign until I get back.

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A plastic pail with water, a couple cedar shims skewered by a stick with 'ahem' a beer can with the bottom cut out which has peanut butter on the side of it. Mouse climbs up the shim, across the stick and onto the can and then the can rolls. SPLASH. Not the greatest way to go for the mouse but too bad, sorry.
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Post by apseylaker » Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:56 am

fabien wrote:We used to have a bad mouse problem. Bought the plug-in mouse repellents at Costco (3 for $25 if I recall). Mice disapeared litterally overnight. The problem is we get lots of spikes in current at the cottage and one after the other, the three devices failed. So after 3 mouse-free years, the mice are back and I have to find my way back to Costco.


is costco the only place that carries these???? I want some!
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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:59 am

Despite the anecdotal evidence, be aware that there is no proof the electronic pest things work at all. AAMOF, in the States, the FTC has charged several firms over them.
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Post by Panache » Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:32 am

I think Canadian Tire carries them. I bought my device at Giant Tiger for $9.99. I can't say for certain that it works, but we've only had 2 mice in the past year, and I think it's because DH unplugged the unit thinking it was for bugs!! DUH!
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Post by New Cottager » Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:19 pm

I tried the electronic ones a few years ago (Costco) and had a family of mice living in the shed not two feet from the nearest device... my opinion is that they don't work. I returned them.

I've used Wet Paws' method, but never caught anything, however, I think I'll give it a try again; it seems to be the best way to go, especially when it can't be checked on a daily basis. I think I was originally told to use anti freeze as the liquid, but perhaps I did it in the winter.

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Post by buck » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:22 pm

Well I use the standard trap and have pretty good success with it. I am going to be purchasing a live trap from Lebarons or Co-op, that way you can release the mouse back into the outdoors. Oh ya far enough away that they wont come back. Key thing is to load enough food such as cheese in there that if your away a few weeks they will still be alive when you get back up again. You can get live traps in three sizes, racoon size, squirrel-chipmunk size or mouse size. My brother and father use them at there places. The mice get into my place all the time because its under construction and there are alot of gaps in the clap board siding and under the cottage along the sofit etc. Eventually everything will be sealed. My wife and I wrap all the silver ware in plastic bags, theres no food in the cutlery drawers but they go in there anyway and poop all over all the cutlery, Because the cutlery tray is in a plastic bag no more washing everything before you want to use it.

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Post by New Cottager » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:21 pm

Good for you, Buck, wanting to play with those mice. They will return - or become someone else's problem! That's one critter I wouldn't even consider live trapping.

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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:22 pm

Buck said:
[/quote]Key thing is to load enough food such as cheese in there that if your away a few weeks they will still be alive when you get back up again. [quote]

What happens if you catch 30 mice in there?

If you truly feel you need to keep them alive then what about water? If you leave water then what about it evaporating?

I realize everyone views the treatment of animals differently. But ......

Do you also 'shoo' mosiquitos and black flies away before they bite you or do you squash them?
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Post by Panache » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:03 pm

Now I know for certain that the plug-in deterrents DO NOT work. After I plugged ours back in [after DH had mistakenly unplugged it] we've had 6 mice in two weeks. After MUCH searching, we think we found the entry place. We set 5 traps before we left today, so I'm hoping they're going to be empty when we go back. If not -- peeeeeuw!
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Post by administrator » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:45 am

buck wrote: My wife and I wrap all the silver ware in plastic bags, theres no food in the cutlery drawers but they go in there anyway and poop all over all the cutlery, Because the cutlery tray is in a plastic bag no more washing everything before you want to use it.


There's a really cool invention from a fellow cottager on our Great Inventions page that addresses this exact problem.

http://www.cottagelife.com/index.cfm/ci_id/2870/la_id/1
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Post by Looney » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:11 am

This is defiantly the year of the mouse. We are catching at least 2 to 3 mice a weekend .I thought it was only us but after speaking to neighbours and reading posts I don’t feel so bad. Buck I suggest you destroy them. Mice are the worst in carrying diseases and spreading it to humans.

Looks like we are all on the same mission to seize and destroy mice.

Happy hunting

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Post by Wet Paws » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:05 pm

My visit last weekend had 5 in the pail. And one that I seen which was able to scurry away and followed closely by steel wool but I am sure there are more places to get in that I am yet to find.
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Post by buck » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:28 pm

Well everyone is entitled to there own opinions. However live traps allow only a single mouse in as soon as they trigger the plate the door slams behind them. You cant get 20-30 mice in there. Also mice can live with water for long periods what do you think they do in the winter time, drink the rv antifreeze in my toilets. Who ever posted that I like to play with mice and they may get into someones elses cottage, next time think about what your posting because to me its sounds like an insult. Just because mice get into peoples cottages does not mean you have to kill them all. Thats my opinion.

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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:04 am

My apologies Buck about not knowing how your single mouse trap works. And I am sure mice find water or some form of it all winter long- outside of your trap. I guess they would get some form from your cheese stash inside. But all you are running is a revolving door with your mice- you catch them, let them go and then in they come again and so on.

Why bother? But if it makes you feel then more power to you.

As a test- maybe paint a streak on YOUR mice before you let them go and see if you DO catch them again. :wink:
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Post by New Cottager » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:48 am

Sorry if you took my comments as a personal insult, Buck. It was written as sarcastic humor, not meant to be a personal attack. That being said, I personally do not agree with live trapping mice.

As I posted earlier in this thread, we had a LOT of damage (over $500) from mice at the cottage over the winter. We've also had them chew their way into our vehicles in the garage at home on more that one occasion, nest in the snow blower, ruin camping equipment, nest in the BBQ, the list goes on and on. A friend just had to spend a couple of thousand dollars having his motorcycle repaired after mice got into it at his cottage over the winter and the mess circulated through his engine when he started it in the spring.

In my opinion mice are a dirty, disease carrying nuisance and I would kill every last one of them on my property if I could. But, as Wet Paws said, they leave a trail for others to follow, so it would be a never-ending cycle!

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Post by Looney » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:58 am

My wife and I have attended the cottage life show for several years now.

There is an exhibitor set up that sells a trap called Oust-A-Mouse. This booth is always full .Has anyone on this forum tried out this trap. And does it really do what they say it does.

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Post by apseylaker » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:16 am

i am wondering if they (or squirrels) are getting into the innards of my hot tub...i am seeing piles of the foam insullation around the outside perimeter of the tub.....and i don't know what to do about it. next time i see a pile i am going to post the picture. my DH thinks it may be ants....i can't any place where they can get in, even the vent holes are pretty small, but i heard that mice can get into a tiny hole....
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Post by UKCG » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:51 am

Looney,

See my post on page 1 of this thread re the Oustamouse.

Latest news is that I am still catching mice in traps so neither my Oustamouse or the electronic plug in thingy are working.

I guess I'll just have to spend some time next time I am up under the cottage with a torch again trying to find theier entry point(s).

And before I get any comments, "torch" is English for flashlight... :)

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Post by Amigo » Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:56 pm

I was up to my place last week and the mice, who have been conspicuously absent, chewed up my BBQ cover and chewed through the weather stripping on the bottom of the door trying to gain access to my bunkie.

In casual conversation with other rural property owners, the mice do seem to be quite active this year.

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Post by apseylaker » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:49 am

well...those plug in deterrants, only work to attract mice...they doubled over the week and the BATS came into the cabin!!!!!! what a crock!!!

we looked for entry ways, and found a couple....and plugged them up good. good thing the mice are only in the screen porch...and not in the cabin....
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Post by Bushed » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:06 pm

Just wanted to let Wet Paws know how well his bucket trap worked.
We came back to the cabin after 2 weeks away and had caught 7. The smell wasn't too bad....
My 12 yr. old enjoyed creating the trap and we all got some satisfaction out of our small victory over these pests. In fact the place was very quiet all weekend. Perhaps they realize that we are on the warpath and have decided to move on.....if only.
Just another useful tidbit that I have gotten from the forum. When I make suggestions about the cabin, the kids will ask if I got the idea from "CLF"? Often the answer is yes.
Thanks to everyone who contributes, it is very interesting and informative.

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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:46 am

That is great Bushed!! Cool that your 12 year old had fun with it. I would think his / her smile would be pretty big. Any victory that can be claimed over the mice is worth celebrating.

A month ago I located a small hole while under my cupboard / sink doing some maintenance work. It was a 1/2" hole in the floor the previous owner had for another water line- I am guessing. It was rather funny at the time; I seen the hole and a while later out from under the cabinet comes a mouse. He stops and is looking at me, I grap a pipe wrench and as the stare down is on and I am waiting for the right moment to swing in tight quarters to give him a head ache- down this little hole he / she goes. As I am cursing I scurry like a mouse for the steel wool; stuff the hole and celebrate (remember? Any victory.....). I do not know if I found the 'last' entrance hole in my place or if the mouse ran away and told all his family and friends 'don't go in there! there is a wild crazy guy with a pipe wrench'. :evil: But I have had empty snap traps when I have been there and an empty bucket for the last month. :D
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Post by Panache » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:19 am

WetPaws, my DH can relate! Twice now we've had a little critter just teasing us to catch it. DH uses a broom, not a pipe wrench!! haha
Anyway, long story short - I think we FINALLY found the last hole. It took us almost6 weeks to find it, but we've been mouse free in the traps for two weeks now. I'm not going to do the victory dance just yet, though. Don't want to jinx it!
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Post by Born For The North » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:59 am

This is the first year we have EVER had mice?? I bought bait traps, bait blocks and snap traps.
When I went to the local hardware store, the owner told me they had re-ordered mouse traps 3 times this year.
In a normal year he would only re-order once. He also said that this has been the worst year that he and a lot of other people have ever seen for mice.
I guess everything has a cycle........

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Post by lisapizzapie » Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:51 am

New Cottager wrote:Good for you, Buck, wanting to play with those mice. They will return - or become someone else's problem! That's one critter I wouldn't even consider live trapping.


A dead mouse only means you have to kill the next mouse later because they always have replacements. It doesn't solve your mouse problem and your cottage smells more and more like mouse poop over the years.
My dad has used traps and poison for 20 years and still has problems that have worstened to the point of the mice now getting into the walls. The cottage smells.

Believe it or not, live trapping does make sense. Mice look for food, water, and nesting. If a mouse comes back in after I release it, I can see more and more the reasons they're coming in. Attic? nesting. Kitchen? food.
In the quiet of the night you can hear them and learn how they're coming in.

The previous owner of our cottage had mouse-proofed his cupboards and never left food up, and had traps in the attic. We still had mouse bodies and poop and urine to deal with every weekend when we went up DESPITE the invaders being killed in traps.

so...
One mouse in the kitchen and a bunch in the attic = coming in through the attic and then attic to kitchen. Find gap in pantry cupboard to attic and block it.
No mouse in kitchen and 4 in attic traps = attic sealed from cottage.
Scratchy sound in wall at the corner = mice crawling into attic somehow at the corners. No visible way in, so I listen more...the rest of the summer.
Scratchy sound in a second corner = definitely mice getting in at corners. Can't see how they're getting through, but Stuff steel wool in corner caps of siding anyway.
Furious scratchy chewing sound that night = mice inside trying to get out. Pull out steel wool, watch mouse drop out and run off, put steel wool back in.
No mice in traps ever since (over a year) = problem solved and better karma. :lol:

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Post by Born For The North » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:30 am

lisapizzapie wrote:A dead mouse only means you have to kill the next mouse later because they always have replacements. It doesn't solve your mouse problem and your cottage smells more and more like mouse poop over the years.


Sorry Lisa...... I disagree with you here.

A mouse caught in a live trap and released, only lives to breed again. That's why they will "always have replacements." Image

Here's some interesting reading;

http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/Rodent ... #Live_Trap
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Post by Blackdog » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:32 am

Last Thanksgiving, I spent the weekend looking for and plugging entry points after we trapped a couple mice. I'm certain the major point of entry was under the door as there is a crack upto a 1/2". Before we left for the winter I wedged a 1" x 2" between the jambs. On our first trip up in the spring, there was definate mouse activity between the screen and entry doors. It seemed none got inside - no droppings and the Warfarin was untouched. Problem solved!!

Well... we had renters there last week and apparently there is a mouse/mice under the fridge. We were there the previous 2 weeks and nothing. Damn renters!!

Anyhow, I removed the 1" x 2" I put between the door jambs for the summer. The plan was to install a proper threshold before we close for the winter thinking the mice would not try to get into the cottage until the cooler weather. Guess I was wrong.

So much for a relaxing time at the cottage next week before the kids go back to school.

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Post by New Cottager » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:42 am

Fortunately, we do not have any mice in the cottage. It is a new building and DH has carefully caulked every little space (and checks regularly for new ones.) The problem is in our 'shed', which is more like an old barn or sugar shack-type of building with a gravel floor. Short of tearing it down and rebuilding, there is absolutely no way of making it critter-proof. When we bought, raccoons were living in there; now nothing bigger than a chipmunk can get in, so we've made some progress.

I agree that as soon as we kill one (or one hundred) there will be another mouse in its place, but unless we just give up and turn the shed over to the mice, we have no choice but to keep at it.

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Post by Forever North » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:44 am

We have never had a mouse/mice problem until the past couple of weeks. I found a nest in the BBQ under the grate before I went to cook and thought it was a bird nest. But no last weekend we lifted the lid to the burner next to the grill and there they were - the whole darn family having a wee of a time in their new nest on the burner of all places. Needless to say we put lots of warfarin underneath the BBQ grill next to the Propane tank and by Sunday there was lots of nibbling going on. So lets hope this will do it!!!

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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:36 pm

Last years longer fall and shorter /easier winter - which we all enjoyed have proven the mice enjoyed them as well and provided all our aggrevations this summer.
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Post by New Cottager » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:11 pm

A slight variation on Wet Paws' trap: http://asktrapperjohn.com/topics/bucketmouse.htm

Another version of a DIY mouse trap: http://www.4dotranch.com/MT/index.html

Yet another version, but with some tips and a few other links listed:
http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Mouse-Trap

Somewhere else in my search I read about putting up a ramp to a coffee can that's had peanut butter spread on the inside walls and water added. They lean in to get the PB and fall into the water.

