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Sep 25, 2005 08:14 PM

Mice in the cupbard

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In my pantry, I never see them but see their leavings and chewed through packets. Am keeping breadcrumbs and cheese in plasticware but they just gnawed through a dry soup/dip mix.
I can't stand the thought of the glue traps, and I'm afraid mouse poison will then transfer to my beloved kitty who is an excellent mouser outside the house on the deck. Suggestions for ways of ridding of these guys with kitty intact and no gruesome live traps?

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  1. Just get a regular covered mouse trap! Cheap, reusable, poison-free, and you don't have to handle the mouse - you just release the spring & it falls out. Harmless to kitty, and merciful to the mice - kills them reliably and immediately, no protracted suffering.


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    1. re: Sir Gawain

      Open the cupboards and leave the kitty in the house at night.

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        Yes, bring the kitty inside. She/he will get rid of them! Nothing like a good mouser cat, I love them. I have 2 indoor cats and no mice!!!!!!!

          1. re: jsl

            Well, of course, the kitty is inside in the evenings!.

            She just excels at daytime mousing (and chipmunking) in the backyard. She was being very vigilant in later evenings and fixed on something in the I know on what. But she's pretty much "trained" not to get up on the counter tops so could only get a mouse if it's in paws' reach...

            She's great, but not ubiquitous, thus the extra help. Thanks for the suggestions!

        1. re: Sir Gawain

          I have to say that I have tried two varieties of these and never caught a thing. The only thing that has ever worked for me is glueboards. And, yes, it can be distressing but, for me, preferable to poison.

          1. re: Fida

            At the risk of raising questions about what kind of place I live in, I have caught five mice in these recently. Now we're mouse-free. They do work.

            1. re: Sir Gawain

              Perhaps I should also add that I've been impressed at how savvy my mice are. Maybe that makes a difference. They're Manhattan mice.

              Of course, your post doesn't raise any questions about what kind of place you live in. We all know that mice come from "somewhere else."

              1. re: Fida

                Mine were Brooklyn mice. Perhaps they didn't quite have the Manhattan savoir-faire, they seemed more like straightforward thuggish types given to brazen displays of their lavish lifestyle and rapacious appetites.

                They needed to be clipped.

                1. re: Sir Gawain

                  That's interesting. The Philly mice we had in our store liked to squeak a lot and were a little too friendly. Seriously!

                  1. re: gina

                    The hapless creatures that have found their way into my house were only introduced to me post mortem. The cats would usually not leave a trace of anything as tender and succulent as a mouse, but they proudly display their more exotic trophies in front of the kitchen door. These have included black snakes, pygmy rattlers, an iguana that was probably about two feet in length (judging by the head, which was all that was left) and even a smallish armadillo that dug it's way in from under the porch. Since we no longer live in Florida, the kitties seem depressed by the relatively low volume and variety of home-invading species in the DC suburbs.

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          Amin (London Foodie '''')

          I leave the suggestions to more experienced mouse catchers however in the interim, would suggest that whichever room the door to your kitchen leads off to, that you jam that door well with some kind of cloth or covering -Mice are able to squeeze themselves through the tiniest gap under doors and can then proliferate in the rest of the house. Also they tend to gnaw through electrical wires, cables, wood etc, so get rid of them as quickly as possible.

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            1. Take a small mechanical trap, bait it (your choice - they have rather eclectic palates), and place it inside a small paper bag (lunch bags work best), leaving the bag open, obviously. When snapped, just pick up the bag and throw it away. Traps are cheap.

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              1. re: jbirdman

                I recall that a dab of peanut butter works even better than cheese in a mousetrap - and a cat works better still.

                1. re: jkalb

                  Must be kinda difficult to tie the cat on top of that little trigger thingie where the bait goes! 8^)

              2. you're lucky to have a mouser cat, let him/her work!

                once the mice are gone, and all the dry goods are sealed up, and you've sealed all entrances you can find with steel wool . . .
                one more thing you can do to deter the mice is leave around cotton balls with peppermint oil dabbed on.