How To Get Rid of Mice

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Ok, maybe your roommate really didn’t eat those chocolate chip cookies you had been craving all day. The small bites in the box could suggest another culprit: mice. You mean those weren’t raisins on the floor the other day? Mice infestation can be a huge problem. Since mice reproduce five to ten times a year, with five or six in each litter, two mice can quickly turn into hundreds. So, if you don’t like the idea of things running across your feet when you get up to go to the bathroom at 2 am, here are some tips for getting rid of mice.

Identifying the Problem

Detecting a mouse problem can be difficult since mice are nocturnal. However, finding mouse droppings in your pantry, cupboards, or anywhere else you keep food – between the sofa cushions? – is a sure sign you’ve got mice in your apartment. The evidence might suggest you have only a few, but where there’s one, there’s likely to be many. Look for small holes – it only has to be a quarter of an inch wide for a mouse to scurry through – around plumbing or inside cabinets. For a temporary fix, plug these holes up with steel wool to prevent the mice from entering your apartment.

Giving the Mice the Boot

There are many different solutions for getting rid of mice in an apartment. Traps, poison, and various other home remedies have proven effective in certain situations. It’s up to you to decide which best suits your style.


The majority of people feel that traps are the best solution to mice in an apartment. They allow you to locate the mouse once it’s dead, rather than having to follow a foul smell to find the victim. And many people feel that they are more humane than other options. In spring loaded traps, mice are killed instantly rather than dying over a period of days. Some traps, however, such as glue traps, rely on the mice starving to death. And the disposal of mice from glue traps is typically not the most pleasant thing. So if you’re faint of heart, it might be wise to look towards another solution. Havahart traps allow the mice to be caught live, and then released. Maybe they wouldn’t be such a nuisance if they were running on a wheel in a cage.


There are a few reasons why poison can be a bad idea. For households with pets or small children, using poison is a safety and health risk. If Fluffy the cat got a hold of a dead mouse, she could be a goner as well. And if you’ve got a baby crawling around on the ground, sticking his fingers in his mouth, you probably don’t want poison lying around. Also, mice don’t just drop dead after ingesting poison, so it can be hard to locate the mice once they’ve died. Often times it’s necessary to let a smell develop over a few days, and then follow the stench until you come upon the dead rodents. Sounds pleasant, huh?

Home Remedies

Many people try to drive mice away using foul odors. Sounds crazy! They’re the stinky ones, right? But essential oils such as peppermint, mothballs, ammonia and onion have been known to drive mice away. Some people even say fox urine will send your mice packin’ because the fox is a natural predator of mice. Peppermint oil sure sounds more pleasing to the other residents of the apartment: you!

698 Responses to “How To Get Rid of Mice”

  1. March 02, 2006 at 8:48 am, Anonymous said:

    omg! i tried putting peppermint oil on cotton balls in drawers and any other place i could imagine and no luck. so then i thought well i will rub it all around the edges of the drawer and on the cotton ball and guess what??? little droppings all in the drawer the next day. come on! i hate traps but i think i will do that next.


  2. March 09, 2006 at 12:08 pm, Anonymous said:

    We have a problem too. We had disgusting neighbors that FINALLY moved and left behind mice, and probably more! We have been using the snap traps and glue traps and putting some peanut butter for bait. So far it seems to be working. Not very fun or pretty but I heard that this is the best way from professional exterminators.


  3. March 21, 2006 at 9:21 pm, Anonymous said:

    Did you use oil of peppermint or peppermint extract? Thoes who swear by this say you must go to your drug store and get true 100% peppermint oil.


  4. April 03, 2006 at 8:13 pm, Guest said:

    You must use “Oil of Peppermint” not extract or flavoring that just make the critters curious and drunk. I had a BIG mouse problem used Peppermint oil and havent seen any ANY sign its been a week now I found it in the health food ailse but my pharmistist said he could order oil of peppermint for me at a cost of 7.00 us


  5. April 10, 2006 at 7:39 pm, Guest said:

    GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!!!!! U NO WHAT HAPPENED TO my family??????????????????????!!, we had like 5 mice, and we’re down to 1. This one, seems to know all about ALL the plans- i mean ALL of them i need advice asap, so now, im looking on the E to see what I can do. I hope that we kill them 2DAY- yes!!! TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. April 13, 2006 at 12:07 pm, Guest said:

    Has to be real oil of peppermint. You may also be able to get it at a bakery or place that has supplies for making candy. I’ve also seen it on Ebay. Put one ounce of peppermint oil in 2 quarts of warm water. Shake it up. Put into spray bottles. Spritz it along baseboards, in drawers, etc. Mice will be gone in a week or so.


  7. April 25, 2006 at 12:18 am, Guest said:

    I was sitting in the room watching TV and saw a small mouse run out to the door and back. I panic and immediatelly went to the internet to find an immediate solution to get rid of it. Onion was suggested. I cut up an onion put it in fiol and put it around the room, how ever I don’t know if this got rid of them. What else could I do immediately that would run them away quick?


  8. April 30, 2006 at 1:50 am, Guest said:

    I just saw a mouse run across my kitchen and I am too terrified to move…i hope its gone but what do i do now…i’m going to be too terrified to live here!!!!


  9. May 02, 2006 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    I have a mouse that has been jumping all traps it climbs and everthing i even tries peanut butter traps and now has resorted to poison I want it out what can I do. I am allerig to cats so I can not have one


  10. May 12, 2006 at 3:34 pm, Guest said:

    He’s trap shy and too “smart for it”. I’ve set the traps up before with food on them but, not set for a couple days. Then on the third day, put the bait on it and set it. Mice aren’t that smart, dead.


  11. May 26, 2006 at 6:42 am, Guest said:

    You have to get over your fears to get it out of their or they will adapt to your lifestyle easily


  12. May 30, 2006 at 9:49 am, Guest said:

    get a bucket, and put in peanut butter. Make sure the mice can get IN the bucket. They won’t be able to get out. Then just release them far away from your house!!


  13. June 02, 2006 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    If you can not get rid of them, burn your house down and they will burn with it.


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  14. June 09, 2006 at 12:44 am, Guest said:

    Put the peanut butter/cheese on the bottom of the flipper instead of the top. Then its harder for them to eat it all off without snapping the trap. We had a smart mouse that climbed cords to get onto the counter, jumped over traps, ate all the pb off the flipper without setting it (because I forgot about the trick), and we caught it by using above method. I’ve also killed one with a b-b gun (with a laser site); it was easier to kill that one that way because it was sitting there staring at me and I knew it wouldn’t go near the trap I had set. 🙂 I know its not nice, but they’re invading my space (carrying diseases), mocking me. Besides, there are plenty of mice in this world, they breed like rabbits, so no big loss.


  15. June 09, 2006 at 12:58 am, Guest said:

    peppermint oil…. just few drops in a cotton ball and put them everywhere,,, mice hate it and your home will smell good and no more mice,,, i worked for me…


  16. June 29, 2006 at 4:34 am, Guest said:

    Well, I moved into this old house going on seven years ago. We had some mice back then, but not since … until today that is. I have seen one scampering around my kitchen.

    So, I’m going to try the method I used (unintentionally) last time and see if it works.

    Here is what happened seven years ago. We had just moved in and I set up a little room in the basement as my office. I put the desk in and my computer. Books piled everywhere.

    I sat down one night with a bottle of beer (Rolling Rock but I doubt it matters) and worked on the computer. I drank about half the bottle and went off to bed. Next time downstairs I notice something sort of “peering” at me … I looked closer at the half empty bottle and saw two very dead mice inside it.

    So … I think the beer attracted them so much that they squoze themselves through the opening to drown in the beer.

    I will leave a container of beer on the kitchen floor when I leave for work today.


  17. June 29, 2006 at 8:07 am, Guest said:

    I tell you what I cannot believe that I am a grown woman of 40 who is absolutely terrified of the mouse that has taken up residence in my house. I am even worse now that I have read how to get rid of the little mice because I have realised that there is probably more than one of them. Yuk!! I have traps down and bait down and still it remains. Help!


  18. June 30, 2006 at 4:28 am, Guest said:

    Well, it’s less than 24 hours later, and one less mouse in this world.

    I had only canned beer on hand and although I believe it would probably work just as well, it would of been much harder to verify the mouse was inside.

    I took a square glass vase, about 12 inches tall and poured a beer into it. I left it in the bathroom in a place where I saw the mouse. I leaned an old pair of slipper up against it to provide easy access.

    Less than 24 hours later my wife asked me to “please dispose of your dead mouse”.

    A better mouse trap?



  19. July 03, 2006 at 11:52 am, Guest said:

    I just killed a mouse and I am so happy!!!! PETA may hate it, but I am so tired of these critters ruining my life and environment! There is bait all over my house and I think it has just made the mice healthier and meaner. It is taking longer than the directions say on the boxes. I caught one on two small sticky traps joined together. His tail was in one and the rest of him was in the other. He was alive and looking at me. I put a big pan over him and weighted it down and called my male friend to remove it the next day. One got his ear snapped in and old-fashion trap, but today’s mouse was sitting in the hall not moving. Probably sick on D-con. I was on my way to get the peppermint oil out of the closet after reading what you guys had to say. I called my friend and asked what to do and he said hit it with the broom. I remembered having some big sticky traps, so I sat it on top of Mr. Mouse and he tried to run with the big sticky trap on his back. That’s when I used the broom on him. I managed to get trap and mouse into a couple of plastic grocery bags, and a trash bag and dumped him in the garbage can. I feelgood right now and can’t wait to clean up the messy area of the den where I have been banned from for the last week. Thanks for the peppermint info. I am going to get those cottonballs out now. Keep trying anything to get rid of the pests!


  20. July 06, 2006 at 11:44 pm, Guest said:

    the little demon stared at me when i had him cornerd in my storage room.. i cant get rid of the mice


  21. July 12, 2006 at 9:55 am, Guest said:

    Wow, did that really work?


  22. July 17, 2006 at 3:17 am, Guest said:

    Yes, it did! Quickly too.


  23. July 23, 2006 at 3:20 pm, Guest said:

    Not the bestsolution. My house burned down six years ago. We rebuilt…guess what???? They found their way back….TRY AGAIN.


  24. July 27, 2006 at 5:18 pm, Guest said:

    we have mice in our flat (London uk) we got one yesterday I think because it was very hot and it was very slow. Also it was very small, maybe young? Today we saw another but it got away…. Now not sure what to do? Maybe borrow my mums cat for a week, would this work, or would they just come back, and would it harm the cat? Or oil of peppermint, or get pest control in? We don’t want to trap them ourselves as I work at home and don’t want to find them around. Can anyone give advice?


  25. July 28, 2006 at 2:29 am, Guest said:

    Three mice dead….how many more do I have???? AHHHHH someone help! I didn’t realize that they breed so fast.


  26. July 30, 2006 at 11:27 am, Guest said:

    we have an old home and it seems overwhelmingly impossible to fill all the tiny cracks/holes/etc. we did find one larger hole in the basement and my husband nailed a piece of wood over it to block them from entering. but…i know they must be getting in elsewhere. we bought this house almost two years ago from a women who was a pig! she thought bugs were “cute”!! ugh!!!! i am a neat freak and TERRIFIED of mice!!!! we used the sticky traps and snap traps..both worked…but the worse part about it is now i know we have MULTIPLE mice!!!!!! i am ready to sell!!! am i crazy?? does the peppermint really work?


  27. July 30, 2006 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    i am TERRIFIED of mice and we just discovered our 65 year old house has them..many!!! we thought we solved the problem when we caught one on a sticky trap (after hearing noises and realizing my little dog wasn’t the only eating his food!!!). so, we set a snap trap and caught another..then another..and i saw one a few days ago running out of my house (the foundation, basement ceiling. i am ready to sell my house!!!!! is it possible to get rid of them all???? we found one hole and fixed that..but in an old house, there are small cracks and holes everywhere..nearly impossbile to find and fix them all. any moral support? i am totally freaked out!! does that peppermint stuff REALLY work??


  28. August 01, 2006 at 10:07 am, Guest said:

    In the past 4 days, I’ve seen this little tiny mouse, peaking from the kitchen into the dining room. I’ve been on a mission to trap it since. 7 months ago I purchased this old house, in great condition however, the basement is not finished and I think there’s the problem. Other than finishing the basement and covering obvious holes, what other measures can I take?


  29. August 03, 2006 at 10:27 am, Guest said:

    I am not sure if I have a mouse in my apt. We’ve had them before… saw droppings, etc. HOWEVER… last night I was awoken at 4:30am to LOUD scratching in the corner of my bedroom. Later on I went in the kitchen and found that about 1/3 of the dirt of a plant on my counter next to the sink was ‘dug’ out… and all over clothes I had folded near it. Dirt was even moved inside one of the shirt it seems! Burrow-like holes were ‘dug’ in house plants in my living room and bedroom as well! About 4 inches deep, 2 inches wide. All in one night! Could this possibly be a mouse? If not, does someone have any idea what it might be? I am concerned as I have two young children and whatever it is… is still in the apt I’d say. Thanks for any feedback!


  30. August 07, 2006 at 11:25 am, Guest said:

    Have any of you tried getting a cat? I’ve got the same probs as those posted. The mice keep coming back. I think i’m ready for a cat.


  31. August 08, 2006 at 5:07 am, Guest said:

    Hey. I have a mouse in my dropdown ceiling at least I think I do I was just wondering if there was anyway.. of repelling it out of there or… like trapping it im not to scared of snap traps I was just wondering if there was any other way.. i saw about the oil of peppermint and i guess if I see it I’d try it.. the ceiling in the room isnt totally finished but mostly there one little crease like missing peice where it didnt reach.. I can fix it I just was wondering how to get the mouse.. I’m not sure if it travels the whole ceiling I would think not because I just added to it.. but if it is.. I need to get it out… somehow I have a cat and she heard him earlier and she was like on alert shes good with catching the mouse if its at her level but the mouse has the advantage now if you have any ideas please tell me thanks 🙂 oh ya i almost forgot … i heard him run like.. maybe 5-6 feet and it kinda creeped me out but then he stopped and hasnt moved since.. if they’re nocturnal that would make sense… its like 5 am so … ya… thanks


  32. August 09, 2006 at 3:44 pm, Guest said:

    You think you have a mouse problem???? Well I had a mouse that had a attitude! One night as I am cleaning my Kitchen I notice droppings on my counter and drawers that had food in it!!! I was so upset because I am a neat freak and I didn’t expect to have these things in my house.. So I purchased a kitten. On the first night I heard my kitten screaming like she was in heat!! I went to the kitchen and the mouse was carrying the kitten on his back and trying to pull her through a hole in the wall!! I hit the mouse with a broom about 7 times before he actually died! I am so scared now because I am hoping there are no more mice in my house that will try to attack me and my kitten! What should I do?


  33. August 09, 2006 at 8:14 pm, Guest said:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i see another mouse in my house 2day i WILL be forced to burn this house down- I WILL. I just set traps like the 1 with the spring, the peppermint, onion, and even the trick with the beer and the slipper out, and if none of those things work, then i will go balistic, and burn the house down myself, or better yet try and squeeze the life out of them once i see them on the stove again.( even though i know that i would be too afraid to even look at the little nasty THINGS) please god, help me kill this little DEVIL! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE! AND SOON!


  34. August 11, 2006 at 4:14 am, Guest said:

    Is there a difference between “peppermint oil” and “oil of peppermint?”

    I know there is a difference between oil and extract. Extract is water soluable, right? Oil,of course, isn’t.

    So is it:
    Peppermint Oil
    Oil of Peppermint?
    Is there no difference between the two?



  35. August 14, 2006 at 10:44 am, Guest said:

    We have never had mice in 25 years of living in the same flat and guess what, after some construction work outside mice have begun flooding into all the flats on our estate. Its absolutely freaking me out. The problem is we have no idea how they are getting in, our house is packed full of stuff, so god knows where they could be hiding, and they dont seem interested in traps. It’s absolutely horrible, its like its not our home anymore, and I dont think I will ever fully recover. I have ordered oil of peppermint and poison but I am scared that putting the oil of peppermint in one place might push them into another, like my bed ahhhhhh!!!!!!


  36. August 26, 2006 at 7:52 am, Guest said:

    I had a horrible case of mice last year. I live in an old house. Pest control came here and said that they have never seen a basement filled with more holes. I won’t even go in that basement.

    Yesterday I went to lock the back door and a mouse came out from behind the stove. I think it took me one stop to get from the kitchen to the living room.

    I have been storing my sugar, pasta everything in the fridge for a year. I have steel wool plugging every nook and cranny in my house.

    I heard about moth balls so I just bought a box. I just read in some of your comments to use 100% peppermint oil. I am leaving for the drug store in about 10 minutes to get some.

    I also bought 2 of those plug in the wall devices. Does anyone know if they really work?

    As well as many others these critters make me terrified to go to the kitchen. I literally knock on kitchen cupboards and drawers before opening them. Now that is pathetic. They are definite life controlling.


  37. September 05, 2006 at 10:59 am, Guest said:

    I discovered a mice problem a few days ago I am terrified of them and cannot sleep at night and will not go downstairs once it is dark. I have put down poison but they do not seem to have eaten any but have seen droppings in the mornings. I am exhausted and stressed out sweeping up every single crumb and making sure everything is put away securely at night. I will go out tomorrow to get the peppermint oil.


  38. September 07, 2006 at 1:57 am, Guest said:

    That sounds like a RAT maybe a sewer RAT, keep an eye on your cat, good luck.


  39. September 07, 2006 at 6:27 pm, Guest said:

    How do you put out the pepermint oil?


  40. September 09, 2006 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I just started using the 100% pure peppermint oil on cotton balls in drawers, etc. I found it at GNC for $4.99. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working after about a week or so. I’m moving on to the beer. Bought good stuff to drink then a 40oz. of junk to put into the smaller bottles. I think I’ll even build them a ramp to help them plunge to a drunken death!


  41. September 11, 2006 at 12:21 pm, Guest said:

    I bought a new mobile home 3 years ago; no problem with mice until this year. Bought spray foam insulation to block all plumbing openings under sinks (kitchen sink is the only place I’ve seen signs of them coming in;droppings in drawers above.)
    Peppermint didn’t seem to work. Today I’ll try the beer idea. If that fails I’ll try what worked for me in Maine. Put down a teflon coated saucepan with cooking oil in it. They can get in, but it’s too slippery for them to get out. Will report on any success. My last resort will be to borrow my niece’s cat for a week or so. The two I’ve seen on the floor were very tiny;2 inches long at most. Are these just babies? Even that small I was impressed that they jumped up over a poster frame 30″ tall, so if you’re trying to barricade them from certain rooms keep that in mind.


  42. September 12, 2006 at 4:31 am, Guest said:

    please tell me if any thing worked for you I am in the same boat and i am scared to DEATH !

    thanks Joann
    [email protected]


  43. September 13, 2006 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    I’m in the same boat as most of you – though I had a cat and had one mouse sighting in 6 years of living in the same place, I recently had to have the sweet ole girl put down. Within 1 week of no cat – mice. Crap.
    I’ve tried the foam insulation – who knew how many cracks there were around pipes? I’ve plugged every hole imaginable with spackle and steel wool. All my food is in tins or heavy plastic containers. I’ve thrown away half my stuff. There’s virtually nothing on the floor anymore.
    Now, the odd part and my questions: There’s 2 places I’ve seen droppings that are….weird. The first is INSIDE the glass dome thingy that covers the lightbulbs in my kitchen light fixture! The building I live in is over 60 years old so the idea that they could be inside the ceiling has occurred to me before – but I wonder why they’d go in there, crap, and then go back into the ceiling? (shakes head) One more place to hit with the foam insulation, I guess….now the other place – and this one REALLY bugs me – is on my bedroom windowsill. I stripped the paint from the sill yesterday (unrelated to the mouse problems, btw)and this morning, there were 2 turds on the freshly-stripped wood. WTH? I live on the 3rd (and top) floor of my building…are they climbing in from the outside, or out from the inside? I don’t get it! The exterior is stucco, so I suppose they COULD be climbing in….is it screens next for me? HELP!!


  44. September 14, 2006 at 8:23 am, Guest said:

    Get a Rat Zapper from your local Hardware store. The Rat Zapper is a battery operated device that you put bait (dried cat food) in and when they enter the trap they receive a small jolt of electricity that kills them. You might be thinking that is in humane but the mice don’t know what hit them they die so quickly there eyes are still open. After they are dead you dump the mouse in a bag and re-bait and put the RatZapper back. The RatZapper even has a flashing Red light to let you know if there is a dead mice in the trap. It cost around 50 bucks but it is well worth it. There is even a 30day money back guarantee. The first night we put the RatZapper down we killed a mouse. As far as those ultrasound device they work temporarily but after awhile the mice get used to it. If you wanna get rid of mice get a Rat Zapper, agian it will be the best $50 bucks you spent in a long time


  45. September 14, 2006 at 9:41 am, Guest said:

    where do you get pepermint oil?


  46. September 17, 2006 at 4:11 pm, Guest said:

    To all, be very careful using D-con or any poison. The cats, that catch mice, that have ingested poison, can also poison the cat.
    I have seen on other message boards, that “urine” lace cat litter keeps mice away. If you don’t have a cat, perhaps someone you know does, and can give you some litter. This should be spread around outside near the foundation of your house. Use a nylon stocking and place some litter in it, tie a knot, and throw under decks or other hard places to reach. If you control the outside of your house, it will help you to control the inside as well. If you don’t own pets, then try “WINTERMINT OIL”, otherwise if you have pets try “PEPPERMINT OIL”. There is a different in the oils. Both can be purchased on e-bay or at aromatherpy stores.


  47. September 18, 2006 at 8:20 am, Guest said:

    I have a very clean house,and guess what the other evening my husband was watching late |Television,I had gone up to bed.He rushed up upstais saying we have mice in the house.I then got a trap,put white chocolate and guess what two days running the chocolate has gone,and the trap has not clamped.Is this a very clever mouse.I have not seen any droppings anywhere,I am now going to get Rat/mouse poison to get rid of the damm thing.ANY IDEAS gratefully received


  48. September 19, 2006 at 3:16 pm, Guest said:

    yes it’s a mouse. the disturbed plants were the first thing i noticed and at first i thought my children were messing with my plants. too bad it wasn’t the kids. i had to put all my plants on top of my fridge. i’ve tried everything and can’t get rid of them. i spent all my time cleaning and disinfecting the areas where i find their dropping which is about every corner of my apt. at this point i am so exhausted and discouraged about the whole situation. i think the only solution would be a cat but my son suffers from asthma. i hope these mice don’t drive my crazy.


  49. September 20, 2006 at 11:31 am, Guest said:

    I use the Rat Zapper as well and it has worked well so far! I just got it a couple of days ago at my local hearware store (home hardware) and it was $69 but so far I think it has been worth it. I have caught 2 mice in the last 2 days, and I think this device combined with plugging holes and keeping any and all food in the fridge or in containers should help to keep the problem at bay.

    Poison works but since I have a pet I cannot use it (to all pet owners: even if someone says it’s ok to use it as long as it’s in a place the pet can’t get to it it’s not, the mice can put it in their cheeks and drop it on the floor, also the boxes that are supposed to be pet proof dont always work – my mother works at an emergency vet clinic and they get pet who are poisoned from this stuff all the time.)

    Good luck getting rid of your mice


  50. September 21, 2006 at 3:52 pm, Guest said:

    YES, the plug in things really do work! we have 3 in our basement and 3 up stairs!


  51. September 22, 2006 at 9:40 am, Guest said:

    If the mouse is this smart, try the glue traps. They are NOT fun to throw away,but I had mice that could lick peanut butter clear off a set trap, so I had to go with this option. Try to put this directly in the path of the mouse (put it between its enterance and your spring trap). Hopefully one or the other will catch your mouse.


  52. September 24, 2006 at 11:02 am, Guest said:

    I always use snap traps. At the top of the bait pedal it curls down and forward, force a bit of peanut butter, and then a few slivers of cheese in there. Do not allow any to come out of the little curl. This way it forces them to dig deep for the cheese and PB, by digging in there it will cause them to push the bait pedal. Then it’s goodbye to the disgusting, disease infested rodent.


  53. September 24, 2006 at 9:06 pm, Guest said:

    An adult mouse is considerably smaller than a kitten of even 6 weeks. I’m thinking you might have a rat. Cats will rarely attempt to attack a full grown rat. If you are unsure, you might want ot call a professional pest control person. I just can’t imagine a mouse being able to carry a kitten on it’s back.


  54. September 28, 2006 at 10:16 am, Guest said:

    I have had it with these damn mice. They are everywhere!!! They have shredded boxes in cabinets, stole my dogs food, eaten the peanut butter from the traps and survived, hid in my shoes and are pissing me off. I am terrified and am sick of rewashing my clothes. This morning I found a dead mouse in my clothes drawer and now I need counseling. I have borrowed my sister’s cat but he is not too interested yet (too early to tell). The snap traps are not working they are just stealing the snack and escaping. I will try the peppermint I have tried it before and it worked well. Does the beer really work? What do I do about the would in my dresser that is soaked with mouse urine?


  55. September 30, 2006 at 6:42 pm, Guest said:

    APPLE SEEDS!!! first bait i have found to work, but even that seems to have had its limits. After catching five, none for over a week; then two, then nothing. I have seen mixed reviews for the rat zapper and peppermint oil. Beer, hmmm. May give that a try next. These are deer mice, yes the dreaded hantavirus ones, so you can understand my frustration. This appears to be the worst infestation ever according to my neighbors (8000ft CO mtns). They don’t eat poison. Will take any confirmed methods for this problem. I also have them in the subfloor between the first and second floor, so hear them crawling around over me at night. Laser BB gun, hmm.


  56. October 04, 2006 at 8:57 pm, Guest said:

    Do “bug bombs” do anything to mice? Does anyone know?


  57. October 05, 2006 at 11:03 am, Guest said:

    You, my friend, definately have a mouse if not MICE. The bedroom in my rental property was an added room, so I believe mice climb on trees to get into nooks/holes in the added ceiling. I was sitting in my bedroom one night and all of a sudden, it sounded as if a fight was going on in the ceiling (I believe it was a bird and a mouse). Then out of no where, I mouse tumbled out of an opening in the bedroom and FELL FLAT ONTO AN AWAITING STICK TRAP!!!!


  58. October 07, 2006 at 5:14 am, Guest said:

    HELP… I have a mouse / rat in my walls. I haven’t slept in weeks as it is scratching between the wall in my bathroom and bedroom and is so loud it wakes my up at night. I have two small children and am so afraid it is going to get in. I put amonia out at night and I got the plug in things but they don’t work through walls. I don’t know what to do. I have two cats but they can’t get to it in the walls. Do I have to wait for them to get in??? PLEASE HELP…


  59. October 07, 2006 at 4:47 pm, Guest said:

    i don’t know what kind of mice you got ….i live in harlem mine must be deaf i got two of those damn things and they just walk right by it


  60. October 07, 2006 at 5:01 pm, Guest said:

    no they won’t you’ll stand there crying as your house burns and the mice run out of your house, into your neighbors house…laughing all the way.


  61. October 07, 2006 at 5:09 pm, Guest said:

    go to your local grocery store get a bottle of beer open it pour out a third set it on the floor and collect you mouse in the morning ….repeat as needed.


  62. October 08, 2006 at 6:27 am, Guest said:

    Never had mice until our kitchen remodel was finished and the exterminator discovered our contractor didn’t completely seal up an opening from outside. Now that we have sealed the opening with steel wool and insulation foam, the mice are trapped inside and we’ve caught 5 using snap traps baited with peanut butter. I don’t sleep at night either and am afraid to even use our new kitchen. We have 2 cats who are constantly standing in front of the stove and dishwasher. For those who have cats and are using peppermint oil, do an internet search and see that the smell can be toxic to cats.


  63. October 09, 2006 at 1:38 pm, Guest said:

    Greetings all! I just wanted to say that a few weeks ago, I discovered my own personal mickey in my house and I knew that it was either him or me, but we couldn’t both live in my house! I when I got to work that day, I cancelled all my appointments and meetings and went searching for a way to evict my new neighbor. Well after reading many of your comments, and realizing that (1) I don’t have enough balls to drive a rodent anywhere, and (2) if I see a dead one, I just might faint, I decided to go with the peppermint oil and let me say I have been mouse free ever since! I mean no trace of that sucker! And what confirmed it even more was that before I started to bathe my house in oil, I openned my back door just to give him (or them) an easy way of out. By the time I reached my kitchen there were four stray cats pouncing on something in my grass! Although it smells like I’m walking in a candy cane shoppe everytime I walk in, its a heck of alot better than being scared of something two inches long! Well I hope this helps you make your choice. Oh and I bought it from GNC. It was originally 14.99, but lucky me caught a sale and for 11.99, it was all mines! And I also change it every Friday, so to keep any new ones away. Happy hunting


  64. October 10, 2006 at 12:49 pm, Guest said:

    Hello fellow warriers:
    I have MICE in my ceilings and it keeps me up at night. IT IS DRIVING ME NUTS and I am disgusted. There’s a void between the rafters and the sheetrock ceiling (my place is 150 years old, so I think they had to “hang” the ceiling to even it out. I’ve thought about cutting a hole in the ceiling in the closet (so easier patch job) and cramming tons of poisin up there and closing it back up.
    I’m clearly desperate.
    Does anyone have any thoughts on whether this will work?


  65. October 10, 2006 at 4:01 pm, Guest said:

    I would definate try the prebaited glue traps, they have worked really well for me, and they are very inexpensive. THe best thing to do is set the glue traps along the base boards in the kitchen preferably one on each side of the frig, stove, dishwasher ect and also the entry to your kitchen that way the wont make there way in the rest of the house, if they have dont worry they will make there way back to the kitchen. they are very drawn to the glue traps, just remember if you set several glue traps around the house make a template on where you put them, I made that mistake once, and I had to follow the stinch smell to find out there was a dead mouse in a glue trap i set under a dresser.hope this helps.


  66. October 13, 2006 at 1:16 am, Guest said:

    I had two cats for 15 years but they have passed on with old age. Since they’ve been gone I have a party of mice driving me crazy! I”ve tried the glue traps but teh little bugers have been puting anything they can find on top of it to cover it and just walk over it. I’ll give the beer thing a try tonight. Bottoms up for me and hopefully tits up for the mice


  67. October 13, 2006 at 12:05 pm, Guest said:

    LMAO!!! LOL!! I am terribly sorry, it’s awful for me to laugh at your misfortune, but the visual of a rat carrying some poor innocent kitten on its back is too much. I hope you were successful in getting rid of the problem.


  68. October 14, 2006 at 1:08 am, Guest said:

    i have just recently found that i have mice!!eek!…i have two cats, one an outstanding mouser, but seems to only work best if mouse is visable… across the floor.but i seem to have a new family nesting along the foundation. i have done one:seeled up every visable hole with steel wool, and sealant. the avenue of entry seems to be through the garage which the mice have chewed through the rubber runner…so i have placed steal wool in the holes and humane traps..and have left cats on guard….i have captured and adult and three minors in the last 3 days…is this the end? i have not had mice before so not sure what to expect…how does one control? what is the best advice? i do not want to use sticky traps, but do want to eliminate…any help?


  69. October 15, 2006 at 7:05 am, Guest said:

    Mouse trap that works
    Take a wire and string it through the ends of a pop can so the can can spin freely. Attach the wire across a bucket firmly. Spread some peanut butter around the center of the can. Add antifreeze in the bucket, enough to drown the pests. Put some kind of ramp up to the bucket for the mice to reach the can. When the mice try to get on the can for the peanut butter, the can will spin and off into the bucket the mice will go. Good Luck, this works great


  70. October 17, 2006 at 11:00 pm, Guest said:

    Oh God! I had the same problem. I live in Sydney, Australia but I bought this thing called Pestxit. It works with ultrasonic waves and electromagnetic pulse. It solved my mouse problem. I got one for my brother in law who had a cockroach problem and it works beautifully! I bought it online from It got to me a day late but it was worth it. I think they ship around the world too..


  71. October 18, 2006 at 4:11 pm, Guest said:

    I have a house that has been renovated in the past, poorly I might add. We have recently had a run in with a little family of mice, our trap of choice is the glue trap. It seems inhumane, but you shouldn’t worry about that because mice can carry some nasty diseases that you don’t want to encounter. Anyway, we have had very good luck because they can’t usually get off the glue, and if you check them regularly you won’t have the smell. Also if you know their path you can place one in it and they rarely notice what they are stepping onto till it is too late. I have never had a bad experience with the glue traps. Hope this helps!


  72. October 20, 2006 at 9:19 am, Guest said:

    My husband saw a mouse in the kitchen 2 days ago, I have poison, 6 traps,and three glue traps and still have found no dead mouse. Any ideas?????


  73. October 20, 2006 at 11:58 am, Guest said:

    i had two a rather large one and a small the large one was smart,i think the older they get the smarter they get,my wife brought these traps by d-con they are round and they work plus you never see the mouse the trap tells you by an indicator window that there’s a mouse inside and you just throw the whole thing away all you need to do is get yourself some rubber gloves because im told they can smell humans on the trap and will avoid them..take the trap open the bottom and place a good helping of peanut butter close the door and wind it set it down and wala spin click snap and toss it and the offending rodent they come two in a pack good hunting([email protected]


  74. October 21, 2006 at 8:30 am, Guest said:

    mouse in my house, help. i’m not sure what to do with mighty mouse living in my house, it is eating the peanut butter from my mouse traps and the poison, does anyone have any suggestions??????