I'm going to the cottage tomorrow, so I'm off to raid the recycling box to see what I can come up with!

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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:53 pm

I like the idea about a little bit of cooking oil on top to keep the smell 'in'. I always pour my water and trapping into the fire pit so the oil should still be environmental.
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Post by New Cottager » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:51 am

[quote="New Cottager"]Somewhere else in my search I read about putting up a ramp to a coffee can that's had peanut butter spread on the inside walls and water added. They lean in to get the PB and fall into the water.[quote]

I tried this one last night with a 1 kg coffee can and about 3" of water. I used PB and bacon grease as the bait and I caught something... but after some struggling (based on the marks in the bait and the droppings in the water) it got away! This time I'm going to try putting a mouse-sized hole in the lid and putting it on the can.

I read that they can jump 12'-13' vertically! I wouldn't have thought they'd be able to get a good push off while in the water, but I guess I was wrong!

I'll let you know if the cottage shed mice are as crafty as the home shed mice. :twisted:

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Post by Pelee Islander » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:10 am

I have never had mice and I seldom hear the neighbous talk of mice problems. (now I have jinxed it)

I guess I have too many snakes to have a mice problem. Now I have heard of snakes getting into some cottages. Thankfully not mine. (Jinxed it again)

Can I send some snakes North for you guys?

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Post by horseshoe » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:26 am

Thanks for the offer of snakes, peelee, but I would MUCH rather deal with mice! I caught one in a trap the other night, but it was not a clean kill. The mouse dragged the trap all over the cottage before escaping! It was certainly not a soothing lullaby for sleeping. :(

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Post by Pelee Islander » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:58 am

So would I.

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Post by New Cottager » Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:57 pm

Personally, I'd rather have the snakes, as long as they're not in the water!

I tried my coffee can with the lid on trap at the cottage last night, but I didn't catch anything. :( Maybe it's because they're finally all gone... Wishful thinking! I left the traps in the shed, so maybe they'll fill up when I'm away. I'm going to get some buckets and make Wet Paws' trap on the next visit. All too soon we'll have to start storing cushions, etc in there, and I don't want to make things comfy for the mice.

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Post by New Cottager » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:53 am

Horray!! :D I just checked the 'Wet Paws Bucket Mouse Trap' I set up in the shed at home and I got two! I'm anxious to get back to the cottage (more specifically the shed!) and see what I caught there.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:07 am

New Cottager wrote:Horray!! :D I just checked the 'Wet Paws Bucket Mouse Trap' I set up in the shed at home and I got two! I'm anxious to get back to the cottage (more specifically the shed!) and see what I caught there.


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Post by New Cottager » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:05 am

Maybe I am getting a little nutty...

I set out three modified* drowning traps the last time I was at the cottage and when I checked them on the weekend they were all successful. But OMG - I couldn't believe the stench!! I won't go into details, only say that they all went into the garbage! I made one proper bucket trap on the weekend and caught a mouse the first day. I have to get more buckets though, it's about a 3 car sized building so I'll need a few.

*I used a Lays chip tube and a coffee can with a mouse sized hole in the lid and a juice carton with the lid open, all with ramps, water and some peanut butter spread inside.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:33 am

Use RV antifreeze instead of water - slows/stops the rotting. Pickled mouse.
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Post by Blackdog » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:19 pm

We had renters for 2 weeks in mid August. The people the first week said there were mice. Prior to that I had seen no sign of mice activity. I'm certain they brought them with them :lol:

Anyhow, when I went up last week I set up snap traps with peanut butter. Caught 5 mice on Saturday. The traps sat untouched until Thursday when the sixth was caught. Nothing else the rest of the week. Hopefully I got them all.

All entry points (hopefully) are now plugged with steel wool.

A note on the Victor snap traps. I used two kinds - the ones with the copper bait holder and the ones with the yellow plastic bait holder. The yellow plastic bait holder traps caught all the mice. The peanut butter on the copper bait holder traps was licked clean and the traps didn't go off - not sensitive enough.

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Post by New Cottager » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:50 pm

At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging... :wink: I caught 6 more mice in the shed at home over over the past couple of days. In a bigger bucket, the smell isn't nearly as bad as it was in the small containers. When the colder weather gets here (not any time soon, I hope) I'll start using the anti freeze.

It's funny that you had luck with the yellow bait holder trap, Blackdog, since we found them to be licked clean but the old fashioned wooden ones worked. Our failures were the black plastic ones with the yellow bait holder. Is that what you have?

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:09 pm

I'm not sure I'd be bragging about a cottage filled with vermin. :) Of course that might keep the in-laws away! LOL

I've used the little plastic traps - much better than the old copper/wood snap traps IME.
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Post by New Cottager » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:14 pm

No, no, SB, the mice are in the shed... thank goodness!! I'd have moved out long ago if they were in the cottage - YUCK :!:

As for the in-laws, I have no trouble with them - they live in Europe. :wink:

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Post by Blackdog » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:29 pm

New Cottager wrote:It's funny that you had luck with the yellow bait holder trap, Blackdog, since we found them to be licked clean but the old fashioned wooden ones worked. Our failures were the black plastic ones with the yellow bait holder. Is that what you have?


I use two kinds of the Victor wooden snap traps. One has the flat yellow plastic 'cheese' bait holder (M035). The others have the copper bait holder (M150). I caught all my mice using the M035. The peanut butter on the M150 was licked clean. Both seem to be pretty sensitive as they sometimes would go off when I set them on the floor. The M035 has two settings - 'F'irm and 'S'ensitive. I used the 'F'irm setting as I couldn't get it to stay set on the 'S'ensitive setting.

http://www.victorpest.com/mouse_snap_traps.htm

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Post by Joe Cottager » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:35 pm

Living up here and having the opportunity to speak with many people regarding their houses, everybody is having the smae problem. , we used to pull mice out of the house over the fall and winter,but it has been all year consistently. I spoke with someone and he told me he had pulled 66 mice out of his house last month alone, the house is 2 years old. I pull about 4 a week from here ,and someone else pulls 10 a week, sometimes as many as 7 a day. It is unusual and brutal. The mild winter to blame I suppose. On the way home from the cottage a few times, we have seen them runnign around on highway 11 in South River., my wife giving me the predictable response "hit them, hit them!!" :lol: The mice are bad at the cottage too. Cleaning up after them every friday night when we arrive.

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Post by UKCG » Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:43 pm

I agree with Joe Cottager - this year it has been a year round issue rather than just an Autumn thing.

And on the types of trap, I have used both the M035 and the M150. I have had a much higher success rate with the copper than the yellow plastic, though I must say I have had the copper one licked clean occasionally (I just figured I had a wiley old mouse that was too smart to be caught, a bit like the big fish that hangs out under my dock and never bites).

BFTN - emoticon for wiley old mouse that licks traps clean...? :)

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Post by Born For The North » Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:55 pm

UKCG wrote:
BFTN - emoticon for wiley old mouse that licks traps clean...? :)


How's this UKCG?

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Post by Blackdog » Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:28 pm

Joe Cottager wrote:we have seen them runnign around on highway 11 in South River., my wife giving me the predictable response "hit them, hit them!!" :lol:


Welcome back JC, long time no hear from. By all means run them all over in South River. :)

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Post by New Cottager » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:06 am

UKCG wrote: BFTN - emoticon for wiley old mouse that licks traps clean...? :)


If I had the patience to sit in the shed and watch, I'd get you an actual photograph of that ol' mouse, or at least a good buddy of his, because something's licking all of the peanut butter off of the tin can in my bucket trap, and they're not leaving any signs (ie droppings) in the water :?:

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Post by Born For The North » Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:13 pm

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If I had the patience to sit in the shed and watch, I'd get you an actual photograph of that ol' mouse



New Cottager....you need to get yourself a digital scouting camera.
You'll never have to be there to get that critter picture! Image
Pricey but cool.

http://www.nativeoutdoors.com/scoutingcameras.html
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Post by New Cottager » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:02 pm

Funny you should mention that, because I was looking at something similar on costco.ca last week:

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... =C&topnav=

If the link is too long to work, it's the Bushnell Digital Trail Camera under Outdoor, Sports, Hunting & Fishing.

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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:41 pm

Blackdog wrote:
Joe Cottager wrote:we have seen them runnign around on highway 11 in South River., my wife giving me the predictable response "hit them, hit them!!" :lol:


Welcome back JC, long time no hear from. By all means run them all over in South River. :)

I would love to flatten them all province-wide. I think i found where they are gettign in, and need to address it asap. I also need to build a wet paws bucket trap, as leaving the little nasties for a week or so in my fave type of snap traps is kind of nasty. The highway mice in south river are FAST! Believe me, i tried to get 'em. Thanks for the welcome back. I will make a full return for the winter. :D

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Welcome back Joe!! Image

Been a busy summer?? I hear there's trouble in Mag Town. Image
Maybe it's a good thing you didn't go there!!

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Post by Blackdog » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:20 pm

Joe Cottager wrote:I think i found where they are gettign in


I thought the same thing last fall. :lol:

I think mine were getting in via the tub drain in the bathroom. I made the mistake of assuming that the tub bottom is sealed to the floor on all 4 sides, so I didn't bother checking the drain under the cottage. Also I wasn't too thrilled about going under the cottage as there is only an 18" or so clearance. Well, the 3 wall sides are open to the studs. I think the mice are entering the tub drain, going up the wall across the attic to the utility room (no sheathing - just insulation/vapour barrier) as this is where I have caught all of them. What a PITA it was to block that acces point.

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Post by Joe Cottager » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:05 pm

Ok, so i have discovered some new info that will shed some light on the rodent problem. 1st, the mild winter was too ideal for them, 2nd, I hear that the fox population is having its collective butt kicked by 'the mange' this year, and it is not gettign better. And thinking about it, I have not seen a fox in ages. Their #'s are clearly down due to mange, and foxes eat alot of rodents. So, once the foxes get past this brutal cyclical sickness and thrive, there will be good eating for them. This includes chipmunks and squirrels, which also are running amok, but less nasty than the mice. We need our foxes back to eat all these little nasties!!!
So it is more than just the mild winter, it is an ecosystem/foodchain related thing. Food for thought. :wink:

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Post by administrator » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:16 pm

Joe Cottager wrote:So it is more than just the mild winter, it is an ecosystem/foodchain related thing. Food for thought. :wink:


Not to hijack the thread on mice, but Joe Cottager's comment segue's perfectly into a link to Penny Caldwell's blog entry from last week about our place in the environment. Check it out and share some comments with the editor of Cottage Life magazine.
http://pennysblog.cottagelife.com/?p=71

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Post by Joe Cottager » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:54 pm

Glad i could be a good segue. :lol:

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Post by Sawbill » Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:56 pm

These folks aren't telling the truth at all. They're really whacking all those mice just to make a fur coat.

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Post by New Cottager » Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:13 am

I'd have to knit mine, because by the time I get to the mice in the bucket, the fur is usually falling off! Gross, I know :!:

I had two on Thursday when I went to the cottage, but again, all of the peanut butter was gone. I could hear baby somethings squeeking in the shed too, but I wasn't in the mood to do a search. DH can do that today!! I'm heading up shortly with two more bigger buckets - maybe I can outsmart the peanut butter thief!

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Post by New Cottager » Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:28 am

I'm trying a new method of baiting the bucket traps. I punched a hole in the closed end of the cans for the dowel and taped them together after putting peanut butter on the inside of the cans. I put just a small amount of PB on the outside. I also put the cans a little lower into the bucket and they are almost as wide as the bucket so getting out and/or leaning in to eat the PB should prove more difficult. We'll see...

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I also set out another 'container' trap. Mouse sized hole in the top, PB inside on the sides and some water in the bottom. This type of trap has been effective, but gets smelly fast. Oil or dish soap in the water helps. Both traps are in the shed.
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Post by apseylaker » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:28 pm

we have never seen a mouse inside the camp. they practically take over the sunporch tho...then last weekend, we saw evidence and they were active. my dh was up most of the night hunting them..i was cowering in bed, and i could swear at one point there was one in the bed....
seems that since the shower came in, the integrity of the walls was compromised. from the basement i could see that they chewed through the styrofoam base of the shower where the drain pipe hole was drilled through, and since the camp is setting down (a little down hill) there are gaps under the floor trim.
i used up all the steel wool i have, we sprayed expandable foam in the drain hole area and panelled up the spot where there were coming in to the bathroom.
we are going back on sunday to see what kind of a job we did, if there is any more evidence. i put all the dry goods into the oven LOL... and there is one more weekend before we close to try to solve the problem. i bought more steel wool and moth balls, i just hope to heck that the balls won't smell up the place too much...and we have traps, and they lick the peanut butter off and we set up pails......aaaagggghhhhh
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Post by New Cottager » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:32 pm

The mouse baits DO work, so you could leave some around for over the winter, just in case. Some types dehydrate the dead mice, so they don't get stinky.

A friend told me that friends of theirs returned home after an extended holiday and found the mice had completely taken over their newly constructed home... there was even pasta in the beds! That is gross :!:

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Post by Born For The North » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:54 pm

New Cottager wrote:
A friend told me that friends of theirs returned home after an extended holiday and found the mice had completely taken over their newly constructed home... there was even pasta in the beds! That is gross :!:


We can relate to this New Cottager.

We opened our cottage one Friday and when we went to bed that night, my wife found 3 acorns under her pillow.
Needles to say, the bedding was changed instantly and I had to do a search for the entrance way the next day!! (It was a little red squirrel)

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Post by Panache » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:18 pm

FYI - spray foam doesn't stop the mice from entering. They'll eat/chew just about ANYTHING except steel wool. Learned that through experience for sure.
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Post by New Cottager » Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:23 pm

Born For The North wrote:We opened our cottage one Friday and when we went to bed that night, my wife found 3 acorns under her pillow.
Needles to say, the bedding was changed instantly and I had to do a search for the entrance way the next day!! (It was a little red squirrel)


Good for her for spending the night in the bed. I think I'd have been in the car for the night... at least!!

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Post by Wet Paws » Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:12 am

That cute little red squirrel will do the most damage of all. Do not take this lightly. That squirrel will be a huge problem if s/he is not dealt with 100%.