  75. October 23, 2006 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    i have four cats. they are excellent mousers! but, it seems the mice breed so quickly, and hide so well, that the poor cats just can’t keep up. found a possible solution at, called “shake-away” that uses the scents of fox & bobcat urine to scare the mice away. apparently the scent of a larger predator is supposed to make them rethink the safety of their home. has anyone tried this? does it work? Please help!


  76. October 24, 2006 at 7:06 am, Guest said:

    3 days ago, we caught mighty mouse. Is it possible that one and only one mouse came into my house. We have left out our traps and poison for the little buggers and no evidence of the creepy little creatures. There are no more droppings in my cupboard or my tea towel drawer and all the peanut butter is still on the traps. Anyone??????


  77. October 28, 2006 at 7:51 pm, Guest said:

    had 20 some success in 4 months counter-terrorism drive using snap traps. until one day i noticed scrappy wooden sticks wedged against the snap openings and the pb baits were licked out clean. at first i can’t stand the thought of … but there it was after a few nights of flashlight surveillance – the dirty bunch working the sticks against the snap jaws. Gzzzzzz, what’s happening to the world. please, i don’t want to witness what’s next.


  78. October 28, 2006 at 9:23 pm, Guest said:

    maybe not much but i got 20-some victims using snap traps & glue combo in 4 months. Until one day I noticed some traps with scrappy stuff wedged against the snap jaws. I can’t stand the thought of ….. But there it was after a few nights of flashlight surveillance. Before my eyes was a bunch of creeps dragging & laboring those wedges against the jaws. Oh gzzzzz! what’s going on in this world ? I’m out of here.
    I don’t want to witness their next trick.


  79. October 29, 2006 at 11:38 pm, Guest said:

    Wow, reading all these comments does not leave me with much of a feeling of hope! last week I returned from vacation with my son to find that my mother had tried to remedy my small and new mice problem on her own by setting glue traps and ( newly discovered) blocks of poison. I only found out she had laid poison tonight when after 2 days of constant cleaning sweeping and laundry I could not remedy the stench of my apartment! I realised it must be a dead mouse, now, mind you I have a small apartment and a small child, we have a lot of things! SUrely, plenty of places to run and die if you are an ill mouse. I am extremely upset with my mother for placing poison ( I only use glue traps) considering I have a toddler in the house. WHat is most troubling is that I cannot find this 1×2 block of poison!! It is not under the sink where my mother says she placed it, and I still have an awful stench and cannot seem to follow it to a decaying body…Help!! any way to find the poison block before my son does? Oh, and they rotting carcase as well! Thanks to all..R~TX


  80. October 31, 2006 at 8:37 am, Guest said:

    try oil of peppermint instead


  81. November 02, 2006 at 9:18 am, Guest said:

    hi……yep yet another mouse horror story! I cleaned out the mouse poop from under the kitchen sink and sealed the holes……..this morning at about 1 am I heard a noise and turn on the light and listened….the brazen little bugger was coming out of a heat vent in my master bathroom……he just popped up through it like it wasn’t there! I live in a new manufactured home…
    I know there must be more…don’t know if the little bugger went back in the vent……but saw either him or another one later on again…put a big book over vent. Heard him still try getting in! Help! I have seen all the advice….does anything really work! I don’t want to live with Mickey and all his relatives!


  82. November 06, 2006 at 11:45 pm, Guest said:

    I am going nutso!!!I am sitting here wide-eyed, I can’t sleep..They are driving me nuts with their little sounds, and there are tons of them, I mean we have killed like 50 and they keep coming, I have gotten rid of everything that I could, we have put out glue traps, and I know they have a nest with babies, the other day my 3 year old said look mommy a mouse and I couldn’t see it and it was a baby not much bigger than a moth on the carpet, it was small so there has to be a nest nearby..I can’t stand it..I am afraid to move, one will run out, I have one right now on a sticky trap, but I am not touching it, and I saw the big one run by the dishwasher, I threw another sticky trap there..I don’t know what to do..I guess we will just have to move.


  83. November 08, 2006 at 10:39 am, Guest said:

    I once had that problem. I finally had an epiphany while eating a bowl of oatmeal to try that. I poured just enough sticky, sweet oatmeal on the little metal bait thingy that it slightyly overflowed onto the wood of the trap, and within 15 minutes I had a dead mouse in my trap. They don’t eat good oatmeal and run. It’s too sticky, and I think it helped that the oatmeal ran under the metal bait thingy a little. You don’t want the oatmeal too stiff or runny either. It has to ooze off the end of your spoon to work. Not an exact science, but I know it to work on rogue mice. Happy hunting!


  84. November 11, 2006 at 1:41 pm, Guest said:

    How long did this take for the mice to leave? I bought the electronic devise and plugged it in on a Wednesday…Sat and stil hear the little buggers at night.


  85. November 11, 2006 at 11:14 pm, Guest said:

    I agree. I’m in Boston and we have 2 of those sound things and the mice just frolick through our apartment un-detered. I’m going CRAZY! Tonight one jumped off the 3rd shelf of our pantry to the floor when my roommate opened the door. I think she had a heart attack and the mouse (even after falling 3 feet) is just fine and running around again. I WANT THEM GONE!


  86. November 12, 2006 at 11:14 pm, Guest said:

    I have the little things too. I have put out poison and have seen they are eating it but no dead bodies yet. I really loathe these little frickers. I also like the glue traps but need to get to the store and buy some. I buy the rat sized glue traps as I have heard mice can flip the smaller glue traps and thus escape! I really don’t have much else to say except I know what you all are going through. It sucks. Just try and hang in there and and eventually you will be rid of the mice all together!


  87. November 17, 2006 at 1:18 pm, Guest said:

    Where can I find this oil of peppermint in hte Metro Detroit Area of Michigan? I have declared war with Mickey and Friends!! Why do I have to put every non perishable food in my house in plastic containers? The mice are too good. They get off the glue traps, they move the glue traps, they don’t eat the poison just the peanut butter i mixed it with, How did they do that? These little farts have eaten the instulation off th back of my refridgerator. The house has too many hole to put the steel wool in and they love going in and out my heat vents. I can’t live with Mickey and his friends so I have declared war!! Any help with ammunition ideas?


  88. November 19, 2006 at 5:14 pm, Guest said:



    “I’M GOING TO SCREM”!!!!


  89. November 20, 2006 at 11:10 pm, Guest said:

    I have not been able to sleep since I found out that our home has these ugly nasty lil’ creatures…HELP! I bought the oil of pepermint…guess I’ll find out tonight if it works.


  90. November 24, 2006 at 5:34 am, Guest said:

    Those D-con traps really are good.I thought they would not do the trick because they are somewhat small.Both traps that we have put out have caught two mice.There still is one(or more)very clever mouse(mice)that has been scaring me away from the kitchen at night.The mouse that I saw a few nights ago,his tail got caught in a glue trap tonight,and he went to hide underneath a set of drawers,so he probably might not come out of there(ewww!).It did make a racket once it’s tail was caught.He was running around the whole kitchen trying to take his tail off the trap.My mother covered another hole in the kitchen with plastic grocery bags,and so far it has kept one critter at bay.However ,we could sometimes hear it scratching the plastic bag.I’m gonna try snap traps and peppermint oil.


  91. November 28, 2006 at 11:32 pm, Guest said:

    i live in the downriver area south of detroit and so far i found that the glue traps has worked for me so far.i bought like 30 boxes of 2 in them .and the frist day i layed them around the house i caught 4 in that day.but like they say u seen one there are 20 looking at you..i havent tryed the peppermint idea yet ,my mother in law told me that and i kind of ignored her on that idea.but since i looked it up on the internet on trying to get rid of mice ,every site i seen said use peppermint oils so i am going to try it..but they sell the oils at gibraltar trade center in taylor very very cheap and it last a long time.just dont use to much of it…hope that helps


  92. December 03, 2006 at 5:52 pm, Guest said:

    I live next door to a rec hall every so often we see the pest control van there and before long those nasty little buggers have moved from there to my house. Right now we are completely infested. We have caught at least 20 with sticky traps but it seems that they are now avoiding them. We have 3 small children at home and we are scared to use poison. We have put steel wool in any visible holes but still they keep comming. Just last night we heard two battling it out in my hallway. We are going crazy. Will somebody please help us!!!!!


  93. December 06, 2006 at 9:52 pm, Guest said:

    My little mouse is living in my gas stove, believe it or not! In the morning my husband or I will be pouring a bowl of cereal or getting a glass of orange juice, and all of a sudden, he is high tailing it for the stove and dives right into the burners!!! We put a glue trap on the stove, but it hasnt worked as well as the ones on the floor did. He got out tonight and ate through the plastic bread wrapper and took all five pieces out! How wierd is that! Uggggg! I hate them! I’m going to try peppermint oil for sure!


  94. December 11, 2006 at 7:07 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a RV. I have mice droppings everywhere. One even jumped out of the refrigerator when I opened it! I have 12 cats too! But I have so much stuff piled around that the cats can’t get to them. I bought one of the black boxes with a hole in it that electrocutes the mice…they work good except getting one mouse at the time will take forever! I have the plug in things too but the mice just go to another area. I can tell where they are by the cats looking in that direction and swishing their tails. How do I know if I have caught all the mice? I have a subfloor in the trailer too.


  95. December 12, 2006 at 1:31 am, Guest said:

    I have been battling the little 4 legged heart-stoppers for the past 2 years. In the summer I do not see them, but come winter and hunting season (my neighbor is a taxadermist and I think that they are attracted to the stench) I am over run. I have tryed set traps and seem to get 1 or 2 then they get wise to that trick. The glue traps work … to a point. I have them all over the house (lovely to look at) and I can get 3 or 4 using them, but then they start coming in from different areas, (and if you catch a mouse on one of these, you need to make sure that the mouse dies before putting it outside in the trash, cause when the traps get cold they loose their stickiness and the mouse can get off to return to their nest). I have plugged every hole in this house and it seems that they just keep coming. I have placed poison bait out (by the way, that lady that can’t find the bait that her mom set out, it is probably already eaten and gone) but then your house stinks from the bait and the dead mice and it seems that after a while they build up a tolerance to the bait. I even went so far as to place a 5 gallon bucket with water in it and a empty tuna can up side down, peanut butter on the can, then place a stick leading up the bucket. The mice will go up the stick, jump down to the peanut butter can floating in the bucket and the motion will tip the can and the mouse falls in the water (drowns). This method worked, until my dogs found the peanut butter and now the mice won’t go near it (???) I am going out tomorrow to find the essential oil of peppermint (not peppermint oil!) and pray that it works. Hope some of these tips help as much as I hope the peppermint oil will work.


  96. December 12, 2006 at 1:45 am, Guest said:

    Yes, I was reading a book one night in my living room and I kept hearing scratching. I looked but could not see anything. After about 2 hours of this human / mouse interaction, I saw a pile of dirt fling out of my plant. I went and poured some water in the plant and the mouse jumped out rather quickly and scared the living out of me. I went around and looked in my other plants and sure enough, about 4 others had “nest” holes burrowed in them. I kept them really moist for the next few weeks and now I have mice in my walls, but not in my plants. The battle for my house is still ongoing…..


  97. December 12, 2006 at 6:11 pm, Guest said:

    i would not suggest beer to get rid of mice because roaches are attracted to beer and coffee grinds. i have mice living in my drop ceiling in the kitchen and I am freaked out. Best of luck. kjrje


  98. December 14, 2006 at 10:46 am, Guest said:

    Winter in Boston
    It’s December and the mice season began in Boston. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a brick house, or at a luxury condo, when it gets cold out there mice gets comes in where u live. If you are renting, try to rent at the highest floor you can. The mice usually get caught in the first 6 floors. If you are an owner, you are stuck. Plug the wholes, and use traps, or get a cat or a nice dog.


  99. December 14, 2006 at 7:52 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve been finding mice droppings in ever increasing quanities for about a month now. I went to the hardware store 2 weeks ago and bought a big block of Hawk mice poison. I broke of peices and placed it in the places with the most evidence of the pest. I haven’t found any dead mice yet, and I am still finding their droppings only now about 1 in 5 of the turds is the same color green as the bait. Is this stuff any good? Their apparently eating it, WHY AREN’T THEY DYING?


  100. December 15, 2006 at 8:04 pm, Guest said:

    I have a problem with mice, and I have had this problem for a long time 🙁 I have tried everything!! Something work but they still come back!! My cat gets a lot too but, but more always come back 🙁


  101. December 16, 2006 at 5:08 pm, Guest said:

    I think i’ve discovered a new breed of sticky trap resistant mouse. I discovered a mouse in my apartment which came in through a hole near a radiator pipe. When I saw it I immediately chased it back into the hole and layed out a parimeter, A PARIMETER of sticky traps so that it would be impossible for it to evade them! I figured these would be a deterrent for the little man, or woman, or whatever.

    So it disappeared for a couple of days. The next night I am lying in my bed just starring at the ceiling when I hear a rustling sound on the floor, rustling as in tiny claws running across the floor! I got up, turned the light on, looked around and wouldn’t you know it, within moments the mouse came scurrying out of my kitchen, into my living room and OVER, as in like swiftly OVER the parimeter of sticky traps I had layed out around the radiator! And when I say parimeter I mean from wall to wall.

    I would like to have caught it so I could set it free, that is my intention and why I do not use the snap traps, but it totally resisted the glue! I tested one of these out on my own fingers and it even takes me a moment to pry them off after lightly touching the glue! I think this mouse is a genetic mutation.


  102. December 16, 2006 at 6:47 pm, Guest said:

    Just curious if peppermint oil worked. I’m going through the same problem.


  103. December 16, 2006 at 6:48 pm, Guest said:

    Please tell me when the winter is over the mice leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  104. December 16, 2006 at 8:31 pm, Guest said:

    How did you put the peppermint through the house-how much did it take (how many bottles)-i have three floors- 11 rooms- how long before you saw results?


  105. December 17, 2006 at 1:44 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, I also have a mouse residing in my stove. Did the peppermint oil really work?


  106. December 18, 2006 at 9:09 pm, Guest said:

    OK, so I really want to get rid of my mice, and this peppermint oil sounds do-able, but once I have it, what exactly do I do with it? Throw it on the ground? smear it on the windows? What the heck?


  107. December 19, 2006 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    We had a mouse problem this last week, it had been eating the chocolate christmas decoration we had on the tree.

    I would recomend an old fastion mouse trap, if you have a choice go for the advanced ones! they are simple but effective and solved our mouse problem within 12 hours!


  108. December 19, 2006 at 7:19 pm, Guest said:

    put a couple of drops on cotton balls put all over your house in heat ducts etc


  109. December 24, 2006 at 1:55 pm, Guest said:

    For you guys looking for the peppermint cure, I found this site that i’m thinking of trying. they have natural mice repellant (so they say) and its made with peppermint. they also have a kit, so i might need 2 or 3 of them 🙁

    i just went in the kitchen and saw one scurry under the diswasher – and it was 2PM i thought they were noctornal!??!?! I went to get a drink of water the other night and one ran across the counter and I just stood there screaming. I have a 1 bedroom apt that cant be much bigger than an efficiency apt and it being so small make the mice seem HUGE!

    Has anyone tried the ultrasonic repellers?


  110. December 25, 2006 at 10:03 am, Guest said:

    Well I read in an article that u should not place the sticky pads near heat or dust because it doesn’t work as well. And you said you placed it near the radiator so that’s why.


  111. December 28, 2006 at 1:44 am, Guest said:

    oh my! well after reading all of these, i have realized that I am in fact NOT crazy! I hate these stupid little mice! we’ve caught 2, then we don’t see them, then we see what seems like a million of them!we have traps, poison, bread as bait, marshmellows, peanut butter, and i think we put cheese wiz on one of them! All over!

    I’m going to try the peppermint oil, hopefully that works, but I swear if I find a dead mouse in my dresser drawer, I will be in dyer need of counseling! They definitely ate the poison, but they’re not dead! ugh i just want to scream! I think this might be my new form of venting! So it is good to know other people are as frusterated as me! I’ll let you know if it works for me!


  112. December 29, 2006 at 3:22 pm, Guest said:

    We have a bad mouse problem at the moment. We tried an ultrasonic repeller and it did not work for us, I think because our problem was more severe than we initially realized. Also, the directions say that you have to wait awhile to see the effects, and during that time, the mice get more active. This turned out to be a bad way for us to go – we should not have waited at all and should have set out traps as soon as we saw one mouse. We are not giving up on the ultrasonic thing completely, though, just going to traps to cut the problem down to size while we radically rearrange the way we store food, locate and seal up entries, and put oil of peppermint around to try to discourage them from coming in. In the meantime, though, we are trapping like crazy and it is working. The mice in our house are definitely busier at night but some are active during the day. I am appalled at how many we have caught but we’ve been at it full bore for about two days and I can see definite progress.


  113. December 30, 2006 at 6:49 am, Guest said:

    Once mice find a safe haven and make a nest, I think they are pretty much deciding to stay. Why go out into the wild when you can have the comfort of the indoors. This is just my opinion and not fact.


  114. December 30, 2006 at 7:30 am, Guest said:

    I have used glue traps in the past, but I remember one mice got away by gnawing his foot off, well it seemed he gnawed his foot off. When I went to the glue trap, there was no mouse, but strangely a piece of a mouse foot remained on the glue trap. I also tried mouse traps w/ peanut butter or cheese. These worked rather well, but sometimes the clever mice would have the trap snap and get away in time. I have decided this time I will try the repellents such as: peppermint oil, fox urine, mothballs, etc. Also the Rat Zapper is sounding interesting. Can anyone safely say that getting a cat would eliminate my mice problems??


  115. January 02, 2007 at 8:17 pm, Guest said:

    I have tried 2 different versions of the ultrasonic repellers and neither worked. The first went to a friend who was having problems and I just took the second to Goodwill. It would have been nice if they had worked…


  116. January 02, 2007 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:

    SIGH……… I to get mice and just hate them. I can catch them on the snap tracks as long as I run a piece of thread thru the little whole on the metal part where you put the bait, you then tie the thread off into a very small loop and put peanut butter over the loop and metal part. This makes it where the mouse can carefully lick the peanut butter off…*torks me off they are so darned smart. But they usually catch their nasty tongue or teeth (whatever they have) on the string and it sets the trap off. I hope this helps some of you. I personally just really hate finding the darned things in the trap and wish I could just find a way to keep them out. I’d like to know if anyone has ever tried the peppermint oil and had it work? I spose if someones finds a solution, they probably dont come back here to tell anyone, cuz they are to busy doing a happy dance. LOL…….. if anyone has the oil and is trying it, PLEASE come back and tell us if it works and WHERE to get the oil, and the best way to use it. Thanks….


  117. January 03, 2007 at 1:15 am, Guest said:

    a mouse just ran up to me in my one bedroom apartment. it was 3 in the morning. i kept hearing something and suspected a mouse. he ran right up to my bed and he’s not afraid of me. i live upstairs. now i’m staying with my sister cause i’m too afraid to go back to my 700 square foot apartment.

    i’ve always been afraid of mice and when i moved there i bought the plug in devices that are supposed to make a high pitched sound.

    i guess they don’t work…


  118. January 03, 2007 at 10:14 pm, Guest said:

    I have always heard that mice need the water they grave after eating the poison to acually make the poison kill them .I may be wrong …


  119. January 03, 2007 at 10:17 pm, Guest said:

    Will You please tell us where all you put the peppemint oil to prevent the mice from coming back in ?Thanks very much


  120. January 03, 2007 at 10:51 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve tried the peppermint oil and still have mice in my house. I put in a on a few cotton balls and placed them over the air vents. You can also rub the oil on the base boards. I’ve also used the blocks of poison which have worked although not as well as I would have liked. I have now resorted to poison pellets and which I’m having to replace daily as the mice sure like the taste of them. It’s been four days now and I can still here them in my ceiling. Hopefully this will get rid of them. Anyone have any idea how long it takes mice to die if they ingest poison? I also have two cats but that doesn’t seem to deter the mice either!


  121. January 04, 2007 at 1:58 pm, Guest said:

    Mickey and friends seem to be very busy this year.
    I am in the works of trying a new trap. Take an old 20 liter pail, one pop can and a wire coat hanger. Un bend the coat hanger to a straight piece, open up both ends of the pop can and slid it over the wire so it spins around and butter the outside of the can with peanut butter. Hook wire on the top of the bucket and place sticks or a board so the critters can get to the can.
    Once on the can, it will roll and drop them into the bucket where they can’t get out. What you do with them then is your call. The milk farmer that shared this one with me says an easy 20 a night and he takes a large pail of bioling water out to the barn every morning. I am done being nice and have live trapped over 20 in the trunk of my car in a month. Time for more drastic measures.


  122. January 06, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    What are the advanced mouse traps?


  123. January 06, 2007 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    Oh my god this awful. I have the same problem and am afraid to even go into my kitchen. I spent lots of money buying glue traps, but they seem to haven gotten smarter than me. They leave droppings in the kitchen every morning.I hate to even be in my house. They are in every room and are not afraid of a human being in thier presence


  124. January 08, 2007 at 12:03 pm, Guest said:

    We also had mice in our bedroom ceiling and they made scratching sounds above our heads and freaked us out all night! We tried putting fox urine in pantyhose and putting it up in hatch in our closet. It didn’t help. We also tried an electronic thing that emits a sound that is suppose to drive them away. That didn’t help either. These were ideas our local hardware store told us to try. We then bought mouse poison and put it up into the crawl space through the hatch in our closet. We thought the mice were suppose to eat it, get thirsty, go outside for water and die. We thought it worked great because there were no more sounds in the ceiling UNTIL our bedroom developed a terrible stench! We don’t know what to do now since there is no way we can find it. (It’s probably under insulation somewhere in the ceiling or the wall.) Don’t poison unless you’re prepared to deal with this problem.
    Our house is only 8 years old.


  125. January 09, 2007 at 11:25 pm, Guest said:

    does anyone know how long it takes for a dead animal to totally decay in the walls? its definitely not in the apt. we havent seen a mouse in 2 years since we plugged up the front door —but this smell seems to be coming from the floor, and i’m afraid its BIG. bcause before christmas, i heard a commotion in the walls and ceiling like a party was going on….and 1 month later, the smell is ridiculously aweful. landlord tried cutting holes in the walls to locate it, but to no avail..cant find it.smell seems to permeate one end of the whole apt. how long does the dead thing take to rot away?


  126. January 11, 2007 at 7:09 am, Guest said:

    Saucy little tinkers are getting really friendly and tame and have started watching TV with us! However much we don’t mind them, we don’t WANT them, obviously.

    Noticeably less mouse activity with 36 hours of the whole house sonic device, although I was treated to a mouse running under my bed at 2am this morning. I’m going to try the Peppermint Oil thing this evening (I’m a soapmaker, so just have it lying around!), but has anyone else got any tips for getting them out of a room quickly? No idea why they’ve made for my bedroom. We keep the place spotlessly clean, although it is very old and has a takeaway not noted for its good hygiene next door…

    Thank God I’m not scared of them I suppose!


  127. January 11, 2007 at 9:32 am, Guest said:

    Mice that eat poison usually die within 4 days.


  128. January 11, 2007 at 6:38 pm, Guest said:

    We had the same problem in our house, and the smell lasted about a month. It was very strong for about a week, but just noticeable for the other three weeks. After that, it dissappered completely. We used a lot of peppermint incense. It covered up the smell very well, and peppermint is supposed to drive away live mice.


  129. January 11, 2007 at 7:09 pm, Guest said:

    We also have a mouse in the stove, although he is not living in the stove. We have found out that when the mouse dives into the burner area of the stove it is then finding it’s way out of the back of the stove. He then crawls down the electrical cord and onto the floor. Next he climbs up the wall and into the 1/4 inch space where the gas line enters the wall.

    We made sure that we stuffed the hole in the wall with Steel Wool as well as the opening in the stove. With the steel it can stand up to the heat of the stove, and the mice seem to hate it. Peppermint oil will keep them away, but it will not get them out of the house if they are already in. They will take the smell over the cold it seems. Get good traps and then set them up all over the place, and use the peppermint oil around the apartment starting in late summer/early fall.
    I found this site was very helpful and had good prices.


  130. January 12, 2007 at 12:34 pm, Guest said:

    Cute London mice have moved in – and hopefully moved out again (I hope I don’t speak too soon). They got very friendly and tame, as as mice go, were extremely photogenic. Nevertheless, I didn’t want them in my kitchen, and especially not doing the samba under my bed every night.

    A combination of the sonic/ultrasound whole house, and peppermint oil not just shoved in entry and exit holes, but dotted along their runs, seems to have at least persuaded them to go away and regroup…


  131. January 12, 2007 at 10:16 pm, Guest said:

    I have tried every trap/poison possible. I seem to have had 2 little unwelcome house guests for the past 2 months (Sanford and George – yes I named them). I am honestly ready to set up a camera to figure out just what they are up to. I have sealed every hole in my apartment with Steel Wool/Caulking/Duct Seal – you name it, I’ve used it. I had about 8 traps in my kitchen alone – nothing. An exterminator came and bascially just put glue traps down – the next few days I found droppings on both sides and on top of the glue traps. I went away for a few days and the poison packs (contract) that were behind my stove when I left were now in front of the stove when I returned. Every day he (Sanford, the larger of the 2) would move the bag of poison. I then put different poison on top of the bag thinking it would get on him and kill him when he played with his new toy the poison bag- he still moved it every day. I also put down tobacco water (you soak tobacco out of cigarettes in water for about an hour – drain the tobacco- and spray the water on the floor). DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER – it will numb whatever it touches. The mice supposedly run through it and die. Unfortunately, I have SuperMouse with me running through the obstacle course of poison and traps and somehow – not getting caught. I was conviced I would die from the poison or get caught in the trap before they did. He finally ate a box of decon and his droppings turned blue (the color of the decon). He has not moved the bag of poison since, but I also have not found/smelled him anywhere. I’m not convinced he’s dead. Last night I found George (the smaller one) dead in the middle of my kitchen floor at 1:30AM. I am so afraid of these rodents that I couldn’t even go near him when he was dead. I had to ask a stranger in my building to remove him for me – that’s how desperate I was. Now that I think they MAY be gone, I am going to put Oil of Peppermint throughout the place to see if that will keep them out.


  132. January 13, 2007 at 2:58 am, Guest said:

    Be careful if they die inside your walls. stink and drywall removal required. These things are a real pain


  133. January 13, 2007 at 11:36 am, Guest said:

    I know what you mean!
    I have super mice too….resistant to all forms of extermination. I don’t think anyone really can eliminate them entirely – it is a continuous struggle.
    But don’t waste your time on Oil of Peppermint…didn’t do a thing for me, except make my house smell minty fresh. I may try fox urine around the outside of the house – some people swear by that….good luck!


  134. January 16, 2007 at 6:28 am, Guest said:

    oh my god!!!!! i have discovered a mouse.. itdisapeard and all of a sudden.. it had babies!!!!!! ARGHHHHHH!!!!!! tiny little rats!!!!!1 taking over my houseeeeee!!!! how horrible.. weve caught 4… dont know how many left.. does anyone know how many babies a mouse has????? im scaredddddd……=(


  135. January 16, 2007 at 9:42 am, Guest said:

    We are moving houses here in a couple of weeks, and the house that we are in right now has mice that we just cant seem to get rid of. I am so afraid that we are going to bring mice with us to the new house. I know that they hide underneath the couch a lot. Does any one have suggestions on how to keep them from moving with you? Man I hate mice!


  136. January 16, 2007 at 10:35 am, Guest said:

    my god, i thought it was just my house. i caught a mouse on the stupid glue trap and by the time i went and called somebody to come get it the mouse was gonna. i think they jump over the traps because this is ridiculous. HELP!!!!!


  137. January 16, 2007 at 8:01 pm, Guest said:

    Did you check the air ducts? I kept wondering where that decomposing mouse stench was coming from because I smelt it all over the house in random places and finally realized it was only strong near the heating vents! I still have a mouse problem, too. 🙁


  138. January 17, 2007 at 11:58 pm, Guest said:

    I can totally relate to all of you, I am TERRIFIED of mice, one of them jumped in my face about 10 years ago and I have tried therapy, everything to get rid of this phobia. Tonight, I caught one in a snap trap and as i was freaking out trying to get rid of it, a live one ran across the counter!!!!! If there was a place on earth where no mice lived, I would buy a one way ticket. I will try the peppermint trick, another I have heard is to put down a fine dusting of curry powder, and they supposedly hate it, but also, you can see where they are coming in and out of by the tracks.
    I tried the electric noise thing, didnt work. Also, make sure to put the peanut butter just under the part where they feed,on a snap trap, so the little bastard doesnt get a free lunch and run off. Good luck to all , try to get some sleep.


  139. January 19, 2007 at 12:12 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve heard about 5 or 6. I’ve also heard they only have to be 6 weeks old before they can mate…


  140. January 19, 2007 at 6:48 pm, Guest said:

    um yeah, i have a huge mouse problem also. Basically, every apartment is grounds for vermin, rodents, pests. In my current apartment the biggest dilemma is mice! They hang out in my closet at night, n’t work because they warn eachother, they have a huge network, the only thing left for me is peppermintprobably made a club out of it, and i am dumbstruck because there is no food in there, not a trace! Always finding new droppings, the other day i had to clean out my ‘bill’ drawer due to all the mouse poo i found, and i got stomach cramps from inhaling the a combination of mouse crap and ajax! No food can be left out, house has to stay as clean as possible, and even then it is still a problem. i bought glue traps – lol – caught 2 and no more. See we all underestimate mice intelligence! The same tricks do and spearmint oil combined, it is supposed to repell their fine smelling senses, probably burns their noses. But i was wondering about hot cayenne pepper, kind of like the curry thing, but much stronger. Would that deter them as well? anyone reading this with a new innovation or insight into the national mouse fiasco that does not involve wasting my money please respond!!


  141. January 24, 2007 at 2:50 pm, Guest said:

    I live in Boston and this is my 2nd winter. I had caught 3 mice in my apt last winter and I had left the trap out for months then caught one again in the middle of last summer. So that was that then I didn’t see any more months. So lastnight I came in from work and turned the light on. The mouse ran right under my stove as soon as he saw me. I screamed and stood on the couch. As I was talking to my mom the mouse ran from the stove towards the wall and once it saw I was still there it ran back under there. I freaked and went in my bedroom and closed the door that way I hopefully wouldn’t have to see it again. I bought one of those black covered snap traps and baited it out with peanut butter and now is the waiting game. I have a feeling when I get in from work today I’ll see my little victim in the trap. I hate mice. I am a really clean person in my apt. I never leave food out and always keep the floors clean. Why are them coming in my place. I think they might be coming from a gap under the living room wall. I hope to seal that and keep using the traps and try to be rid of these creatures. ughhh


  142. January 26, 2007 at 12:29 am, Guest said:

    I have to admit a begrudging respect for the little blighters. I caught 4 in traps, but they still persist. I then started using poison (rodine) which is a poisoned grain, but they seem to be munching their way through packs of that. It’s about 10 days since I started with the poison. I replenish it when its getting low and they just keep coming back for more. The instructions tell me to keep replenishing until no more is taken, but I thought they would have been well poisoned by now. If they are immune to it, then I have just given them a huge supply which will probably last the winter. ANy suggestions folks? Am I just being impatient? Will they die from this poison, which they obviously find very tasty? Ta.


  143. January 26, 2007 at 8:05 pm, Guest said:

    Hey TA, i’m BJ and I too have used the same method as you have and to my surprise it’s always gone but the mice are’nt! I’m even embarrassed to have company over and more importantly I have two children, what’s a parent/person to do?


  144. January 26, 2007 at 8:53 pm, Guest said:

    I hosted a dinner party recently in my new home with about 4 guests and everything is going great!!! then out of the corner of my eye I see something run across my kitchen floor, OH NO!! I know that was not a mouse I am too much of a neat/clean freak!so what do I do people? I’ll tell ya what I did, I just started pourring more wine hoping no one else saw and we continued to have a good time right? WROOOOOONG!!!the next day as I began to mice proof my home I recieved a call from my best girlfriend saying that one of my guest called her and told her that he saw a mouse run across my kitchen floor and that I should hurry and get some traps before it gets worse, how embarassing people, this means war!!! can someone please tell me the BEST method of getting rid of these ugly,annoying pest?


  145. January 29, 2007 at 6:32 am, Guest said:

    help have tried absolutely everything available!! live in house that backs onto beach and its getting worse by the day any advice have tried the plug in things peppermint oil snap traps you name it!!!!


  146. January 29, 2007 at 10:52 pm, Guest said:

    a good local pharmacy should carry oil of pepperment, at least if you’re in new orleans castellon pharmacy on the corner of oak and dante has a few different types, like 3 dollars i think for a bottle


  147. January 31, 2007 at 9:19 am, Guest said:

    we have been using the pellets … we thought we got them all as we replaced the pellets twice … imagine my suprise today however when I was cleaning my closet and organizing my shoes to find in my shoes and the bottom of the closet — PELLETS!!! Since when do they relocate the poison?!?!?