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I just read your post again and I hope I am correct to assume this 'tale' was from the past and the problem has already been fixed.
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Post by gouligann » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:48 am

Warning to all:
I will NEVER use mouse bait/poison again, in my camp. It did't do as it said it would in dehydrating with no smell. I put the bait in my camp one week in August, the mice cleaned it out, one or two or a hundred died in the camp and it stinks to HIGH heaven. I feel like vomiting with the smell and can't find the devil/s that are dead to get rid of them, and it's now October!!! I'm just hoping that with winter coming on, the smell will go away. I will not/can not even sleep there with the stink. Very disheartening to say the least, about going to our beloved camp.

We have a dovetail log cabin with chinking (from a well established log cabin builder) and the little darlings chew right through the chinking. Once in between the logs, I'm sure they have little runways to a hole or crack and then total access to the interior of our camp.

I hate the idea of the pail trap with the water/antifreeze, but I'm at my whit's end, and am seriously considering it if I can talk hubby into it. We are both so much against animal cruelty, but this mouse problem is sending me into orbit. Mouse droppings on every counter and table, every single time we go to camp.

Does anyone else have this problem with chinking? We are going to rechink next summer, laying it on thicker than was recommended, and hopefully we will solve this problem, but I'm not holding my breath. Fingers crossed though. lol
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Post by Wet Paws » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:04 am

gouligann, I can acknowledge the fact that you wish to avoid unnecessarily harming animals. But I guess the difference of opinion we have in regards to a mouse or squirrel- I will never fully understand your view nor will you mine.

But at some point (unfortunatley for you) you will have to ask yourself, is it me or the mouse? If the problem is not stopped they will over run you and your place. I sense that the moral choice(s) you are facing are very difficult. But after all it is a cruel world and ultimately it is survival of the fittest.

Whether it is man or beast the feeling of having your place violated is unnerving.

I hope it works out for you in more ways than one.
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Post by gouligann » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:56 am

Wet Paws, I have to say I agree with you. Now I just have to convince my husband.

I'm the one who has to steralize the countertops, tables, etc, so maybe forcing him to do it a few times might be good ammunition for my argument.

Also, lucky for my DH, his nose isn't as good as mine, so the stink isn't half as bad to him. To me, the odor is nauseating enough to make me vomit. lol

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:08 am

As I tell folks, mice are cute. But the diseases they bring into the cottage are not. Hanta virus, salmonellosis , etc. Nuke 'em I say!
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Post by Bushed » Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:54 pm

I suspect our fight with the mice is going to change the cottage experience for our kids.
I don't think the smell of a camp fire is going to be the smell that reminds them of the cottage. I think it will be the smell of bleach, as I clean those counters yet again.

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Post by dfkiii » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:29 pm

I had a red squirrel who had penetrated into my crawl space this summer as well. While I have patched ever visible entrance, I have been advised they are persistent and will be back.

Short of trapping them or shooting them, what can be done ? Any advice is more than appreciated !

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Post by Panache » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:25 pm

THE MOUSE AND THE COOK

I have a VERY sensitive sense of smell. And there are a lot of things that are repugnant to my nose [like hot peanut butter, cigarette smoke or watermelon flavoured candy], but none is so bad as a rotting mouse carcass! And it's even worse when you try cooking one! GROSS.

Back in August when we were still having a mouse problem, one must have gotten into the insulation in our stove. We have an old model, small electric range. Under the stove elements is a 3-4" high space and on all the outer walls of the oven area is insulation. Easy access for a mouse. I can only assume one nested in there, or got caught in there and died. I didn't know this at the time,

Ihad just put some ribs in the oven, and you know how good cooking pork can smell.
After a few minutes I could smell something odd through the vent of the oven I said to my husband, "these ribs don't smell good". He doesn't have as keen a sense of smell as I do and couldn't smell what I did. At first it wasn't so bad, but the longer my ribs cooked and the hotter the oven got the smell got worse. OMG what a stench!
DH still didn't smell the smell.
It didn't take long before I was totally grossed out and started to gag. By this time DH indeed smelled the smell.
I had to set up a fan in the kitchen to vent the wafting, rotting, cooking carcass smell out of the camp towards the screen door.

Thankfully, there was no way that the odour could get into the oven because if that had been the case, my ribs would have been in the garbage faster than you can say "Micky Mouse".

It's one thing to smell a dead mouse carcass. It's another to cook one. I could NOT get that smell out of my nose. It had gotten deep into the recesses of my olfactory system and hung on tight. I think it will remain there in the core of my brain for eternity.

So, as much as I love critters and am against cruelty to animals, there's a fine line between loving all creatures great and small and as Wet Paws said, "survival of the fittest".
This experience has taught me one thing. SPARE NONE.
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Post by gouligann » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:47 pm

Panache, OMG you poor thing! and I thought just the RAW smell was bad enough. Thanks for sharing that (gag, gag, RALPH) story lol

As for your last comment, SPARE NONE? I say HERE HERE! peanut butter is on the house fellas. I'm ready to ring the water pail bell.

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Post by Blackdog » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:49 pm

For the last two weekends I have caught no mice in my snap traps. :D Looks like I might have found and sealed all the entry points. Keeping my fingers crossed until spring.

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Post by Wet Paws » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:33 pm

Maybe Joe Cottager ran them all over in South River :wink:

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Post by New Cottager » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:59 am

I haven't caught any mice at home or at the cottage in the past few weeks, and the peanut butter bait remains untouched... Remember, my traps are in sheds which are NOT rodent proof in any way.

I think perhaps the mice have gone underground to organize themselves and will return in full force one day when we're least expecting it. Don't let your guard down!!

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Post by ourhappyplace » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:15 pm

Just heard from a friend, soak cotton balls in 100 % peppermint oil and place around, the mice hate it and won't come in.
Worth a try
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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:23 pm

We just unofficially closed up (I will will be back up I think) and we did exactly that. We put out peppermint tea bags and peppermint oil on cotton pads. The oil was strong. I hope it works. If I get back up I will post our results. We also put moth balls around the place outside. Not sure if that will do anything.
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Post by gouligann » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:20 pm

Wet paws, I hope the oil works. Thanks for the tip (ourhappyplace and wet paws)

As for the moth balls, they work if you use them inside and keep them dry (like in a cupboard), but outside they evaporate/dissolve quite quickly.

I'll have to go get myself a bottle of that peppermint oil. It's GOT to smell better than rotting dead mouse, that's for sure!
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Post by Ivanna » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:43 pm

I discovered that they enjoy hot crushed chili peppers and it make them go like it does me except I do my deed in the bathroom they did it all over my spice drawer!!!!!
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Post by Blackdog » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:51 pm

Wet Paws wrote:We just unofficially closed up (I will will be back up I think)


We're closed up too but I'm already planning a trip for sometime in Novemeber. Even if it's just a short trip to check things out, have a few beers and watch the Leafs lose.

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Post by Wet Paws » Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:55 am

The oil is expensive I think but goes a long way.

If I get up my trip will be check a few things out, have a few beers and do some small jobs. I for sure do not want to do something stupid and get hurt. Boat access and probably no one around and the bag phone must be connected to the antenna to get a signal.
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Post by New Cottager » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:46 am

Wet Paws wrote:Boat access and probably no one around and the bag phone must be connected to the antenna to get a signal.


Am I the only one who doesn't know what a bag phone is?

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Post by Born For The North » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:22 am

Hey New Cottager!! (how's it going eh?)

A bag phone is basically the original cell phone. It has a full size phone with amp and antenna all in a carry bag.
The advantage the bag phone has is they have very powerful amplifiers, and are great for getting reception in remote areas.
The disadvantage is that most were analog (most cell phones and towers today are digital) and you still need an analog tower(s) nearby to get reception.
I hope this helps!

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Post by New Cottager » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:45 am

Thanks BFTN. I've seen those phones but I guess I'm too young to have owned one - haha! Actually, as I recall, only wealthy folks had the original cell phones... I didn't! :wink:

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Post by bagnihotri » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:04 am

I am curious about the peppermint oil and whether it actually works. I heard the same thing about cloves, so last year I bought them in bulk and spread them a half inch deep all over the inside of the trailer.

Although the trailer did smell nice in the spring, it did nothing to stop the mice from having a fiesta all winter long.
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Post by ranger » Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:34 pm

Wow am I sure glad I don't have to deal with this mouse issue at my place, but I am beginning to wonder why I do not see any on the island.
My cabin was built originally in 1952 so I would assume potential entry points are numerous.

The only thing I can think of is the snake population on the Island is keeping the mice in check?? I will take snakes over mice any day. The snakes on the island look like Eastern Garter snakes.

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Post by fabien » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:27 pm

ranger wrote:Wow am I sure glad I don't have to deal with this mouse issue at my place, but I am beginning to wonder why I do not see any on the island.
My cabin was built originally in 1952 so I would assume potential entry points are numerous.

The only thing I can think of is the snake population on the Island is keeping the mice in check?? I will take snakes over mice any day. The snakes on the island look like Eastern Garter snakes.


I suppose islands are self-contained ecosystems. If you have many snakes, weasels, foxes or owls, you mouse population is probably going to stay low since outsiders can't just come onto the island when stocks are low.

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Post by Wet Paws » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:25 pm

We bought our 'bag phone' at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $10.00. Set it up with a number and it works fine. I have heard the analog towers are being taken down or out of service in the next while. Not sure if this is true, I hope not. But I can see it eventually I guess then I do not know what we will do. We have to unscrew our antenna on the bag and connect a cable to a large antenna outside of our camp to get 6 bars of signal strength.
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Post by Kegfridge Commander » Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:04 am

Guess I'm very lucky not to have mice, after reading all the horror stories here. Found a new trap 4 u all 2 look at.

http://www.leenks.com/link88493.htm

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Post by New Cottager » Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:24 am

That is TOO funny, KFC! Glad I'm not the lady in the video. I would react the same way - that's if I didn't die of a heart attack immediately :!:

Thanks for sharing!

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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:27 pm

Closing up this weekend. Will put out the poison baits, as I dont want fermented mouse in a trap or bucket to greet me in the spring. At least they will have been frozen. lol. Anyhow, The mouse problem we have is bad, but at least the masterbedroom I just added on it rodentproof. Even to the point of a doorsweep. We have bought rubbermaid totes for all the linens and things. And gonna go nuts in there puttign everything away. I am moving the kitchen to a different spot in the cottage, and have mouseproof cabinet plans underway. *sigh* next years plans. Damn critters. I was sittign in the sunroom 2 weeks ago, it was late 11pm, i wason this silly laptop, and I could hear something scurrying around above the ceiling tiles. ugh. Then I heard a bag rustling a few feet away from me, and lo and behold. I wantedmy pellet gun right then and there. I hate the nasty little things, they are SO DIRTY, destructive, and bring disease too. grrr. I can definitely do with out them, my cottage is quite old and drafty, and stoppign them would be almost impossible.

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Post by Peregrine » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:04 pm

Nothing I hate more than mice, we had 'em in our place, and the plug in/old fashioned traps + some creative caulking got em all. Rooster Cogburn would have been proud!

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Post by Ivanna » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:41 pm

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Post by New Cottager » Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:44 am

New Cottager wrote:I'm trying a new method of baiting the bucket traps. I punched a hole in the closed end of the cans for the dowel and taped them together after putting peanut butter on the inside of the cans. I put just a small amount of PB on the outside. I also put the cans a little lower into the bucket and they are almost as wide as the bucket so getting out and/or leaning in to eat the PB should prove more difficult. We'll see...


Looks like this method was successful. The trap with the PB inside the double cans had 8 mice and the single can with PB on the outside only had one...

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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:27 am

Mice are ruining my cottage life. Every time we go there ,we have to spend all kinds of extra time cleaning up before we can even use the place. The counters and cupboards are FULL of mouse crap. We have to wash every dish and utensil before we use them, it really sucks. I arrived with the kids before my wife last friday, and there was a mouse on the counter. I moved slow and careful, got the firepoker and was about to strike, but I noticed it was dead already. layign there on the counter. NASTY! Upon further investigation, we found that the microwave popcorn packages had all been eaten into, and we went into a rubbermaid tote for an extra blanket, and under it was all kinds of popcorn kernels. I guess we didnt have the lid on good enough. So, now all of the bedding in that tote needs to be washed. *ARRRRGH!!!* The cupboard thing is the worst, so this coming weekend, the existing kitchen is coming out and gettign burned. New Mills Pride cabinets are going in, in a new location. Those cabinets will be sealed and mouseproof, enough is enough. I set all kinds of traps and dispose of the carcasses when we arrive, but with winter coming , i may just poison them all with that box of seed. Mice are officially making me mental. This new (old) cottage is going to be ripped apart and refurbished, and special care will be taken to make it mouseproof. I cannot stand it anymore. I have never seen anything this bad. And we make sure to clean thoroughly before we leave. On a good note:the new masterbedroom I built is so far mouse evidence free. :D My santuary from rodents! haha.

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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:27 am

Ivanna wrote:Joe GOOD to see you on the board.

Thanks. As the season winds down, i will be back more.

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Post by Blackdog » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:43 am

Hey JC, I had no sign of mice the last two trips. Looks like they moved north.

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Post by Donnie » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:56 am

So has anyone confirmed that peppermint oil deters the mice?

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Post by Joe Cottager » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:47 am

Blackdog wrote:Hey JC, I had no sign of mice the last two trips. Looks like they moved north.

Yep, they are all at my place. lol

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Post by apseylaker » Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:23 am

i tried it, won't know till we go for a winter ski there, if it works....better than moth balls. and it sure smiles nice.. i didn't want to trap over the winter. i hadn't heard about the poison that dries em up...but i can't imagine that there would be no smell.......
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An anonymous cottager (no it's not me!) sent me this story with her permission to share it with you here. A good laugh...

My mouse story is a family classic, from another 'year of the mouse'.