  148. February 01, 2007 at 12:43 pm, Guest said:

    help! ive moved all my furniture to my back patio ive tried snap traps and glue traps they some how steal the bait and i havent caught a single mouse! i came home and found a huge rat on my door step im thinking a neighbors cat killed it and stuck it there.. my landlord is less than willing to help and nothings working im pregnant and have 2 small children so im scared to use poison im about to go adopt a cat but it doesnt seem fair to the cat i HATE cats… what about a small dog? and does this peppermint stuff work? ive heard about a cage where they crawl in and cant crawl out but these super mice probably will but it says u cant see in the cage how do u know theyre in there? anyone? help….


  149. February 06, 2007 at 12:43 am, Guest said:

    I have used the peppermint oil and its not strong enough to deter them-Pinesol is also an option. I have been struggling with this mouse problem all winter and have just found one in my bed!!!-they’re obviously thriving-will put out poison tonite and yes, you need to leave out water also as it both motivates them to eat more and it helps the poison penetrate their system. I think glue traps are very inhumane.


  150. February 06, 2007 at 8:45 pm, Guest said:

    the poison seems just as inhumane as a glue trap either way theyre suffering.. call me rude i but i didnt invite the little monsters in…. so i got the cat and put up all the glue and snap traps so kitty wouldnt get hurt or so i thought…. woke up 2 am and poor kitty was stuck to the trap dancing around trying to get it off his paw… kittys okay no harm done just needed bath…..but hes not so good at chasing mice i spent the better part of two hours in my boots chasing a mouse thru the house with a broom my 3 year old and kitty just sat in the chair amused….. ive got decon mouse traps theyre round and trap the mice in.. nothing yet….. pest control comes in the am im going nutty


  151. February 07, 2007 at 12:03 pm, Guest said:

    I saw a mouse the other day and finally caught it in a snap trap. I set the trap back under the stove to help my sanity. I honestly didn’t think I’d catch another one but there was one in there this morning. I have 2 cats and they haven’t done anything to help me with this issue. So save your money and save yourself the trouble of buying a cat for only this purpose. If you can borrow an outdoor cat from a farm or rural area, then I would try that, but house cats are usually well fed and don’t have to hunt their food. Mine thought the mouse was a toy that got stuck under the stove and got bored after a few minutes of waiting for it to come back out.


  152. February 14, 2007 at 2:08 am, Guest said:

    I live in a mobile home near woods. The mice pretty much prefer the woods in the summer, but we always get a few in the winter. This year they are worse. I can hear them in the walls. I read on another site to use peppermint foot salts sprinkled in your walls. You open your light switches and outlet covers and sprinkle the salts into the wall. I have not tried it yet as I couldn’t find the peppermint salts in my town, but I bought some bath salts from the craft store and have ordered peppermint oil online to make my own.
    This is supposed to chase them away so they don’t die and stink in your walls where you can’t get to them. I figure it is worth a try!


  153. February 14, 2007 at 9:07 am, Guest said:

    Peppermint oil worked for me. I have a dog so I would never use poison. But I was tired of having to trap mice all the time.

    I sprayed a mixture of peppermint oil and water every two weeks along the floor boards and especially areas where I had loads of droppings. I saw one mouse for the remainder of my lease (4 months).

    Finding a method for getting rid of mice helps a lot. I’m about to move to an old apartment again and this time I feel better about it since I know that peppermint oil works.


  154. February 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm, Guest said:

    We’re using sort of the same system under our mobile home w/ peanut butter and a dowel rod. In 2 weeks we have disposed of 41 drowned mice and counting. It works great because they cannot get out of the bucket! Happy hunting!


  155. February 15, 2007 at 8:20 pm, Guest said:

    I live in right outside of Baltimore in a 1 Bedroom apt, and I love my apt. .. the location is ideal, but I have roommates (Mickey and friends) and that sucks. My apt has been exterminated a zillion times it seems. .. It’s only been about 6 times but I am tired of finding droppings on my stove. I’ve got so many glue traps under my stove and refrigerator that it’s not even funny. When my apt. was last exterminated I was happy to see that there was 1 dead one, but he has friends. … Tonight, I saw that my carefully placed morsel (1 small crumb from one of my dinners last week) which I’d placed in the middle of a glue trap, the kind that seems like a tub. .. the morsel was gone. All I can say is that these mice are smart, but we humans are smarter. Right now, I’ve got one of those inhuman traps in between 2 of the glue traps I mentioned earlier. … like a little bridge. There is a reese’s cup just waiting for the winner. I am hoping that the little bastards fall in and get stuck. I am entitled to a pest-free living area, aren’t I? I always use ammonia to clean up, only because I hate smelling “them”. Some days are better than others. I try to be clean, and careful of my crumbs. What’s a girl to do. I am gonna try the peppermint oil. And where can you get Hawk mice poison? I have some blue blocks of poison that I bought a few months ago, but, like I said, these mice are smart. They are not touching it. And, I have the snap traps as well. Thank goodness, I only see droppings. I last saw a real live mouse here, probably about a year ago. I guess they know that I mean business and am out to kill. Who knows?????


  156. February 17, 2007 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    – Best mice control ever:

    I found this solution on the internet and tried it.

    I bought peppermint oil at a vitamin store. I daubed some cotton balls or pads with oil. I used one full dropper (approx.10 drops), but I think just 2-3 drops may work as well.

    I then placed the peppermint scented cotton around the areas where the openings were. In my case it was underneath my bathtub, and also around the kitchen.

    Immediately, I did not see any mice or droppings. I refreshed the cotton balls a week later by adding a few drops and/or placing new cotton.

    I previously had plugged all the holes with copper mesh and steel wool, and then plastered the holes, but as it was under the tub, it was hard to make it perfect. Since mice can squeeze into very minute holes, that didn’t work.

    The only solution that has worked 100% is the peppermint oil. I have now been 2 weeks mice free.


  157. February 18, 2007 at 6:04 am, Guest said:

    probably best not to adopt a cat it you hate them – but some small dog breeds such as the terrier group can be very good mousers- Plus you would have a play mate for your kids.


  158. February 18, 2007 at 6:54 pm, Guest said:

    If you suspect that mice are getting in through your air vents or heating ducts, I would suggesr taping or nailing wire mesh (like screen door mesh) over the vent or duct. This will make it harder for mice to get in, and even if they get through the mesh, there will be telltale signs.


  159. February 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm, Guest said:

    i live in boston and i hate mice…my one roommate is dirty…what can i do? i try to tell this person to clean but he doesnt and just stands there like a deer in the headlights. i guess he is a mommas boy. I wish he learned how to clean and stopped letting me and my other roommates do it. He has to learn.


  160. February 22, 2007 at 5:40 pm, Guest said:

    i have mice that are coming through my walls and living in the intalation that is around my hot water heater and i cant seem to get rid of them. I have put poision out but now i have a stinky living room. they are in my walls and all around me. i am going to kill those suckers if is the last thing i do!!!!


  161. February 23, 2007 at 10:18 am, Guest said:

    This week is my first experience with a mouse (mice). My husband spotted one so I cleaned like a mad woman and set up dozens of traps. I also made your bucket contracption and it worked!!!! We have caught 3 mice total, one a day for the last 3 days. One in a fake cheese trap, one in a chip clip type trap and one in the homemake bucket trap!! My son couldn’t quite get the pop can to work so he used a plastic pop bottle – apparently it works too!! He just heated the coat hanger and burned a small hole in the bottom of the bottle and ran it out the mouth of it. We also put 5 inches of water in the bottom of the bucket so we wouldn’t have to deal with a live mouse. I JUST WANT THIS OVER!!!! I’ll try just about anything. I’ll keep checking to see if anyone else has any other good ideas.


  162. February 23, 2007 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:

    someone help me please. i have mice…i caught a baby one and…omg its killing me please help me…i am TERRIFIED of mice. how often should you change the traps?


  163. February 24, 2007 at 11:52 pm, Guest said:

    Oh my god!!! thank you I was just thinking where am I going to find Pepperment oil in New Orleans!!!! YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION INSTANTLY…. A mouse ran across my bed with me in the other nite … ive slept in my car 4 nites in a row since then. Ill get the oil tomorrow and let you guys know how it turns out… Its me or him….


  164. March 01, 2007 at 3:23 pm, Guest said:

    my parents, my bro and i kill mice. if you see or hear mouse activity, try to locate where it is coming from. get a broom, a meter stick & a very good flashlight and don’t forget you need at least 3 people to help you. this is what my family & i do.


  165. March 04, 2007 at 12:01 am, Guest said:

    go to the pharmacy at wally world and ask the pharmacist to order you 5 bottles of peppermint oil, the medicinal kind…..put it in your pinesol empty spray bottle and spray all around your walls door and anywhere else you want,,,,guaranteed the mice will dissapear…i did that about 8months ago and tonight i saw one for the first time so tomorrow i will call the pharmacist and put in my order for 5 more bottles…….by the way we live in the country…i guess they really dont like it, but i guess it only lasts about 8 months…..have a wonderful day………….


  166. March 07, 2007 at 11:04 am, Guest said:

    When my husband and I were cleaning out our garage, I came across two old large glass flower vases,back in a corner.They had been hidden by other stuff and gone un-noticed for at least a year.They were much wider at the base than they were at the top,and narrowed slightly at the neck.I picked them up intending to put them in the yard sale pile.My sudden screech,and my repeated calls to Jesus immediately got my husband’s attention,as I realized that both vases had several dead mice in them.It was disgusting and they appeared to be freeze dried and weightless.I stood there helpless because I was afraid to drop them and have the glass break all over the garage floor,and I guess I was just too freaked out to have enough sense to set them back down on the floor.Of course my wonderful husband (who is’nt afraid of anything),found this to be completely amusing and pretended to turn the vases bottoms up as if he were going to pour the contents into his mouth.He then smiled at me and said,”well now we don’t have to decide what to have for lunch”! He was way too pleased with himself.
    After thinking about it, I remembered that my mom had taught me to put a spoonful of sugar in the vase whenever I cut flowers from the yard, or received flowers in a vase.There must have been traces of sugar in the vases after the flowers and water were discarded,and the vases were then stored in the garage,due to their size.The mice must have smelled the sugar,and slid into the vases after climbing onto the surrounding items.They could’nt climb back up the glass,and could’nt jump out because of the narrow neck of the vase.These type of vases can be found (very inexpensively) at thrift stores,dollar stores,and just about every yard sale I’ve ever been to.If you want to dispose of the victims humanely,I suggest just putting a few peanuts in the vase and making sure there is some type of access to the top of it.They will jump in and then you can release them in the woods or field,far away from your home.If you don’t want to deal with them alive,pour several inches of water in the vase and add a tablespoon of sugar.swish it around and the sweet odor will attract the mice.Most people just flush the results down the toilet,or dump the drowned mice out in the woods.(We live in the country,so there are lots of woods here).
    I hope this will help those of you with mice that are outsmarting the conventional traps.This (flower vase) method will not appear to be a threat to the mice,who might just be a lot smarter than we give them credit for.They are wild,and can probably perceive danger better than we can.Most of the testimonials are proof of that.My name is Cindy,please let me know if this works for any of you. Good Luck!


  167. March 09, 2007 at 9:38 am, Guest said:

    i thought I just had ONE mouse in my home…i put the mice killing medicine around my house…and to my great relief i caught it yesterday(wooppeee)…i went to bed happy tht there was no mouse at home..but my happiness wasnt for too long…I felt hungry at 5 in the morning and woke up to get something to eat..and then was when i heard it..
    a mouse making tht wierd noise tht he makes!!!!and i looked around and i found mice droppings all over the place!!!!!
    hELPP!!!!!i dont know wht to do!!!!


  168. March 11, 2007 at 12:35 pm, Guest said:

    We too have a mouse problem. Our mice seem to abnormally smart. We have used glue traps, snap traps, poison pellets and bars. These mice are very determined critters. I have put down 20 glue traps all around my living room, along with 15 snap traps(all at the same time) and have watched the mice negotiate the maze of traps to go on their merry way. They eat the bait off the snap traps, and get on the glue traps and just get right back off. These little mice are getting braver. It is 1:30p and one just ran across my floor. We catch a few, but there always seem to be more where these came from!!

    Please Help!!!

    Does the peppermint on cottonballs or mothballs really work? I am running out of options and running out of patience with these little bastards!!!!!


  169. March 12, 2007 at 7:20 pm, Guest said:

    After trying everything, I finally found something that worked. D-Con traps (they are round and snap automatically when they have caught a mouse). You never have to touch or see the dead mouse and it kills them automatically, so they don’t suffer. You should really try them.


  170. March 18, 2007 at 7:33 pm, Guest said:

    We also have a mouse, and I hate those ugly disgusting things. My brother and I tried to call 911, that’s how scared we were when my dad told us not to. We are so scared and our animals (we have 5) are all to scared. I’m afraid to go near the stove, where he likes to hang out. He’s really weird. My brother said he saw one and no one believed him. 2 days later we used the oven, and then we saw the mouse. Can I die of poisoning????????? Oh I’m so scared. I’m calling an exterminator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  171. March 21, 2007 at 1:35 am, Guest said:

    I had a HUGE mouse problem in my last place. The traps did NOT work. These mice probably thought the house was theirs and WE were pest problem! An exterminator laid tracking powder which seemed to work, but I left soon after that so I don’t know if that was a permanent solution. Also, the exterminator told us that mice are just as attracted to nesting material (paper, cardboard, plastic bags and the like) as they are to food. My housemate had an open candy bar out and saw the mouse make away with the wrapper rather than the candy! I have seem a couple mice in my new place and it’s so depressing–I just can’t seem to escape them. I’ll try the peppermint oil–I tried everything else.


  172. March 21, 2007 at 4:23 pm, Guest said:

    I live in St. louis with what I would call city mice in a 1 bdrm apt.they had actually taken over my apt. I seen at the least 12 mice it scared me half to death I used D-con pellets and I did not see them or hear them for at least 3 days well I put more poison out and found that it was gone in a matter of 2 days they are still here anyone know how to get rid of these city mice they even climbed up my refridgerator and ate my bread they have lifted every baseboard in my apt their little holes are everywhere what do I do help me please!!!!!!!!!


  173. March 24, 2007 at 10:38 am, Guest said:

    I live in an 80-year-old house and for 18 years I’ve battled mice and once — when a filthy abandoned home was condemned and demolished next door — rats. It is almost impossible to get rid of all access holes in an old house, but I have dutifully plugged up holes as I discover them. Many of my neighbors set out birdseed without cleaning it up, so I will always have mice. In my case the primary problem was the holes around the gas lines coming into my stove. Anyway, being a softie and being devastated at seeing a mouse die of poison (hugely swollen, dragging itself slowly across the floor, then hunkering down and shivering until I put it out of its misery with a brick), I bought a humane trap off of ebay — one of the metal mesh cage types. I set it on my kitchen counter near the stove, with newspaper under it to catch its droppings and urine after it’s trapped. I put some doughnut in there right before I went to bed. The next morning there was a mouse in there. I immediately picked up the entire trap and put it in a box and took it to my animal shelter. They humanely euthanize rodents with chemicals in a bucket. However, a very funny note is that sometimes the mice get away while they are being transferred from the cage to the bucket, so the shelter has a mouse problem too. Anyway, because my neighbors would be furious if they saw me releasing mice, I just release them in the woods behind the shelter, with the shelter staff’s permission. I trapped three (one at a time) the first time I did this and made three shelter trips. Now after visiting this site I am going to try the oil of peppermint when the weather turns cold. I may also try one of those sonic thingies.


  174. March 26, 2007 at 9:04 am, Guest said:

    I hate mice!!!!!!
    At least I think their mice.. I wouldn’t be surprised if I had rats. I have 2 pitbulls and the only thing they do is bark at the freakin’ mice when the run around and make noise in the middle of the night. Nothing is working for me either. I did find a few dead ones behind my frigerator – probably from the poison. But I know there are tons more. I’ll try the peppermint oil trick.


  175. March 30, 2007 at 11:59 am, Guest said:

    I had a mouse in my car what do I do besides sell the car and not tell the person buying the car it had a mouse in it. My husband set a trap for me in the car and we caught it but what if there are more?? Oh my gosh I am so afraid of them I will not ever be able to drive that car again. Does anyone know how you keep them out of your car, I don’t want them to get in the new car I am about to buy when I sell this I would rather walk 17 miles to work than ride an inch in that car.


  176. April 01, 2007 at 8:45 pm, Guest said:

    I did not read all of the posts, but has anyone tried exclusion? by that, I meen finding out how the mice access your apartments and sealing them out. It is a tactic that we use all of the time. It is best used to seal them out of the entire structure, but can be effective in smaller areas as well. I am a pest solutions professional in Oregon. For issues in Oregon or Washington you can contact us at http://www.edenpest-dot-com


  177. April 04, 2007 at 2:18 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, have you tried the peppermint salt in the walls solution? If you have, can you let me know if it worked? Thanks.


  178. April 09, 2007 at 9:24 pm, Guest said:

    Peanut Butter gets the critters, had traps set up with no bait (baitless snap traps) didn’t get a bite, put peanut butter on the trigger and trap went off within an hour


  179. April 11, 2007 at 8:40 pm, Guest said:

    thanks for the info, im going to try them. dont buy the sonic plugins, they dont work.


  180. April 14, 2007 at 10:48 pm, Guest said:

    i bought my first house about 3 years ago. I bought an 80 year old house and that first winter i had major mouse problems right around christmas. i was terrified they would get into my xmas gifts. One evening, i set snap traps with peanut butter bait, i set 2 of them-one on either side of my living room. i followed the directions-put the bait side of the trap right against the wall as mice like to run along the walls. also it said to set several traps at the same time as mice can “catch on” to the fact that they are traps. within 15 minutes i heard a snap and sure enough i had caught one! i disposed and set another one. 1/2 hour later i got it. i trapped 12 mice that week, then got the plug in sonic things and had no mice for 2 years. now i just had a mice in the fall that my dog killed, and i now saw another one in the last few days. One suggestion i have is use a good type of snap trap and if yours aren’t working or mice are getting the bait try a different brand of trap. the ones that work best for me are Victor brand traps ( they are sensitive and caught the mice every time. i used d-con and several times they didn’t go off. i don’t know if you can buy victor traps everywhere, because they are made close to where i live in lititz pa. but i know you can buy them on the net. if you have problems with the mice stealing the bait, DEFINITELY try these traps. because you know they’re visiting the trap, you just need one that works!


  181. April 15, 2007 at 1:27 am, Guest said:

    I am having a severe mouse problem!!!! I am so sick of those horrible creatures. I have been living in my house for almost 7 years and I have had mice the whole time but over the last year or so it is like the mice have taken over our house. I even woke up with one crawling on my back the other night and now I can not get any sleep at night. All they do all night is run around the house laughing at me because I do not have a clue how to get rid of these things. They are so smart to. They can get the bait right off the traps and so that makes it real hard to get rid of them. I do not want to try poison because I have 8 kids and a little dog. One day my son’s friend set out about 4 traps and we sat up and watched the mice sit there and eat the peanut butter off of the traps. We did catch about 7 of them and when one would get trapped the others would run over and try to get it out of the trap so they are not as stupid as I thought they were.What do I do? Does the peppermint really work? HELP!!!!!!


  182. April 15, 2007 at 1:28 am, Guest said:

    I have tried the peanut butter also but they seem to be able to get it right off of the trap 9 times out of 10.


  183. April 15, 2007 at 9:43 am, Guest said:

    I had a mouse nest in my garden shed.I went in to get some garden toys out for my children when i saw one moving about,i carefully removed all contents of the shed and finally came to a bin liner full of shreaded paper and sawdust,hay and straw which had been stolen from the bags that i keep all my rabbit hutch changing gear in.I`m afraid that the mouse bolted out of the shed and beyond,hopefully never to be seen again.Even though there was only one there at the time,i`m certain that there were more at some point.I removed the nest which stunk of mice urine(very similar to cat urine) and the binliner almost fell apart from being gnawed at.I then washed out the entire shed with disinfectant and cleaned anything that was going back in the shed,anything else i threw away.In future i aim to keep my shed tidy and not store my rabbits clean sawdust,hay and straw in there BAAAAAAAD mistake.


  184. April 17, 2007 at 12:22 am, Guest said:

    that is not good if they seem really small. That means that there is a nest in your house and they are breeding. the only difference betweem a baby mouse and a mature mouse is the size. they look exactly the same. i dont like the random snapping noisse, so i use the glue traps, i dont like to make things suffer, but i tried a lot of things


  185. April 17, 2007 at 12:24 am, Guest said:

    a mouse can have 4-6 babies up to 5 times a year. the rule of thumb is that if u see one, there are at least 4.


  186. April 17, 2007 at 1:40 pm, Guest said:


    I am as terrified as many of you. I live in a garden-style condo in New Hampshire.

    Three weeks ago, I found a tiny mouse in my bathtub. Someone came in and took it out. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to sleep ever since.

    I reported it to the Property Manager, so that they can take care of the building. But my house is still my responsibility.

    Today, I had someone come in and check the whole place. He only found droppings underneath the stove, and added steel wool and silicone to seal the wall where the hose connects. He also closed the holes in the bathroom and kitchen sink.

    Prior to this, I had bought the electric repellents, but I could still hear some activity in the stove at night.

    I keep my food in the above cabinets, and they didn’t get that far. No droppings in any of those. It seems they came in for food, found very little (something that could have fell on the floor while cooking), and then left.

    I am hoping my house is now mice free. Just in case, I bought Shake Away (fox urine), and will put some “sachets” near the water heater and the stove. I will also keep the electric repellents.


  187. April 24, 2007 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:


    my only problem with the mice is that they’re dead, but in the ceiling of our basement.. in the bathroom to be exact.. it smells like death in there and now i just wanna know how to get them out!!!!!
    If anyone tells you that poison is a good idea, make sure they have a way out of there first!! It’s that stuff that “SUPPOSEDLY” dries them up so you don’t have to discard them or some crap like that.. YEAH RIGHT!! and where does it tell you about the stench from their decaying carcasses??



  188. April 27, 2007 at 8:56 pm, Guest said:

    Okay – I am losing my mind over my mouse problem. The freaking thing is in my gas stove. There are mouse droppings under stove and now – even INSIDE the stove! As if that isn’t bad enough – the big problem is the SMELL. It’s defies description it’s so horrible. I just can’t imagine what it is. Can’t be just plain old mice poop or urine or even a decomposing mouse. I had the gas guy out and we turned the stove on and neither of us could stand it for more than a couple of minutes. STRONG! He never smelled anything like it in his life either. We really couldn’t decide if it’s organic or not. He said if it was him – his wife would make him get rid of the stove immediately. I can’t imagine ever cooking in that stove again either! Could the smell be TOXIC to humans? Maybe the mouse dragged something weird – insulation? into the back of the stove to make a nest and the heat from the stove just makes the worst smell on the planet. I’ve got to get rid of the mice before I have the appliance guy out to check the stove or he’ll just do it again. But even though it’s a new stove – I think I’m gonna throw it out – I can’t imagine the smell ever going away. You’ve heard of people ‘seeing things’ when they’re loosing their minds? Well – I’m smelling things! Yep! I get whiffs of that horrible odor in my car and even when I use my hair dryer! I’ll probably dream about it next. This is TORTURE!! I’m close to snapping! Has anybody else had this kind of HORRIBLE smell problem??? Let me know please!!! [email protected]


  189. April 29, 2007 at 2:10 am, Guest said:

    i hate mice.


  190. April 30, 2007 at 5:42 pm, Guest said:

    we also have mice living in our stove. i was lying on the sofa and i heard clanking noises so i looked in the stove and it was on the racks! ewwwwwww! i almost had a heartatack. we tried the sticky traps, we put one on the back of our sink and one under the lid of the stove and the one behined the sink caught three in one night. the one under the stove cover caught the mother or father :)!!! now all we have to do is catch the rest of the babies and the mother/father. i strongly recomened the sticky trapps


  191. April 30, 2007 at 9:11 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, I have a mouse and I’ve just about lost my mind. I’m currently in week #3 living with “Marty” and I’m not ashamed to say that he is insulting my intelligence. We have glue traps in every corner of every room, we have an exterminator that comes weekly, we put poison down. A week ago, we invested in the $50.00 electronic repellent which I was impressed to see hes been putting on quite the show right in front of it!
    Do glue traps go bad after a while?
    He’s smart, fast, and very small. I’ve convinced myself that theres only one. Does fox urine really work? if so, where in the world can I buy it?
    I’ve spoken to neighbors on other floors in my bldg–everyone has mice. I live in one of the most luxuious bldgs in the DC area and I’m tired of living in this sham of an apartment. Are there any legal steps I can take??
    Marty comes out any time of day without shame especially in the early evening (so much for being noctornal)…Can anyone else help? Is there a support group for people living with rodents?


  192. May 02, 2007 at 7:11 am, Guest said:

    I too have a mouse nesting in my stove! Once, when I turned on the stove, I could smell meat cooking, but hadn’t placed anything in the stove yet! UGH!!! I took the interior bottom of the stove off, found lots of droppings and a pile of something all burned up! I keep turning on the oven, spraying ant spray and periodically making lots of noise on the inside of the oven, hoping he will move to another “neighborhood”. I am also going to place a BIG bowl of ammonia on the inside of the oven. The last mouse I had jumped into my lap while I was on the couch watching TV. I kind of liked that one because he wasn’t getting into my pantry and oven, but this one has got to go. Traps all over the place but he is real wiley.


  193. May 04, 2007 at 10:30 am, Guest said:

    Absolute best suggestion…I am a HUGE animal lover, so when I discovered I had a small mouse problem, I used those live traps. We caught a couple in about a month, but in that time period the mice quickly reproduced…and I discovered that the mice had found a way to get out of the live traps because their hands were small enough to wedge in between the door and they would flip it open. So finally, I decided the absolute best thing to do was to get snap traps, they are quick, easy and at least the little miceys die so quickly they don’t even have time to shut their eyes. The first couple of days, the mice were so light that they would just still the bait (I used dog food since that seems to be what they were after)…and I only caught a couple of the heavier or slower ones. Three days ago, I decided to outsmart them and I superglued the dog food to the traps so they would have to sit their and figure out…and hopefully setting off the traps…it’s worked…no lie, I have caught about 20 mice in the last three days…it’s insane, I had NO CLUE the mice were that rampent, I’ll go throw the dead mouse out, reset the trap and a couple hours later I’ll have another. Luckily it has slown down tremendously and I think I’m down to the last couple mice. So my final suggestion in a nutshell is to get a bunch of snap traps (the old fashion ones work best but since I have two dogs, I also have covered snap traps for accessible areas) and line them up along walls where you see mouse droppings.


  194. May 04, 2007 at 11:25 am, Guest said:

    The best thing I have found is the regular spring traps baited with a piece of caramel from one of those caramel candies with the creamy stuff in the center (bullseyes), believe it or not. Squish the caramel into the bait holder, so the mouse can’t just run off with it. For me it has worked every time.


  195. May 04, 2007 at 11:31 am, Guest said:

    The best trap is the spring loaded kind. The trick is to bait it with something they can’t steal without setting off the trap. Peanut butter usually doesn’t work. I have had great success with caramel from those candies with that cream stuff in the center (bullseyes). Just squish the caramel into the bait holder and set it along a wall with the bait toward the wall or pointing into a corner. It works every time for me.


  196. May 04, 2007 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    i have a dead mouse in my air duct, unsultation or somewhere in the walls. we cannot find it. we had teh ac guy here today to open up the duct and couldn’t find it. how long until the smell goes away? what else can i do?


  197. May 05, 2007 at 8:56 pm, Guest said:

    i found out that i had a mouse in the oven when i turned it on. the house had a chemical smell. it filled the whole house. i turned the oven off and haven’t used it since. the mouse is driving me crazy. (i hope it is one).i have used peppermint oil and it worked for a day or two. now the mouse is eating the cotton i sprinkled the oil on. i cleared everything from near the stove and i don’t know what he is eating now, since i have no food on the counters, but he is there on most nights. i need help.


  198. May 05, 2007 at 9:00 pm, Guest said:

    i put peppermint oil all over the place. i sprinkled it on cotton balls. it worked for a few days and now they are eating the cotton balls.


  199. May 06, 2007 at 12:50 pm, Guest said:

    I feel exactly the same way! I have already lost my mind and I’ve only had my mouse for 5 day, I can’t imagine how I could survive with it for as long as you have.

    I have a haveahart trap but that has done no good. An exterminator came yesterday and plugged up one hole and put down glue traps (which I am just afraid of as the live mouse running around!).

    I live alone and am honestly afraid of my own shadow these days. The slightest noice stops my heart and sends me jumping onto of the nearest piece of furniture. It is such an awful feeling.

    As of yet, I have not found anything that works but I will keep you posted. Have you tried the fox urine yet? I’m considering peppermint oil. At first I felt sorry for me and didn’t want to kill him (I too have convinced myself there is just one) but now I just want him gone by whatever means necessary!


  200. May 07, 2007 at 2:38 am, Guest said:

    I live in Worcester, Massachusetts and I am happy or not so happy to hear of others having mice problems as well. I thought the first one was cute, caught it and released it out side. Next night 2 more came. I love all animals and would/will hate to kill them with mouse traps or poison, so I will try the peppermint oil ( maybe CVS sells pure oil ) with cotton balls and washing my floors with Amnonia. If that doesn’t work I am going to buy 12 or 16 spring-loaded snap traps and leave my apt. for 1 night. I will email again soon about what does or does not work best. F**ken Mice are taking over the world it seems, better than rats thou! : (


  201. May 07, 2007 at 3:25 pm, Guest said:

    Hi….I live in an older apt. in chicago, and we have a mice problem…we called the landlord who set out glue traps, and a couple snap traps…baited with peanut butter….we caught 2 mice on the glue traps that had no peanut butter…but we still see them running around the apt. It’s been nearly 2 weeks and we haven’t caught any more mice on the traps, I swear I hear some under my bed but I am too afraid to look….PLEASE reply with suggestions on what to do, especially to get them out of my bedroom. Thank you!


  202. May 08, 2007 at 1:38 pm, Guest said:

    (from original poster)
    I, too am scared of my own shadow and as a result have lost lots of sleep the past couple weeks. We had the exterminator come through last week and they assured us that whatever they put down would have the mouse dead almost instantly. Well low and behold, last night Marty decided to show us whos the boss. Hes still alive and healthy. Whats left? A spring trap?

    The fox urine seemed like a swelll idea and we found it at the local hardware store for $20.00 but we were somehow talked out of it upon purchasing.

    They didnt have peppermint oil at the local hardware and I wouldnt know how to use it. I suppose I should read into that.

    It’s round 4 with the exterminator this Friday and after that, we are making appointments to see about other apartments in the area.


  203. May 10, 2007 at 7:22 am, Guest said:

    Must be a Worcester thing lol I live in Worcester also and have had mice since I moved into my new place in March. The exterminator came in and set traps, we put down traps and caught 5 of them ourselves, we have filled all the holes and such, and last night I saw one, and this am my daughter saw one again! I’m so frustrated, maybe I will try peppermint oil today. If you find anything that works please let me know.


  204. May 10, 2007 at 11:00 am, Guest said:

    don’t look under the bed!!!


  205. May 10, 2007 at 1:56 pm, Guest said:

    plain steel wool (from the home supply store) in any small holes stops them from getting in. Don’t forget around sink pipes too. As for getting them to leave, I have given up on humane traps and home remedies, I use Decon and Combat.


  206. May 13, 2007 at 2:16 am, Guest said:


    email me plz princess-me[email protected]


  207. May 13, 2007 at 6:18 pm, Guest said:

    From United Wildlife Control

    “It can take between four to seven weeks, depending on the size, for a mouse body to decompose, and even longer for the odor to dissipate.”

    sounds horrendous 🙁 – best of luck tracking it down.


  208. May 14, 2007 at 11:01 pm, Guest said:

    So I’m sitting here balling my eyes out cause I can’t take it anymore!!! I just got off the phone with 24 hour maintance and they will not come out after business hours for a mouse in a trap. I can here it and it’s freaking me out!! I live by myself and have no family and really no-one to help me I just moved to a new state a few months ago~ Well, here is my question, has anyone thought of getting a CAT! Everyone I know with cats have no mice in the house. I’m not a huge cat fan but I will learn to love one if this this the way that I will be able to sleep at night and use my stove in the morning!!!
    Will my sleep depend on a CAT???
    And what are the laws if any about this health problem in apartments?????????


  209. May 18, 2007 at 11:47 am, Guest said:

    In regards to your posting, I am going through the exact same thing. I too, live alone and am far from family and anyone I can rely on. I also am not big on cats ‘tho am at my wit’s end. I don’t sleep and the sight of droppings makes me sick to my stomach. I asked a family friend to come over and keep me company while I clean (that’s how much of a phobia I have). Anyway, that friend can’t come over. I feel like I’m about to lose it. It’s hard when you are on your own, away from everyone and this happens. I wish I could offer advice but my phobia is so great, I have none / HELP!


  210. May 19, 2007 at 8:03 pm, Guest said:

    I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the good people that have submitted different solutions as to “HOW TO RID YOUR HOUSE OF MICE”. I just moved into a townhome. The oven reaked-spelling on that-of mouse urine. I am pretty sure they have been in all the cabinets as well. Everything smells. Of course according to my landlord, “he was unaware of any rodent problems”. Yeah right!!! If that’s the case…why is there some sort of sticky paper on top of all the cabinets?? I’m gonna try the peppermint oil..I do have 2 kitties, but not all kitties are hunters. Wish me luck!!