I was staying at our rustic cabin in Algonquin Park alone with three young sons after husband George had returned to the city. Our very domestic cat, Marble, was not allowed outside without a leash, and was untried as a mouser. Late one night in the latter part of August, I kept hearing her in our 'kitchen', scratching and issuing a low, deep growling. After lying awake listening for a while, I determined that I'd have to investigate. Garbed in my floor length flannel nightgown and armed with a flashlight, I crept to the kitchen door and found Marble staring into a corner under our free hanging counter top. There was the tiny field mouse, crouched, still, and staring back. My kids had previously informed me that a cat won't attack until an animal moves, so I figured I needed to dislodge the mouse. Now you have to use your visioning skills. The kitchen was basically a seven by eight foot lean-to, crammed with a kerosene refrigerator, a wood stove and wood box, the said countertop with buckets and trash cans underneath, and two doors, one into the cabin, one to the outdoors. I had a fear of the mouse leaping towards me and using my gown as a ladder to safety, so I gathered it up and wrapped it over my left arm, exposing my bare bottomsides to both animals. Inching around the fridge and fortunately cold stove, I grabbed a broom leaning behind the outer door, propped the door with an axe, and then inched back towards the cabin to block that escape route. Due to a very subtle shift in the animals positions, I found myself trapped in a nitch between stove and refrigerator but bravely decided to proceed. I slowly pushed the broom towards the mouse and when it didn't move, actually began to nudge it towards the back door. Then the action started. The cat lept and caught the mouse. The mouse began to screetch (I didn't know they were so loud!), and I, suddenly realizing I was facing blood and guts all over my kitchen and a cat vomiting bits and bones for days, began to beat the cat with the broom. She took off out the door with the screaming mouse in hand, or rather jaw. I raced behind them, welding the broom until the cat dropped her prey and took off for safer environs. The mouse, poor thing, continued its painful noise while spasmodically twisting and leaping about in the air. It was now my job to put it out of its' misery, a task I felt could be accomplished with the hatchet lying nearby. Woe to both of us. With my gown still inhibiting my left arm and the flashlight tucked under my chin (are you 'seeing this?'), I wacked at the animal several times, watching the blade pound the ground and bounce back off the deep layer of pine needles, incuring only minor damage to the suffering beastie. Finally, it was wounded or stunned enough to lie fairly quietly. Finding a broad flat shovel, I gave it a couple more wacks and then it was still, although I didn't have the stomach to assure its' demise. So I scooped it up and tossed it into the lake, sending up a prayer for both our souls.

As I gathered my weapons, I knew this night was going to be preserved in my memory and in the family cottage tales into at least two more generations.

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Post by Dad Fixit » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:39 pm

Excellent story!!

Have to remember that one next time I'm on a Mickey Death Hunt!!

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Post by Looney » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:15 pm

This mouse situation has really gotten out of control :lol:

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Post by horseshoe » Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:35 am

That is soooo funny! Thanks Loony.

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Post by Sawbill » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:59 pm

Hey, its not what yur thinking! That guy in the back is just trying to pull the other one out.

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Post by Wet Paws » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:33 am

Sawbill wrote:
That guy in the back is just trying to pull the other one out.


From the angle you are sitting how do you know the one in the back is a GUY :wink:

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Post by Ivanna » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:20 am

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Post by Sawbill » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:02 am

Well, if that were a female there'd be a shopping cart nearby.

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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:38 am

In my experience woman do not stop shopping for ANYTHING. :wink:

Hey that reminds me, I better start my Christmas shopping for HER.

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Post by Blackdog » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:16 am

Wet Paws wrote:Hey that reminds me, I better start my Christmas shopping for HER.


Hey Wet Paws, why so early? The 24th is still 11 days away. lol.

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Post by Born For The North » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:34 am

Blackdog wrote:
Hey Wet Paws, why so early? The 24th is still 11 days away. lol.


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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:39 pm

Gonna take me 10 days to figure out what to buy. :?

I guess after 9 pages it is hard to keep this thread on track. Once spring hits and we all get back I am sure it will kick in again.

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Post by vanbdan » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:02 pm

You have to buy them something for Christmas too????jeesh :? They are exspensive.Might have to cancel Christmas this,need gas for the sled,and Diesel for the truck!LOL
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Post by apseylaker » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:25 am

[quote="Wet Paws"]Gonna take me 10 days to figure out what to buy. :?

get her some winter camping gear......nice mitts, hat, electric blanket, sitter for the kids for the weekend..... some incentive to go
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Post by apseylaker » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:50 pm

found this at camp..unbelievable

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Post by New Cottager » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:53 pm

I assume you put the lid on AFTER finding the mouse?
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Post by Peregrine » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:10 pm

Looks like a scene out of "Scarface"

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Post by apseylaker » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:27 pm

New Cottager wrote:I assume you put the lid on AFTER finding the mouse?


that is exactly how i found it. he or she opened the lid, plastic and not heavy, climbed in for a snack and couldn't get out
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Post by New Cottager » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:52 pm

Yuck! I guess it could have been worse; you could have scooped it out in the middle of preparing your favorite recipe. Eeewwwww!!!
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Post by Joe Cottager » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:10 pm

nasty! My wife was making chicken fajitas one night. She put the oil in the pan to fry up the chicken. She gets it all cooked up, and goes to put away the oil and THEN notices the dead mouse in the bottom of the cooking oil.

I went down to play my drums, and played them for a bit, and the room really started to stink. I finally figured out that a mouse had climed in the top of the drum thru the tom holder, and fell in the bass drum, and could not get out, as my bass drumheads are not ported (no holes) and the tom holder is at the very top of the drum. So, it died in there. Lucky me. I really really really love mice. :evil:

We have a weasel hanging around the house, i saw him in my garage once, and the wife saw him scoot under the deck. We see his paw and tailprints all over the snow, he is hunting the mice around our house, which is wonderful. The weasel is cute too. he is all white for the winter.
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Post by Weathertracker » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:11 pm

Sorry, but this is off the topic.

This has to be the longest running topic!! 10 pages guys and gals WOW!!!

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Post by New Cottager » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:32 pm

That's because mouse stories are like the mice themselves... There's a never-ending supply of them! :twisted:
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Post by Wet Paws » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:46 pm

apseylaker:
that is exactly how i found it. he or she opened the lid, plastic and not heavy, climbed in for a snack and couldn't get out




There has to be more to this apsey. How would the mouse get up there for one? He (I'll say he) can not climb up glass. Could it jump to the lid somehow? Even then it looks too slippery to hang on. I know they are resourceful but this one has stumped me.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:01 am

when i go back there i will take a pic of the counter...if memory serves me, there is a bread box and another cannister (sugar) beside that one. so, onto the bread box, the surgar cannister, perch on that lid then pry the other lid open. then oops! LOL...the other thing about that is there is no poop in the bottle. personally, if i was the mouse i woulda hit the cannister with sugar, not flour.
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Post by apseylaker » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:02 am

besides that.....its a SHE !!!! more brains!!!!! right girls?
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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:46 am

I laid out traps this fall and came bac kto find the bait was gone and the traps not sprung. When cleaning out my kitchen cupboards, it looked like a bomb had gone off. I am so unhappy about the mouse problem here. I laid out a gratuitous amount of poison seed for the little beasties to fill themselves full of, and hope it takes care of them in time to open up in the spring and put my new mouseproof kitchen in.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:40 am

one more thing...well, maybe not - the peppermint soaked cotton balls i put in a food cupboard worked.....there was one dropping in it, and there were boxes of food in there.....
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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:09 pm

Great news apsey!! It is a little strong though when you put it out though isn't it?

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Post by lizabets » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:30 pm

OK I didn't read through all 10 pages so not sure if this tip was already mentioned LOL

This dandy trap makes for real easy cleanup of dead mice and catches a LOT, especially great when you're not there often!

Get a pail and fill it half full of water and in winter antifreeze. Put a small notch on opposite sides of the rim. Get a tin can,remove both ends and slather it with peanut butter. Then put a piece of dowel through the can and lay it in the notches on the rim. Put something against the pail that the mice can use as a ramp to get to the can. They climb up, walk across the dowel, hop on the can, can spins and they drop into the pail and drown! :twisted: Carcasses can be scooped with a FOR THE TRAP ONLY ladle into a garbage bag or light a fire in the fire pit and toss them in :)

Place this where you KNOW they will find it.....middle of the kitchen floor works for me LOL
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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:41 pm

Lizabets go to page 2 and you will see my set up. Almost exactly as you have stated. Others have posted their pics as well after I posted.

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Post by apseylaker » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:02 am

Get a pail and fill it half full of water and in winter antifreeze.

we do this in the summer, and i wanted to do it in the winter as well, but i think i will have trouble convincing DH to do it - there will be one month that we wont be there, due to ice conditions - march to april... so i wonder if there is a smell attached to that or will the antifreeze work to preserve them....any thoughts?
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Post by Panache » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:36 pm

We bought an Oustamouse too, at the Fall show. According to the gentleman at the booth that we talked to, the key is to follow their instructions to a 'T'. The guy was quite informative and stood by his product. He pretty much guaranteed no mice if the directions were followed, particularly the following:

#1 NO traps inside. It defeats the purpose of the Oustamouse. The idea is to NOT entice
them inside with anything. Mouse proof your food supplies. I have found that mice eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING - even bars of soap. Ick.

#2 Use the kind of bait that is recommended. I can't remember the term for it, but the dry powder/granules that are quick kill [not the ones that takes days for it to work].

So far for us, since the fall.... NO MICE!!
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Post by apseylaker » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:50 pm

Panache wrote:We bought an Oustamouse too, at the Fall show. According to the gentleman at the booth that we talked to, the key is to follow their instructions to a 'T'. The guy was quite informative and stood by his product. He pretty much guaranteed no mice if the directions were followed, particularly the following:

#1 NO traps inside. It defeats the purpose of the Oustamouse. The idea is to NOT entice
them inside with anything. Mouse proof your food supplies. I have found that mice eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING - even bars of soap. Ick.


So far for us, since the fall.... NO MICE!!


deb, what do you use to package your food...they can chew through plastic....

and to anyone out there...are the mice running around our places in the dead of winter? or are they buried somewhere?
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Post by bagnihotri » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:02 pm

ApsleyLaker, your post made me laugh - I got a picture in my head of a bunch of mice partying it up in the empty cottage.... loud music and party hats.
I think I am punchy because we can't get to our place in the winter and I want to go!

I use a combination of tupperware for staples like tea, coffee etc (sometimes I can hardly get those things open, so I figure it's safe from the mice) and rubbermaid type containers for everything else. Take your measurememnts of your cupboards to the store with you when you buy them. Hopefully you will be able to find at least one brand which has something suitable. I was lucky and found some that fit perfectly into the cupboards of the trailer. Bit of a pain when you are cooking - having to open each container up and then close it and put it back, but I thought it was worth it. I put whole boxes of cereal in them, juice boxes, spices - even the dishes and cutlery.

This year, since we now have a shell cottage - VanBDan, we need to come up with a name for that. It's not a lottage anymore, but can we actually call it a cottage? - hopefully we won't have so many problems with the mice
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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:28 pm

bagnihotri wrote:ApsleyLaker, your post made me laugh - I got a picture in my head of a bunch of mice partying it up in the empty cottage.... loud music and party hats.
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You need one of those Sensaphone 400 units so you can listen in the mouse party. :)
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Post by Panache » Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:37 pm

We've been lucky, even when we DID have mice coming in. Most of the time, we're only away from 3-5 days at a time from spring through fall, so they didn't have that much time to wreak havoc in my cupboards. We would find only one or two in the traps. Last winter, we found mouse poop in the drawers, but not near the food! Maybe they wanted to nest more than eat?? After investigation, we found they were coming in through ONE tiny hole that we kept overlooking. Once that was plugged up we haven't had one since. I truly believe that is the key. Find out where they're coming in. That might be a problem if you have many spots.

I store the most tempting foods in an old icebox/fridge. I dare them to gnaw through that steel!! Otherwise, I use glass or plastic containers for rice, flour, sugar, etc. So far so good. The dog food is stored in a rubbermaid container.
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Post by Wet Paws » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:17 pm

bagnihotri:
we need to come up with a name for that.


bagnihotri I guess that would simply be shellage.

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Post by apseylaker » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:36 pm

we put a shower in and the bozo who made the holes in the floor for the pipe made them so darn big, they are hard to plug - i used expandable foam but may have left a crack
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Post by Panache » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:04 pm

They LOVE to eat foam too. We tried the expandable spray stuff too and found it in tiny bits around the hole after a few days. Only thing that seems to work is steel wool, and lots of it. Then secure with wood if possible.
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Post by vanbdan » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:00 am

bagnihotri: definettely a shot-tage!.You could still call it a lottage,as it is lonely for your company. Shell-lottage? emptybin? (empty-cabin)

How about camp shell?weatherbin?(weather tight cabin?)Ahead of me! :lol:

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Post by apseylaker » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:28 am

i am going to buy outs a mouse - i read up on it. altho someone in the thread said it wasn't going to work.....i wonder if is just a glorified mouse poison feeding station - i was putting cans out with the stuff in it, but if it rains or gets windy....at least this is sheltered!
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Post by Weathertracker » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:25 am

vanbdan wrote:bagnihotri: definettely a shot-tage!.You could still call it a lottage,as it is lonely for your company. Shell-lottage? emptybin? (empty-cabin)

How about camp shell?weatherbin?(weather tight cabin?)Ahead of me! :lol:

If it was me I would call it VANCAMPS!


Hey Fabien--

What would you call it in French??


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Post by cedarstrip » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:34 am

The flyng variety of mice, bats are fun as well. When we were doing some renovations a few years back they were omnipresent. We tightened up the holes and now I keep a badminton racket upstairs and down. I have developed a good back swing and you really do have to attack them from behind not head on. But on the positive they do consume alot of mosquitos.


By the way I was in Minn recently and saw a great billboard for Windsor Canadian Whiskey. (not that I ever consume any) it had a large bottle of Windsor Canadian and in the corner of the billboard an oversized mosquito "the bird of the north." The caption read, "It's not your blood they're after!"

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Post by apseylaker » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:34 pm

Wet Paws wrote:apsey- did you ever get back to camp to take a wider view pic of your counter top? I am still curious about solving the mystery of the mouse in the jar.


going tomorrow, overnight!!!! will take the pics of the counter and see if the mystery gets solved...maybe there will be a mouse in the sugar container



ok, so here is the closeup - for anyone who is interested, who missed this the first time.