  211. May 23, 2007 at 11:06 pm, Guest said:



  212. May 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm, Guest said:

    we live in the country and we have about 6 barn cats that usually takes care of the mice. I usually put the old fashion moth balls all around the outside of the house every sept. one year I forgot and this year we had only 1 cat, well we had about 12 mice that year. I was sooooo nervous I got to work when it came spring and plug all the holes from the outside of the house and got more cats. I will not forget the moth balls ever again too. hope this will help someone thanks.


  213. May 26, 2007 at 12:19 pm, Guest said:

    put the old fashion moth balls all around the outside of your house. I do this every sept and when they disappear I put more out. from Sept. to March. we live in Ohio so we don’t usally get any in the summer, they are in the fields by then. hope this helps thanks


  214. May 26, 2007 at 5:52 pm, Guest said:

    Hi there… This is not so funny but my friends laugh about it all the time…I live in a flat and last Year…. My 4 years old son was on holiday with his dad, when i was having a nice experience of tranquility all for myself at home…I went to buy milk at 7 pm that night … when i returned home, i was on the phone with my sister telling her how nice was my holiday (at home) without kids, while i was closing the living room windows, i saw something rushing and going under my bedroom door… i was so afraid… first think i tough this is a mouse… i check inside my room and nothing….Then i was to myself!… u are seen stuffs… I remembering that night i didn’t want to sleep in my bedroom i went switch on my PC… chatting online with my friends until morning, like 4 am (this is because i was quiet sure about a mouse that i saw… but i didn’t want to believe, i tried to ignored until i was sure)… I wasn’t so tired when i switch off my PC off at 5am i went to the bathroom for a quick shower …Then I went to the kitchen to have a piece of cake, Then in my living room watch a DVD, at 6 am i hear this noise cumming from my kitchen , i wasn’t so sure… i was there seated and quiet… if i could hear it again if i was really hearing noises, it started more often and faster and annoying, i got up and went to the kitchen… i saw my rubbish bag moving. I fast closed it up and went outside and put it in the bin… and i stopped quiet to listen if the noise has stopped? but now it was faster and faster… i didn’t have courage to open it…Then i returned to the kitchen i was quiet open mouth and curious what a hell was inside the bag… i am kind of freaky with insects and moused and rats… so, i was doing a coffee,… when i hear a sound of a mouse crying loud i got really worried, first think that came to my mind… ”i have to have a cat”. Lol, i did go back to my bedroom and get dressed … then i called the pet control guys… they told me in 1 week they would be at my place… i got nerves and cried, and didn’t work, lool… i went online then…i had to buy a Ultrasonic and electromagnetic pest repeller. Then i went out to the first pet shop, only to by a cat… I was lucky, they had this kitten on sell for 70 pounds there… so i had to buy one ”his name is Africa” lol … lazy but well since i have him… i never saw a mouse again with the help of the Ultrasonic and him… And at the same day i was talking to my neighbour next door … that lives in here for 20 years i told him about those mouses that i had in my flat… he told me: U didn’t know, in the community garden have a nest of mouses…. I was WHAT?… I live in the ground floor… near them and i didn’t know about it… i have been living in here for 10 years… Well after 1 year my cat go’s there to pee and god knows more what he does in that garden… the mouses disappear… ”I hope”!! It’s been 1 year now and the pest control guy put the Poison i found one dead in the Kitchen… Never again…And i didn’t like cats… only a mouse to make me change my mind…And the worst is i cant hear a plastic bag noise i freak out.. i think its a mouse…


  215. May 29, 2007 at 2:23 am, Guest said:

    yes, and Im an idiot, because I smelled it when I first looked at the apts. I had no idea what it was and in denial. Then I moved in and the smell was horrendous. I complained and then, I saw a mouse in my apt. I live in a studio apt in Chicago, there isn’t much place for me to run, hide or jump onto. Like the other posters, I am totally freaked out, and yes, like you, the smell haunts me. I can smell it on myself it seems, it seems to permeate everywhere. I am allergic to cats but willing to get one at this point, only Im worried that “fluffy” will have a present for me on my bed or something. Im totally freaked out, this sucks, I can’t afford to move, and i JUST MOVED IN!!!!


  216. May 29, 2007 at 4:27 am, Guest said:

    regarding cats, can someone tell me-I want to get one, but Im afraid I’ll come home and the cat will have a mouse in its mouth or something. I live in a studio apt so its bad enough without havig to come home and find the cat with the mouse on my bed….if this is possible please tell me so I will look into alternatives to getting a cat.


  217. May 30, 2007 at 10:11 am, Guest said:

    Get a cat! we currently have a mouse problem also. We have seen 4 mouses in the past month and my cats have killed them all within 1-3 hours of us seing them. Also i reccomend getting a differnt kind of trap. One that kills the mice instantly or hides them in a trap so you dont have to see them when you throw them away. Also peanut butter is a good source of bait.


  218. May 30, 2007 at 8:40 pm, Guest said:

    put tootsie roll on the traps it will help, i killed 4 mice within 4 weeks it was great, i didnt think it would work but it did


  219. June 01, 2007 at 6:28 pm, Guest said:

    There is something in one of my walls. I keep hearing scratching noises. I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?


  220. June 07, 2007 at 10:53 am, Guest said:

    I just hate the fact that we have mice again…We had them in the fall I get that Rat poisin called Rodenex they eat it and die as it eats tthem from the inside out and thus no smell……..You got to put it so that your pets can’t get it though.its extremely deadly….I usually put it in the base ment as it attracts the mice…..
    You can also put it in a closet making sure that your pet/s can not get to it..
    Cheers G.


  221. June 07, 2007 at 4:41 pm, Guest said:

    honestly … I have found if you just hit the wall a few times where you hear the scratching, they seem to stop.


  222. June 16, 2007 at 9:51 am, Guest said:

    Re: Exclusion… We have the type of heating vent that runs along the base of the wall… there does not seem to be ay way of sealing those off, and the mice are using those as entry and exit points (they make a lot of noise while crawling through, too!). Any suggestions as to how to seal these off?? It seems like a monumental task to stuff steel wool in all the crevices, as they are open along the bottom as well as the two slits along the top where the heat comes out.


  223. June 16, 2007 at 10:18 pm, Guest said:

    uncook rice help also.


  224. June 16, 2007 at 10:59 pm, Guest said:

    use uncooked rice,also you might have rats not mice if they are getting off the trap.the urine of thr rodent are a heath hazard,so clean well.Get brilo pads to seal holes.I have not tried the pepperment.


  225. June 22, 2007 at 12:28 pm, Guest said:

    I sympathize with your problem. My neighbor and I, (as well as our surrounding ones) have had massive problems in the past. We are surrounded by total open fields after harvest. I have finally found the cure to get rid of mice. I have a cat, but she is declawed!
    I have found the solution, and it is a 100% cure. It also stops the odor once they die! I found it at Allen Feed in our town. The name of the bait is simply ‘BAR’, the package contains four strips of bars. You simply break them off and throw them everywhere! We placed them under our trailer bathroom pipes, kitchen pipes, anywhere you have an opening into your house. With having a water-softener, we placed them there, too.
    Do wear plastic gloves to handle the bait. They are somewhat difficult to break, and have corn in them that the mice love to eat. I went threw several bars at first because of the hugh problem we had.
    I hate to poison any animal, I was infested to the point I had to leave out the contents of my kitchen drawers for two weeks! Pulling my hair out, I HAD to do something.
    With having chronic ashma, I have a blood-hound nose! Very little could I detect, and it lasted for three days; there is something in this bait that takes away a nasty smell of the carcass. Little inconvenience compared to the mice.
    This year I will have the same problem, but will line the outside ground flooring of my trailer with this. I will add some moth balls, too. However, I smell the moth balls, hopefully outside I will not detect them as readily.
    Good luck and let me know how you fare out with this.


  226. June 22, 2007 at 12:59 pm, Guest said:

    I have your simple and inexpensive cure! In short…the name of the poison is ‘BAR’, sold in your local Allen Feed Stores.
    Apply with gloves, break apart and place where inside animals will not get. I put mine outside under trailer, put several pieces round the area that they get in; pipes that come into your home is their door!
    We were infested so bad, this is the only solution I have found to the problem; and the only source that takes away the nasty order once they die.
    Use this and you won’t have the problem any longer. Sold in four stripes package, break in smaller sections and distribute. Cost is about $5.00 a pkg, buy several. Goodluck! and post your results please.
    My father-in-law had the same problem and he had about 20 mice total! No joke!


  227. June 24, 2007 at 10:57 am, Guest said:

    Is this a green colored bar?


  228. June 27, 2007 at 12:52 am, Guest said:

    last night i woke up with the mouse in my bed and i dont think ill be sleeping any time soon! i am so scared and they are all over our house. didnt have time to go buy traps because i work untill late at night when all the stores are already closed. the landlord said he would send somebody to check the apt in 3 weeks but i cannot wait that long. they are running around the house like its theirs and now im scared to go sleep because i think that one will be back!! shit..i hate this everywhere i look now i see a mouse…sometimes i think im getting crazy and starting to hallucinate hahaha! but i took a day of tomorrow to get some traps and clean clutter in the closets, kitchen and under the bed! something needs to be done..i need to get some rest!!


  229. July 01, 2007 at 11:33 pm, Guest said:

    We got one yesterday and three today. Isn’t it CRAZY? We’ve caught up about 8 so far.


  230. July 05, 2007 at 3:22 pm, Guest said:

    I had a mouse run out of a small hole in my bathroom this morning. I live alone and I don’t know how to handle this. I am terrified of what to do. I know if I lay down poison I will end up with a bigger problem of the smell. Please help, I am also terrified if i kill one in a trap i am afraid to throw it away…..HELP!!!!!1


  231. July 06, 2007 at 4:22 am, Guest said:

    This mouse is driving me CRAZY PLEASE HELP!!!! I found mouse droppings in my BED!! And I hear him in the attic this all started a week ago. I bought about 6 of the MICE CUBES and put chunky peanut butter on a small piece of cracker in the traps. I set 2 in the kitchen a few in the attic and one in the bedroom where i saw the only evidence of mouse droppings. Well this was a few days ago and still NO MOUSE and NO tampering of the traps by the mouse. On top of this I saw the mouse sniffing around in my Kitchen last night! Why isnt he going in the trap wha should I do?? I dont wanna kill him with a snap trap or poison? PLEASEEEEEE HELPPP!!


  232. July 08, 2007 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    i have found mouse poop in my bed – and this morning i heard it running around.

    First time i found the poop – i was in total denial – couldn’t be. But when i hadn’t slept for two days i knew – i knew! So now, every night i check my bed – under the pillows. Tonight i found two small poops – what does that mean? I thought mice pooped all the time and alot. Now I am freaked completely – why me? why my bed!!!!!! how can i make it go away!
    my dog does nothing – but he would not be happy with a cat.
    and i freak – i don’t know if it is me pulling my hair out or the mouse! what can i do!


  233. July 12, 2007 at 10:18 am, Guest said:

    Been there, and OMG, it’s a terrible thing. Try using the peppermint oil nightly along the baseboards of the floor where they travel. Remove the frilly comforter and any wires they can use to travel along. Been doing this for three days now and have seen any critter poop.


  234. July 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm, Guest said:

    I didn’t see than anyone used moth balls. Has anyone used those with success?


  235. July 15, 2007 at 12:43 pm, Guest said:

    Where do you get this Rodenex?


  236. July 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm, Guest said:

    pain in the butt in-laws i have a mouse that came back with my husband. he was visiting his family and brought back an unwanted gift…the mouse, i have tryed glue traps but still see the creeter. always in my kichen there is no food on the floor . i have cleaned the whole apartment from top to bottom . i found droppings all along the wall in the bedrooms. i need to get rid of the mouse i have small children and im a big wuss.if the mouse is nesting in a bedroom will he come back to the kichen? all the glue traps are in the kichen


  237. July 22, 2007 at 9:19 am, Guest said:

    ewwwwwww —– that mean u got mice bad anytime they in your bed


  238. July 24, 2007 at 5:43 pm, Guest said:

    I use peppermint oil – Soak cotton balls w/ the oil –
    I also put the cotton balls in used dryer sheets – just close sheets w/ ties – Lasts longer that way – I have also used dried out room deodorizer bottles (the kind you plug in) Take out the wick, rinse bottle & then fill w/ oil


  239. July 25, 2007 at 11:42 am, Guest said:

    PLEASE don’t use GLUE TRAPS!!! Glue traps are horrendously cruel and are an agonizing way to die. If you are going to kill the animal, please use the conventional snap trap so that the mouse doesn’t suffer.

    You could use ‘live traps’ and then release the mice, BUT you have to check those traps SEVERAL times a day, so that the animal doesn’t get trapped in there and die of thirst and starvation. Another inherently cruel way to die.


  240. July 27, 2007 at 12:07 am, Guest said:

    My daughter has mice that seem to be gone, (its summer) but they will be back in the fall..We want to try the peppermint oil and are wondering how did you use it..You mention “changeing it every Friday”..Are you putting in a dish,lid, etc. or what. How much are you using and are you placing it in every room ? Also how big is your house ? Thanks for any help or advice you can give !!Signed, Hate mice in Ok.


  241. July 27, 2007 at 12:12 am, Guest said:

    Glad to see you’re catching the little darlins’ but you didn’t say how..We need help quick!!


  242. July 27, 2007 at 12:48 am, Guest said:

    After storing a gas range for a year, we also found it had gotten infested with mice. The smell when turning it on was undecribable !! It was a new top of the line range that I just loved so I tackled the problem and got rid of it!! I had to dismantle the whole stove!! When I got to the insulation there was litterly a apartment complex of mice nests, droppings, and urine. It smelled so bad I was gaging and started wearing a mask. I took out everything and started scrubbing and disenfesting and put in new insulation and put the range back together again and am still using it 27 yrs later!! We always have had a cat so once the problem was taken care of none came back..Just using it regularly and heating up the over for periods of time kept them away. I did a lot of baking so my oven ran a lot !! I got all my replacement material for the range from a applaince repair store in Wichita, Kansas..


  243. July 28, 2007 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    mice are hooorrrible, just heard one scratching inside the kitchen wall, behind stove – WILL GET A CAT. Hate mice!!!!!!!!!!!


  244. July 29, 2007 at 1:40 pm, Guest said:


    Empty 2 liter bottle and cut the top off.
    Spring loaded traps from the dollar tree.

    Bait trap with peanut butter using a toothpicks worth, set and lightly burn your scent off the trap. Don’t set it on fire but scorch the edges. Place the baited end to the back of the bottle and place between the wall and furniture, washer and dryer, etc.

    Idea is to get the mouse no other choice but to enter the bottle and cross over the trap to get the peanut butter.

    Mouse is caught in the bottle and it’s your choice to throw all away or reuse. YOU MUST BURN THE TRAP for this to work each time.


  245. July 29, 2007 at 4:36 pm, Guest said:

    I just moved into an apartment in NYC (6th floor). Saw a mouse on my countertop and droppings in several places. My super came up and sealed all holes and baseborads, behind refrigerator and stove, kitchen sink pipe area, and bathroom. However the hole around the pipe under the bathroom sink was so large, he sealed the door to the cabinet shut with tape and is getting me a new sink. He also siliconed all the openings in the baseboards throughout the apartment. The other night I found some plaster on the floor near my computer. It came from right below the wood frame on the window. I felt as if there was going to be a mice invasion. That they would do anything they could to get in. I bought godzilla tape and patched up the wood frames on all the windows and other holes that my super missed. He will be back to plaster everything tomorrow. He also installed a great door flap or something to prevent them from coming in through front door. Knock on wood, I have not found any mouse droppings, since he did this. I’m still worried that there may be other holes around. Even the tiniest holes scare me and now that I’ve run out of Godzilla tape, I have steel wool and and other heavy wide tape just in case. I also have become quite a tidy person since in the past, I was literally chased out of another apartment by mice (also on the top floor). The management in that apartment left steel wool on my door for me to patch up the holes myself. THe past couple of days I’ve been hearing either bird sounds or mouse sounds by my kitchen window. Do you guys think that these critters will eventually leave a smell or find somewhere else to go?


  246. August 04, 2007 at 10:29 pm, Guest said:

    AWWWWWW YOU ARE SO CUTE!! my advice to ya is to get an exterminator in!! sure they’re costly but it’ll do the trick, if i was in your position living alone, i definetly would. once a trap was layed, in my bedroom, i woke up the next morning to check on it and the metal part slammed down on it’s head and it’s brain came out of it’s mouth, there was even blood spilt on the carpet SIIIIIIICKKK.


  247. August 04, 2007 at 11:03 pm, Guest said:

    hey everyone! I’m a 15 year old girl living in london and i too have a mouse problem :'( firstly i wanna say to you women who live alone in your apartments, if you do its probably because the flat is cheap and has holes and cracks here and there OR it’s because you have one time LEFT THE DOOR OPEN!! =O you see mice are very very quick as you can imagine, they are like fricken brown bullets runnin around your apartment or house its like AHHH WTF WAS THAT THING!??!? so every time you open the door to get into your flat do it quick then shut! thisll help a bit. ok i am so so sick of the mice droppings they go everywere and can spread disease so siickk! you see i live in a big old victorian house and it’s not modernised so holes, cracks here and there floorboards etc. a few years back when i first heard the mouse in the wall i got all excited and thought of it as a little white cute thing, hah how niave i was to think that, they are the ones you get from the pet shop. The mice we all have are WILD MICE disgusting disease spreading brown dirty wild black peedy eyed wild mice. we used to set traps down daily, but then everyone sort of just gave up. but i’ve lost it now cant stand it, a few weeks ago i woke up when a mouse fell on my bed RIGHT NEXT TO MY HEAD !!!!! when it fell from my shelf above me. ok and its like 04:48am right now and i am on here typing this because i cannot sleep with mice scurrying around my bedroom -.- thats why i have to go to bed with the tv on sound full blast and the bright light on, so it scares them away, as you can imagine i obviously dont get a good nights sleep lol. No peaceful tranquility for me. Whenever i walk into a room i stamp my feet to warn them so they get out of the room and go through some hole to another. I never use the chopping board to cut meat, fruit or veg, bread anything really cause i know a mouse has scurryed along it and recently i have become very hygiene wise when i had 2 itchy bed bug bites and i want to do a lot of things like GET THE MICE OUT and just make my house cleaner =] well my mum and gran used to live with us but my mum died when i was 7 and as for my gran she passed away a few months ago so as the only girl of the house and with 3 men, my dad and 2 brothers i must do what i cann!!! Guys i know how stressing it is we all feel eachothers pain and just want these filthy creatures out!!! but waaa me doing a whole big victorian house checking EVERYWHEREE lol you lucky you guys have apartments. OK my plan is tommorow get some cement and block off EVERY HOLE tape up the attic doors. oh yeh and get my dad to remove the rotting mice corpse with all those maggots cause the baby mouse got trapped in a glass in the kitchen SO SICK SO SICK SO SICK AHHH!!! but i must clean and modernise my house WHATEVA IT TAKESS !!!!!!!!! WE CAN DO IT GUYSS GET RID OF MICE AHH HATE THEM SO MUCH I CANT STAND IT!! THE LIL SQUEAKY NOISES THEY MAKE AHH! eatin from the rubbish bin =[ ok ok calm down ! i have typed too much LOL SOZ gettin carried away XD OK i will get cement yeah!! and then block every hole, thats so difficult gah oh well, i’ll put traps down too ah ah JUST HAVE TO GET RID OF THEM. good luck guys!!!! 🙂 xxxx


  248. August 07, 2007 at 11:36 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, I also am having a mice problem. I’ve caught two via the sticky traps, but was not pleased about having to remove them after catching them. Has anyone tried the ultrasonic mouse deterrents that you plug in?? do they work??? And if so, what brand?


  249. August 08, 2007 at 7:24 pm, Guest said:

    Sadly, the ultrasonic transmitters don’t work at all, I have tried several times. In fact, I think it almost attracts mice and I began to feel like it was house music to them, making my kitchen the cool club to hang out for the mouse-about-town.

    The only thing that will keep mice away permanently is a cat. Period. I have lived in apartments all my life, five in all from slummy to true luxury, and we always had mice at least once in a while. Unless I lived with a cat.

    Get a cat if you can! That’s why humans domesticated them, after all. Good luck!


  250. August 10, 2007 at 4:07 pm, Guest said:

    I heard scratching noises in my wall, and called an exterminator, who charged me 40 dollars to say, well, since its in the wall, we cant do anything about it.Plus we did not know if it was a rat or mouse. so we didnt want to poison it and it die and stink up my home. I finally just pinpointed where they were by putting my ear to the wall, and finally in the daytime when they were asleep, i just cut a hole in the wall, and used a sticky trap to capture them. There was a dead one and a live one, but now i dont here anymore. I figure a hole in the wall can be repaired and i can get some sleep!


  251. August 12, 2007 at 1:03 pm, Guest said:

    That was brilliant! You made me laugh and my goosebumps have finally gone away from last night when my cat was on the chase, caught the bugger and I screamed so loud he dropped it and the mouse ran away.


  252. August 13, 2007 at 11:54 pm, Guest said:

    Glue traps and spring traps are cruel. Glue traps make the poor little buggers starve to death, and when caught in a spring trap a mouse will often chew off its own limbs to get away. Additionally, spring traps often don’t hit the target and the mouse dies suffering over a period of DAYS. It isn’t fair. PLEASE, buy humane traps. Mice don’t deserve to suffer just because you don’t like them.


  253. August 14, 2007 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    good i hate those rat busteds!!!!!!!!1


  254. August 15, 2007 at 4:18 am, Guest said:

    To the 15 year old girl in London,

    that was a great 4 in morning rant!
    I have been using live traps for years, and I was disgusted by how many mice I caught the first night.
    I live in an old house and so I filled every hole I could find and then set the trap. everyday I would drive the little fellows down the road and across another road to the old cemetery and let them out. This made it a little more pleasant as it was a nice drive. I trapped them all, and since they had no way in, we were doing great.

    but then, we built a new addition, and you would think that a new addition would be sealed…. but there is a hole somewhere and they have taken up residence, and we saw the largest, ugliest mouse you had ever seen come out of our living room, go under the fridge, and the walk into the new addition and disappear.

    and at 4 in the morning I awoke from a strange dream and here I am researching how to get rid of mice as the live traps are not going to work on that really large mouse (the doors are too small), and I remembered that on the radio yesterday there was a story about getting rodents out of your garbage (go to and check the 30 day archive for Tuesday August 14) and so I listened to it on-line and the secret has been revealed: cotton strips soaked in peppermint oil placed strategically around the house. apparently it smells nice to us and burns their sinuses and so they run away.

    so, tomorrow, pay day, I am going out and buying a gallon of the stuff, and I am going to pour it into little jars, and I am going to place those little jars in every room of the house, and I am going to put a strip of cotton to hang into the jar (with a stickpin at the top of it holding it into a wall) so taht the oil will wick up the cotton.

    I can’t stand killing them (that is totally gross and useless) and I can’t stand seeing them, so I might as well torture the little creatures’ sinuses while making mine sing.

    try it too, and we can see what happens.

    your 4 a.m. pal in Canada.


  255. August 15, 2007 at 12:03 pm, Guest said:

    omg! I have this mouse in my small apartment. I have tried many different traps, glue, spring, the lil plastic box. This thing is too smart i cant catch him. I have a yorkie and im afraid to put down poison. Any suggestions? Going crazy here!


  256. August 17, 2007 at 5:27 pm, Guest said:

    No, they are worthless, tried several high dollar ones and they were not a deterent at all.


  257. August 17, 2007 at 11:28 pm, Guest said:

    plug up all holes w/ steel wool and plaster, use expanding foam in can for holes around radiator pipes. peppermint oil on cotton balls everywhere mice may enter. this has worked for 6 days so far. an active cat helps too!


  258. August 18, 2007 at 9:48 pm, Guest said:

    use “great stuff” expanding foam in a can for bigger holes around pipes. you can cut it down w/ knife when it’s firm, cover with duct tape and there’s nooooo way a mouse can enter.


  259. August 19, 2007 at 2:15 pm, Guest said:

    My friend told me that in college, she used a carafe or vase or glass pitcher to humane ly cathc a mouse. they put food in it and the mouse went in to get it but they can’t crawl out. worth a try if you are willing to take the guy outside and dump him in a field.


  260. August 20, 2007 at 3:46 am, Guest said:

    I can’t believe the mouse fell next to you in your bed. That is really disgusting. I hate mice and I really want to get rid of them.They are so annoying. Today I stayed up to relax and I saw two mice scurrying around and racing by my bedroom door. I screamed and they both ran into my living room. Then they both came back in my bedroom running on my stuff. I’m so digusted that their nasty bodies have ran all over my personal things. I definetly have to clean my room later today. I am really tired but I refuse to go to bed because I don’t know what they might do next. Like the girl in London I have my music on BLAST! I haven’t seen them since. However one mice did run into some hole in my room. I have to make sure that hole gets plastered. I hate mice. I mean they scare me so much because they run around when you least expect it. Somehow a mouse once got on top of my window and was on the curtain crawling. I’m going to buy more glue traps to kill their stupid things. I can’t wait to get rid of those nasty, digusting, ugly, brown, small little creatures. P.S. its 4:44 AM and I have to stay up because I’m to scared to go to sleep. I mean c’mon that is riduculous but soon these mice will see who is boss. By the way I forgot to mention I saw a baby mouse the other day =(


  261. August 20, 2007 at 11:04 am, Guest said:

    Sonic sound waves – high sounds that send them running! These are plug-ins that emit sounds we cannot hear but they do. I used this product years ago in a small apartment. Just need to warn your neighbors b/c they will go wherever there is no noise. This is perfect for people w/out pets at home. Also, bonus = no mess!
    Pest Chaser – you can find at hardware stores or online.


  262. August 23, 2007 at 8:14 am, Guest said:

    Help my daughters apartment is full of mice cant seem to catch any with traps where can you purchase the rodenex???


  263. August 25, 2007 at 12:50 am, Guest said:

    I’ve heard really good things about the “rat zapper” which can be purchased at A friend worked in a NYC restaurant and said that this is the only way to catch them. I just recently saw a mouse in my SMALL apt, so now i have a roommate that has prevented me from leaving my bedroom. However, I just ordered the rat zapper and have faith that that will do it. I am terrified of the mouse. it runs across my living room floor in the broad daylight and has no shame. i’m living in fear and can’t sleep because of it. ill let u know how the rat zapper goes


  264. August 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm, Guest said:

    I paid $45 for a sonic device that is supposed to keep mice/rats, etc. away..IT DOESN’T WORK. I have it plugged in my kitchen on the lower outlet and I still have them. I hate reading how to get rid of them humanly…I want them dead and away from here – – they’re disgusting.


  265. August 26, 2007 at 1:18 pm, Guest said:

    They don’t work.


  266. August 27, 2007 at 6:39 pm, Guest said:

    i have a mouse who thinks my bedroom is his room i have laid four sticky traps, and he has only been caught on one when he escaped………….help do those electronic things work???????


  267. August 29, 2007 at 6:36 am, Guest said:

    I live in a 100+ year old house so the little buggers can always find a way in. We tried everything as have many others.

    2 things categorically dont work once you already have mice. Ultra-sound and peppermint oils. These are semi-effective while a mouse is deciding its home but useless one they’ve moved in. I’ve seen them doing the Tango next to my £45 transmitter and eating food covered in peppermint oil.

    Humane traps are next to useless – we put 5 in our house of 3 different designs and they caught nothing. They were also expensive.

    Poisen works but you need to place it correctly. Next to walls, behind cupboards i.e known mouse runs. They need to feel safe while they eat. There is a new fast acting poisen in the UK that certainly worked.

    The most effective by a mile are well placed, well baited spring traps. NOT modern day plastic ones but old style wood and metal ones. They are cheap and faster than a mouse if done correctly.

    After weeks of failure with other mehtods we got 7 in 2 days with those traps and poisen got the rest.

    Since then the many ultrasounders we have got have kept them away….probrably just making next door a more atttractive proposition. Still – thats not my problem !

    The ultimate is without a doubt a cat – beg, buy or borrow one !


  268. August 29, 2007 at 11:54 pm, Guest said:

    HI everyone I have three mice in the house I am going to try the moth balls and peppermint oil tommorow I want them out or DEAD I cant stand them i see them darting in and out of my daughters room and in the livngroom the kitchen and sometimes in my bedroom. Thanks for all the suggestions


  269. August 31, 2007 at 2:33 pm, Guest said:

    I too have a mouse problem!! I live in an old house also so we have to many cracks to cover!! Most of my family are fine with the mice but not ME!!!!! I have ductaped all the big cracks in my room and i put duct tape below my door so when they go under they get stuck.. do you think that will work?? Any way my dog stays with me soo i cant use traps or poison! Does anyone have any ideas!! IM TERRIFIED OF MICE!! Please tell me your ideas!


  270. August 31, 2007 at 6:07 pm, Guest said:

    I had to write a blog as part of a course I was taking. As I had just had a huge mouse invasion experience, my blog was about how I got rid of mice, along with some really funny stories. Today I was checking it’s ranking and came across these articles by accident, and I could sure relate to what so many of you said.

    I suspected there was a mouse in the house (heard some noises.) Then the next night, I woke at 2 in the morning, and could not get back to sleep. So, I got up, and got in my comfy chair to get some work done on my laptop. The mice were so brazen, they were running around the room right in front of me, with the light on. I heard one under the couch, happily eating something, one doing the same across the room, and at least 3 running around. These were the most active, energetic mice I have ever seen.

    I was mortified. But what can you do at 2 in the morning? So, I finished some work, and went back to bed. Now the fact that one was running back and forth like crazy from living room to my bedroom should have clued me in to the fact that there was trouble brewing.

    Guess I was too tired to really put 2 and 2 together, or I just didn’t realize the enthusiasm of an energetic mouse. I snuggled into bed, was annoyed at hearing mouse sounds, but determined to get back to sleep. All of a sudden I felt a plop on my legs – I kicked, and in the pale light of the night light in the other room, I could barely make out the mouse silhouette flying through the air! That did it! You might want to read the complete account in my blog –

    Long story short, I tried the Rat Zapper and was delighted with the results. I even have a link to where I got mine for the best price online.

    I was a little embarrassed to write a blog about killing mice. But after reading everybody’s stories here, many of us share this common problem!

    And I hate to break the “cat bubble.” I had a cat for many years who was an exceptional mouser, and she could not catch them all. We all need some sort of back up plan. And I will never ever use sticky traps again! They are inhumane! And so is a live trap if you forget to check it a couple of times a day.

    Here’s to everyone’s success in getting a handle on this nasty problem! I personally had a great experience with the Rat zapper – I share the whole story on my blog.


  271. September 03, 2007 at 11:04 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the help
    I will try the remedies -tootsie roll glass vase.
    We have a mouse that has made itself at home. I am fedup with the mouse.
    I will let you know if it works


  272. September 11, 2007 at 6:37 pm, Guest said:

    I agree. I have had my PestXit unit for 5 years and it is the greatest product. I think everyone shoudl have one as pesticides are ruining the planet!



  273. September 13, 2007 at 4:04 am, Guest said:

    OMG I am just moved in to Boston and i come from a NO MOUSE PLACE. So the other day when i was with my friend 2 rats hide behind my entertainment system. So i called my landlord and she said exterminators are coming in couple of days. I put glue traps and normal traps down. Just about 1 hr ago a mice just start running when i was least expecting it. It went across my traps… all missed.. how useless.. i swear to god its 4am here and i can’t sleep. I dunt know what to do with them, they aren’t insects which i can step on… killin them is just gross and disposing them is just gross too… please W T F do i do


  274. September 19, 2007 at 8:31 pm, Guest said:

    73382 did the peppermint oil & moth balls help? tell me please. i have moved out my house for one mice. i have never had mice, until the person next door rehab. help help help!


  275. September 21, 2007 at 11:04 pm, Guest said:

    Can anyone suggest how to get the peppermint oil or trap into the wall without putting a hole in the wall? I have a mouse (or something) waking me every morning at 5:30 a.m precisely! It appears to be gnawing in the wall near my head. I do not know how it has gotten in the house…maybe thru an open door. There doesnt appear to be any holes in the siding of the house and the attic is pretty tight. It is freaking me out cause all I can think of is how many babies it is having in my wall. I have 4 cats but they cant get in the wall to get at the mice. HELPPPP


  276. September 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm, Guest said:

    i live in public housing also known as Housing Authority apartments and i just moved in only to find out a day later that mice live there my neighbor has seen her one run past her dog and into her kitchen i over heard her say it when i passed by her door. any ways im scared to sleep at night so i stay up until sunrise before going to sleep i have a 3yr old and a 10 month old so i have them sleep with me so i can keep a eye out for the rodent some one please help me!! extremely tired mom of 2


  277. September 23, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    I feel your pain., I can’t sleep I can’t walk into my own living room for fear. I have paid an exterminator 140.00 to come into my home. , he left no guarantees!! I have also gone to the store and bout peppermint oil and dropped it around. I am at my wits end


  278. September 25, 2007 at 12:54 am, Guest said:

    The ultrasonic deterrents are crap. I bought a fairly expensive one and watched a mouse stroll right past it.