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and here how it was on the counter. it barely takes any effort to lift the lid

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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:51 pm

Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute Apsey.

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Post by Weathertracker » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:33 pm

Wet Paws wrote:Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute Apsey.



Have a good time, hope you have good weather :wink:

Post some pics when you get back :wink:

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Post by Joe Cottager » Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:36 pm

I am thinking of going this weekend as well, the snow is thinning, and is in lesser quantities north of me, so i might be able to force my way in (in 4x4, haha, i did it last year, was the 1st one in). I am sure the mice have ravaged the place, and I am almost apprehensive about going for fear of what I may be walking into. :shock:

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Post by Wet Paws » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:28 pm

Joe said:
the snow is thinning, and is in lesser quantities north of me


That is great news Joe! But I do not know what you have at home and are comparing it to. But you know the drill, I need an ice and snow report if you go. I am planning on the last weekend in April but that date concerns me with the way the weather has been going. A lot can happen by then I guess. Be safe.

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Post by Blackdog » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:44 am

Joe Cottager wrote:the snow is thinning, and is in lesser quantities north of me


This is good news, as we are thinking of going this weekend as well. I'm keepin' a close eye on the South River Web Cam. Also curious to see what kind of mouse activity there has been as I'm 100% positive I blocked all the entry points last fall.

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Post by Weathertracker » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:33 am

Blackdog wrote:
Joe Cottager wrote:the snow is thinning, and is in lesser quantities north of me


This is good news, as we are thinking of going this weekend as well. I'm keepin' a close eye on the South River Web Cam. Also curious to see what kind of mouse activity there has been as I'm 100% positive I blocked all the entry points last fall.


Hey Blackdog,

Post some pics when you get back.
Have a safe trip, and watch out for the other drivers :wink:

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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:50 pm

as i write this, it is snowing.

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Post by Blackdog » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:00 pm

Joe Cottager wrote:as i write this, it is snowing.


What are the snow banks like on the back roads? I imagine I got a pretty good size bank in front of my driveway from the plow.

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Post by Joe Cottager » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:34 pm

the snpwbanks are pretty fierce still. I was hoping to be able to push my way in this weekend, but i dont think it is goign to happen. :evil:

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Post by Blackdog » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:20 pm

I guess I'll be parking at the turnaround 1/2 km down the road.

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Post by dfkiii » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:31 pm

Don't forget to post your "mouse reports" !

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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:45 pm

nope, it will be the 1st thing i ----- about in here. lol.

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Post by Blackdog » Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:14 pm

Well, we still have mice :x . Although, it wasn't too bad - a few droppings on the kitchen counter and on the bathroom shelves. No sign of them in the bedroom. I set traps over the weekend but didn't catch anything. Hopefully they were only a straggler or two caught inside in the fall after I plugged the entry points. Will know for sure next trip up.

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Post by Joe Cottager » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:49 am

I am terrified to see what my place looks like this spring due to those little nasties. Oh well, at least we will have a new and hopefully mouse proof kitchen (just gotta keep em out of the cupboards)

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Post by Weathertracker » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:09 am

We just got back from 3 days at the cottage, and no sign of mice :!:

We have never had a mouse in the cottage, but in the crawlspace used to be a different story, until I put poison down there and haven't had a problem since :wink: touch wood :!: :!: :!:

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Post by apseylaker » Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:10 pm

apparently if you get an oust-a-mouse, the key is to use powder, not the pellets, as the pellets get stored but the powder dissolves in their mouths....we shall see
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One of the most predictable moments of the Cottage Life Show was watching Neil and Jen from Oust a Mouse unloading yet another skid of boxes to meet the demand from mouse weary cottage owners.
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Post by Dad Fixit » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:05 am

cottageguru wrote:One of the most predictable moments of the Cottage Life Show was watching Neil and Jen from Oust a Mouse unloading yet another skid of boxes to meet the demand from mouse weary cottage owners.


Easily the busiest booth at the show when we were there!!
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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:36 pm

The one I bought has a crack in the lid but I did not find out until I was out of the show and an hour away.

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Post by Blackdog » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:22 am

This past weekend was our second trip this spring. And I'm very happy to report no signs of mice. :D :D :D :D .

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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:22 am

I wish i could say the same. I found a few dead ones, so i hope that is the end of it. I put poison bait out for them, they ran with it and stored it all over the cottage. It is like a bad dream.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:43 am

poison bait is still bait - it doesnt go inside - put it outside, it attracts them...
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Post by Panache » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:16 am

Yup, according to the 'experts' at Oustamouse, you don't want to entice them inside. Give them their bait outside, and they won't keep looking for more. So far, I am VERY impressed with the Oustamouse.
I bought my sister an Oustamouse too. She has had a LOT of mice problems in her home in the country and she hasn't had mice since the fall.
However, I'm not sure how important it is that you still find their entry points and plug them up. Seems to me they might still try to get inside if the going's good - whether or not there's bait outside.
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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:37 pm

The other very valuable point is to only put out bait that they have to eat. Do not put out any kind that they can carry away and store. But I guess you know that now JC. Not sure what I will find but I will let you know.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:50 pm

Wet Paws wrote:The other very valuable point is to only put out bait that they have to eat. Do not put out any kind that they can carry away and store. But I guess you know that now JC. Not sure what I will find but I will let you know.


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Post by Wet Paws » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:04 pm

Sorry apsey it is packed basically at the bottom of the boat and covered by 5 sheets of plywood, counter top, cupboards, sink and what ever else is going this trip. But I just use the regular powdered Warfarin. The 2 x 500 g boxes I got at TSC were 4.99 each I think and then I seen a 1 kg box in CTC for 7.99. Both include small bags of Warfarin. They say to open one bag slightly and place in the bottom of the Oustamouse and then throw in a few more closed bags. The powdered stuff they have to eat but the pellets they will carry away and store.

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Post by apseylaker » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:22 am

Wet Paws wrote:Sorry apsey it is packed basically at the bottom of the boat and covered by 5 sheets of plywood, counter top, cupboards, sink and what ever else is going this trip. But I just use the regular powdered Warfarin. The 2 x 500 g boxes I got at TSC were 4.99 each I think and then I seen a 1 kg box in CTC for 7.99. Both include small bags of Warfarin. They say to open one bag slightly and place in the bottom of the Oustamouse and then throw in a few more closed bags. The powdered stuff they have to eat but the pellets they will carry away and store.


off topic but lets see the pics of the outhouse going across and installed
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Post by Wet Paws » Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:00 pm

Installed- pictures hopefully May weekend.

Going across in the boat will be real boring to see, It is all dissassembled.

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Post by apseylaker » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:09 pm

we put our oustamouse out tonight. lets see if it does what it says
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I somehow missed this thread last summer while I was in the throws of what I am relieved to find out was a cyclical bump in the mice population. I tried everything. I agree that the ultrasound devices don't work. I also tried the bromine pellets and they did not work. The two best methods were lots of traps and poisoned mouse seed. I put the traps along basically every wall 1 -2 feet apart. One night I watched a mouse jump over them, so now I bunch them in groups of three, 1 -2 feet apart. I also put the bait out all over the place. They seem to eat the bait, get stupid and then stumble into the traps. However, they do also die in the walls. I have one in my basement preserved in the insulation and visible through the vapour barrier. I used the 'Tin Cat' which will live catch up to 20 mice. I have caught mice in it, but never more than a couple. I have also used buckets as mentioned in other posts and they have worked well. After several generations of mice afflicted us last summer I have gone for a multi disciplinary 'Shock and Awe' approach to mouse hunting. I know I was at a point last summer where I would have strongly preferred snakes slithering around my cottage to the sound of some *&@#$ mouse running around my cottage in the middle of the night!! I certainly admire the patience and mental discipline of the posters who are live trapping and releasing them. Despite what would seem like an obvious advantage in size and intelligence I cannot find a way to feel anything else about these animals other than an intense desire to eradicate them and their entire species.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue May 13, 2008 7:18 am

that was a funny post and i can relate to all the feelings....how can one little freak n rodent traumatize us so much...i am wearing earplugs at camp, because ignorance is bliss!!! ear plugs at camp....the most peaceful place in my world, except for scratch scratch...my biggest fear is that one lands in bed with me and it has happened....not there, another camp i had the use of on a regular basis....
we have an oustamouse and i don't think they are going after it..there is no poop in it, its outside and prob too far away from a wall....we have cans set up downstairs and they are emptying them and we are finding and plugging holes....there may only be one critter left....
i forgot to clean under the sink when we opened and low and behold there was a whole sh-t load of evidence there, so i think that may have been an entry point so i stuffed steel wool in there and cleaned it really well and now we will see when we go back
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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue May 13, 2008 7:59 am

As i renovate, i hope to discover their secret locations, hideouts and points of entry, and take care of all of it! I found the 2 spots in my last cottage, plugged them, and never had a problem ever. So this is making me nuts. lol. I am not used to living with mice, nor do i like it. The war is still raging! lol. I hope to declare victory this year.

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Post by apseylaker » Tue May 13, 2008 8:09 am

[quote="Moose Guy"]I somehow missed this thread last summer while I was in the throws of what I am relieved to find out was a cyclical bump in the mice population.

do be too sure its over, the wave may have just begun!!!
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Isn't it funny (and sad) how this thread never got stale and deleted!
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Post by Moose Guy » Tue May 13, 2008 11:18 am

Joe Cottager - You have the right idea. There are ways to resolve the problem from the outside if you are in a position to address the building envelope. our cottage is fully built and too new for me to talk my wife into ripping off the siding, but if I had my way . . .

I would bridge the span between the top of my concrete foundation and my siding with screening. Most of my problem stopped when I plugged up a small gap in a vertical run where the wood framed part of our basement stepped down and joined the concrete. I plugged it with foam which will no doubt get chewed out, but if I could remove the siding and go 2 feet into the concrete and 2 feet into the wood behind the siding all the way around the cottage I think I would have resolved 90% of the problem. I also have penetrations for water intake, septic, oil intake, side venting for the furnace and electrical. All of these are hot spots, particularly the septic and water intake which are low to the ground or underground. That being said, it would not surprise me at all if they are climbing the exterior walls (cedar siding) and finding places to get in in the soffets as well.

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Post by Panache » Tue May 13, 2008 8:48 pm

I too am amazed that this thread hasn't found the thread graveyard yet!

We haven't gotten to camp yet this spring and I'm itchin' to see if the Oustamouse worked for us. We were last there on March 15th with no signs of them. Hopefully, we'll be there soon to check things out.
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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Tue May 13, 2008 10:31 pm

I haven't seen a mouse for about a year, but there's a friggin' squirrel somewhere on/in/under the roof around 4:00 AM! ARGH!
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Post by Joe Cottager » Wed May 14, 2008 7:14 am

I was sitting on the deck yesterday after supper, and heard something running in the soffit. (at home, not the cottage). I am so tired of it. I just wanna scream.

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Post by Panache » Fri May 16, 2008 1:29 pm

It's official ---- NO MICE!!!! The Oustamouse is working it seems. Either that, or we've got all the holes plugged up!
We did see a porcupine today. SO glad Gracie was inside at the time.
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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu May 22, 2008 11:24 am

Wow, the messi found when i ripped out the old kitchen. Access points, nests under the old base cabinets, Dead critters in the insulation in the walls. It will be nice to be rid of this old kitchen, and the smell associated with said items.

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Post by apseylaker » Thu May 22, 2008 11:28 am

oooh yuck....i dont know if i said this in a prior post, but when i cleand the cupboard under the sink i found a lot of poop, so i may have the same issue, no smell tho

and my oustamouse has been outside and it gets wet, there was about 4 inches of poison all wet and mouldy so i had to unscrew it and clean it out, and will have to put it in the basement now.
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Post by apseylaker » Thu May 22, 2008 11:28 am

Panache wrote:It's official ---- NO MICE!!!! The Oustamouse is working it seems. Either that, or we've got all the holes plugged up!
We did see a porcupine today. SO glad Gracie was inside at the time.


where is your oustamouse set up?
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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu May 22, 2008 11:33 am

I am ripping and tearing all kinds of stuff in the cottage, so I am going to go right to the bare studs whenever I can and try to fix things that way. There are 2 spots for sure they are gettign in. We have an unlevel hall between the cottage and the attached garage, built by another genious, and the door is also out of whack, so mice can just walk in under it, and the garage is far from airtight, so I may just segregate that area from the rest of the cottage with a nice tight fitting door or something. I dont want to do al lthis work for nothing. No micepoop on the new kitchen anywhere yet. yay!

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Post by Wet Paws » Thu May 22, 2008 3:46 pm

Apsey said:
will have to put it in the basement now.


Apsey you do not want to put this in your camp, even in the basement. That is how these things work is by 'feeding' them outside so they do not come inside. I guess I am lucky because my place is elevated. Is there anywhere you can put it near your camp outside and cover it so the rain does not get in?
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Post by Panache » Thu May 22, 2008 4:30 pm

I've got ours set up just under the front room. We attached it to the 2x4 frame of one of the cement footings. I'll take a pic of it if I think of it.
I checked it last week and although there didn't seem to be any water in it, there also didn't seem to be any poop in or near it. I know that three of the small bags of poison hadn't been touched, but I didn't dig down to the bottom to see if the last bag had been opened. Could it be that I don't even have mouse feeding from it?? We've only made it to the camp once so far this spring, so I'll check it out more thoroughly the next time.
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Post by Wet Paws » Fri May 23, 2008 4:32 am

The first bag you put in Panache should have been opened, the others closed.

I believe the instructions are to open a bag (I cut off about 1" on one corner on an angle) and sprinkle a bit in the bottom as an attractant ( I did about 2 tbsp) and place the opened bag in first (in such a way as the opened corner is exposed to the entrance holes), then place 2-3 closed bags on top of that.