  279. September 26, 2007 at 6:17 pm, Guest said:

    I heard that if you pour a bunch of sweet n low packets into a pile, the mouse will gorge themselves on the sweet treat. This will cause the mouse to overdose on artificial sweetener. The only problem with this is that he may not die right away and end up dying in your walls. Stinky!


  280. September 26, 2007 at 6:27 pm, Guest said:

    In animal studies with saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low) it takes only 3/100s of an ounce for a mouse weighing 5 ounces to have a 50:50 chance of dying from the substance.


  281. September 27, 2007 at 9:26 am, Guest said:

    I have mice in my apt~ however I did not mind them as I knew they would be hard to get rid of.. so i just took the preemptive measures to prevent them on finding any snacks or food in my house. I sealed all the access points and just made sure my place was clean all the time. However as time progressed.. it seemed as if they couldn’t find any food .. they decided to use my whole apt as a playground~! i would find droppings everywhere.. so then i decided I would need to start laying down some sticky traps.. once in awhile they would work.. but half the time they just get stuck and somehow escape. It really seemed the more i tried to prevent .. the worst it got. Soon I found them biting my plants.. chewing through wires.. making new holes.. it was a full scale invasion! For the longest time I chose to bare with it as I felt it’s just an animal trying to live out its own existence as well. When I did catch a couple of mice on the sticky’s .. i would feel bad and even feed them as to say.. here is your final meal before i throw you in the trash. I even found them cute often.. especially the little babies with big eyes and pudgy teardrop bodies. That was until a lovely day when I was getting ready to go shower- as I took out a fresh “clean” towel from my towel rack.. to my dismay I unfold a towel thats full of little pellets and holes. After that day I was changed forever~ Today I take the hand of vengeance upon each little critter I find! I have become a dark child of doom. I wish to invoke fear upon such creatures who dare enter my domain! With madness I now find myself lifting the caught critter to eye level as I laugh in its face to confirm that its final moments are near. I must set an example to the rest who dare follow in its footsteps with punishment! I have now become a full fledged mouse executioner~ people let me tell you.. It feels GREAT! Please do not read on if you have a faint heart.. as I will share my executions with delight.
    Depending on how i catch the mouse I have found barbaric ways of torturing and killing these pests while evoking the purist of fear. I have sprayed hairspray on them and lit them on fire.. which proved to be a little too fast of a death and too smelly but quite a spectacle indeed. It reminded me of the nice burning at the stake ritual. I have also tried a slingshot and bb pellets for target practice~ if i hit on target.. i would watch it wriggle in pain and bleed to death.. but i still found this method too fast. I wanted them to feel the years of anguish i have felt with their treachery! I have smacked them across the floor with a toilet brush and broke their spines.. but that was just boring! The next victim was not so lucky-as it was stuck on a sticky glue trap.. i thought what would happen if i used ANOTHER glue trap stuck it together and pulled it apart?! OH yes.. YES!!! so i ran to get another sticky..stuck it on the other side and slooowly pulled it apart.. has anyone seen a bald mouse before? well this one was half!.. but it wasn’t enough.. i did it again but this time.. faster!.. and again!.. but well.. the next time it wasn’t very successful since hair wasn’t the only thing that came apart. Since the torn limbs and skin was an overbearing amount of pain.. it died shortly after. But I still didn’t feel the message was properly addressed. One night i was eating some cereal and forgot to put the box back.. the next day I guess what i caught!? a fat mouse still in the dam box! Oh its last meal was grand but my entertainment was going to be well deserved this time. i quickly threw the mouse in the toilet as i watched it struggle to swim..(oh jOy!) then i decided to sparingly squirt hot water at it to hear it plead for mercy. I then pee’d on it to humiliate the creature and myself at the same time. Then i sprinkled some Ajax bleach powder to give it a proper cleaning.. but then i realized that the powder might not get a through reach.. so i poured a bit of Clorox for proper sanitation. I cannot play with something that could possibly be dirty you know! Amazingly this bugger was still treading water fiercely, to which only made me more angry. I then decided to put some hot habanero pepper sauce on it.. this worked! its squeaks and cries this time around were pleasing enough to my ears that a big grin surfaced on my face. Louder I said!.. tell all of your brothers and sisters that this is what will become of them if they come into my domain!..feel my wrath! Just then it seemed the toxins were too much even for a mouse to take.. as its body slowed.. and curled up.. death was upon it. I know, it’s cruel, its psychotic but if you try it.. you will love it! Today I sit here on the battlefront .. waiting for my next victim. With each one I kill it leaves me a little bit more empty inside~ in the end I have become nothing more than a defeated man. BUT DAMN THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE IS SUPER! d(^.^)b


  282. September 28, 2007 at 12:21 am, Guest said:

    Over the years I have battled with mice in several New York apartments, leaving a couple of apts because of them.
    So I was thrilled to move into a brand new building last year. I figured there wouldn’t be a problem – wrong! My neighbor in the apartment below me developed a serious infestation and it wasn’t too long before they found their way upstairs. Anyone in NYC will tell you, mice and rats in this city seem to have major attitude. Dancing all up on your stove like “yeah, and what?”, while staring you in the eye.
    This time, I decided I was going to win the battle – glue traps, exterminators etc didn’t work, but I wasn’t going to leave this apartment.
    So here’s my advice – seal all holes you can, buy a Rat Zapper or two(get the Ultra for bigger rodents if you are in NY), this will get rid of all the critters. Riddex Pro and/or PestXit(one each) – I alternate so they don’t get used to either one. Also use 100% peppermint oil to keep new mice from coming in(if it doesn’t say 100% essential oil, it isn’t – regardless how nice they are in your local NY healthstore). I put it down every two weeks.
    If you get the Riddex Pro, it works for some, but remember it depends on your wiring, you might need more than one in apartments. PestXit would be my choice, if you are in apartment and $$$ is tight.
    I have been mice free since last winter – the only apartment in this building without the bastards. It’s WAR, but it can be won!!!
    I was panicking this week, ‘coz my neighbor has another major infestation, so I had everything checked out by the exterminator. No sign of mice in my apartment, but if they return I’ll buy as many Zappers as I need.
    Good Luck!!!


  283. September 28, 2007 at 8:53 am, Guest said:

    We live in an apt in NYC and have heard about mice in several other apartments and I was just dreading the day when they would finnally appear in ours. Lo and behold last night at 1am, my bf sees a mouse come out of the radiator!!!

    He chased it down with a broom and stick and killed it! Amazing!!!! But I am terrified that there’s a whole somewhere in our apartment and more will return. It was really quite a terrifying ordeal and I felt really guilty about killing it, but I’m glad that we got rid of this one right away because I was afraid to walk around.

    We told our building management and they really didn’t care and were like good for killing it because now they don’t have to handle the problem. Next time we get a mouse, I think I will just open the door and let it go bother someone else, hopefully the super who lives upstairs.


  284. September 28, 2007 at 9:56 am, Guest said:

    oh god reading this has made me more depressed. we have just paid rentokill in london 400 pounds and we still have mice! i can’t cope anymore


  285. September 29, 2007 at 12:36 am, Guest said:

    Those ultrasonic wave wall plugs DO NOT work. I live in NYC with my boyfriend and we still have mice after buying one of these things ($30 and it doesn’t work!). The glue traps seem to work the best. I think we’re going to try the rat zapper next. Now that it’s fall, these critters are going crazy, and although they are cute, I’m not about to die of hentavirus or salmonella…


  286. September 30, 2007 at 10:59 pm, Guest said:

    Looking for some ideas to prevent mice from coming in apartment.I caught three mice today using old fashion mouse traps,worked real good . If you want advice on how to use them I put them in doorways near wall so when their running along wall they have to pass over trap,also put a little peanut butter on them.But Im really looking for ways to prevent them from coming in.Heard from someone they might be attracted to scented candles or airfreshners?


  287. October 01, 2007 at 9:51 am, Guest said:

    Thank u soooo much for your hilarious anecdote! It made me laugh out loud(I chose not to offend you with the lol version) when I read it. I do sympathize as I have been infested with the DAMN SEEDS OF SATAN for about 4 months now!!! I have bought everything…..poison, electric jammers, glue and regular traps, traps that are condos, etc. You name it, I’ve done it! Yet, the one thing I have not tried is a cat. I hate the sneaky felines and would almost prefer a mouse to one. ANyway, if you come up with some sort of concoction other than a surface to air missile to help me free myself from mouse bondage, let me know!
    Bev Miller


  288. October 02, 2007 at 7:48 pm, Guest said:

    I have had severe mice problems in the past in a place where i use to live. It was so bad that i would here them scratching through the wall at night. They would be in my dressers or on bed etc. everywhere that i turned. Truly i do not like mice as most do not. The methods that you had chosen are beyond barbaric in fact they would suggest some mental health issues you are suffering from. Your extreme measures are cruel and distasteful. Setting them on fire, pulling their bodies apart and enjoying it. What is wrong with you!!!!!


  289. October 02, 2007 at 7:52 pm, Guest said:

    I went to the dollar store down here in Canada. I would then put peanut butter on it or cheese whiz on it. I have not seen one in five years. I have been living in my apartment for the last eleven years. Just remember to get someone else to throw the trap out for you. I refused to touch it either so i got someone else to do it for me.


  290. October 03, 2007 at 11:49 pm, Guest said:

    They are so nasty looking, so eww! I hate, when I say hate, hate rats/mice with a passion. Can someone tell me what are their purpose? Why are they here? I wish that someone can get rid of all the rodents on earth, if someone came up with that solution they will be able to retire and be rich for the rest of their lives. I hate them for real, I have little sympathy for how they die, so humane traps will not be my solution,


  291. October 04, 2007 at 4:44 am, Guest said:

    i too have a mouse undr my bed i just cant locate it and im too scared if i do find it to do anything my room isnt the easiest of rooms, to escape from even for a human!!


  292. October 04, 2007 at 1:55 pm, Guest said:

    When our 22-year old cat died, who handn’t caught a mouse in years, the next day the mice arrived. We were not pleased and every effort to get rid of them failed. We could not use poison since we also have four dogs. Then the solution dawned on us – we went to the local animal shelter and got a new kitten. It was amazing – the next day the mice were gone.


  293. October 04, 2007 at 2:27 pm, Guest said:

    deter/ catch / trap mice; Put sented Bounce sheets all around, lasts about 2-4 months,they don’t like the smell. use the bounce on your close and bedding regularly.

    Electronics don’t work they get use to noise or go deaf.

    Don’t want them in bed don’t eat in bed, on couch,etc.

    Mouse traps with a bit of cheese and peanut butter on the trap, you need the cheese cause some times they can eat the peanut butter off with out setting the trap off. Don’t use the same trap twice won’t work. put them where your pets can’t get to them.

    My very best rusults; In a closet, or we have a crawl space under the house. During the cold and dry season try this, 5 gallon paint bucket 1/2 full of water, then lay a dowl pin or rod 1/4″-1/2″ on the top rim with a toilet paper roll with peanut butter spread on top of it, then a stick for them to get up the bucket. They go for the peanut butter and slip into the water, or they get thirsty and go for the water(if you don’t want them to dround put a floating stick in the water so they can survie). You need to check the bucket regularly or you could find it with several in it. Remember this, you need to try several options, these creatures get smart to all the traps, have a variety of traps. Two mice will have a new family every 8-10 weeks.

    They get water from the drip pan under your fridge, or from your pets water dish, so clean the fridge pan in the evening and pull your pets water dish at night.

    I had a big problem last winter and put the paint bucket under in crawl space under the house and caught over 30 in 3 months, then someone told me about the Bounce so I spread 30-40 sheets under the house and then I didnt’ get any more in the bucket. guess they quit hanging out under the house.

    I have a cat, she catches them and lets them loose in the house,

    You have to get over the non-humane thing or live whith them. You can’t take them a few blocks or miles away and expect them to not come back, their animals and so was lassie.


  294. October 04, 2007 at 10:33 pm, Guest said:

    Seriously no one likes having mice but to defecate and pour bleach on it you are no better than a 10 year old with a salt shaker and a bunch of slugs. You need a therapist not an exterminator.


  295. October 08, 2007 at 3:24 pm, Guest said:

    i am trying washing my cupboards down with javex and hoping i don’t see any more mice


  296. October 10, 2007 at 7:11 pm, Guest said:

    my mice always walk around the glue traps-I hate them-I decided to use poison and I mix it with bird seed because they LOVE bird seeds. Most of them have come out sick and I put them in a plastic bag and throw them away. I do not care how cruel it seems, I just hate them. I am in the process of sealing the holes, the holes are endless because this house is old but I am determined not to live with them, they are getting too wise.


  297. October 12, 2007 at 9:14 am, Guest said:

    take the light switch cover or wall outlet cover off and put the oil into the wall useing a pump sprayer off of your hair spray bottle or plant mister. this will help spread the oil and if you do it in more than one room, it will help chase the little buggers out.


  298. October 12, 2007 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    Looks like these pests are everywhere. My 2 miniture Chihuahuas are as afraid of them as I am. I’ve used traps which are disgusting to empty and hard to set. Poison is out of the question because they go in the walls and die. Ultrasonic transmitters are a waste of time and money. Some cats love the action but also disgusting when they eat the mouse in front of you. Ugh!! The mice are just as afraid as I am. So why do they want to live here when we only terrorize each other. I ordered some scented powder and am going to try that and also the scented dryer sheets. Hopefully I can get rid of these pests so I can get some sleep.


  299. October 14, 2007 at 8:48 pm, Guest said:

    who Hates mice? I do!

    Had my first mouse problem after living in my apt for 2 weeks and am at my 4th mouse.
    I have caught the last 3 mice with a sticky trap + peanut butter within 24 hours and then killed it by a technique called cervical dislocation which i used when working with mice in biological research. (it is considered to be a humane and quick way to kill mice) I place the sticky trap on newspaper for easier clean up. cover a paint scraper or something like it with news paper so that you dont get mice germs on your scraper. place the scraper edge on the mouse’s neck press down hard and push the scraper forward into his head (as if you were trying to elongate its neck). It is basically breaking the neck of the mouse. There is NO BLOOD but the mouse will twitch for a couple of seconds if it goes on for longer than a couple of seconds do it again. quick and easy.

    My problem is this 4th mouse! it refuses to be caught! I’ve had the sticky trap out for a week but it just isnt working. It gets into all our food, chews through our cupboard, and it got into my laundry bag and chewed holes in a bunch of my clothes! I am going to try the vase trap tonight and see if it works. Also gonna try the bounce sheets to prevent any other future pests!

    good luck everyone with your mouse troubles!

    ps. Ultra sound things DO NOT WORK!!!!!!!! this mouse moved in the very next day!


  300. October 15, 2007 at 1:21 am, Guest said:

    I’ve seen 3 different mice in two weeks. Last night one had the nerve of scurrying out from under the couch 2 feet away from me. It was bigger than the last two. I called my landlord right away. He wasn’t too helpful. So I researched for 4 hours last night before I went to bed with my flashlight in hand waking every hour on the hour. This is no way to live! They are 3 inches long but the thought of waking up to a mouse in my face is too much to bear.

    I made my way to Home Depot and Whole Foods after work. I’m leaving nothing to chance. I don’t care what works as long as something works. I foamed every large crack and caulked every small crack. I used wood filler on the floors where the planks have separated. I live in an OLD building. This took awhile. So much for the charm that I loved about it in the beginning.

    Peppermint? Yes. I might has well have bathed in it. I bought a light bulb diffuser. Soaked cotton balls. They are everywhere. My coworkers are going to be looking at me strange tomorrow. I feel like I mouth washed my brain.

    Traps? Yes. The old trap ones. The plastic “humane” ones. The sticky ones and the poison. I don’t care what gets rid of them. I used steel wool under my stove and my furnace door. I’m using flashing nailed to the bottom of my closet and front doors but my mice work is done for the evening. I also bought the noise things that plug in the wall. Somethings got to do it.

    So far, nothing which is a good sign. Spoke to soon. Just heard a noise behind the kitchen cabinets. I’m going to get silicone and glue them shut tomorrow. I eat out all the time anyway. They were just for storage. Who cares? I’ll sacrifice for peace of mind.

    Oh, by the way, my total arsenal was around $50. Small price to pay (if it works). My mom suggested they make a mouse food that sterilizes them wiping out the entire population of mice. Brilliant. I’ll get on that as soon as I can afford an apartment that isn’t a mouse trap.

    Happy Hunting!


  301. October 15, 2007 at 1:36 am, Guest said:

    Funny!!!! So I am no Mouse/Rat expert, but I have dealt with them all seven years of living in NYC. Poison to me is the best way, but they will smell and unfortunately the death looks like a scene out a horror movie. I thought this year though, I would have the whole mouse thing covered cause I felt I got all the holes in my apt. I was wrong! 🙁 Just a few hours ago I heard the scatter that I have come to know as the mouse shuffle. So I looked around my room and there I saw it. It was a baby mouse, but still I freaked out. I started to go through my usual protocol of cleaning out everything, laying down traps, and for new ideas I went online for more advice, which lead me to this site. As I was reading I start to hear it scatter. I thought that it got caught on one of the glue traps, but no it was jumping for my beach bag at the door and it jumped in. I thought to myself, this is too easy!!! I quickly put on my shoes, grabbed the bag and ran downstairs and that mouse ran free!! So people just leave your beach bag out and the mouse will gladly jump in. Now I need to get another bag cause I think I have one more. 🙁


  302. October 15, 2007 at 8:44 am, Guest said:



  303. October 16, 2007 at 4:57 pm, Guest said:

    I hate mice. Dead or alive, I hate them. I’ve tried the moth balls, and all that got me was a whole bunch of moth balls scattered around my room. (And a mouse walking right past them??)

    I’ll try and look for peppermint oil, but I doubt I’ll be able to find 100% peppermint oil where I live. Isn’t there some other way of driving a mouse away without killing it? Because as much as I’d like them dead, I’m not touching their dead carcass. No way.


  304. October 16, 2007 at 6:15 pm, Guest said:

    If it is at 5:30 every morning it might be a spuirrel I had them in a house I lived in and I would her them at the same time every morning and the evening when they returned.


  305. October 16, 2007 at 11:57 pm, Guest said:

    I feel so sorry for you.. only 15 with no mom or gran around… with three guys! I am a mom with two sons and a daughter.. we had mice shortly after my divorce. I am terrified of them… they are soo dirty and disease ridden. The weather caused them to all want in (I live in Wyoming in the US). I got SEVERAL of the electronic things.. a 4 pack at Walmart. If you read the box, it actually makes them WORSE at first in that they are driven from the walls and you see them.. Since my sons were here to clean up the traps, I used the cheap wood and metal ones… I couldn’t handle seeing them dead. Anyway we got rid of them.. allowed a little tiger cat to move into our garage, and we have not had a problem since.
    Caulk might be easier to work with than cement BTW.
    I have also read that steel wool (brillow cleanng pads) are good to fill holes.

    Good luck you you!
    Mom in WY


  306. October 19, 2007 at 11:22 pm, Guest said:

    Umm…So I don’t have mice in my bedroom or even living room. It stays in the tiny kitchen. My boyfriend and I guess that it just travels from tiny kitchen to tiny kitchen picking up crumbs. They do I guess, we have convinced ourselves that there is only one (for the sake of me sleeping at night, and we only see one at a time). When we see it, it looks at us and just runs off. Other than the droppings on the stove it doesn’t bother us too much…but still…the landlord is apparently doing nothing, and I know that other units have seen the mouse/mice. One of the biggest problems is my boyfriend being out of town so often. We can’t use deadly traps or anything because I would never touch one, even dead in a trap.


  307. October 21, 2007 at 1:02 am, Guest said:

    Oh my goodness….are you me? I started sleeping in my car. I can’t take no more!!! I spent $30 on my first trip to home depot. No results.. I went back to home depot, after everyone at work gave me some sort of receipt to fix and feed the dang on thing. I was very angry and told them I was going to pet smart and buy a bed since I had to go grocery shopping to buy..peanut butter, poision..peanuts, bacon, cook oil on the stove then place a sticky on the stove. In four days, I got a total of 12 hours of sleep. I went back to home depot to find out what I did not buy. While there a man approached me stating he was an exterminator. I hired him on the spot. $120. later..two weeks two mice were caught, and what appears to be a large rat (AWWW!!) riped itself off the sticky and is somewhere running in my house…please don’t let me see that!!! Anyway, the mice have eaten the poision and four days later, they are in my basement playing rapp music and having parties.. My dogs are incredible,,they know I am scared out of my shirt. They actually stay up–sitting at the door of my bedroom all night, now they sleep in the day. This is no way for me to live. I called that exterminator back…great he laid more traps and told me this was a will take awhile. HELLLLLLLPPP!!! I don’t have a while. I’m doing the pepermint think, mothballs, purchased these Black and Decker wall sockets, used amonia and bleach. I’ve found myself with my dogs on numerous nights unable to breath. So far, my mice have destroyed my $1,000 fridge, My stove, and my diswasher. I am tired of eating out. With all of this happening and the reaking of pepermint that seems to be now leaking from my pores–the electric thingy–the mouse just ran from behind the stove under the fridge. NOW WHAT DO I DO…someone out there please dear God…help me. E-mail me at [email protected]


  308. October 21, 2007 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    Please Help!!!

    Moved in 6 months ago, thought we found evidence of mouse droppings but after cleaning up saw no more. Well today I found a dead mouse in my room inside a newspaper!!!

    I’ve gone and removed all food from my room, what should I do next!?


  309. October 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm, Guest said:

    I wrote the “I’ve seen 3 different mice…” post. THE MICE ARE GONE! or dead or who cares? No more noises or scratching or scurrying around my apartment. I think it was the poison. For 3 hours I listened to one with all his or her little might pry the poison container open in my furnace closet. Determined little thing! Well, it or they ate every last morsel and then scratched on the door until about 5 in the morning. I got no sleep. I think it bought it’s ticket to heaven. I don’t know what happened to the other two but maybe they got wind of Mickey’s demise and decided to take a hike. Whatever. I can finally sleep through the night.

    p.s. I was so sleep deprived, I almost considered getting a cat (although I’m highly allergic) or buying a b.b. gun. Do whatever you have to do to get peace. They don’t pay the rent!


  310. October 22, 2007 at 11:02 pm, Guest said:

    I heard my first mouse in my new NYC apartment last night. I come from Boston, where the mice are about as kamikaze as they get, but the Boston mice stayed in the kitchen. This mouse is in my bedroom! I have an exposed brick wall with a bunch of small holes in it, and I’m afraid it’s coming in through there. I have a lofted bed, so I’m six feet off the ground, but one side of the bed is against the brick wall. Honestly, I might be able to handle a mouse scurrying around on the ground while I’m up in the air, but I can’t handle the thought that it might climb out of the wall onto my bed. So, a few questions: can a mouse climb a six-foot metal bed-frame? Would a mouse be living up high in the wall, high enough that he’d come out next to my face? (SHUDDER.) WHY is he in my bedroom? There’s no food in there, and I just swept, changed my sheets, and put my trash can in the kitchen. I am not in the sleeping mood…


  311. October 25, 2007 at 7:04 am, Guest said:

    I live in Boston and my neighbors moved out on the first. One week later my apartment was taken over by displaced mice. They are everywhere each room and they come out whenever they want. I have tried poison, glue traps, cheyenne pepper and now I am on essential pepperment oil. It has been three days and I haven’t seen or heard any of them. No droppings anywhere. So far… I saturated about 50 cotton makeup pads with the oil and placed them everywhere in the house. In closets, under the beds, on shelves, behind stove… you get my point. I think its working! I will try to refresh the pads in about a week.


  312. October 25, 2007 at 7:07 am, Guest said:

    They sell the stuff and your local GNC stores or specialty shops that sell oils and inscents. Dr. Bronner also have peppermint soap you can use around the house. It’s working for me. This is day three. No sign of the pests.


  313. October 25, 2007 at 7:09 am, Guest said:

    Peppermint essential oils on cotton balls all over your house should work. Find the hole put some in and plug them up with steel wool.


  314. October 25, 2007 at 7:15 am, Guest said:

    I live in a very old house, which has been converted for students so my bedroom is and old living room and so it has a fireplace…anyway I went into my bedroom lastnight when… plop… a mouse just fell straight down my chimney!!! terrified I ran out as fast as I could and sent my housemates boyfriend in to deal with my unwelcome guest…but no such luck!! so I set 2 snap traps (just to be sure and slept in my housemates bedroom) i checked them this morning….and I was delighed to see d mouse caught in the first trap…but it was then to my disgust and horror I realised that the second trap had also provided a successful catch!!! any suggestions on what to do…or how to find out jus how big a problem I’m dealing with??? thanks


  315. October 25, 2007 at 2:47 pm, Guest said:



  316. October 26, 2007 at 10:56 am, Guest said:

    If I was not so terrified of the m————- I would do the same thing. Please torture one for me or if you have any free time you are more than welcome to come over and wage war on my bastards!!! 🙂


  317. October 29, 2007 at 10:10 am, Guest said:

    try setting up a video camera in your room over night and check it the next morning. If your camera has night vision it is better. You might see if you have a big problem of a small one or none at all.


  318. October 29, 2007 at 10:40 am, Guest said:

    I have a mouse problem too! At first I thought I only had one or two. I setup a video camera and I found out I have more than one or two there are many. I am mad because when I think i have them all the camera shows me more. I tried pine cones some one told me they work but these have not. So I am going to try some of the things you have justed. Thank you.


  319. October 29, 2007 at 2:34 pm, Guest said:

    Try using chocolate syrup.

    A coworker told me their neighbor, who is an exterminator, uses chocolate syrup to bait traps.

    I have lived in the same house for 4 years. I saw a mouse last night for the first time. We have friends coming to stay with us and last night I was washing the bedding to get ready for their stay. Our spare bedroom is in our basement. I walked in the room, turned on the light and saw a mouse run across the bed and down the side. I started yelling for my husband. He came downstairs and saw the mouse run into a corner behind the wall. He started kicking the wall (not drywall, thank God, but real wood). I then borrowed some traps from a neighbor. The traps hadn’t caught the mouse when I left for work today. Let’s hope there is one caught when I get home tonight. If not, the chocolate syrup will come out. I hope it is only one. I cannot see any signs of droppings and I think I know where he came in. My husband conveniently cut a hole in the wall between the basement and the garage to run a gas line and electrical. Somehow the !RAG! he stuffed in the hole disappeared. What a shock now that fall is here I have my first mouse! Great Stuff is filling that hole tonight!


  320. October 30, 2007 at 10:26 am, Guest said:

    I live in an old house, and we have had our share of mice. And the peppermint oil thing works! Not to mention how pleasant it is to smell. 🙂


  321. November 02, 2007 at 12:31 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a duplex apartment,i happened to see mice in my kitchen and now to bedrooms also(which we use occasionally).I tried using poison, but no use.It is not eating it, i even tried peanuts, ghee etc along with the poison, but nothing works.what to do?? hope the solution told above works…..If anybody has tried the peppermint oil and if it worked let me know.Thanks……….


  322. November 02, 2007 at 3:01 pm, Guest said:

    I had a mouse problem in my old apartment and have been using peppermint oil to take care of the problem, and yes it does work. The problem is you have to use it all around or they will move from room to room to get away from the smell. Reapply the oil every week or so, it has to stay strong.


  323. November 03, 2007 at 8:00 pm, Guest said:

    What exactly do you do with the peppermint oil ? For example: a bowl of it in each room or drops of it throughout the house ? Where are good places to put it?


  324. November 03, 2007 at 8:46 pm, Guest said:

    Mice Possibly?

    I came home the other day, and my ma was on the phone talking to our next door neighbor. She told my ma that she found 2 mice in her house, which is odd cuz we’ve never dealt with this problem in the 9 years we been living here. my ma and me are completely freaked about the idea of a mouse or mice or whatever. We have a cat, and 2 dogs that live inside. Lately our cat has been waging war….or at least it sound like it, in the night. completely freak, and don’t know what to do. My father putting down poison, but finding one of em creature dead has to be worse than the thought of even seeing em alive. Peppermint oil sound relatively good, I guess. but what way do you use it?


  325. November 06, 2007 at 6:44 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a old Semi. And I have a MAJOR mouse problem. At first I was scared of them. No I am just overly frustrated with them. I use everything and anything you name it. The Sticky Traps I found worked the best. The Poison doesn’t seem to work as well. But I need a better solution to rid of them for GOOD! there are just too many of them.


  326. November 11, 2007 at 8:47 pm, Guest said:

    Everyone, try this –
    I made one today, cost me nothing, dunno how effective it is yet but will update you all. Can’t hurt to try it.


  327. November 11, 2007 at 10:03 pm, Guest said:

    I hate mice! I live in an old building but when I moved in the broker and the super had the nerve to boast and brag that my apartment was ‘brand new’ because it had been renovated. It wasn’t until I moved in that I noticed how great of a renovation job the super and his crew did. Lazy bastards.

    Anyway, one day last winter, I leave the apartment with trash in hand to dump in the incinerator in the hall. I open the door to the room and a little mouse comes scuttling out, and runs like a mad man down the hall way. After properly freaking out (I hope no one heard me) and dumping the trash, I was about to head down the stairs, when I realized that I had forgot something in my apartment.

    You may be able to guess what happened next.

    Despite surveying the hall for that little pest of a rodent before heading into my apartment, I discovered a few days later that I wasn’t as careful as I thought I was. Long story short, I discovered him after witnessing how fascinated my kitten was with the copy of the Sunday Times I had casually dumped along the wall.

    I bought a couple glue traps (inhumane? — they’re diseased rodents!) and hoped that those and my cat would get rid of the mouse.

    About 6 months later, I discover my cat peering under the fridge — the mouse had been caught! Yay! I thought my problem was over.

    That was months ago.

    Just three days ago, the same thing happens — I go to dump some trash, open the door to the incinerator room and BAM! here comes a mouse…

    This time, I was convinced the little bugger did not get into my apartment.

    Lo and behold, yesterday I see my cat playing ‘pick and roll’ with the mouse right in the open!! I mean, I come out of the bathroom and see the dumb cat picking up and dropping the mouse, picking up and dropping the mouse — like he expected the mouse to hang out and play with him (which is the exact same thing he did with that first mouse that made its way into my apartment). I don’t if it’s because he’s young, but my cat (about a year old) is useless with catching them, but he’s rather good at pointing them out.

    So, I manage to kill this one while he’s playing with it. I’m like, whew! That’s over.

    Tonight, I’m surfing the net, watching TV, you know, wasting my time… and I keep THINKING I see something moving in the corner of my eye. It happens often enough where I finally grab the flashlight and stalk off to the kitchen (that’s where they hang I guess). I peer under the stove and the fridge — and look! There’s a mouse stuck on a glue trap. That’s three mice…I start mumbling to myself. But I look further, farther, and deeper under the fridge — and look, is that a fourth mouse? Sigh.

    Needless to say, I completely regret signing that lease almost two years ago. I thought that one mouse was an isolated incident. But now I know they must be pretty commonplace in this building.

    I’d like to summarize by noting that this place had to be renovated because of a rodent infestation. Isn’t that nice!

    And reading these stories about how everyone seems to have to deal with them — in homes, old places, brand new places — it makes me want to move to Mars. If more glue traps and these tips concerning peppermint oil and whatnot doesn’t help… I’m gonna become an insomniac.

    I also have to mention that I noticed sometime last week that my neighbors sounded like they were doing some serious cleaning (who vacuums for 3 hours?)… I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve driven their ‘pets’ over to my place….


  328. November 11, 2007 at 11:28 pm, Guest said:

    I must be a sick puppy;
    because I am rolling over here
    absolutely ROTFLMAO ….

    This is great,,
    took my mind totally off the problem of
    Mice.. those lil stank hoes..

    they gotta go !


  329. November 13, 2007 at 11:06 am, Guest said:

    sorry to say.. if you have 1 you will have more ..a lot more .i found and killed a mouse in my house only to have killed 8 more and counting..i hope the best and you ponly have 1.GL


  330. November 13, 2007 at 11:38 pm, Guest said:

    i have mice and i clean my house every day top to bottom and i still have mice help me get rid of them any body can help i would be happy


  331. November 14, 2007 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    just put a drop or 2 of peppermint oil in the corner of every room and wherever else you know they might linger. believe me it works 🙂


  332. November 14, 2007 at 10:54 am, Guest said:

    good places are in the corners of rooms and just wherever you know they might linger


  333. November 15, 2007 at 2:45 pm, Guest said:

    We live in a small town and in 30 years we never had a problem with mice. Until now. We have new neighbors who do not clean up their yard. They have piles of wood (I don’t know why. They have a fireplace but they never use it). And a brush pile that keeps getting bigger. They never haul anything away, the mess keeps growing. This is where creatures like to hide.

    I hate these filthy mice. I have no sympathy for how they die. We’ve trapped several in the garage. We use a spoonful of white flour for bait. Just set the trap and pour the flour over the little tray thingy. Mice can’t resist flour. They go into a frenzy over it.


  334. November 17, 2007 at 8:51 am, Guest said:

    where can i get this bottle of peppermint oil


  335. November 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm, Guest said:

    Just read everyones comments. Thought I would share my own horror story. Been in same apt for 18 months. Had one or two mouse citings last year, and than 2 weeks ago so droppings in the kitchen. I figured they were coming through the stovetop, so I covered the stovetop and moved on. Tonight, my girlfriend starts screaming, a mouse was in the bedroom. I have a bi-level and have yet to see one upstairs until today. There is a hole in the wall and that little bastard came in and went back through that hole. I called terminx and have an appt on Monday.. bottom line an apartment is not habitable with mice, my landlord must fix the problem or I am out.


  336. November 19, 2007 at 8:19 am, Guest said:

    I’m from London, moved in to a brand new flat last year i first saw sighting of a mouse bginning of october this year,since then we have seen more! I don’t understand i keep my place very clean. We have tried wooden mouse traps they were not intrested at all. We tried glue traps but it escaped. We have put rentokil posion down but they are not taking it from the bait trays only from a piece of cardboard that was two weeks ago although their still eating it they are still very much alive. Does anybody know why it isn’t working. They are making us petrified


  337. November 20, 2007 at 5:07 pm, Guest said:

    ok i would like to thank the people for there input on this site. I currently live in a bi-level apartment with my boyfriend. We have been here for 5 months and i just found out i am pregnant. Well lets get to the story. as i am waiting to get around for my job, i look down near the heater and there is the ugliest rodent i have ever seen. there is a mouse with its beady eyes and its tail and not to mention its disgusting body. so i go to my job and i come home after informing my boyfriend to search the entire house, and he says he didnt find any sitings. well its not the fact of seeing them its i can hear them. everyone that knows me say i have ears like a hawk. well i can hear them in the ceiling, attic, and walls. not to mention their nails scraping my dressers. the worst two days have been today and yesterday. i was doing homework in my study room and i look down to get a book and next thing i know i hear this bang in my dresser. i look at it and i see the head pop out of the bottom. well needless to say i jump and grabbed my books and to the downstairs i went. then today i am sitting at the computer looking up ways to get rid of mice and out of the corner of my eye i see this ugly rodent again and i jump. i call my boyfriend and i am freaking out on the phone with him. the whole time i hear it underneath my stove and refrigerator. it sqeals and the nails scrape when it walks. So tomorrow we are giving the landlord the ultimatium to either clean and get an exterminator or we leave.


  338. November 21, 2007 at 3:14 pm, Guest said:

    YOU are sick


  339. November 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm, Guest said:

    we’ve just bought a new car (audi a4) and the mice have decided to make a nest in some insulation stuff in the engine just hope they don’t chew any cables or wires going to try that peppermint oil and see what happens


  340. November 25, 2007 at 9:01 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the tip. I was wondering where i would get peppermint oil. Now I know where to go. I hope this works for my mouse in the house as it did yours.


  341. November 29, 2007 at 8:58 am, Guest said:

    YOU are a sick B#@STARD and NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!


  342. December 03, 2007 at 6:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hi everyone, I also hate mice and never really had a problem until my cat recently ran away (or died)! A couple of days after its dissapearance my mom noticed a mouse running from under the fridge to under the stove along the wall. We bought a regular metal spring trap and within hours we caught the mouse. I was convinced that that was the only mouse we had, until today i see 1 coming up from under the stove and another running across the wall. I know that killing them helps but more will come, so tommorrow I am going to the shelter and getting me another kitty. Does anyone have any suggestions on what age or type of cat i should get? thanx


  343. December 03, 2007 at 9:34 pm, Guest said:

    I have seen a mouse about a month ago. After coming home from my Thanks-Giving vacation that Sunday, I have been catching mice ever since.I probably caught a maximum of 4 a day. They are little babies and I am still terrified of them. I caught one tonight, however its the trap that catches them and my boyfriend scoops them up. I have bought food, glue traps, and wooden traps, and the 2 traps have been working so far, I dont know about the food yet. Anyway, now I hear a scratching under my damn dryer and I never see the darn critter come out, only move. I have thrown food under it and moth balls, and set traps between the washer and dryer, because I will not wash until that thing is moved some kind of way. So, I called my uncle to come over here tomorrow to help me kill it, lift the dryer up or something. I can’t take it anymore, we are going to screen up the vents and plug up the holes. Something has gotta give. An if this doesn’t work then I am calling an exterminator?


  344. December 09, 2007 at 6:56 am, Guest said:

    Help! I woke up last night because I heard a scuffling sound coming from my living room. I went in and found a half eaten chocolate on my couch (I kept some in a bowl on my coffee table). The weird thing was the wrapper was very neatly unwrapped, though there was no way judging by how the remaining part of the chocolate looked that a human could have eaten it. I live alone and for a minute thought maybe I was sleepwalking, but there is just no way. I also noticed on my other couch that part of a pillow that I had was chewed. I have lived here for a little over two months and have had absolutely no sign of rodents, and even now could not find an actual mouse/rat nor any droppings. I’ve already left a message for my landlord but have no idea what to do in the meantime. Is it possible that this could just be an isolated event or will I end up with them everywhere?


  345. December 12, 2007 at 2:56 pm, Guest said:

    I am finding mice droppings. I tried a poison trap..did not work. Are you sure the peppermint oil works?


  346. December 15, 2007 at 8:42 am, Guest said:

    ok so everyones stories seem similar to mine but i must feel the need to share. me and my patner at at wits ends with the mouse infestation problem. we moved into a cute little 3 bd house in a small 6 house development. pay good money for it too. not only do we have continous ants, but MICE. no not just one. the first one scared me. i got up to go the restroom and it came out from under the sink causing me to fly into the shelfs knocking everything over. it was at 4 am and i was so mad. so i bought glue traps. in 2 months we have caught 9 yes i said 9 mice. its never ending. yesterday i put more traps down and we caught 2 in one day. then i go to work at 3 am and my partner calls me this morning at 7 and screaming. she said w caught 2 more of them. not joking around anymore. use to say in frustration we caught mickey number 7,im done. not to mention the snake in my house upon move in. ughhhh…. breaking lease next month.


  347. December 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm, Guest said:

    I just moved into NYC about 5 months ago, I thought I had a pretty good apt, not too expensive, not too small and more importantly no mice and no cockroaches. Well I was wrong. Last Sunday, my roommate say a mouse in our bathroom. Thankfully, her boyfriend was around and took care of the problem. I thought to myself, okay, its NYC one mouse no big deal. The following night I am lying in bed talking to my boyfriend on the phone, when I hear this crinkling, look over to find a mouse digging through the garbage in my room. I got out of bed and quickly found shoes to put on. By the time I was prepared to fight the mouse disappeared. I cleared everything out from under my bed closed my closet doors and emptied my trash and still no mouse – which meant no sleep for me. The next few days, we averaged seeing about one mouse per day, found lots of tracings through out the apt and well I definately figured out that the mice like my bed just as much as I do. My roommate called the super. Within a minute of being in the apt he found a mouse and freaked out. He put down several scented glue traps but we haven’t caught one mouse. One night I saw a mouse run right past the trap. I couldn’t help but laugh. Thank you super for your help. The management company sent someone, who I refer to as “the mouse man,” to our apartment to inspect our apartment and plug any holes. I have only seen one mouse since then and thankfully was able to get it out of my apartment. It has only been a few days but I still hear them in the walls and at night and I am really afraid that on is going to crawl in or on my bed, I’m sure which is worse. I think there is one in my boxspring which is the scariest part. I haven’t slept in a week. I dread being in my apt. After work today I am making a trip to Home Depot and GNC and buying more traps and peppermint oil and mothballs. How is it that mice, one of the lowest animals on the food chain can reck such hack on our lives. ugghhh! All I want to do is sleep peacefully!


  348. December 19, 2007 at 10:11 pm, Guest said:

    My landlord loaned me a contraption called The Rat Zapper. At first I was skeptical. This thing really works. I purchased one for myself. It runs on four D cell batteries. You bait it with food — usually dog food kibble. Within the past two months I have “zapped” ten mice!! You need never touch the mice. I don’t work for the company, so this isn’t spam. Google “The Rat Zapper.”


  349. December 20, 2007 at 3:58 pm, Guest said:

    I have 5 cats and the mice are crazy around here lol


  350. December 27, 2007 at 1:02 am, Guest said:

    HI, I live in Chugiak Alaska, We live in a log cabin on a lake, and we have tons of mice….what we did was line any opening, around pipes, under sinks, behind drawers, under cabinets, you name it, we lined it with steel wool pads, which you can get at WalMart….we also got the V traps…you just line the top with peanut butter mixed with raw oatmeal, and set it….they flock to it and get trapped…you never have to touch the mouse…you just pick up the trap and dispose of the disgusting rodent….line your drawers with Bounce dryer sheets…they hate it. Good Luck…[email protected]


  351. December 27, 2007 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    LOL! that was HILARIOUS! I loved it. I may not agree with your practices but wow that was entertaining.


  352. December 27, 2007 at 7:17 pm, Guest said:

    The woods is located down the street from where we live and we have seen a pattern of mice every winter. For a while the sticky pads worked, but one day I actually observed a mouse jump over two of them that were spaced two feet apart. It was like watching the
    olympics. He was like an olympic running long jump mouse. My husband has used up so many cans of the expanding foam to seal up holes that our house looks like the blob. Clean up could be costly if we ever consisder selling our house. These digusting little creatures obviously are really smart and communicate effectively with each other. At one time we were catching a lot of them when we baited the sticky traps with popcorn and it’s almost like they told each other don’t eat the popcorn. Then we baited the traps with peanuts and that worked for a little while. Next I started using the pellets and poison blocks but, I noticed that they would not eat them, so I mashed the pellets into powder form and mixed it into the peanut butter in a plastic lid. They were eating the poision and apparently were leaving the house to find water and dying outside. That worked for awhile and then they stopped eating from the open lid. I then had to start covering the poision peanut butter lid with plastic wrap. I also smeared a little peanut butter on top of the plastic wrap and noticed lately that they have been having a picnic. I have noticed a decrease in mice activity. I also invested in the Victor mouse sonic chaser, that sends sonic sound in the room, and I am waiting for my delivery of the Riddex sonic device which works with sending sonic sounds in the walls. Hopefully something will eventually work. If not I will finally be convinced that the mice are indeed smarter than we are, and will search to locate a mouse communications class, so that I can tell them to leave my house or else!


  353. December 28, 2007 at 10:21 am, Guest said:

    yes the peppermint oil works very well. You can go to the hardware and get MOUSE MAGIC it has peppermint oil, spearmint oil and some other ingridient.


  354. December 28, 2007 at 10:23 am, Guest said:

    Try Mouse Magic you can get from the hardware store, peppermint oil works great.


  355. December 28, 2007 at 10:41 am, Guest said:

    Get Mouse Magic from the hardware works great. That drives them away.


  356. January 04, 2008 at 2:16 am, Guest said:

    i have used that green pellets i forgot what they was called. at first they was getting gone fast but then as i looked under some cloths there was the pellets.i hear them scrachen running around talken to each other i can barely sleep at night. i see their dropings everywhere and i’m getting very tired of them being in my house. i might try that decon stuff i heard it might work hopely it will but i don’t really understand why they would stop eating them pellets it’s supose to kill them but it don’t seem
    to. i don’t got the money to pay someone to come in and kill them. so what do you think i should do ? i do not want to use one of them mouse traps because
    i don’t want to see them dead i just want them gone.
    thanks bye


  357. January 06, 2008 at 3:24 pm, Guest said:

    The best traps, though PETA won’t call them humane, are glue traps. Place them where you see the droppings, baited with a dollop of peanut butter. They are inescapable, and the appeal to the mouse’s greed. Guaranteed, these are the most productive moustraps on the market. Get a glue trap.


  358. January 09, 2008 at 1:08 pm, Guest said:

    This may have worked for you, but no me. Mice are smart and the one that’s in my condo won’t go NEAR the glue traps and I have them in every direct path he can take…any more bright ideas?


  359. January 09, 2008 at 1:23 pm, Guest said:

    Any health food store. i got mine at GNC today…haven’t tried it yet. But will definitely do it tonight.


  360. January 09, 2008 at 8:48 pm, Guest said:

    I thought I was crazy when I thought the mice were jumping over the glue traps but now I know i’m not.


  361. January 10, 2008 at 9:25 am, Guest said:

    I’m ready to try ANYTHING! I got those snap traps and put mouse attractant in it…they found a way to get the goo without getting snapped. The cupboard underneath the sink has a whole box of steel wool shoved in it. They avoid the glue traps, they hang out by my sonic thing, they’ve never attempted to get anything tasty out of my little mouse zapper machine. I THINK I’ve seen a bit of poison eating, but I don’t know for sure. I’ve got smart mice and can’t figure out how to get the best of them! My cat just sits in the kitchen meowing with his tail twitching but he can’t get a hold of them either.


  362. January 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:



  363. January 11, 2008 at 8:56 am, Guest said:

    AHHH I’m freaking out here, pissed off, and scared out of my wheaties. I just saw a mouse pass by me in the kitchen, screamed like a chick in a cheap horror film and woke up my kids. I thought it was all clear cause my husband got rid of one this morning. Yet I see another one dammit. I’m walking over chairs and my coffee table to get around. I let my son stay with me from school today that’s how terrified I am. He never misses school but still it’s not good, no way to start living. See I’m new at this mouse thing. Never had mice in any of the places I’ve lived and even this place until last week they started removeing kitchen cabinets from upstairs. My husband got rid of 2 last week and one this morning and still more? I am such a clean and neat freak. I don’t have a garbage bin, throw all my garbage of the day in a shopping bag on the door knob and throw it outside before sleeping. I don’t collect papers, books, or magazines. No food out in the open. Everything is in the fridge and (or) plastic bins,tighly sealed.. I’m like WTF ? I’m so pissed. ughhh. I’m getting that pepperment oil and a cat today, patching holes and a whole lot of glue traps. I refuse to live in fear and walking on top chairs and coffee table to get around looking like an idiot. This is so fustrating cause it’s a new expierence for me in 31 years of life. In reading many of these post I feel some hope and then again more terrified cause of some stories told. These critters have alot of germs, bacteria. I don’t want my kids getting ill, bitten and what not so who cares for humane or proper disposal, I heard they come back to the same place if you free them therefor you must dispose of them miles away, ya right like I’m walking, taking a bus, train or taxi with a live mouse in a bag to get rid of it miles away. NO WAY.. I’ll do what it takes, but not that. Oh yeah get rid of them for away so they can go multiply in another home and somehow come back here for revenge. This is war ! besides they don’t pay my rent and living in NYC I pay too much for this nonsense. Actually high or low rent no one deserves this so good luck to the club of folk I just got joined into by mice.
    Vivi From NYC


  364. January 11, 2008 at 9:44 am, Guest said:

    so put pepperment in cotton balls around and under your bed too..ohh just put it around the entire room and other rooms etc..


  365. January 11, 2008 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:



  366. January 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm, Guest said:

    It’s me again. Just wanted to say that I bought a new kitty and within half hour of her being here we got a mouse. The kitty went unter the coffee table and I guess there was a mouse around…probably smelled or saw the kitty who actually got right next to it and it froze up, didn’t move at all. My son said “mom there’s a mouse next to the kitty” so my husband picked it up with a bag and got rid of it. Unbelievable but TRUE !! I can have some peace now. I guess a cat is one of the best solutions of getting rid of mice. I’m still going to patch holes and put some pepperment around the house for extra assurance.
    Feeling hopeful,
    Vivi from NYC


  367. January 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm, Guest said:

    I have glue traps too, but try peppermint oil and make sure its 100% pure. Spray it on a cottonball or use it by drops. I mix my peppermint oil with a bit of water.


  368. January 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, I have mice in my pantry, and I never had mice anywhere I lived before. I thought it was me and my messy apt. that drew them to my humble sanctuary so, I clamped down and cleaned the whole apt. from top to bottom, got rid of all food in boxes and bags, put dog food in a plastic container on wheels, blocked all possible holes,the size of a dime, in my pantry and everywhere else in my apt. I set four V traps and they all went off, in one night,needless to say, it was sleepless night.

    I read alot of the comments here on this website and I am going to try the peppermint oil and see what that does.
    The V traps are working nicely, like clock work, but I really want to tottally get rid of these mangy, infested friends of mickeys and send them all back to their mickey mouse kingdom in the sky………..


  369. January 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm, Guest said:

    My apt complexe is supposedly infested with mice. However, I have yet to see one with my own eyes. They do however, keep me up all night running around between the walls screaming. Yes, screaming!

    The other day, thinking I was McGyver, I sprinkled flour all over my floor to see if they were actually coming INTO my apartment or just scrambling within the walls. And sure enough there were little paw, tail and nail tracks all over my floor the next morning.

    I informed the janitor of my building immediatly and he offered to lay down poison pellets. (He also informed me that sprinkling flour on my floor wasn’t such a smart idea because they like to eat flour :$)

    Convinced that there’s another way to get rid of them, I stopped by the Health food store and picked up some Peppermint Oil. I poured about 20 drops into a cup of water and dipped a couple of paper towels into the mix. I then stuffed every hole and crack of my apartment with the paper towels. And BTW that stuff is really powerful! Just the smell of it is burning my eyes.

    It is now midnight and I’m waiting up for them. They usually like to come out and “play” around now. So far I’ve heard nothing.

    I’ll get back to you within the next couple of days to tell you how it turned out. If you don’t hear from me soon, its because they’ve eatten me alive.



  370. January 24, 2008 at 12:36 am, Guest said:

    I have mice in my apartment. My roommate has been living here for a few years and this mouse thing aparently only started some months ago. There’s subway construction a block away and it seems that’s one of the reasons.

    We only saw droppings that very first time. And I bought traps and the electric noise thing that’s supposed to scare them away. The traps only caught one a couple of months ago……But then 2 weeks ago, I started seeing them just walking around!!!!!!!

    In my bedroom, sneaking through the door!!!! and in the kitchen going behind the fridge

    I put many many traps and we caught one….but then another one sneaked through a door that had glue traps all along and the bastard didnt get stuck!!!!

    I did the peppermint oil thing yesterday, you can smell the minty scent from the ground floor…..but it seems it didnt scare them away because today i saw another one, just walking around,

    I cant sleep well, i became phobic and i am afraid of opening a closet or even leaving bed. This is hell, it’s ruining my life.

    Please help!


  371. January 24, 2008 at 4:18 am, Guest said:

    I have never seen any sign of any mice in my house ever, nor have I heard any at night – until this morning. I was sitting at the puter when I saw something right by my left leg moving quickly, by the time I had a look at it I saw the tail and then I screamed like a mad woman and ran outside. It took me 20 minutes to get the courage to go back in, and I came back in cos I had to get ready for work. I am now absoloutely petrified sitting here, I keep looking around me every few minutes. I think it may have been attracted by the pile of tree clipping from my brothers garden upkeep last weekend. There is a massive pile outside near the house as he cut back alot of trees. I hope this was a one off mouse although it seems unlikely.. I have put some bait blocks under the oven under the fridge and under the lounges and I now feel really bad about it as it wont be a nice way to die. Im so scared of them though.


  372. January 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm, Guest said:

    I am so glad to hear about the peppermint oil… this is one thing I haven’t tried…. I will be purchasing some in the near future. HOPE IT WORKS!!!0333


  373. January 30, 2008 at 5:01 am, Guest said:

    as i sit here reading everyones comments on mice..i can hear the little bastards scurrying around behind my dresser, in the closet…everywhere! its 6 am and i have not been to sleep yet cuz of these stupid little trolls. i FULLY saw them go nibble on the “super mouse killer” i placed in the “corner cat live trap” from the outside and then run off! they actually sit there and stare at me as if they are taunting me..then i make a loud cat hissing sound and they take off for a couple seconds! i managed to catch one yesterday and could hear it trying to claw its way out of the trap and after reading that the anticoagulant killer can take several days of them eating it to work i said screw this…im taking it ouside and releasing..well did it not hide in the little entry way of the trap and jump out when i opened it and take off in the backyard..its probably the same little jerk thats here AGAIN. i hope it froze…the fresh peanut butter i put in that trap last night must be really enticing cuz im sure ive got the whole fam living in my room now!! im allergic to cats so cant do that. i have that stupid plug in ultrasonic noise maker thing…for months now and they dont give a crap…they are still here! i bought the victor quick setup traps or whatevr they are..some plastic little crappy things that would not kill an ant but are supposed to kill a mouse!! im going insane………i refuse to resort to dipping COTTON BALLS IN PEPPERMINT OIL!!!! then they will really be taunting me…someone tell me im not alone here…IM DESPERATE!!


  374. January 30, 2008 at 8:08 am, Guest said:


    I have been using 100% peppermint oil for over a year now and it works.. you just have to keep using it. I put it down every 3 weeks. just put it on a cotton ball and place it in every corner (don’t forget the closets)!!! in your home or apartment or anywhere else you may see them or can think of.
    Also place it under the refridgerator and oven. I usually purchase mine at GNC but now it cost 50.00 a bottle although you can purchase smaller quantities, 4oz 20.00. I like the 16oz ( it’s cost efficient ) I just ordered some more today online. only 33.00 this includes the S&H charges at it’s expensive but it last a year with proper usage. I think it’s better than any trap. I don’t like to look at mice DEAD or ALIVE!!.

    FYI – If this is your first time using peppermint oil, you may use too much and the smell can be overwhelming and may cause an eye burning sensation (please use Peppermint oil Cautiously and don’t rub your eyes, IT WILL STING! ( if you SHOULD accidently rub your eyes, rinse them quickly with cold water, I suggest using rubber gloves until you become comfortable using it ).

    Peppermint oil does not kill mice it just keeps them away (they do not like it) I also read that another person wrote that they put down peppermint oil but are still seeing mice. REMEMBER if you see one mice ( you may have 20, Now, that’s a nasty thought isn’t )? It takes time for all of the mice to finally realized that its in your home this is why you MUST place it EVERYWHERE you can think of, plus places where you dont think of. (like behid the toilet) AND YOU MUST CONTINUE TO USE IT, THEY WILL COME BACK IF YOU DO NOT REFRESH WITH IT EVERY 3- 4 WEEKS.

    you can not just get up and move from a Home or Condominium. They must be sold. so, until you sell.. you have to take action.

    GOOD LUCK!!!


  375. February 01, 2008 at 10:23 am, Guest said:

    Uhhhhh i hate mice!!! I tried the peppermint thing before but it drys up so darn fast! it’s pointless, you’d have to re-soak every cotton ball daily! one day my husband put down a sticky trap where the mice were seen and the next morning it was in a different location and with one of my husband’s sock over top of it. as it to say “ha!, you suckers! look what I did to your dumb trap” (shaking my head in frustration) so on to the v traps… they work but who wants to see or hear them and there is barely any room to grap the trap w/o almost touching the filthy mouse. so now on to the traps that look like hockey pucks. they work great…if the mouse actually goes in it!!! but until then, you only find youself constantly checking it to see if the trap says “mouse caught”. and now last but not least…a cat…too bad hubby says he’s “allergic” guess i’ll try the rat zapper, the mouse magic,muesli,expandable glue,chocolate syrup and if they don’t work, then i guess i put up the white flag and leave the mouse a note asking him if we can have a caucus and discuss our differences.


  376. February 04, 2008 at 3:01 am, Guest said:

    mice everywhere ahhhh. ive lived in my apartment for three years now. never seen a mouse other than a pet one when i was a kid. about a month ago i was sitting on my couch,watching tv and i feel something on my hand look back and seen this thing couldnt tell if it was a hamster or a mouse the tail never came out before my scream. i called the landlord and they where supposed to find out if it was someones pet. well unlucky for me they never called me back to say the building is infested.its been almost a month now and nothing is getting rid of them. we have caught about 20.they have eaten about $300 worth of food.they even have enough courage to go into my rabbits cage and steal his food from his bowl. its really beging to bother me. they are in the walls in the ceilings under the cupboards the closets anywhere you can think of they are.i cant use poisins do to young children.and it gets even better due to them eating all that food i was late on rent and now got a court ordered eviction.


  377. February 04, 2008 at 9:08 am, Guest said:

    I never had mice at all! EVER! Last night my Yorkie started going crazy smelling around behind my computer table. So I went over and I could hear pitpatters under my printer. So I moved the printer a bit and I seen the nose of the mouse. Then the dog went for it and it went under my printer. THEN I moved the printer more out again and the mouse came out infront of everyone and ran accross the room and went under the apartment heaters. My dog went after it but it some how dissapeared in the heaters. This morning I completely moved the printer and I found mouse droppings all over. I think the mouse pood itself from be so scared. It was a baby mouse for sure. It was white with some spotted grey on it. Im not too scared of mice, But I dont need them eating everything and pooping everywhere. I have a dog and a child. My kitches has baby gates and I have never seen mouse poop untill this morning and it was under the printer so I am confused to how this thing came in here. I doubt it was in my apartment forever. UGH I am confused now lol. I heard that potato peels and water beside the potato peels will kill a mouse. Apparently they bloat up from it and their stomachs will explode inside of them. I dunno I might try it.


  378. February 06, 2008 at 2:11 am, Guest said:


    I just moved into an apartment in Brooklyn and have never had problems with mice but I opened my closet the other day to get some shoes and out in front of my feet was a little mouse!

    I screamed soooo loudly and then convinced myself that I t was just my imagination. a day later… I was getting ready for bed when I saw one climb out of my TOASTER!?!

    AGHHHH, ew how gross. I never want to eat toast again. It made me so ill. I sparyed bleach everywhere and my place is super clean I just don’t understand how I could get mice?!

    I am calling my landlord tomorrow but its like 3am and its going to be a long sleepless night as I live in a studio and can hear him crawling around..



  379. February 13, 2008 at 11:14 pm, Guest said:

    OK mice problem. My landlords husband came in and filled in the holes under my sink. I put down two traps, I have been cleaning every single say the floors under everything. I moved furniture w.e. The mouse dissapeared. No traps were used, no noise, my dog was happy. she wasnt going nuts. WELL just tonight my yorkie ran accross the room like mad! mad! i heard the mouses little feet. Lil bugger. I think its too smart for traps and the only thing to use is poison but i have a 15 months old baby and a yorkie. yeah cant use poison. Im not scared of the mouse at all. Im just scared of its poop. I dont need to get sick or my son or dog to get sick from a stupid mouse poop. I clean up everyday though and I havnt seen mouse poop. Im so angry god. I think they r living in one of my couches or in the heaters. I don’t know. Im so frustrated


  380. February 15, 2008 at 8:59 pm, Guest said:

    I hate the bastards!!!!

    Purchased the devices you plug in the wall that carries the sound to scare them away WORKED FOR A WHILE!!

    Put down glue traps, only caught 3

    Orkin came out and put the “clubhouse” boxes where they go in eat the poisin and go outside and die. Worked they mice disappeared!!!

    Found out that crusty asswipe next door of my rowhouse has them now but is to freakin lazy to call Orkin so they are coming back to my house from next door.


    One day I’ll look back and laugh at how silly I acted when I would see them run across my floor…


  381. March 02, 2008 at 8:48 pm, Guest said:

    My roommate brought them in, now after he’s gone, but they’re still here. I HATE them SOOO much!!! They have ruined so much stuff, even the sentimentals. 🙁 I tried cleaning, but the smell of them is super gross and overwhelming. I can’t stand it. I even thought I could start the house on fire, but probabley not a good idea. I wouldnt use poison cuz of lil ones, and the traps sometimes work, but it seems they get to smart for them. I have even found 3 or 4 nests with babies! EWWW! I have my husband kill them because I dont have the heart. I will try the peppermint but we’re not rich people. They are in the walls, ceilings, closets, and of course in the kitchen. I even found them in the stove, SO GROSS. They LOVE my bird food, and I can’t keep them out of her cage. What do they do for the enviroment again? Other then feed snakes, which we don’t have any around here anyway. HELP! I’m so depressed and stressed about these stupid critters! I believe they should be the sign of the devil, not the snake!!!


  382. March 02, 2008 at 10:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hi Girl,Your comments were so funny,but i’m not laughing at you, i’m laughing with you as i sit here in my bed with my 45 ready to shoot anything that moves,and my chihauhau Paco,oh God, i hope it’s my chihauhau, i have not slept in days.I have cleaned my house from one end to the other with bleach,put everything in cannisters,just all i know to do to have a super clean home ,but these little monsters are still here ,and i live in a brick home.But the final straw that broke the so call camels back was when i got up the other morning to go potty and i had one doing the backstrock in my toilet…OMG…PLEASE HELP ME ……email me at [email protected]


  383. March 04, 2008 at 5:49 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t think the glue traps are very good. Why do you want them to live? Best thing is to get the spring traps-it’s fast and efficient.


  384. March 05, 2008 at 2:22 am, Guest said:

    I am so glad I found this website. Our ratnightmare started a month ago. I came home from grocery shopping (4:00pm) and started to put the food away when a rat/mouse on the kitchen counter came running up me. I took off running and screaming so I can’t tell if it is a rat or a mouse. Then another night my Mum goes into the kitchen and one runs up to her foot – ugggh! We bought a pail of Fastrac place packs (100) and 1lb of Maki wax block. After 2-weeks they never touched any of the 6 packs and blocks placed on the kitchen counter, stove, fridge, dishwasher.So we went to Home Depot and got the rat traps baited them with peanut butter. The conniving beasts ate the peanut butter but escaped the traps. Then 3-nights ago at 2:00am I hear a scratching in my bedroom, turned on the light and a rat is feasting on my headband on top of my dresser. There has been rat poop everywhere – bedroom, kitchen floor, counters and drawers. Please, I will try anything? Does the Ratzapper or the Victor zapper really work? My Mum and I have not slept in a month – HELP!


  385. March 05, 2008 at 10:05 pm, Guest said:

    “I have mice in my apt” your post was hilarious…lol… I laughed so much….

    the first mouse i caught in my Boston aprtment was kinda cute looking too, i think it was still a baby, and i felt sorry for it, as it squealed trapped in the glue trap…

    my husband and i , recetnly relocated and got our first apartment together in Boston. well soon after, we got aquainted to that aforementioned cute looking mouse. Since disposing that one, i have seen another mouse (not that cute looking by the way, its ugly and gross), on top of the stove (eww), and this time i haven’t been succuessful in catching it in the glue traps.
    I seriously believe that mice are quite intelligent, and this mouse is displaying some learned behaviour and is outsmarting my efforts to trap it. My husband’s sarcastic comment when I share these thoughts with him, “yeah maybe the mouse is harvard graduate, may be he got his undergrad at harvard, and got a Phd at MIT”


  386. March 09, 2008 at 12:33 am, Guest said:

    Here is some advice from a Brooklyn girl 🙂

    1) If you see 1 mouse you don;t just have one,sorry— you have an entire family…. about 10 maybe…

    2) don’t think because you kill one the problem is gone—- they or another family— will keep coming back if you don’t seal up the holes. supposedly the mommy mouse hides and sends the little littles out to get food – true?

    nonetheless, take a trip to HOME DEPOT they have amazing stuff to seal up holes, and it’s really actually fun to use it’s like a huge marshmello in the whole– 🙂 you need to look everywhere for the holes. remember they can get through a keyhole… so seal em up.

    3) keep all food sealed in plastic bins… never leave m and m’s in a bag on your floor… (my experience with my first mouse)

    4) clean up all signs of poops daily… they follow the stench of their poop and piss to remember where they were. (they can not see) they can only smell…

    5) best way to catch a mouse— pizza box worked the best for me .. free and the best way i found. Here;s how– put the pizza box up so the opening is on top. put something in the bottom of it (cheese bread, something smelly) and wait. they won’t be able to easily get out of it. my boyf did that and we caught 3 mice in it in one night. he had to wait up really late and snap the lid shut so quickly!!!
    other one was the one where they crawl in the whole and it kills them boom – those were GOOD. sticky ones were also good behind the trash..

    6) After you catch them i would kill them or bring them somewhere far away or else they will j ust find their way back. remember they follow their smell…. i don’t personally like or care if they are alive.. there are enough bothering us, right?

    7) keep your place clean become a clean freak-

    8) it’s not your fault, you live in nyc…. 🙂


  387. March 09, 2008 at 9:51 pm, Guest said:

    i understand! my husband and i have been catching mice for the past cuople of days and it has been fuuny. just when we thought we were finished there is another. we have been using the glue traps they bare working but there was one that would keep passing the trap one day he moved it. the funniest was: my husband thought i moved the traps and i thought he did but the mousr was caught and he moved from the kitchen down the hall to the familyroom. we have one now that is a baby.we will get him it may hurts us but we do need our house back!!!! lol good luck!!!!!


  388. March 14, 2008 at 8:42 am, Guest said:










  389. March 20, 2008 at 11:22 am, Guest said:

    I live in NYC and its almost impossible to avoid mice. However, I’ve always been very conscious to keep my apartment clean and keep food closed tight. In the past year, I started seeing mouse droppings in my kitchen – behind my toaster near my stove and freaked out! I cleaned head to toe and yet, I still heard them running around my kitchen and even saw one run across my living room floor. I bought the glue mouse traps, but only caught 1 within a few months. They are smart little things. So, I looked online and found these humane mouse traps, although they were expensive. I can’t stand go near mice, let alone live ones stuck on a trap! These traps, all you do is slide in a cracker and when they walk in – the door snaps shut. You go to the park or far away from home and open the door with the cracker. The mice leave by eating through the cracker and you never have to go near the mouse. The first day of buying this – I caught 1 mouse, released it and thought that I was done since I didn’t see one for awhile. After awhile, I saw more droppings in the same palces and started drying the bounty dryer sheets near my dishwasher, stove, behind my sink and near my frig. Needless to say, they didn’t work- I walked into my kitchen to find a mouse practically sitting on a dryer sheet! I heard about the peppermint trick but my friend spent so much time and money dousing cotton balls and still has mice. So, I went and bought another set of the human mouse traps. Set them up and I woke up last night to hear something scratching…to see a mouse on my couch!!!!!!! I screamed and it scurried away. Last night, I came home to find a mouse in the trap. Happy to see it, although freaked out that I still had mice. As I’m getting ready to bring the captured mouse to the park down the street and I see another mouse run across my kitchen floor – as if it was looking for his sister! I reset all the traps with fresh crackers and now, I’m sitting and waiting to see if I’m going to catch another one.
    P.S. – I’ve even tried to poison blocks and pellets, and they just don’t work.