I took a casual glance at mine this past weekend and I would say there is a dusting of warafin tracked outside of the Oustamouse onto the piece of 18" square board that I mounted mine on. No sign of poop either but I feel they are using it.
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Post by Panache » Fri May 23, 2008 8:12 am

WP, I'm pretty sure I did open the first bag - I just dig down to check it when I checked the Oustamouse. But I was surprised there was no poop around it.
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Post by apseylaker » Fri May 23, 2008 8:21 am

I screwed it to a stump about 6 to 8 feet from an outside wall, it was very wet and no poop either, no other bags open
Downstairs is very open, we have mice, squirrels, even the odd raccoon...its not fully enclosed....there were snakes in there even...so its in the basement yet not.....we have cans of warfarin spread out on beams down there and there is a lot of poop in the area of the can. But I know the mice were outside in the summer running in the yard. So bottom line, I will find a cover....i think the rain splashes up the oustamouse from the stump or board, or whatever its nailed to - maybe a 2X4 like debb - less splash...
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Post by Dad Fixit » Fri May 23, 2008 8:32 am

apseylaker wrote:I screwed it to a stump about 6 to 8 feet from an outside wall, it was very wet and no poop either, no other bags open
Downstairs is very open, we have mice, squirrels, even the odd raccoon...its not fully enclosed....there were snakes in there even...so its in the basement yet not.....we have cans of warfarin spread out on beams down there and there is a lot of poop in the area of the can. But I know the mice were outside in the summer running in the yard. So bottom line, I will find a cover....i think the rain splashes up the oustamouse from the stump or board, or whatever its nailed to - maybe a 2X4 like debb - less splash...
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Post by apseylaker » Fri May 23, 2008 8:53 am

thanks, will let you folks know if i get a reply, not holding my breathe
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Post by apseylaker » Fri May 23, 2008 9:59 am

a reply from oustamouse
Hi Helen,
I would move the unit closer to the house and keep it low to the ground or on the ground. It sounds to me as though you have placed it to far away and to high up.
Under the crawl space seems to be a good location but you must make sure the unit is secured down and locked. Also you should be removing any and all other means of bait or traps making the Oust-A-Mouse their only food source. A crawl space, under a deck or a veranda or under an outside stair case are generally good places, if you don't have any of these you might place a ply wood tee pee over it like you might do for an ornamental bush. You want to try to keep that unit out of the elements as much as possible. The roof on the unit provides protection but some water can still come in through the side holes and the lock area if it is not protected from the elements, like a heavy rain.
One other suggestion I would have would be to try to get it close to the wall where you are seeing the mice droppings ( poop). For example let's say you are seeing evidence of mice in your kitchen... place the unit outside along that wall. Generally mice travel along wall surfaces, through dirt and grass so they are not seen by predators. They are travelling in and out all the time following a urine trail...once you get them to go into the unit the trail goes to the unit and they lose their way back inside. You've done the right thing in cleaning it and re-baiting it. I think now it's just a matter of finding the right spot close to the building. Once you find this spot you will see mouse droppings within 24 hours in the unit. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance, this will work we just need to figure out the right spot for the unit.
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Post by Dad Fixit » Fri May 23, 2008 11:02 am

good that you got such a quick reply!!
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Post by apseylaker » Fri May 23, 2008 12:07 pm

more info

Although any "Warfarin Bait" will work in these units we have found that baits that state "Kills with one feed" or Good for " Norway Rats and Warfarin Resitant Mice" are better. The printing can often be difficult to find on some of the brands, look carefully.
Please keep in mind that all baits on the market come in three forms Powder, Pellets, and Block. Powder is ideal for summer conditions as they cannot take it from the unit. Block is a winter/early spring application because it is bait mixed into a wax that stays pliable for the mice to ingest yet does not clump or freeze. Pellets are designed to be carried away...not an ideal application because the mice often store them, or drop them rather ingest them. We suggest starting the units with a powder formula and switching to a block form in the winter.Cleaning any areas possible inside the building where you are seeing droppings with 1/4 cup of bleach to a bucket of very hot water will aide in destroying the urine trail the mice are following.
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Post by Wet Paws » Fri May 23, 2008 4:44 pm

Thanks Apsey that is great feedback for us all. Lets get those *******
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Post by Duke6979 » Thu May 29, 2008 8:41 am

Wet Paws wrote:I have decided I will only use the conventional mouse traps when I am AT the camp. They can be emptied in the morning.

After 2 different trips of leaving 3 traps set I arrived to the smell and presence of flies, maggots and the decaying mice. That was enough. Now when I leave I set up the bucket. First trip back after that was one mouse 'scuba diving' and the smell was better.

The other thing is, the conventional traps are only good once per trip away. If a mouse sneaks out the minute I step off the dock (boat access) and finds the trap then all the other mice have free reign until I get back.

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A plastic pail with water, a couple cedar shims skewered by a stick with 'ahem' a beer can with the bottom cut out which has peanut butter on the side of it. Mouse climbs up the shim, across the stick and onto the can and then the can rolls. SPLASH. Not the greatest way to go for the mouse but too bad, sorry.



I made one of these last fall. The bucket had a load of mice in it when I opened up last week.Best trap I ever had. ONE QUESTION????

I put anti-freeze in the fall bucket to drown the suckers.Is there something else other than plain water I should consider since it really stunk up the room as the mice decomposed and I want to leave it every time we are not in residence.

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Post by Dad Fixit » Thu May 29, 2008 8:46 am

Duke6979 wrote:

I made one of these last fall. The bucket had a load of mice in it when I opened up last week.Best trap I ever had. ONE QUESTION????

I put anti-freeze in the fall bucket to drown the suckers.Is there something else other than plain water I should consider since it really stunk up the room as the mice decomposed and I want to leave it every time we are not in residence.


I think someone mentioned pouring cooking oil over top of the water ... supposed to keep the smell contained???
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Post by Joe Cottager » Fri May 30, 2008 9:21 am

marinated mice, sounds delicious. Might need to put a recipe in the magazine for us. lol.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Fri May 30, 2008 10:35 am

RV antifreeze should help.
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Post by Duke6979 » Fri May 30, 2008 11:31 am

Shuswap Bushman wrote:RV antifreeze should help.


That's what I used and it did not mask the odour.

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Embalming fluid? :)
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SB, that got me thinking: how about mixing in some holding tank deodorizer? Royal Gold use to contain a formaldehyde component, but I can't find it anywhere. Today's formulations seem to be more environmentally responsible.

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How about sodium silicate?
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Post by apseylaker » Sat May 31, 2008 10:22 am

how about getting an oustamouse and putting it outside, that way you dont attract the mice into the house....no food, no mice...even that bit of peanut butter will attract them
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Post by Duke6979 » Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:02 am

apseylaker wrote:how about getting an oustamouse and putting it outside, that way you dont attract the mice into the house....no food, no mice...even that bit of peanut butter will attract them


How do you know if this device really does the job? We have one and some animal chewed the hole about 3 times larger.I think we just killed off the chipmunk population .

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Post by Panache » Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:54 pm

I am a convinced Oustamouse user. And my sister who has had mice problems at her house for YEARS is also MOUSE FREE this spring. So far so good!!

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Post by Tony Wo » Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:25 pm

Hey Everybody,

A couple of years ago, in our city house, we had a problem that required a mouse catcher to come out and correct the problem. Mouse problem is now gone.

But what I wanted to pass on to you guys is what the Mouse Catcher Guy told me that I was never aware of before.

1. Mice and Chipmunks are small enough that they can easily fit through where the electrical wires feed through the studs.

2. If you have several holes around your place, such that you can't close them all off, he suggested that you take small pieces of window screen mesh, about 3x3 or 4x4 or even 5x5 inches square and lightly push the piece into the hole. Don't force fit it as that will not help. The reason for inserting it lightly into a hole or opening is so it will move out of position, or fall out, if a critter (mouse or chipmunk) trys to get in or out. He called this a witness sign. If one of these screen stuffings is missing or has been moved out of the way, well then, you will know that that is where you will need to apply some corrective action; steel wool and foam, etc.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:42 pm

You must have VERY small chipmunks in your area. BTW, brass wool is the stuff to use - no rust and not easily chewable.
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Post by Tony Wo » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:26 pm

Hey Olde Buddy,

That's good advice! I'll have to get some the next time I have a problem.

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a mouse catcher? now i have heard of everything, lol.

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Joe Cottager,

How is your mouse-proofing going with your renovations? I am encouraged to say that my simple round at ground level with the "Great Stuff" foam has done the trick so far this spring. By this time last year we were coming up to 10 + mice per weekend. We have none so far. I think that the low perimeter is key. I am also going to spend some time washing my cottage walls with bleach and clearing out a 'kill zone' around the cottage free of rocks, grass and other debris to improve the odds for any owls, snakes or other predators that will eat the little buggers. I am also going to re-deploy my oustamouse as per the suggestions in the earlier posts. What is motivating all of this you may ask? Since the mice have stayed away my wife has been very pleased. ;-)

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Post by Joe Cottager » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:42 am

Moose Guy wrote:Joe Cottager,

How is your mouse-proofing going with your renovations?

So far so good. No sign of any since i ripped out the kitchen and filled in the holes. I am not gettign there this weekend, and wasn to there last weekend, so we shall see what I walk into next time I go up. *fingers crossed* There are still a few areas I am aware of that need attention, but I just cannot get to it at this point in time, so i have taken temporary measures to help.

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For the forum subject that just won't quit...is anyone noticing that there aren't as many mice this year? We've had none after 3 years of fighting them off!

Not sure if this is the good cycle year after the bad cycle year but I've seen no evidence of them at all...or could it have been that we found the perfect 'mouse trap' this year when a very small Long Tailed weasel found its way indoors and thought he'd landed at the buffet table?

We called in a pest control guy (that's another story!) and tried to negotiate having it house trained. No sign of mice since opening and finding 'The Weasley' running around...but I'll take it! It's either that or the mice can't make it across our water filled lawn without their own ark so are busy building one and will be visiting again soon. :lol:
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Post by apseylaker » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:29 am

we usually have them running around the yard at night...and there is still no sign of usage around the oustamouse...and we did a great job of patching holes and packaging food
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Wobbler wrote:For the forum subject that just won't quit...is anyone noticing that there aren't as many mice this year? We've had none after 3 years of fighting them off!


I agree with you. I don't see the little buggers this year as much I used to. You think some miracle happened and they've all gone to "higher pastures"? :lol:

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Post by CottageRanting » Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:54 pm

I have not seen any mice and I don't want to see any when I open the cottage in the spring, so I have decided to place several Bounce dryer sheets all over the cottage; Has anyone tried this method to stop the mice coming into the cottage;

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CottageRanting wrote:I have not seen any mice and I don't want to see any when I open the cottage in the spring, so I have decided to place several Bounce dryer sheets all over the cottage; Has anyone tried this method to stop the mice coming into the cottage;



Yea....I tried it.

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CottageRanting wrote:I have not seen any mice and I don't want to see any when I open the cottage in the spring, so I have decided to place several Bounce dryer sheets all over the cottage; Has anyone tried this method to stop the mice coming into the cottage;


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Post by apseylaker » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:58 pm

we did well this year, once we sealed up the holes, and this past week was the first time i saw mice poop around the oust-a-mouse....then i noticed a couple of packages of poison were opened and eaten....they were in another location, they found the box, and chewed their way in
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I can't believe this - We are still discussing the mice HAHA!!!
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Post by apseylaker » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:54 am

wouldn't want this thread to go into "old thread la la land."..way too much valuable info in here
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Post by dfkiii » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:42 am

The oust-a-mouse units apparently worked for us this summer. They were both being used, and have been reloaded for the winter. No "signs" of mice in the cabin, and saw only 2 outside of the cabin - both dead. I did notice quite a few more snakes this year, so that may have helped as well.

Here's hoping next spring's cabin opening is more pleasant than this years...

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Post by Dad Fixit » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:13 am

We seemed to be Mickey-free this year as far as we could tell ... left out some bait in our garage where we had problems last year but it's not been touched all summer .... and no other "reminders" that we've had visitors either.

We've also seen quite a few more snakes at our place which may have also helped.
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Post by Panache » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:39 pm

Our OUSTAMOUSE worked perfectly! I think the mice took one look at the unit and RAN -- because NOT ONE BIT of the poison was taken! All three bags were left untouched since May!!! :lol:
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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:03 pm

Panache- did you open any of them?
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Post by Panache » Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:41 pm

haha, Yup! I opened the first bag and the other two went on top.
When I peeked today before we closed up [boo-hoo] I noticed there wasn't even any mouse poop around either. I'd like to think the Oustamouse is causing all the mice in the area to skeedaddle, but I suppose it's just not a bad year for mice? Just porcupines!
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Post by Fergee » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:12 am

Last night I was sitting, watching tv in my rec-room, which is unfinished. I heard a noise and looked to see a mouse scurrying down the block wall! When I jumped, the mouse saw me and ran back up the wall. Then it sat on the top of the sill plate and peeked out at me for a good 15 minutes! My hubby wasn't home, and I was paralyzed with grossed-outness and fear, so I just sat there and stared back at the mouse! I think I need to read the rest of this thread and invest in an oustamouse!

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Post by pinerider » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:28 pm

Is this a down year for mice? My new (to me) cottage has a few obvious mouse entry points, haven't seen any yet. I've had 7 or 8 traps set for a couple of weeks, nothing.
Is this a decline year or am I just lucky so far?

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Post by CottageRanting » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:15 pm

CottageRanting wrote:I have not seen any mice and I don't want to see any when I open the cottage in the spring, so I have decided to place several Bounce dryer sheets all over the cottage; Has anyone tried this method to stop the mice coming into the cottage;


So the bounce sheets did not work. :cry:
When I was at the cottage last Saturday, I saw a few mice droppings....UGH!! :evil:

We are now thinking of putting out poison; Don't really like the idea but we have to do something. I counted the mice droppings and there were 8 pieces. I'd like to call them that. :roll: Not sure how many mice were scurrying around because I did not see any. :lol:

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Post by Wet Paws » Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:47 am

CR- I am pretty sure 8 droppings would only be from one mouse, likely on a short visit. As ugh to you that may be that is pretty good. Putting out poision 'in your place' you run the risk of them dieing inside. That may be worse. Check out 'Oustamouse'. I don't sell them but I did buy one and I think it helped me this summer.
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Post by Panache » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:43 am

Bounce sheets, charcoal, moth balls, etc. do NOT work!!
Oustamouse seems to be the best device I've ever used! So far so good and it's been almost one full year mouse free!!!
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Post by CottageRanting » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:48 am

Thanks for the advice regarding the Oustamouse; Is it used all year round?