    I told my landlord about this but all he told me was that our building isn’t allowed poison b/c of all the kids and pets here and suggested just getting traps. I’m furious b.c I live in quite a nice NYC apt. and its infested!

    Any other tricks anyone can suggest!


  390. March 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm, Guest said:

    I have a serious mice troubles. I think I might have more than 200 mouse in my etire house. I put at least 5 boxes of decons. They ate everything that day, and now they’re bringing their friends. I can’t sleep at night because they sing all night, and run. Somehow, they got away from those glue traps. I have six in my room. But, so far, I didn’t get any mice on sticky trap. Sound electronic one doesn’t work for sure. The only thing is that now they enjoy their food(decon), and that food made them build the immuntation and become super mouse with all the magic power. I’m tired of fighting with mouse anymore.Frustrated girl from Chicago!


  391. March 25, 2008 at 8:11 pm, Guest said:

    I started finding mouse droppings in my apartment in the kitchen area over the last few days and was very dismayed. Upon reading this thread and others, I decided to head to lowes and buy some traps. I bought both the DCON covered ultra set and the DCON ‘no touch, no view’ disc. I got 4 of them and it was only $12 total.

    Within three hours of setting the traps I caught one with the covered Ultra Set one. I couldn’t believe it. I reluctantly peeked inside and there was a medium size mouse. I happened to be in the adjacent room when it snapped, and it didnt take more than a couple of seconds for the mouse to stop moving.

    There wasnt any blood or guts or any other grossness. I emptied the mouse into the trash can and obviously took it out immediately.

    My advice is to really find where the mouse is coming in and give it no choice but to enter the trap. In my case, it was behind the dishwasher, and I figured there was only 1 spot where they could have been entering the kitchen (i mean, they can’t just get out of closed cabinets!).

    I highly recommend the DCON Ultra Set Covered Mouse Trap if you’ve got a good idea where they are. I want to hope there’s only one, but from what I read I can expect a bunch more.


  392. March 26, 2008 at 2:58 am, Guest said:

    UPDATE: Woke up at 3am and noticed that the same trap was sprung again. Sure enough I caught another.

    2 mice in 12 hours.. using grated Parmesan cheese as the bait (which someone suggested here!).

    I hate killing them but I need my kitchen back.. the amount of droppings looked like there are many at work.. but hopefully I’m starting to cull the herd a little bit.


  393. March 29, 2008 at 10:06 am, Guest said:

    Yeah use traps. Forget the humane ones because the mouse has to walk all the way in. The snaps kill the mouse instantly… I know you can’t stand the thought of little Ratouille dying, but those traps are more humane than poison pellets which dehydrate the mice over days while they crap all over your apt. I live in NYC too and we just started finding mice, I bought snap traps and have killed 2 in two days. I also suggest plugging up all the hole with foam stuff you can buy and/or steel wool to limit the mice that come in.


  394. March 31, 2008 at 2:44 pm, Guest said:

    HI, I use glue traps all the time, and they always work for me.It does not even take that long for them to get caught. I tried using the snap traps but I am afriad that I will get my fingers caught. Margie


  395. April 08, 2008 at 7:24 pm, Guest said:

    my cat caught a mouse about 3 weeks ago. Just talking about mice makes me want to jump on the couch screaming. Seeing a mouse makes me vomit. Today we saw another. This time, the cat’s not so interested. I bought peppermint oil, we’ll see if that works. If not, does anyone know if there is a trap out there that lets you catch them without having to look at them? I’m perfectly fine with killing the nasty things. I just can’t look at them. I refuse to cook because I’m too afraid to open the cupboards.


  396. April 08, 2008 at 11:10 pm, Guest said:

    this will work!!!!!!!!

    take a q-tip, remove the cotton from the tip and place ranch dressing on it. take the cotton and wrap it into the trigger part of a snap trap. activate the snap trap and place the trap at the exact place you last saw the mouse “coming from”!


  397. April 10, 2008 at 1:34 am, Guest said:

    OMG! i’m having the same issue right now. it’s 2:30am and i’m sitting in my apartment waiting. i saw it in my kitchen, then it ran away. i heard it scratching on something as i was crying and banging on the walls to scare it out. I also live in NY in a supposed “luxury” building, which clearly is a complete lie.
    Never have i had to deal with roaches (which is another issue im having) and mice. i’m scared out of my mind right now. i dont even know how to begin with this. can you spray things to prevent them from even coming in?


  398. April 10, 2008 at 6:19 am, Guest said:

    I bought the RatZapper & it does work, it takes 4 AA batteries so have plenty on hand. It’s great to use, you don’t even have to see them. The red light comes on & you just need to dispose of it.


  399. April 11, 2008 at 12:11 am, Guest said:

    I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the past six months, but just moved to a new apartment last month (March first). Life has been peachy – I love my cute new apartment – but about a week ago, a mouse came out of nowhere and ran about my living room. I screamed and he scurried back out of my living room, but soon returned. The more freaked out I became, the bolder he became.

    So the next night, when he appeared, I decided to be calm about it. He was rather cute, when you thought about it – adorable really, resembling my poor hamster who passed away a mere three weeks ago. He looked like a teenage mouse, and I felt sorry for him, away from his family as I was sure he must be. I live up in the attic apartment and am fairly OCDily clean – why the hell would he be up here? He must be starving and quite sad. I didn’t feed him with anything but my sympathy, but it seemed to be enough; for the next few nights, nothing. No sounds of scurrying feet, no sight of frolicking little mouse enthusiasm.

    Then tonight.

    Oh, tonight.

    I heard the sounds during a TV show (30 Rock, for those interested in details). My friend was over celebrating the fact that she just signed a new lease for an apartment tonight, and my birthday is tomorrow, so we were drinking champagne and having a general good time. Then I heard a sound from the kitchen. She didn’t hear it, so I decided it might just be a squirrel on the roof (attic apartment, remember?). Then, about an hour later – the sound again. I muted the TV, and this time, she heard it too. I entered the kitchen and followed the sounds and found him climbing down the back of my fridge. WHAT?! They can defy gravity?!

    So I cleverly (tipsily) devised my own trap. I’ve been trying to find a humane one because I’m a complete wuss who has owned rodents in the past as friends, but Target apparently only believes in killing them, so no luck there. I took one of my empty boxes from moving in and smeared peanut butter on its bottom, decorated the peanut butter with tortilla chip crumbs, and propped it up on its side.

    Success! The mouse found his way inside, but I didn’t notice until he was running outside. I convinced myself this was a good thing – a false sense of security, eh? The next time he ventured over, I attempted to tip him into the box – but he was too quick for me. So I waited. I was on the phone with well-wishers for my birthday at this point, crouching in my doorway, stealthily watching the box … and then. AND THEN. One was running toward the box… AND ANOTHER WAS RUNNING ABOUT IN THE KITCHEN. The hell?! TWO?! I didn’t mind him when he was one, I was sad for him. But two? Two is NOT GOOD.

    The second one began to have a field day in my kitchen, making crazy loud chewing sounds. And as annoying as the one mouse had been in the past, he’d never made noises before – but this one sounded like it was coming from my stove. I went over to it.


    Is he the dumbest thing EVER?! A burner?!?!

    This is the stuff of horror movies, kids. Mice should NOT be in your stove. Period.

    I’m rocking the Home Depot tomorrow on my birthday morning, and now it’s war. I tried to be friends, to help collect you and take you outside, but what do you WANT from me?!



  400. April 16, 2008 at 11:29 pm, Guest said:

    I’m also a frustrated girl in Chicago! This is my third apt. in the city, and this is the first time I’ve had mice (and I’m on the 3rd floor)! At first they went away for a month or so after I set traps, poison, what have you. Now, this is my third run with them, and they just keep coming! I’ve tried everything: sticky traps (caught 6 in one week’s time the first round), snap traps (in the paper bag, didn’t catch any that way; trying it just out in the open now), sound wave things, peppermint oil, and poison. I don’t know what they are going after now as I have put everything away. I’m trying to track them by putting powder down, but I’m having a hard time finding a specific spot they are coming from as I have plugged up as many places as I even think could let anything in! Any more suggestions on how to track?


  401. April 21, 2008 at 12:40 am, Guest said:



  402. April 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm, Guest said:

    if you are allowed pets, I highly recommend a cat….mice hate the smell of cats, and cats love mice !!! good luck!!!


  403. April 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm, Guest said:

    We actually live in a 3900 square foot house.

    WE ARE AT WAR. it is time to fight we have 40 acres surounding us. this is unfair. I am pissed. Casualty count….. 9! and we went out of town for 5 days of it. i came home and my house was pure mouse shit.
    Our plan of actions is the following.
    1. 10 peanut butter baited traps
    2. D-Con poison in the attic
    3. CAT, no kitten, kitty. We are going
    tomorrrow 2 adopt. 🙂
    4. Exterminator 10 days after 1-3 are in effect with still active trappings.
    Mickeymouse and family will not take over my home.
    I live in a beautiful new home with acreage. i have 2 dogs and i am out. no mice. i clean daily with bleach. what did i do to deserve this!?!

    – disgusted in TX.


  404. April 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm, Guest said:

    We’re not allowed to have cats here!! Today while I was making dinner a mouse (I swear it was ten feet long, but actually 1/4 ft) ran from one side of the kitchen to the other and into the smallest crack I’ve ever seen in our wall. I was and still am hysterical!! I dragged my boyfriend to Target and we bought one of every mouse trap they had. We’ve been here for 9 months now and this is the first sign of mice, no droppings or food eaten that we’ve seen. I just want it to go go go! Any advice would be terrifc. I also called the emergency number for mantience and the women (it’s a Sunday) laughed at me and said it wasn’t an emergency they’d be here tomorrow. OOOOh they better come and clean up this problem!

    Am I the only one not in NYC?..I’m in Boston we have rodents here too, YUCK


  405. May 05, 2008 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    Has anyone tried the plug-in device that is supposed to drive them away? My husband and I are considering it but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that is not going to work. Plus if it has to be plugged in all the time, it might not work anyway due to our daughters having a rabbit and the noise bothering it. We’ve had the same problems with other traps, glue and snap. Work for a little while but then nothing for a long time. Never tried peppermint. They come out of our stove a lot and it is really frustrating. I guess I need to get sealant and try to cut off their entries but I have a feeling this will be a major chore. We rent a large, old farmhouse right next to a field and right after we moved in our landlord burned down the barn so I’m sure they all headed our way. Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.


  406. May 07, 2008 at 10:03 am, Guest said:

    Look for dirty /soiled area around any possible openings they can enter. ( for instance, a small hole in the wall…it will have a dirty soiled appearance around the opening)It is a sure sign some of the smallest holes! Place the trap directly under or near that dirty area.


  407. May 08, 2008 at 1:43 pm, Guest said:

    that was not a mouse


  408. May 08, 2008 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:


    I am a young SINGLE lady. I’ve been living on my own for 2 years and I just saw a mouse for the first time. I’ve NEVER had any problems nor have my neighbors (we all talk). Anyway matinence set the traps and that was it. Now it’s just a waiting game. I’ve been driving 23 miles out of my way to stay at my parents until the damn thing is dead. I’m worried that there might be more. My mom says Mickey jus lost his way into my apt building because it’s way too warm for him to need to stay. Growing up it was common to see one mouse in our house in the winter. Anyway should I worry about there being more?! I’m supposed to be moving upstairs in July. Should I move out this complex all together?! I CANT DEAL WITH THIS I was thisclose to having an anxiety attack when I saw it run on the back of my stove!!! (I’m OCD- I DON”T LIKE GERMS)!!! CAN ANYONE OFFER ME WORDS OF COMFORT BUT NO LIES I NEED THE TRUTH. I think he came in my apt from the hole in the wall near the water heater. I’m going to be sure to seal that hole and the one under the sink tomorrow.
    e-mail me: [email protected]


  409. May 09, 2008 at 4:01 pm, Guest said:

    Honestly, I have the same issue as you and I just moved to a fourth floor walk-up. The ONLY way to get rid of mice is to seal up every single hole in your place which is obviously impossible if you live in an old place but do the best you can. First, seal with steel wool and then go to home depot or a hardware store and get the stuff that you can spray in there(it’s like a foam that hardens) and they can’t get through that. I feel your pain –I am terrified and so OCD a/b it and my friends and family think that I am a nut.


  410. May 11, 2008 at 5:56 pm, Guest said:

    I tried Sunbeam plug-ins in evey room…They DON’T work!


  411. May 12, 2008 at 8:55 pm, Guest said:

    I found mouse droppings in a kitchen cabinet, so I bought some of those Black & Decker noise repellant things and a box of D-Con (green pellets). I got a tiny piece of bread and put peanut butter on it (MICE LOVE PEANUT BUTTER) and smooshed it into the green pellets. It’s been a week and so far, so good. No more droppings
    Just to be on the safe side, I also put bleach into a spray bottle and hosed the whole cabinet down. When it dried, I put down fresh shelf paper.
    My mom also recommeded the peppermint oil on cotton balls which I plan to do soon because her friend the exterminator told her that they’re allergic.


  412. May 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm, Guest said:

    ok chill out, one mouse is not going to hurt you, i have mice in my house and i’m annoyed and thinking about getting a cat. but i sure as hell dont drive 23 miles to my parents house to stay becuse i have a single mouse. jsut chill out, thoes traps will work, probebly


  413. May 13, 2008 at 5:38 pm, Guest said:

    There is a fur covered situation in my pantry scratching for its freedom as I type… I’m such a little sissy about it that when it scratches, I pound on the door to make it stop. I’ve never seen a rodent in my apt before (been in it for 4years) and have never had any experiences with them except for a demonic hamster in middle school. My landlord wont be home for another 2 hours and his wife came downstairs only to freak me out more by saying if i felt “uncomfortable” I could come upstairs with her. She came back a half hour later with a glue trap but what the hell am I supposed to do with that? The damn thing is stuck inside the pantry. I’m not just going to open the door for it to run around my apt. What do I do?


  414. May 18, 2008 at 6:12 am, Guest said:

    omg…someone PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
    ok…so i’m in d.c. & I stay @ an off campus dormitory. I keep my room extremely clean: free of food & any spots where mice could hide.(i keep my clothes off the floor in a laundry bag) of course staying w/a bunch of young ppl who don’t have the same type of views on cleaniness as I could prove 2 b problematic & since everyone has moved out 4 summer…MICE ARE TRYING TO TAKE OVER MY ROOM!! I came 2 my room 2 find that the snapping mouse didn’t catch a damn thing & the sticky trap had been nibbled on the outside but no mouse. I freaked, had a young man come check my room & confirmed that no mice were present nor did they have a place 2 hide. somewhat secure & never seeing a mouse in my room anyway I thought I was ok. Why at 5:30 this morning did I see a mother-freakin-mouse come through the front door!!! AUGH!!!!!!! Needless to say I FREAKED!! I’ve tried the peppermint oil thing & it seemed 2 work but now I actually SAW 1 in MY room! what should I do? the mouse this morning ran underneath this gaping space where the a c is, which all gthe rooms have. since im in a dormitory I don’t even know if I can even use the steel wool or the hard foam. and if 1 came through the front door what am I supposed 2 use 2 keep them from even setting foot in my room! please someone help me!! I need answers desperately!!
    College Girl in D.C.


  415. May 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm, Guest said:

    i’ve been using the snap traps that have caught about 3 mice but then recently i’ve found that the peanut butter has been eaten…
    i thought i’d catch one when they cleaned up the rest of the peanut butter in little bait bit but nope!… they’ve CLEANED it out but ti still hasnt trapped?..
    NE Ideas?


  416. May 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Guest said:

    how do u get rid of the smell if u cant find the mouse


  417. May 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm, Guest said:

    mine is jumping over the traps the smart —-ers!!!! i am heavily pregnant and do not need this bullshit!!! as well as that….some traps are now missing………anyone seen them?????


  418. May 23, 2008 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:

    I’m honestly thinking of suicide.


  419. May 27, 2008 at 11:04 am, Guest said:

    the plug-ins do NOT work. I bought three for my kitchen and the basturds still are here!!!


  420. May 29, 2008 at 12:51 am, Guest said:

    Decon: What the mice I’ve noticed actually due is collect the decon and store it somewhere else to consume later. Decon works but then you have to look for the bastards. Not much fun at all.


  421. May 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm, Guest said:

    I hate mice! They are all over my damn apartment! I bought 2 plastic kill mouse traps yesterday, put them out and in 1 hour, caught 2…..yes, TWO! It was so gross because I could hear the plastic banging on the floor because the mice were moving! I am going to try the DECON traps (the ones where you don’t see them and just throw them out). I almost puked this morning, taking them out to the garbage. I haven’t been able to work all day. For the person who slept at their parents house, I’m with you. I’m considering going to a hotel for a couple of nights and billing my landlord. She sucks!


  422. June 03, 2008 at 12:53 am, Guest said:

    I bought 2 riddex plus about 3 months ago, I would have sworn by it but I just recently started seeing mice after the three months, It certainly did work initially and maybe still is doing something. I live in a three apartment house and I seem to be the only one trying to do anything about the mice in my apartment. I’ve had orkin come in and all they could do for me was to put glue traps down, I could have done that myself for hundreds less… I had another exterminating place and they placed poisons all around even in areas my puppy visits. Finally I got these plugged in devices and so far in three months I’ve spotted two just recently when I was normally use to spotting them almost everyday. I am ordering more plug in devices and also getting the pepermint oil… I’ll write back when I have time to note the results.


  423. June 03, 2008 at 11:43 am, Guest said:

    DECON MAKES ONE. You open the door by turning the
    unit. Before you do that, underneath the unit is
    a small sticky pull. Put that back and put peanut
    butter there. I have several that way. If I hear
    a click and the door is closed, STUART LITTLE is
    a goner. Next time though- I felt like I was running
    a mice day care center) I might just put it in a
    envelope and send it to my OH SO WONDERFUL LANDLORD.
    AKA – ——.



  424. June 05, 2008 at 12:52 am, Guest said:

    I have caught 11 with the sticky mats and 3 with the snaps in the last 8 days.

    I have thought for a year that the noises coming from the basement were wood peckers nesting in the exterior walls of my condo. A full year! I saw the crap under my sink 8 days ago and this is how I found out. No more crap under the sinks but it wouldn’t make sense for them to go under the sink because there is a FULL BLOWN MICE PARTY going on in my bedroom/basement, crack cocaine included judging from what I’ve witnessed. I rarely go down there as this room is used only for storage. ( lovely setting for the mice, seeing how they apparently love cardboard boxes). It also has a lowered ceiling with insulation inbetween the lowered and actual ceiling. Tthat lowered ceiling is cedar wood. Another thing they love.

    This is a nightmare and I want to sell and move. I’m not in a position that I can do that. I am not doing well emotionally. Orkin is coming in 2 days and that can’t happen fast enough. I am terrified they are not going to be able to find the entrance hole and this is going to continue.

    I will let everyone know how Orkin worked out cause based on the comments I’ve read here and other places that company has sort of a 50/50 chance of sucess. I don’t do 50/50 when it comes to mice living in my home and robbing me of my sanity.

    Good luck everyone. Honestly I hope everything works out for all of you. I will post in 3 days with info on Orkin.


  425. June 06, 2008 at 3:52 pm, Guest said:

    Hi there,

    First what you need to do is buy something, like a door blocker that you can apply to the bottom of the door to keep the mice from having easy access into your home. when you apply it, make sure there are NO holes for which the mice to continue to come in and out from the front door. Next, buy alot of steel wool and masking tape, and plug any spots that you see is the size of a dime or smaller. They can stretch their bones to fit into any small hole. Using your wool, plug the holes and just to make you feel better, put masking tape over th steel wool to keep it in place. Then clear your counter of any food particles and water. Keep the sink dry and the counter food free and water free. Keep your food in hard plastic containers and clear all your clutters to higher ground or put into large plastic containers. Lastly, set traps all over the house. I hate mice so I use the spring ones so that they’d die quickly. I put peanut butter on trap, a very small smalllll amount…like the size of a raisen or even smaller. Set the trap and put newspaper underneath. When you catch the little bugger, put him in plastic bag, use gloves, and toss him out.


  426. June 06, 2008 at 4:08 pm, Guest said:

    Hi there,

    When you live in a city like NYC, just be prepared to encounter mice, rats, and giant roaches. How to handle the roaches is basically, purchse roach spray and kill them immediately when you see them. Roaches breed quicker than mice and they’re smaller and can crawl into small places. The mice problem can be handled by setting traps, finding small holes and covering them with steel wool. I find that city mice are smarter and harder to exterminate. But, try everything and put all your food into plastic containers.


  427. June 08, 2008 at 11:08 pm, Guest said:

    omg i am goin through the samething…i moved into a new apartment 5 months ago…everything was goin great! then one day i find mouse poop in my daughters bed ! i have never been so upset and grossed out! i have had poison control come out 3 times now and there r even more now….i am so fustrated he put poison pellets in behind the fridge and stove where my children canot get at but that was a month ago already…so i called and asked wat else i could do..? i was told that it takes at least 4 – 6 weeks for the poison to work because they take it back and store it and they just eat it later! i have about a million holes from previous renters… tones of cable holes and such…i don’t even know if i would be able to find all of them and fill them! can someone please give me some suggestions…i have a 14 month old and a 2 and a half year old. wat is good to use around them?


  428. June 13, 2008 at 3:35 am, Guest said:

    How is Orkin working for you so far? I know it’s suppose to take a few months but I was wondering if you saw any improvement within the coouple days.


  429. June 14, 2008 at 8:56 pm, Guest said:

    That also happened to me…the mice stole my sticky trap…and he didnt get stucck in it….and they took the food off the snap trap….this smart mouse is draining the life outta me!!!!


  430. June 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and I have lived in our house for about 3 years now. We’ve heard/seen nothing for the first year. Then on our 2nd year, We began to hear scratching noises coming from our ceiling in the back room which is adjacent to the back porch. We thought maybe it was a squirel that had gotten into the ceiling and was trying to scratch its way out. but then I actually seen a baby mice in my room. Freaked me out bigtime! Long story short, it wasnt a squirrel in the ceiling, it was actually a family of mice, which eventually came down into my home. We went out and bought sticky & snap traps. They both worked wonderful. Within 1 1/2 to 2 weeks we had caught 8-10 mice. Usually when you see one, you have more! So dont think because you catch one mice, your done. Chances are it has friends. They piss to alert the other mice on where they are, this way they can invite more friends. Our home is a semi-detached home. And I’ve been in my neihbors house and its not so clean. Therefore, we know, that we will have to always keep the sticky/snap traps on hand for future guest with four legs!!!!! I havent tried the pepermint/amonia thing. But Im game for anything that will keep them out! We have a 10 month old baby now and we cant do the poison thing. So sticky/snap traps it is!!!!


  431. June 19, 2008 at 11:56 am, Guest said:

    OK for every mouse you actually see you have 10 more you can’t see. Mouse can jump 13 inches high, they can run up any non-smooth surface up to 30 FEET in the air. They will chew through almost anything (including the foam that ‘hardens’) like plastic water pipes and electric wires. Getting rid of them takes persistence, and murder in your heart, and hard work. But mostly it takes a lot of aluminum. Mice tend to nest, not burrow. So dust- keep dust bunnies, hair, all of that needs to be swept out from under the beds and furniture or they USE IT.The sound devices don’t work, all those companies have been sued by the federal government don’t waste your money. Keep anything like plants or mulch a minimum of 18 inches away from your foundation. I use tamper proof poison traps and snap traps. The poison I put behind things like the stove. The snap traps I put near gaps I can’t fill (like the heat vents of my hot air heating system.) For eveything else I use a combination of aluminum flashing, zinc screening material, steel wool (both the real metal kind and the faux plastic kind). Start with under sinks- be sure to get thos pipe sleeves at the hardware store- make sure they fit snugly and are the right size, that keeps the little fuckers from getting in. if what you have is a large gap around a pipe fill the gap with the plastic steel wool, the metal steel wool just rusts and disintegrates, and since mice can get enough water for a whole day from just licking the condensation off your water pipes…then take the screening material. Fold it twice and place screws every 3 inches so the screen is as flat and tight to the wall as possible. Get those little adjustable rings- open them all the way up and slide them over the pipes, then tighten them up and the mice can’t get in. Same thing for behind the stove- they’re getting in through the gas pipe so fit it with a sleeve and a couple of screws. Next is doorways, get those doorsweeps, the ones with a piece of solid rubber at the bottom- they can chew through it but if it fits well they may give up. If you use posion, only leave water out for your dog or cat when you are HOME- that way if a mouse does drink from their bowl and begins to die you can sweep them into the garbage before your pet eats them and gets sick (or worse). Now for the outdoors, every place the cable guy has drilled a hole, get the cement in a caulk tube and a caulking gun. Stuff every hole with fake plastic steel wool, and seal it with the cement. If you have a house with a cinder block foundation, dig down to the footing of the house, seal every hole with cement. Then use cold tar to water proof. Around the roof line, I used the rolls of aluminum flashing I glued and screwed it to the over hang, then screwed new 1″ x 6″ trim on top of it. I put a double layer of screening around ever vent outside. In the attic I took a 3″x4″x10′ length of aluminumdownspout and cut it on the diagonal with a pair of tins shears. then I jamed it into the gap between where the roof line meets the attic floor and screwed it with self tapping metal screws every 5 inches. Now they can’t get in to the attic. As freaked out as you all obviously are I understand – getting rid of them just takes knowledge, ingenuity and diligence. They aren’t smart, they are just scared and hungry. Let them go get jobs like the rest of us. Meanwhile have no pity. Signed, The Angel of Death

    P.S. For the person who said their landlord can’t posion them because of the kids in the building call the Health and Housing departments and report your landlord – rodents are a health problem they MUST get rid of.

    For the person with the bird – you need to make a choice – mice adore bird feed you either need to sell the bird or tolerate the rodents both not both.


  432. June 24, 2008 at 12:48 am, Guest said:

    i have lost my mind. I cant sleep and have perched myself up on my chair with big winter boots, armed with a broom. I have 8 traps set, but the little jerks somehow get the peanut butter off the traps without setting them off. My big freakout moment happened a few days ago when i was emptying a no-see trap of a dead one and it jumped out of the trash at me and limped quickly away….somewhere to die or plot its midnight revenge on me with his furry army.I also have it in my head that somewhere underneath my awesome comfy couch, a nest grows. Now all I can think about doing is burning the thing.


  433. June 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm, Guest said:

    LMAO at your message and I could use the comic relief as I’ve got a BIG problem. Well it’s more like a lot of little problems – mice. I don’t even know how many I’ve caught so far and am a little ashamed to admit it but it is over 1 dozen… maybe 14 or so. I moved into this one bedroom apartment awhile back and kept myself confined to the bedroom opting to use the kitchen/dining room just for storage (I have a small fridge and microwave in my bedroom and eat out a lot, the place didn’t come with a stove anyway and the bathroom is in my bedroom).

    I know it must seem ridiculous to most people but honestly I didn’t even go in that room for months because it was mostly filled with a bunch of crap I used to sell (mostly clothing and various household goods, now I sell video games) and no longer do.

    Well when I moved in in addition to the various extra crap I had a box of various food items that I had bought previously with the sincere intention of cooking and eating the contents and for some reason decided to ‘store’ them in the dining room with the other stuff I don’t use… fast forward a few months or so and I come to the realization that I have a mouse which leads to the realization that I actually have many mice. So I go into the kitchen/dining room and low and behold it appears like they’ve been feasting on my forgotten food items for months! They even ate a *whole bag* of spaghetti! Yes I’m serious… the whole fricken’ bag! Also an entire box of potato flakes (the kind you mix with water to make mashed potatoes) and some portion of a bag of white rice (didn’t like it as much as the spaghetti and potato flakes I guess which must be why they brazenly started entering my bedroom which is what alerted me to their presence). Also about half of a phone book (yellow pages)… well I guess they didn’t ‘eat’ it per say but let’s just say that it is no longer useful for looking up telephone numbers… droppings everywhere of course… they chewed through bags containing clothes and also chewed up some of the clothes.

    The ones I have killed btw I have done so by using a kind of snap trap but these have a plastic encasing with a little hole they can easily crawl into… they are easy to set and a lot less messy. When one is caught you usually just see his tail sticking out of the hole and sometimes their little feet all sprawled out. To be honest when I caught the first few I was excited but now it’s just getting demoralizing… like the more I catch the more come. I had previously closed up what I assumed was their only entryway thinking that all that was left to do was kill those which had moved in and were apparently living inside my walls… but I now think there are more entryways and am afraid that the more traps I put out the more will come from outside (it’s hard to explain the layout where I live, it’s a second story apartment but it’s on a hill) also if I fill up one mouse hole it seems like they just make a new one.

    In any case I’m not even *remotely* interested in hearing from those who sincerely advise the use of “humane” traps.. humane? Hell I’d TORTURE the little fuckers if given a chance! lol…. on a similar thread a guy from Canada says that there it is *illegal* to catch vermin and release them back in public – you catch ’em you kill ’em. I say *good*! You’re going to catch mice and drive them down the street so they can infest your neighbors home? Oh yeah that’s real f-ing mature! I guess rodents will feel that you are more humane than your neighbors will.

    Now I have read on the internet that they have very recently caught a mouse in the city where I live that has tested positive for hentavirus, f-ing great…

    So to all you wishy washy soccer moms and dads please don’t spend so much god damn time worrying about being humane to mice.. let’s worry about being humane to HUMANS for now! Call me crazy, sick, whatever you want but I’d rather hear about a million dead rodents than one dead human from hentavirus!

    I’ve noticed that many here have opined that cats are are the greatest mouse deterrents and others have expressed they are allergic to cats (as am I) here’s a question:

    What about a Ferret???! They are natural born mouse killers no? Well really I don’t want any pet of mine munchin’ on mice but a friend told me that mice will not go where they smell a ferret and for those who don’t know ferrets definitely do smell! Supposedly the ancient Egyptians kept ferrets as pets in order to control mice.

    Well I’ve been thinking about getting a ferret anyway but I’m probably going to move either way… but before I do I’m going to take as many of these little mother f-ers out before I go… so “I have mice in my apartment guy” I don’t think you’re sick like many are saying just a guy who has been pushed over the edge… if you can stand the smell light one of those little fuckers on fire for me! lol….


  434. July 03, 2008 at 2:38 pm, Guest said:

    Well…..are mice blonde? I have mice in my apt. and I just happened to see a BLONDE mouse crawl into my stove, yes BLONDE……I’ve caught some before but they were gray NOT blonde. HOME DEPOT here I come and I don’t care what kind of traps they are, whatever kills them the better. Humane my ass, they have no business crawling on my counters and shitting all over the place. My landlady is picking up traps for me as well as steel wool to plug up the holes. I was reading other comments and find it very discouraging that there could be up to 10 mice living happily in my apt….maybe even more. I’ve killed two and I thought they were gone but they’re back now. And that whole thing about them coming in for the winter because its too cold outside is bullshit!!! I live on Long Island and its hot as hell right now so why aren’t they outside? Not to mention my neighborhood is full of cats which occasionally stare through my kitchen window…now I know why, they’re busy watching instead of killing the bastards! I am setting up my traps tonight and will comment when I’ve caught some of the little rodents!!!


  435. July 09, 2008 at 5:58 am, Guest said:

    yep my mice are too smart too! they also steal the bait and jump over the traps. Ive also used the no-show traps and never caught one and finally i resorted to poison and they havent even touched it! UGH!HELP!!!!


  436. July 09, 2008 at 4:00 pm, Guest said:

    The answer is simple…get a couple of cats! I have 5 and only 3 of them are hunters. I have never had any kind of infestation and i see the ones that they have caught outside. It won’t take the mice long to realize that they are in danger and should leave!


  437. July 11, 2008 at 3:45 am, Guest said:

    you are all hilarious… i don’t mean to laugh at your pain but trust me, i can relate. except multiply your mice problem with some cockroaches crawling on you while you sleep and you will feel my pain!!!

    i just put out the peppermint oil so here’s hoping. i have tried the peanut butter on traps and indeed, they feasted on it and somehow didn’t get trapped, i also tried to poison them and all it seemed to do was make them crazy and more brazen. i had my camera out to take pics for evidence and he sat and posed for me all night. finally my mother sent to swat it and it ran. the mice i feel i can handle easier than the cockroaches though. now cockroaches are indestructable. even if you take their heads off they still live!!! *sigh* going to put my sleeping mask on and leave the light on in hopes of having less crawl on me.


  438. July 12, 2008 at 11:33 am, Guest said:

    If you want to get rid of mice, I suggest a multi-pronged approach. I’ve been mouse free for a few months now, and have learned that the little buggers are smart, so you’ve got to be a little smarter.