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Post by Pelee Islander » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:00 pm

Wet Paws wrote: Check out 'Oustamouse'.


I saw Oustamouse at the Fall Cottage Life show. Looked like a great idea.

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Post by adkcamp » Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:18 pm

Panache wrote:Bounce sheets, charcoal, moth balls, etc. do NOT work!!
Oustamouse seems to be the best device I've ever used! So far so good and it's been almost one full year mouse free!!!


Agreed. The local hardware owner swears by peppermint oil and says it actually works, but I am not so sure.

This has been a much better year at home, after a banner Winter last year. Luckily, knocking on wood, we don't have them at the camp.
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Post by Panache West Ender » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:42 pm

Holy - Outamouse commercial.

I take three or four mice the old fashion way - Victor Snap (peanut butter on the underside).

I clean them and mount their heads on sticks around the camp.
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Post by Tony Wo » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:31 pm

Hey pinerider,

A few years ago, at our home, we had a problem with mice and chipmunks getting in. The high-priced guy told us to use a piece of plastic screen material, not the aluminum version. He said to cut pieces about three by three inches square. Take a pencil and push the center of the piece into each hole so that the piece stays there, but is easy to move out of the way when a critter try to get out or try to get in. The high-priced guy told us that mice and chipmunks enter in select places, but not all places. The screen becomes a witness sign that there was indeed a critter there. Of course, seal up the holes as best as you can.

My point is that using this method will at least tell you if you have activity versus no activity and where.

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Post by elmejor » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:40 am

there are several natural ways of keeping mice out. you can use the fox urine. the scent of a fox quickly deters mice from making themselves at home; if they believe a fox is on the premises, they will stay away. so the Fox Urine works the best.

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Dare I even ask how one collects fox urine? :shock:
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Post by Panache » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:23 am

When our Gracie [the dog] was younger, she used to pee when my daughter yelled at her!
So, first you catch the fox... then yell at it!!

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Post by dfkiii » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:06 am

If you choose to use fox, wolf, etc. urine, be certain there are no mice in the house before using it. Using predator urine as a perimeter deterrent is effective at keeping rodents out, but it will also ensure they stay in !

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Post by Born For The North » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:16 am

Shuswap Bushman wrote:Dare I even ask how one collects fox urine? :shock:


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Post by The Hermit » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:59 pm

Thank for reminding me :lol: I see no mice around :!:

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Post by Peregrine » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:28 pm

OK, is this officially the longest topic string ever?

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Post by elmejor » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:34 am

Shuswap Bushman wrote:Dare I even ask how one collects fox urine? :shock:

ha ha! i should have mentioned 'subject to availability of Fox and when it urinates'

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Post by Wet Paws » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:30 am

Is it safe to assume this winter has been a 'down' winter for mice? From the fortunate winter cottagers on the forum there has been little mention of mice. Just thought I would ask.

Looks like another winter will go by with out me getting to my place. :cry: Maybe next year. :roll:

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Post by Kasshcow » Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:39 pm

Hi Wet Paws, I can safely say that mouse sightings have been very scarce this winter. Last winter was really bad but this year I even made a terrible mistake and left bread sitting out on the counter :shock: and fretted all week thinking it would be free for all party for the mice. Happy to say not a sign of any little creatures when I came back up. I have been up most every weekend since Jan and no signs at all.

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Post by Bernie » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:12 pm

I diligently went over my old place and plugged up every hole I could find over the last 5 years. Last two years-no mice. But there must be a place for something smaller to get in...the last two winters voles have been having some fun running around.
Last winter I pulled a pizza out of the oven for my supper. A piece of pepperoni came off and rolled under the stove. Being hungry and lazy I left it there. Later that evening watching the hockey game I looked in the kitchen and heres the pepperoni magically moving across the floor. They are a small little creature and it was hidden behind the pepperoni. I nailed it with the broom. I caught 3 of them in sticky traps. That was all I seen until again this weekend signs of more of them. They were taking my pooches dog food out of his bowl. Going to have to find where they are getting in. Must be a small hole.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:47 pm

You sure it was a vole?
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Post by Bernie » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:00 pm

Well to be honest no. But this is it here.
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Post by Bernie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:25 pm

So what do you think it is SB? I was told it likely is a Vole.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:07 pm

Yup - Microtus pennsylvanicus (Meadow vole) would be my guess. Remember these things carry disease.
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Post by Bernie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:19 pm

Thank you for the confirmation and the reminder SB. Will try diligently to get rid of them quickly.

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mice attractant

Post by tr3hgr » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:00 pm

My wife buys a product called Betr Bait for a company if Toronto called Floatographers.

I works great! Here is some info: It is a safe and non-toxic rodent bait made from human food-grade ingredients, making it ideal for attracting rodents without concern of harming children, pets or other non-target animals (product contains peanuts).

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Re: mice attractant

Post by dfkiii » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:37 pm

tr3hgr wrote:My wife buys a product called Betr Bait for a company if Toronto called Floatographers.

I works great! Here is some info: It is a safe and non-toxic rodent bait made from human food-grade ingredients, making it ideal for attracting rodents without concern of harming children, pets or other non-target animals (product contains peanuts).


Let me guess, you bought it at a company named "Floatographers" ? You wouldn't be Floatographers' sales manager, would you ?

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Post by HammockHound » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:52 pm

I hate sneaky posts! Now, if I ever happen to find myself with a mega mouse problem and I come across this 'Betr Bait' stuff, I will likely never buy it. Thanks spammer!

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Post by Mark1579 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:33 pm

When I got my place, I had a few mice and a family of flying squirrels nesting in a wall.

After the squirrels moved out, I plugged the holes and installed three of those electronic rodent deterrent. They work. I haven't found any droppings anywhere since. You need a few to cover most of the space and you have to keep power to some of the outlets for them to work.

The following year Mama flying squirrel tried to get back in in the spring. I was up there by myself without the dogs and I heard it scratching in the ceiling then plop down on the floor two nights in a row. The first night I chased it out the door, but not the second. It didn't stay and didn't try to nest again.

I used to find droppings in the pan drawer under the stove, but not anymore. There was not a micro turd to be found when I went up in early March.
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Post by CottageRanting » Thu May 07, 2009 7:33 am

I had not used one bedroom over the winter. I decided to check the bedsheet and yuck, I found mice had left poop and debris between the 2 comforters I had on the twin bed. So I brought all the bedding home to disinfect.

DH was fixing the overhang off the roof; He removed a corner board and down came a lot of mice poop. :shock: The cottage is old (1962) and never been maintained.

So I have some questions:

1)Do mice get into most cottages? Is this a fact of life owning a cottage?
2)Are there mice runing around inside the roof? Do we have to get rid of the mice there? Will our family get sick because of the mice poop in the roof :?: Would a cottage inspection have found this mice poop problem? Has anyone else had mice poop in the roof?
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2. Yes, yes and possibly, not likely and yes.
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Post by Pelee Islander » Thu May 07, 2009 11:00 am

I'll probably jinx it by saying we have never had a mouse at the cottage but at home is a different story. All the snakes around the cottage must keep the mice population down.
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Post by bajra » Thu May 07, 2009 11:28 am

Here is my welcome mat for mice at the cottage :-)

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Post by apseylaker » Thu May 07, 2009 12:46 pm

Pelee Islander wrote:I'll probably jinx it by saying we have never had a mouse at the cottage but at home is a different story. All the snakes around the cottage must keep the mice population down.



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Post by bajra » Thu May 07, 2009 1:28 pm

apseylaker wrote:
Pelee Islander wrote:I'll probably jinx it by saying we have never had a mouse at the cottage but at home is a different story. All the snakes around the cottage must keep the mice population down.



eeeeyyywwww
i dont know what is worse!!!!


Mice, hands down.
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Post by New Cottager » Thu May 07, 2009 3:58 pm

bajra wrote:
apseylaker wrote:
Pelee Islander wrote:I'll probably jinx it by saying we have never had a mouse at the cottage but at home is a different story. All the snakes around the cottage must keep the mice population down.



eeeeyyywwww
i dont know what is worse!!!!


Mice, hands down.


Absolutely! I'd take a snake over a mouse any day!! I HATE MICE :!:
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Post by bajra » Thu May 07, 2009 6:27 pm

New Cottager wrote:
bajra wrote:
apseylaker wrote:
Pelee Islander wrote:I'll probably jinx it by saying we have never had a mouse at the cottage but at home is a different story. All the snakes around the cottage must keep the mice population down.



eeeeyyywwww
i dont know what is worse!!!!


Mice, hands down.


Absolutely! I'd take a snake over a mouse any day!! I HATE MICE :!:


It's not the love-hate relationship that I'm worried, it's the disease that mice cary and the fact that they want to eat my cereal that pisses me off.
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Post by administrator » Fri May 08, 2009 8:59 am

I love that this thread still lives on each season. It's a new record... 21 pages and counting.

Here's a link to some info on mice diseases and risk to cottagers:
http://www.cottagelife.com/index.cfm/ci ... a_id/1.htm
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Post by Blackdog » Fri May 08, 2009 11:25 am

Last summer I plugged every nook and cranny I could find. From under the cottage right to up the soffits/fascia. I'm happy to say that we have not spotted any mouse activity inside whatsoever. :D :D

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Post by Panache » Sat May 09, 2009 9:39 pm

Got to camp today for a few hours. [DH's schedule this month is crazy, so we've only been twice since ice-out] However....
We checked the Oustamouse. After 14 months, once bag of poison was empty. Only a few droppings were inside. So, I opened the bottom bag and closed it up again.
That brings MOUSE FREE living to 21.4 months!! It would have been longer if they didn't find a way in when we were renovating in 2007.
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Post by Wet Paws » Sun May 10, 2009 6:19 am

I believe the combination of our Oustamouse and finding two holes and plugging them have worked for us too. We have been mouse free for almost 12 months. My first and second bags are still being used. ( I use the powder warfarin). But it is quite evident they use it as there is stuff strewn in a 2' radius around it on the board. Even if it is 90% the work I done on camp and 10% the Oustamouse I am happy with the 40 dollar investment. I believe in the theory behind it for sure.

Then again Panache - we have Quincey there as alpha mouse protecting our place when we are not there. :wink:

I keep forgetting to take a picture to post on the forum for everyone to see him. I will try to do so next weekend. His 'hole' is not where we originally planned but he is still there watching over the camp. :wink:
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Post by CottageRanting » Sun May 10, 2009 10:06 am

Panache: How many Oustamouse's are you using and what poison are you using? Where do you have them placed?

I wanna be mouse free too!!! :D :D :D


When I bought the cottage, I naively did not think about mice, mosquitoes, black flies, raking leaves, and cottage repair after winter(leaky roof, sinking dock, shifting blocks, etc). :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Post by Peregrine » Sun May 10, 2009 4:21 pm

Wet Paws wrote:I believe the combination of our Oustamouse and finding two holes and plugging them have worked for us too. We have been mouse free for almost 12 months. My first and second bags are still being used. ( I use the powder warfarin). But it is quite evident they use it as there is stuff strewn in a 2' radius around it on the board. Even if it is 90% the work I done on camp and 10% the Oustamouse I am happy with the 40 dollar investment. I believe in the theory behind it for sure.

Then again Panache - we have Quincey there as alpha mouse protecting our place when we are not there. :wink:

I keep forgetting to take a picture to post on the forum for everyone to see him. I will try to do so next weekend. His 'hole' is not where we originally planned but he is still there watching over the camp. :wink:


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We are 100% mouse free thanks to plugging 1 little hole and using Oustamouse.
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Post by Panache » Sun May 10, 2009 9:35 pm

CottageRanting,

Here's my long story.......

We have a small camp [500 sq ft] so only one unit is needed. I think there is a recommendation for how many units are required, depending on the square footage needed to protect. The Oustamouse people are super cool and will reply to any specific questions you have.
Their site is http://oustamouse.com/index.php Read the whole thing... it makes a lot of sense!!

When buying the bait, the store was out of the granular poison, so I bought the pellets. The Oustamouse people recommend the granular first, then the pellets, then the block. Make sure you buy the instant kill, not the kind that takes a few days to take effect.

This is how ours is installed, under the front portion of our camp. It is screwed down so other animals don't try to carry it away!

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We never had a BAD mouse problem, but to me one mouse is more than I want. Before the Oustamouse, we were trapping them inside. In June of 2007 we started some minor renovations and by removing ONE exterior board, we unknowingly opened up a tiny hole for the mice to enter. For
2 1/2 months we kept plugging suspicious holes with no luck. Its a good thing we had no interior walls at that point, only insulation. I removed every bat and vapour barrier and plugged up any crack and hole that looked bigger than a dime!! Still no luck. It was driving me crazy! I was on a mission to find that dang hole!!

We finally narrowed it down to one area of the camp where I could hear them chewing at night. When I went outside that area, I saw the place where we had removed the board and it occurred to me that must be the place where they were coming in!!! If I remember correctly, we took a flashlight at night and with all the light turned out, shone the flashlight along the perimeter of the camp, along the floor line. [You might have to try this from the inside and from the outside] VOILA! The hole didn't even look like a hole, and that's why I missed it. We plugged it up tight with steel wool AND wood. That was August of 2007. We bought the Oustamouse at the Fall Cottage Life show that fall and installed it before we closed up.

We have been officially mouse free since August 2007 since we plugged the last of the entry points, but since installing the Oustamouse, I am sure the mice are not even attempting to enter the camp.

So, long story short, try your hardest to plug up the entry points.
Install the Oustamouse.
Clean your cottage thoroughly with bleach/water.

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Post by apseylaker » Mon May 11, 2009 7:55 am

I am like Debb and WP - had been mouse free, put a shower in and oops! They were bold suckers too. Many sleepless nights later and unsuccessful trapping inside, we got the oustamouse in fall 2007. WP and I met that weekend. It didn't go great a first but I sent an email to them and got proper advice on where to place it. I bought the powder as the pellets were not recommended....and was supposed to buy the block over the winter but forgot. We plugged the holes and set up the unit similar to Debbs.....I read in my log book that this time last year when we opened we slept in the sleep camp due to the mice....so its been about a year for us....
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Post by CottageRanting » Mon May 11, 2009 8:08 am

Thanks Panache.

What are you using for "instant kill". This summer my goal is to plug up the entry points too.

When you say "clean the cottage with bleach/water", what do you mean? Do you mean wipe down all surfaces with this bleach/water, even the pine boards?

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Post by apseylaker » Mon May 11, 2009 8:21 am

CottageRanting wrote:Thanks Panache.

What are you using for "instant kill". This summer my goal is to plug up the entry points too.

When you say "clean the cottage with bleach/water", what do you mean? Do you mean wipe down all surfaces with this bleach/water, even the pine boards?


read the box, may say something like kills in one feed or something like that....the mice store the pellets and save them for later....

bleach solution is about taking out the scent they leave behind....its a trail for others to follow. do a 9 to 1 ratio.....
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Post by RJH » Mon May 11, 2009 9:25 am

Can a chipmunk - fit in the device - entrance?

And no - I din't want to kill them!
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Post by apseylaker » Mon May 11, 2009 9:30 am

RJH wrote:Can a chipmunk - fit in the device - entrance?

And no - I din't want to kill them!


no, the hole is too small
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Post by minker » Mon May 11, 2009 10:07 am

Chipmunks and/or red squirrels have been gnawing at the edges of the holes in ours, and it's only a matter of time before said holes are large enough to enter. I had emailed Oust-a-mouse in November 2007 regarding an upgrade or retrofit with a metal washer-like device to prohibit this gnawing, but my email was never acknowledged. The gnawing started the very night the Oust-a-mouse was installed! It will be a few weeks yet before we open up, and I won't be surprised if the bait box is no longer serviceable. I've been keeping a lookout for a couple of washers with a sufficient inside diameter to epoxy to the entrance holes. This issue aside, we're happy with the performance and the security/safety of the device.

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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Mon May 11, 2009 11:06 am

Be VERY careful cleaning up mouse poop. Wear a mask. Deaths have occurred from such activities.
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Post by lisapizzapie » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:44 am

Cats and steel wool work the best.
Previous owner of our cottage had relentless mouse problems despite traps in the attics, 'mouse-proof' cupboards, meticulous cleaning habits, etc.
All it took was one season with our cat. 1. She caught and killed every rodent in and under the cottage. 2. she'd sit and stare at the ceiling in the corner, letting me know the mice were getting into the attic via the corner bead in the siding so I could stuff steel wool in there.
4 years with no mice. Attic traps remain empty.
My parents and brother want me to 'loan her' for their mice problems. I'm currently training cat #2 to help out.

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Post by dfkiii » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:06 pm

I finally opened the cabin on June 5th, and things were vastly improved this year. That said, there is room for improvement. There must be an entry point remaining and I am determined to find it.

We also put out two oust-a-mouse boxes. I was very surprised to see both of them forcibly opened with one of the locks broken off the lid and tossed aside. I guess I have some strong, determined wild life around here. Unfortunately for them, they got the contents of the bait houses.

Here's to a mouse free 2010 !

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Post by 706jim » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:41 pm

lisapizzapie wrote:Cats and steel wool work the best.
Previous owner of our cottage had relentless mouse problems despite traps in the attics, 'mouse-proof' cupboards, meticulous cleaning habits, etc.
All it took was one season with our cat. 1. She caught and killed every rodent in and under the cottage. 2. she'd sit and stare at the ceiling in the corner, letting me know the mice were getting into the attic via the corner bead in the siding so I could stuff steel wool in there.
4 years with no mice. Attic traps remain empty.
My parents and brother want me to 'loan her' for their mice problems. I'm currently training cat #2 to help out.

I haven't followed this thread, so don't know if anything similar has been mentioned.....
Keeping your building OFF of the ground should help a lot with mice.
The cat is also a good idea. Kill mice; that's what cats do and have been doing for a million years. (Well, maybe HALF a million years)
We had a shrew find its way inside a few years back. The cat spotted it and the rest was history. It reminded me of sending out the battleship New Jersey to sink an 8' Zodiac!
Quincy got cat treats that night!

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Post by apseylaker » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:27 am

Before oust-a-mouse and plugging the holes, I thought of bringing my daughter's cat to camp one weekend and leaving him there for the week. But I had visions of him laying on the couch on his back, unable to move because he was so full...Garfield like.....
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Post by poorlakejoe » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:48 pm

First of all, I have to say this is the funniest thread that I've discovered so far. I'm still going over the old ones and I'm so glad I stumbled onto this one! laugh out loud stuff! thanks
Now, about Oustamouse. Those of you that have them, do you leave it out in the winter? (under the cottage) I close up at Thanksgiving and am not back until May.
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Post by Wet Paws » Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:32 am

It is working 24/7 365 days a year for 3 years and 366 every 4 years. You get the picture. You can sleep soundly knowing Oustamouse is working for you.

No I don't sell them...just believe in the concept. Eliminate all desire for them to come inside, eliminate all points of entry and give them a Warafan food source outside (preferably under your place) and Voila.
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Post by Algonquin » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:29 am

Thanks for all who've posted their tips on mouse control... much appreciated.

I think I'll give the Oust-A-Mouse a try as we've seen evidence of mice too! One of my first projects once we take possession will be to look for how they're getting in and close them off asap.

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Post by Blackdog » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:45 am

I've probably posted this before...

Here's a link to the Rodent-Exclusion Manual published the U.S. National Park Service. There's loads of info about rodent proofing.

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Post by Tony Wo » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:30 pm

Hey Everybody,

I can't believe that over 40,000 people have looked at this post.

WOW!

Mice might be small, but they are a HUGH problem.

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Post by West to East » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:48 pm

Who is Hugh? And why is it his problem???
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Post by bajra » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:01 pm

West to East wrote:Who is Hugh? And why is it his problem???


You cracked me up, I laughed so loud that the neighbours ran over to check that I was alright! :-)
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Post by Tony Wo » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:16 pm

You know W2E, he's the guy with the over-sized thing-a-ma-bob.

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Post by West to East » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:53 pm

No Tony,

My thing a ma bob is just right thanks but my Do Hickey!!! That's HUGH!!
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Post by Algonquin » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:36 am

I've just picked up my Oust-A-Mouse from Home Hardware that I ordered last week. I'll take it up and mound it securely under the cottage when we take possession this coming Monday. For now I'll just pick a spot that's easy for me to access, but I'll likely find a better spot later on that's better suited against snow for the winter. Tackling the mice (and there are mice) will be my first priority. I know they are cute, but from a health perspective we can't tolerate them at all.

Wish me luck!

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Post by poorlakejoe » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:02 pm

I also purchased my Ousta mouse. But here's a question for the experienced Ousta mouse owners :wink: . I was showing a neighbour and he questioned why I wouldn't just get a dollar store rubbermaid type container, cut a tiny mouse hole in it , fill it with pellets and tape the lid down. Any ideas if this would work just as well? Why does the Ousta mouse work so well?
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Post by Panache » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:14 pm

I don't see why a homemade contraption wouldn't work. Besides, the mice aren't likely to know the difference between Oustamouse and Rubbermaid!

I think it's the concept of keeping the bait outside that is key. But I also believe the Oustamouse unit will stand up to many years of weather and use. A home made plastic unit could also get carried away by other critters if it isn't secured down properly.
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Post by minker » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:33 am

It would only be a matter of hours before critters like chipmunks and squirrels chewed the opening large enough to allow themselves access to the bait, and then you'd feel real bad!

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Post by dfkiii » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:13 pm

This is what I was faced with when I returned to the cabin early this summer:

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Initially, I was very disappointed. Then I contacted Jen at Oust A Mouse. Jen was very professional and helpful, demonstrating how real customer service is done. She express shipped me two newly engineered lids for my oust a mouse units saying that the old ones could be opened by the industrious bear/raccoon.

The units were washed and reloaded, and I placed the new lids on. Within 3 days, one of the units was compromised again. We have some clever critters in Wisconsin, I sure hope they enjoyed their poison snack !

I then resorted to Jen's fall back plan which was to screw the tops on. This solution has proven to stand the test of time (thus far). More on how this approach worked out next spring. Stay tuned...

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Post by Peregrine » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:13 pm

That's one strong critter! I had no idea that a raccoon could be that strong (would a bear just not of destroyed the whole thing?)

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Post by poorlakejoe » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:51 pm

Hi all, thanks for the advice, I'll pass it on. Very good point that any other rodent would be able to make the hole bigger. I would feel terrible if the chippies and squirrels got into it. I know, they're rodents too, but I like them. I hope the manufacturer has improved their lids.
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Post by RJH » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:28 pm

Algonquin wrote:I've just picked up my Oust-A-Mouse from Home Hardware that I ordered last week.

Wish me luck!


I think they are under $30.00 at HH ...I think I read they were double that from dealers at shows?

Tony - maybe its something about 4's you like.. :lol: :lol:
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Post by Panache » Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:55 pm

Under $30 at Home Hardware?? Wow, I paid $45 at the show. Hmmph.

Today, we went to camp to do the final close until freeze-up. Where do you think we found our Oustamouse?? hahaha - something had detached it from the camp and we found it right in front of the sauna! I had just refilled it with three bags of poison last week. All were empty. It's a good thing we went back today. [DH wanted to just bring the boat home without going to the camp] Lucky I had two bags of poison left and one block [note to self - always have bags of poison on hand!]. So, I refilled it with those and secured it again under the camp. Whatever had taken it away must have rolled/tossed it down the path, but the lid stayed on!!
And I'm happy to report that the mouse/mice that were coming in to the camp the last few weeks seem to have disappeared. We set one trap [yeah, I know you're not supposed to with an Oustamouse] but I needed to find out if there were any left inside. No mouse!!
So - we wait until January to see what kind of activity there has been!
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Post by poorlakejoe » Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:56 pm

The ousta mouse is 35.99 at H.H. I found mine in the lake last weekend at closeup, all the pellets gone. Something took it out from under the cottage, and rolled it down the cliff and somehow it ended up in the water. That will teach me not to nail it down. I too, didn't have any extra pellets. So I'm going up this week for one last check before spring.. I'll refill it then.
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Post by Peregrine » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:44 pm

poorlakejoe wrote:The ousta mouse is 35.99 at H.H. I found mine in the lake last weekend at closeup, all the pellets gone. Something took it out from under the cottage, and rolled it down the cliff and somehow it ended up in the water. That will teach me not to nail it down. I too, didn't have any extra pellets. So I'm going up this week for one last check before spring.. I'll refill it then.

Raccoons did the same thing to mine

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Post by Tony Wo » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:39 pm

Hey Everybody,

If it wasn't for all those 43,762 posts about MICE, we wouldn't have anything to talk about.

Imagine, 43,762 posts!!!!!!!!

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Post by apseylaker » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:14 am

I have one mouse, I hope, at home, now that I am home more, I was looking into my pantry for something and lo and behold, poop! My ousta mouse is at camp, prob have to get another for home, unbelievable. DH set a trap and we got one the other night, and none since. Those plastic traps work better than the old wood ones.
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Post by Joe Cottager » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:53 am

I got the best rodent controller. My wonderful cat. She is a very efficient hunter. For something so murderous and bloodlusting, she is a sweetheart. lol.
Apparently, female cats, AFTER they have had a litter of kittens, are amazing hunters forever afterward. The old wives tale seems to apply to my black huntress.

I will let you look into the eyes of a killer.........
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Post by Wet Paws » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:45 pm

Tony Wo wrote:Hey Everybody,

If it wasn't for all those 43,762 posts about MICE, we wouldn't have anything to talk about.

Imagine, 43,762 posts!!!!!!!!

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Tony, those are NOT posts. They are the number of times the thread has been looked at aka - 'VIEWS'.

Since your post which is only 3 posts above mine there are now 43888 views as I write this.

But as you said, pretty amazing!
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Post by Shuswap Bushman » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:09 pm

Pure evil, JC. :)
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Post by Joe Cottager » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:15 am

Shuswap Bushman wrote:Pure evil, JC. :)
lmao! glad you got my sarcasm.

yep, it is hard to believe. She makes Vlad the Impaler shudder. :lol:

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Post by CottageRanting » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:38 pm

Found mouse poop on the cabinet this past week. DH went to HH and bought an oustamouse and installed it ($35+tax). We were advised to buy the meal and not the pellets, so that is what we did(warfarin, I believe was the brand). The salesman also told us not to leave water nearby, does that seem right!!!.

I was thinking about buying the bags of meal (500 gms) and just leaving them around the underneath of the cottage. Is this advisable? The salesman said this was not a good idea (re: lost dogs coming around and squirrels etc).
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Post by Peregrine » Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:39 pm

CottageRanting wrote:Found mouse poop on the cabinet this past week. DH went to HH and bought an oustamouse and installed it ($35+tax). We were advised to buy the meal and not the pellets, so that is what we did(warfarin, I believe was the brand). The salesman also told us not to leave water nearby, does that seem right!!!.

I was thinking about buying the bags of meal (500 gms) and just leaving them around the underneath of the cottage. Is this advisable? The salesman said this was not a good idea (re: lost dogs coming around and squirrels etc).


Yes, DONT leave water around as the little beasties will head for the lake and die away from the cottage.

Regarding scattering the poison, yes also probably not a great idea, especially in the spring/summer/fall when more wildlife is about. Not sure if it mattered that much in the winter (under the cottage that is)

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Post by Tony Wo » Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:57 pm

SORRY WP,

I wrote the word "posts" in error, it should have been "VIEWS," like you stated.

BUT, either way, there are so many looking at this post.

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Post by Brassman » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:35 pm

We havent seen a mouse since last fall when I went on a rampage with sealing foam. What we do have is hundreds of flies. When we show up and put the heaters on, they seem to gradually thaw out. I always wondered what mice survive on lock in a cottage all winter. My son suggested flies for breakfast lunch and dinner. I wonder.