    1. You have to plug up all holes into your house / apartment. Living in an apartment, you have to look for little holes in the walls or cabinets, etc… You don’t have control if they come in to the building, but you can stop them from getting into your living area.
    2. Set mouse traps: The snap traps are effective and quick action. Some mice seem to be smart and get the bait without setting the trap. If you can stomach it, get the glue traps as well. They are nasty to dispose of, but they work because that mouse is going to get stuck if it tries to get the bait. Better yet – do both!
    3. Use the peppermint oil – it works. Put it in your cabinets or around the counter tops, maybe in your bedroom to keep them out. Don’t put it next to your traps though because it will be counterproductive.


  439. July 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm, Guest said:

    Riddex Device worked for a bout 3 months and the other day, just out of the clear, a mouse shot out from no where. I was beginning to become comfortable with the Riddex working so well that I went and brought another one. Just a word of advice since I live in Washington, DC, a city with a large rat and mice population, if you see one mouse, you have several. What fricked me out is that I had a can of peanuts on my dining room table, and the next morning, the mouse had crawled on the table and ate a hole in the plastic top and ate some of my peanuts, LOL. I was fricking out. If anyone have any new ideas, please be sure to share them.


  440. July 15, 2008 at 12:23 am, Guest said:

    I saw your comments.. What worked for you the best? I am so sick of these little critters, I could scream!! Please let me know.

    – Crazy in CO.


  441. July 19, 2008 at 9:16 am, Guest said:

    hi i know how u feel,i live in England so dont get a hole lota of chances to sit in the sun, in fact its just stoped raining yet again but am i out there making the best of what little sun we get NO! I’m digging out my cuboard under my stairs for the fith saturday in a row in fact i’m starting to feel like there weekend personal cleaner. i’v also had it with the humane thing i used to love all animals but not anymore. I came on line for more tips on how to get rid of the little critters and came across your comment, it had started to stress me out somthing cronic but after reading it cheered me up i now feel like waging war on the little sods once more. one thing it did prove i suppose is that everything blonde isn’t as daft as we thought else you would have caught alot more of them! Just found a box of my fav belgium choccies half eaten thats just not on so thats whats going in the traps tonight lets see if they can eat them with a trap round there necks teee hee never thought i could fell like that and not feel guilty let u know if it works!!!


  442. July 22, 2008 at 9:46 am, Guest said:

    It’s the Angel of Death again. For those of you putting peanut butter on traps- don’t bother – mice can live on one tiny tongue full for a week. Here’s what you do- pop some popcorn. Take a large enough popped kernel and super glue it to the trap. The mouse will try to take the bait and when it doesn’t move he’ll get a little more aggressive, then BANG! Mousie gone to heaven.

    A hive a bees producing honey will feed a mouse for a YEAR!!! so be sure to keep exterior food away from them or they’ll go out to dinner, and come home to sleep – WITH YOU. So rake up any acorns, if you live in the city, you can buy Fox urine and sprinkle it on the exterior of your building – the mice won’t cross that line, but if you live remotely , know that you may get coyotes sniffing around, so if you have outdoor pets the Fox urine isn’t a good idea.

    All my food is in glass, metal, in the fridge. Because mice mark where the food is by rubbing themselves in the area or peeing there, wipe your counters down every night and every morning with something like Clorox kitchen spray. That helps keep other mice from finding food as you reduce the mouse population. I also don’t keep any dirty dishes in the sink, and wipe up any water spills.

    Please see my previous post for more details.



  443. July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm, Guest said:

    Let me tell you about roaches… I have the exterminator come monthly but then i did some research online.. I went and bought Borax. its actually a laundry booster.. i sprinkled it all around my kitchen about 2 months ago and have only seen one or two out of a lot nore than 2… trust me it actually works. Now I have a mouse near my stove and have to figure out how it got in here.. all the holes are plugged up but somehow it got in 🙁


  444. July 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm, Guest said:

    Well, the mice are very smart now and many of them are aware of the sticky traps. What I did to capture the mice that come into my home now is I bought this 50 dollar rat zapper machine. I put peanut butter on a platic water bottle top and then I stick it inside. But, I make sure never to leave any other foods out on my counter or sink or anywhere that mice can get to so that when they come into my home. They’ll rely solely on this food that’s in the rat zapper. when the crawl inside, they get electric shocked to death. So far, this thing really is worth the money. I’ve tried sticky traps, snap traps, all types of traps that I even made up on my own and nothing works better than this thing.


  445. July 23, 2008 at 11:35 am, Guest said:

    I also have been having a roblem with roaches and mice. I hae even spent hundreds of dollars on pest control and its not working but i have found some sites on contoling pests and here is one I found if you would like to try it.
    Roach Balls
    1 cup borax
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 tablespoon water
    Make a paste of the ingredients and roll the paste into little balls. Place two or three balls into a sandwich-size plastic bag and leave the top open. Place the bag anywhere you have a roach problem. The roaches will eat the balls and carry them away. The bugs die at home, out of sight, and other roaches eat those carcasses and so on. The onion scent draws them in. This recipe makes about 50 balls for about 10 applications. There is one caution. Hide these bags carefully so that children and pets can’t get at them.


  446. July 29, 2008 at 12:28 am, Guest said:

    Do indoor dogs attract mice? Can someone answer that?


  447. July 31, 2008 at 11:08 pm, Guest said:

    I can relate to so many of you. I caught a mouse about 1 week ago, I thought the war was over. Apparently I had only won a minor squirmish. I live in a condo, my neighbors above and below me have cats, so I think the mice think my place is a safe haven. I thought it was just one, but today a fearless relative took a stroll on my kitchen counter, then later came to join me in the living room to watch the late night news. I too fear my living room couch may be the mother nest, and want to chuck it out the window. It crawled into my stove (I don’t think I will ever cook again!)! I read AOD’s posts and I’m overwhelmed. I left a message with the building exterminator. I don’t think their going to do didly. Urrgh! I think the avenging mouse is bolder than his comrade that I…I killed (I’ve lost all sympathy, kill them all!!!). I used the spring trap (in a bag, in a corner, with the cardboard roll from the toilet paper leading into the bag; got the sucker with a half a slice of pepperoni!)

    After catching the first mouse I cleaned my apartment like a mad woman. I put everything through the dishwasher, I wiped down all the shelves with Clorox, I even swept under the bed! I don’t think my home has ever been cleaner. I used an entire container of spray clorox spray for goodness sake! Then two days later I saw the poop on my kitchen counter. I thought no, I must have missed a spot. I was cleared of that delusion very quickly.

    I thought it had come in thrue an open window, now I think THEY are coming in from the gas line for the stove. How in the world I’m I going to move the stove, to plug a hole, and not blow up the building? Urrrghhhh! Yech! Oh yeah, I had those stupid sonic things too, they do not work. (I know, who’s the sucker now).


  448. August 04, 2008 at 10:58 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I have lived in our townhome since February of this year. Two weeks ago, our neighbors (who had 3 cats) moved out. 5 days ago, I saw a mouse in the broad daylight…..and several more since then. I cleaned all day yesterday so that the house was positively sparkling, and this morning…..a TON of mouse droppings. So I’m assuming we are INFESTED. Still no word back from the landlord. I bought 8 glue traps, and 4 snap traps, and the little buggers haven’t set a single one off, and one ninja-ed himself off of the glue trap, leaving behind his fur coat.

    So I have one bald mouse running about, as well as all of his ninja friends.

    How well does the peppermint oil work? I’m also borrowing my brother-in-law’s cat. She is a killer, so I’m hoping that will get rid of some.

    Any more information would be highly appreciated!



  449. August 04, 2008 at 3:03 pm, Guest said:

    I am researching on how to get rid of these God forsaken rodents myself. I hate mice too. I just wanted to comment on the plug-ins. I have been living in my home for eight years now and about two years later, I bought a plug-in for my kitchen thinking that it wouldn’t work, I pluged it in. Now I dont have roaches and didn’t have mice it never dawned on me that this plug-in was really worked. I only new I didnt have mice or roaches. Well guess what? I’m still kicking my self in the butt today. Cleaning up doing one of those out with old and behold in the new problems of mice. Yes I threw it away, thinking that this thing doesnt work. So a few months went by and I’m seeing these droppings and I trying to figure out what the heck is going on here. When I moved my microwave and saw all those droppings I like to have had a mild heart attack, It dawned on my that the plug-in really did work. So I ran out and bought another. Sorry to say this one doesnt work a lick and it has a nerve to have a red light, like it really works. But the sad thing is that I dont know what kind of plug-in I had before. The one I have now is a blacker and decker with the plug on the side. (not recommended) The other sad thing is I dont think I paid over $20.00 for the first one. I am still in search for one. I still have some faith in plug-ins it’s just finding the right one. I am living proof that there is a least one that works.


  450. August 04, 2008 at 6:41 pm, Guest said:

    This is so my story. I live in a supposedly nice apartment where the rent is not cheap, and have no idea what to do. I noticed droppings ~ 3 weeks after moving in. Glue traps were set up, and one was caught a day later right in my bathroom (it was fun to get ready that day). I was so happy, and basically bleached my whole apartment after wards. 1 week later I walk out in the morning, and another one caught, this one on the kitchen floor. Few hours later after cleaning again, find droppings on my couch. I got mad and complained. Maintenance came out and found a hole behind my dishwasher and sealed it up and said in 48 hrs whatever is trapped in the apt will get caught. ~ 1 week later the third one was caught. I was sure this had to be the last one, since the apt had been sealed. Did the whole cleaning routine, only to walk out the next morning and find more droppings.

    Today terminex came in and sprayed something in the walls. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had this done and if it has worked. I’ve tried peppermint oil, ammonia, always cleaning before going to bed. I feel defeated and don’t know how many more mice I can handle especially after it ran across my feet at 3 in the morning when I got up to use the restroom. Any advice would be appreciated, and if you think i don’t have a chance at getting rid of these rodents, tell me so I can try to get out of my lease, like i said it isn’t cheap 🙁


  451. August 04, 2008 at 10:26 pm, Guest said:

    Unfortunately, my mice stories top you alls. I came online to search for things that I can do to get rid of these nasty F******! First of all, I live the country, which in my opinion, have some of the smartest mice I have ever encountered. I’ve lived in the city and suburbs, but have never seen anything like this. I’ve tried pretty much everything-poison pellets, snap traps, glue traps. On one particular occasion, I had caught 8-9 within a week in one room using a combination of glue and snap traps. Well after a while they stopped working at all and the mice not only avoided them completely, but they pooped on them. On the first couple days, there were a few droppings on the glue traps here and there, and I didn’t think anything of it, but after a few days the traps were completely covered in mice DUNG! These mice purposely pooped on these glue traps? What ever they are trying to say, it’s not good.

    Another time, my family and I took a week long trip. We left a poison pellet box out. Anyways, there were 2 dead dried up mouse in my closet when we got back. Yay, i thought. But, the box in the guest bedroom was completely empty meaning that there must be some more dead mice. Anyways, the next day it was snowy outside so I attempted to put on my boot, but to my surprised I discovered a gang of poison pellets! They must have transferred them from the guest room, which is on the same floor, to my closet, in my boot!


  452. August 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm, Guest said:

    I have a ferret and the mouse went into her cage while she was sleeping and took food right out of her dish. She didn’t even wake up.


  453. August 18, 2008 at 12:26 am, Guest said:

    Omg I can’t beleive I”m not the only with missing trap. I know it’s missing cause the mouse was on it and I went to wake up my 13 year old son to throw it away and came back and the fricking thing was gone!
    The landlord has fixed holes and fixed the door so there is no gap under the door. So now I’m praying all I have to do is catch these f****s. I have tried poison behind the stove, stickey traps and the spring traps. We have even seen the mice see the trap and go the other way….BASTARDS!
    I know a few people in my bldg who have gotten cats or a cat and bye bye mice. I have to something because my 13 year old is in my room sleeping with my husband cause he’s scared to go in his room! I’m going to the pet store tomrrow. I think I’d rather deal with a cat then these damn things. My 3 year old has already named the cat princess arora… better get a girl kitty!


  454. August 19, 2008 at 9:40 am, Guest said:

    I have 3 ferrets and the mice go in all their cages and the ferrets sleep thru it all like yours did I was scared the ferrets drawed them with the litter and food being out,but they sure don’t help get rid of them, my cats not a great mouser either I use to have a weanie dog that would sure get them though


  455. August 24, 2008 at 8:37 pm, Guest said:

    I seriously am at loss of words. I am facing the same situation.The mice at my aprtment is so clever that he sneaks his head from behind any hiding place like sofa or closet to see if i am looking at him or not. I caught 1 on glue traps and thought its over then saw one more and this one is really very clever, the buliding managment filled the holes but he make them again. I have three poison blocks but dont think that he has ever passed near them. I have glue traps every where beneath the sofas behind the closets in front of stove but he always manages to avoid them soem how and with a crawling infant in house i am doing one heck of cleaning job i clean every morning like a freak seriously. i wash my sons toys every morning, wipe every surface with colorox. I dont know what else to do.


  456. August 29, 2008 at 2:20 am, Guest said:

    Glue traps are very effective. Put one honey nut cheerio in the middle and they will jump on it. Likewise a cheerio glued to a spring trap works well. The key is to keep rotating baits. Peanut butter gets old even for mice.


  457. September 03, 2008 at 9:57 pm, Guest said:

    have seen a few mice in my NYC apt and recently bought some poisen to rid them. My main concern is if the poisen attracts them to eat it will it in turn attract more mice to make a visit than otherwise would have? Are the snap traps a better option (more effective)?


  458. September 05, 2008 at 3:31 pm, Guest said:

    I just moved to a new state (IN) and moved into a duplex. My neighbors are African and always leave thier door open for all kinds of bugs and critters to enter. I can barely understand them when I speak to them but I think they were telling me that they had a rodent in thier duplex. NOW, WE SPLIT THE HOUSE, SO IF THERE IS A RODENT IN THIER HOUSE, ITS BASICALLY IN MINE! Sure enough, this morning I noticed a mouse jump into my burner on my stove! I am terrified! I live alone and have a cat. Will my cat eat this thing? If there is one, I hear there are many… is this true? I need to get rid of this mouse! I don’t even want to go home!


  459. September 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm, Guest said:

    I’m not sure if I have a mouse or not, but I hope someone can tell me…I cleaned under my stove today and found a bunch of black things, about the size of a grain of rice, but 2-3 times thicker. One of them was green, but the rest were dark brown-black. I thought they looked like mouse droppings..but…my husband & i have lived here for 1 1/2 years, and we’ve never seen any droppings out in the open (ie on counters, the floor or in cupboards), and none of our food is missing or has been chewed open. Do you think we have a mouse who feasts on crumbs under our stove so he doesn’t need to come out?


  460. September 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm, Guest said:

    You have a mouse.


  461. September 13, 2008 at 9:55 am, Guest said:

    Okay, ten years ago, a mouse jumped in my face, so i am now completely phobic about the little bastards. The fear of them ruins my life sometimes. I have used snap traps with success and glue traps, which were disgusting..I woke to hear what sounded like a bird chirping, it was the stuck mouse, grouse!!! Anyway, my exterminator says don’t get a cat, they will attract mice (their food and water) and not all cats are mousers anyway. A ferret outdoors apparently will kill mice, but indoors, nada. I lie awake at night sometimes thinking of ways to get rid of them and last night came up with a possible brilliant and equally gross idea!! I am going to take a pane of glass, smash it into a million little pieces (inside a pillow case) then lay a line of glue around the perimeter of my house outside, drop the shards of glass in the glue, and there you go…since mice run along the walls, they won’tbe running for long once they hit the glass. I know, it’s horrible and disgusting, but so are mice!!!!! I want them all dead NOW! I wonder if this will work, or have i completley lost it?? haha I don’t care, i hate them.


  462. September 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm, Guest said:

    Did you ever get a response from anyone? I would be interested to confirm it was mouse dung you described.


  463. September 18, 2008 at 1:15 am, Guest said:

    MICE ——- SUCK


  464. September 19, 2008 at 11:30 am, Guest said:

    i am having the same problem in my apartment. i found my brand new pack of kings hawaiian rolls with a hole eatten through the package! i freaked out and called my apt manager. they set out glue traps but the next day the mouse ate a hole in my loaf of bread. i told the apt office i will not sleep at home another night because what if this thing bites me or my 5 yr old son? what if it have rabies! they gave me the keys to an empty apartment and i’ve slept on the floor for 2 nights in a row now. i’m tired of sleeping on the floor-i want out of my lease, so i am moving and wether they like it or not i’m not paying next months rent and if they decide to take me to court i have photo evidence that some rodent was living with me and thats not the terms of the lease contract i signed- no mouse lives with me and eats my food! so disgusting! i threw out all my food and can’t wait to get all my stuff moved out of that apartment and i can’t wait sleep in my bed in my new place!


  465. September 21, 2008 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    The First in 8 Years…

    I’ve been in my apartment for eight years now, and this morning about 10 mins after I opened my balcony door, guess who invited theirself into my apartment. At first, I thought my eyes were just playing trick on me (since I don’t have my contacts in, nor was I wearing my glasses). I went to the chair that the flash directed to. I moved the chair forward and that’s when he shot from the chair and ran under the fridge. I looked at the screen door and it appears that he chewed through the wires. Is there a way to isolate the mouse soley to the kitchen, until I can trap him? I don’t want him running around my apartment like he’s paying rent. Also, If I leave all the lights on at night, will he be less inclined to venture around. I live on the second floor, so how did he get up here anyway? I read above that they don’t like the smell of ammonia, but will the smell kill it or just run him to another location in my apartment. This is a first for me and I’m not happy at all. Within the past couple of months, I’ve starting seeing dead mice in the parking lot across from my building, so there is something that property management can do to help treat the problem? I think that with all the new tenants that we have, someone may have brought them with them during the move.


  466. September 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm, Guest said:

    Bear in mind that it’s not the ferrets that repel mice, it’s their scent. Most ferrets bought in a pet store have their scent glands removed in order that they smell nice for prospective pet owners…lovely, but no good for getting rid of your mice. They also won’t generally hunt mice – although they might kill one or two… it’s all about that lovely smell.


  467. September 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm, Guest said:

    Hope this works.
    Riddex Plus is suppose to be good. Plus you buy one get one for free. I’m going to buy it today.And you get a 30 day gurantee.


  468. September 26, 2008 at 8:03 am, Guest said:

    I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and one of my friends told me that that’s actually what they do here! The put out honey and glass around where the mouse enters the house and wait for it to die.

    Unfortunately I live in a large apartment complex, so that’s not an option for me. I live in a super old, super dirty apartment and found a few mouse droppings next to my kitchen sink this morning. No idea where to find peppermint oil or any of the other things listed here (except steel wool,., I’m on it) and I can barely speak the language. I’m going to try to clean my kitchen even more tonight, but any other thoughts on what I can do to discourage the mice from choosing my apartment over someone elses? After a run-in with some bats in my bedroom right after I moved in, I’d like to keep the rodent roommates to a minimum. I know I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer, but come on?! Help please!


  469. September 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    I am so vomitting as I talk about this. These critters are absolutely disgusting! I can’t sleep, My thoughts are consumed by them. I have tried the mouse traps, the sticky pads, the poisonous food balls, and all I have to say is that they are the smartest mice I’ve ever come across! I am about to try the riddex and pray that it works. It’s my last option other than moving.


  470. September 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm, Guest said:

    YES!! This is exactly what I found and it’s disgusting! I have since set two traps under the stove in hopes of catching the mice. You might want to think about cleaning once a week under there as well.


  471. September 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm, Guest said:

    I surely can understand the frustration with mice. Unfortunately for us, the glue traps, poison and spring traps did not work. We even tried the electronic plug in sound wave thing-a-ma-jigs and they seemed to work at the start, but failed later. Eventually, we broke down and paid $20 for the electronic traps by Victor. They seem to work the best and at times, you will trap mice one right behind the other. Then there will be days when they don’t even bother. You must change the peanut butter often and check the batteries. If they are left to be shocked for a long time, the batteries will run dead, but what does that matter as long as the mouse is right? We found that mice love the Jiffy brand of peanut butter and when they fall for the bait, they are shocked dead, then disposed of in the toilet. Not always are there signs of mice being in your presence (droppings, smells). Just put out the trap anyway…and by the way, if you live in a newly constructed apartment (or an old one), check how the wall is separated from the floor, especially in your closets! Close up those separations and Good luck and good riddens!


  472. September 28, 2008 at 11:56 am, Guest said:

    I was told that after cleaning til your knuckles bleed to place fabric softener sheets around–places where they won’t stain or be found by little fingers. IT worked in our camper.



  473. September 29, 2008 at 1:00 am, Guest said:

    okay so when i was little, I was bit by my sister’s gerbal. Funny to most was quite perifying for me. Sp, my entire life I have never been near a mouse or rodent of any kind since. Even bunnies freak me out.
    As I was talking on the phone with my sister the other day, a mouseran across my kitchen. Well long story short I screamed and threw the phone, my sister not knowing what happened as our call was disonnected called 911. Yeah, I can laugh about that now.
    But, we bought a snap trap, caught the thing in a few days after it had eated two rounds of peanut butter, cheese and pizza crust. (it was finally a gold fish cracker that did it).
    Thought it was over. Not so much. I was sitting on my couch, moved a cushion, and there it was. Probably asking for a cup of coffee. I think I have mint in my cabinet, if that doesnt work im sending the babies to my mothers for a few days and getting poison. That is just how it is.


  474. September 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, I am going through the same problem right now I have a mouse or maybe mice living under my oven. my landlord said they like the heat, and there is a small opening between the floor board and the oven itself. thats exactly what mice droppings look like. I didn’t see mine for a while, so I thought they were in the walls, but now they are running through the house! my house is clean and I have two dogs that chase it all around all night long. im currently trying to get rid of them as well but they aren’t taking the traps.


  475. September 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm, Guest said:

    Call the health department! they will be on your side and its good to have them file a report with the city in case you do go to court one day.


  476. September 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm, Guest said:

    I had to laugh at your comment “humane my ass” hahah! im right there with you! plus, I feel like killing them is only helping to destroy the population! we dont need these nasty mice running around for any reason at all!


  477. October 03, 2008 at 2:02 pm, Guest said:

    I know the mice stories are horrible but I have just the means to reduce the issue give me a call via email [email protected]. and maybe if you are in the area i can help. Debbie


  478. October 06, 2008 at 7:53 pm, Guest said:

    I also hate mice and roaches. I have caught more than 10 in my room already. I set up mouse trap and put cookies on them and that’s basically how i kill them. At the beginning i was scared as hell because i put cookies on my mouse traps and the next day the cookie was gone. I thought that it was the mice that ate it but when i put cookie again in the trap and turned the lights of my room on i saw those bastard roaches eating the cookie. Now i have to find a way of getting rid of them roaches.

    There is only one thing that makes me happy about seeing a mice and that’s when they are trapped!!!


  479. October 09, 2008 at 9:12 pm, Guest said:

    I caught three in my apt about two years ago. I had decon cubes between my fridge, stove and counters for several years. Suddenly they started getting spread all over the floor, towards the back of the appliances. I shined a light under and around the fridge and a little head poked out to see what was happening. Game on! I used a standard snap trap thats been around for 100 years with peanut butter in the bait hook, not out side of it (don’t use the plastic fake cheese ones).

    Nothing for two years then I went on vacation in August and it was cold at home. Came home and there was a dead one in a trap next to the fridge. Smelled horrid! Caught two more in the next 24 hours.

    All clear until a week ago. Sitting in my dining room 10 feet from the fridge and wham-O. I figured it must have been a rogue scout until tonight. Same thing, I’m about 10 feet away SNAP! Tiny little thing with HUGE ears. Trap bar came down right on his head.


  480. October 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm, Guest said:

    I have a question about the traps. Our mouse is very smart. We will set several traps. They are very sensitive. We will put peanut butter on the traps. The mouse will eat the peanut butter without setting off the trap. My question is, Is there better solutions than using a trap?


  481. October 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm, Guest said:

    MICE!!!need some assistance please. in the basement, i noticed a sound coming from by the t.v. just some rustling and what not. so my brother and i found a glue trap and put it on the floor. nothing. till today of course. i heard it, then saw, then yelled for my brother to come help me clean it up. I looked for other glue traps and found some in the cupboard. less than an hour later, the new traps caught another one. HELP ME!!! is there a better solution for getting these mice? and is there a chance of a whole heck of alot of them down there? looking forward to hearing from you.P.S. i live in the basement and i’m getting really creeped out..


  482. October 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm, Guest said:

    Saw a mouse today myself in my not-so-cheap apt, either……….grrrrrrrrrrr and yes quite disqusting. We just moved here 2 weeks ago today, so this is a YIKES.
    However, we also installed one of those sonic-thingies the other day and it did warn us that there may be extra “activity” if you will for the next week or so. The trick is to have traps ready. Against my own advice I didn’t lay any down. BAD idea. Be sure to have traps down in the even the rodents come out due to the sonic sounds, etc. They need a place to run to–and if its an available trap, kudos to us pest-controllers.
    Regarding apartment leasing–depending on your state, I understand that there is the “law of habitability”. If the problem you are having is big enough–there could be wiggle room for you to get out of your apt. lease and so on.
    Good luck


  483. October 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm, Guest said:

    Oh my, it is so nice to know that I am not alone. I have lived in my apartment for a year and a half now. A few months ago, I thought I saw a mouse. I was sure of it, but I didn’t see any droppings, no holes appeared in my bag of bread that I leave on the counter, so finally, my boyfriend convinced me that I was seeing things and that there were no mice in the apartment. Fine.

    Fast forward, three months. I am pulling something out of my bottom drawer and a HUGE mouse jumps out from under the dresser RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and runs under another dresser in my room. IMAGINE MY HORROR. So, shaken up, I call the landlord to report that I need an exterminator IMMEDIATELY.

    Two days later, still no word from the landlord, I see a mouse run under my stove in the kitchen AND another one on my kitchen counter. Yikes! Now, I am truly mortified. I thought (before reading this blog of course) that MAYBE I just had one mouse…now I know that is not the case. AND, what’s worse is that they seem to be all of a sudden, more braizen. Coming out in broad daylight…running around right in front of me…WHAT THE HECK?

    Sooo, I say all that to say that I feel everyone’s pain. I lie awake at night, thinking every little noise is a mouse waiting to pounce on me. I wake up and am scared to get out of the bed for fear of stepping on one. And quite frankly, with everything that I have read on here, I fear that the problem is not going to go away any time soon. I have no idea where to begin to look for entry ways…my apartment is connected to another building so I don’t think I could seal up all the holes even if I tried. The mice are definitely smart, I put out traps after I saw that first one, months ago and nothing every happened, which also made me feel that I was imagining things. Those little creepy f*ckers ARE smart–I don’t care what anyone says.

    So tonight, I’m off to the hardware store to purchase glue traps, snap traps, poison and whatever else I can find. This is WAR!

    By the way, where in the heck can you buy peppermint oil?????


  484. October 17, 2008 at 9:42 am, Guest said:

    I feel everybodys “pain” caught about 10 of those things.had the exterminator come spray and lay down traps.1st two weeks nothing then I caught one,next day another one and next day3baby ones on a trap.the culprit the damn stove. Went to home depot and bought some Devon.a week my glue traps are in disarray and that oh so familiar sound of squealing. Hard to take off work ,fortunately have a week off and tearing that kitchen apart. Devon with a combination of the glue traps seem to work and confine them to the target area as well as wiping. Area down with ammonia.


  485. October 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm, Guest said:

    You can buy peppermint oil at bulk-spice stores (I buy mine at an amish farm nearby) and anywhere with “aromatherapy” items (it’s a popular bath-addition). I’ve seen it by the almond and vanilla extract in the baking aisle, too.
    Just a note: peppermint oil does not always work! It’s been pretty effective in most of my friends’ homes, but my uber-mice have no fear of it, so be ready to trap or poison them. It sounds inhumane, but I think feeding my friends food that’s potentially full of mouse urine is way more inhumane than mouse-killing. I’d start with a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls throughout the perimeter of your home, but I put peppermint oil in my pantry and the mice still got in and left a trail, which is horrifying.
    In short, I’m buying poison for my attic, basement, and, well, everywhere my dog can’t get into it.
    I hope this helps.


  486. October 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm, Guest said:

    its mice


  487. October 25, 2008 at 11:10 am, Guest said:

    I live in a new york loft building where units are linked together with so many holes, its hard to keep track. My apartment is ultra clean, and I have no pets (no food or water kept out) and to this date I caught half a dozen mice. Most units around me have dogs, cats or both. I believe that the food/water laid out for the pets are sustaining the mice; and that my unit is probably a safe haven for the little critters (I have no pet to chase them around).

    The exterminators come once a month to give all the units traps and d-con poison, but it doesn’t seem to be effective. One funny thing about the mice around here is they’re super bold and robust. One night I just observed a mouse as he happily gnawed away at the blue d-con poison. As I came closer, it set on a project of trying to carry away a large chunk, but was stymied. The chunck was too big to pass through the crack underneath the cabinet, but he kept trying. Even with the lights on, and with my presence, it still struggled with trying to pull the blue chunk through the crack. It was like a cartoon. Yeah the mice droppings here are blue, BTW. They’re immune to the stuff.

    Have given up the idea of killing or trapping them. Don’t want to be part of the pattern: The mice feed in the other apartments while I trap them in perpetuity.
    — and why advertise one’s space as a source for food (even if the food IS blue, or in a trap?)?

    In the past, i’ve used traps, poison, peppermint oil, what have you. One thing I have found that DOES work, and rather instantly, is a dusting of cayenne pepper. Kind of like the glass idea, but not bloody. Around the stove area, like underneath the unit and in the unit. Mice like sources of heat, so give ’em heat!


  488. October 27, 2008 at 10:46 am, Guest said:

    When I first had signs of mice, I went to the store and bought a super pack of the plastic easy set traps. The next day I checked all 8 of them and the food was eaten and not one set off. My mom gave me 1 of the the old fashioned wooden traps, that night the mouse was caught. So morral of the story, DONT USE THE PLASTIC TRAPS (if thats what you are using). Get the wooden ones and bait with Peanut Butter. If that dosent work, than I feel for you!! Good Luck!!!


  489. October 27, 2008 at 11:11 am, Guest said:

    I LOVE all your stories! I am in the same boat as all of you! I have gotten some great advice to tie me over until i get some cats! Its a horrible circle of life, the coyotes eat the cats, the cats eat the mice, and the mice eat away at my sanity everyday! Well the coyotes ate my cat, so I hope the next litter that i get can hide better. I am just finishing up building them a shelter! All in all MICE SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  490. October 27, 2008 at 8:54 pm, Guest said:

    please do not flush dead mice down the toilet.


  491. October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm, Guest said:

    There is a great product called “Fresh Cab” that works great at keeping mice out. We farm and we’ve been putting it in out combine and other equipment every winter. We use it in our home too, because they are EPA certified to be safe around pets and children. We order it from


  492. October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm, Guest said:

    I’m having mice problems as well…

    You need to put a little piece of cotton AND peanut butter on the trap. Tear off some cotton from a cotton ball…the mice LOVE it. They love to pull and play with it, and it makes sure that the trap goes off. Otherwise they can eat the PB and not set it off. It works!


  493. November 01, 2008 at 4:12 am, Guest said:

    Wrap thread around the bait holder. Peanut butter a few strands of thead and more peanut butter to cover the thread. The thread seems to catch their teeth and trigger the trap. I hope it works for you, it seemed to work for me. Let me know how it worked out.


  494. November 02, 2008 at 5:25 pm, Guest said:

    DOES THE pepperment oil get rid of rats to. we have one in our church pantry.


  495. November 04, 2008 at 2:17 am, Guest said:

    That’s awesome, thanks! Does the cayenne pepper have a physical effect on them, or does it just turn them off from returning?


  496. November 04, 2008 at 8:00 am, Guest said:

    I’ve found that setting the cheap old fashioned wood traps with nothing on them works just as good as actually putting bait on them. I’ve caught more mice just by putting the set trap where I know they run. If you ever see your mice you can get an idea of their ‘game trails’ and you will most likely just get them by surprise as they are scurrying around.

    Gag, I can’t seem to eliminate the problem though. They just keep coming back and are showing signs of getting into areas I didn’t think they had access to. I think I’ll try to block the holes with steel wool as someone else suggested along with sprinkling some cayenne pepper around…


  497. November 04, 2008 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for all the tips, everyone. I am in Philadelphia, and I recently moved out of a high rise because I had roaches.
    Three months after moving in, I now have a mouse (or mice). But, the mice don’t repulse me as much as the roaches. THe thing taht I can’t stand is HEARING the buggers in the middle of the night. that just keeps me up and grossed out.

    I have snap traps set, but they aren’t doing anything. My landlord is sending someone to move the stove and fill any holes.

    I think I’m going to buy “sleeves” for the piping, some peppermint oil, and I’m going to enlist the help of friends to find and cover any and all holes with some steel wool.

    I just don’t want to HEAR them anymore!!


  498. November 05, 2008 at 4:40 pm, Guest said:

    our mice are doing the same thing, they lick off the peanut butter on all the traps,I found another website that says to cut a little piece of pantyhose and put the peanut butter inside the pantyhose and tie a knot.their teeth are supposed to get caught in the hose and set off the trap.


  499. November 08, 2008 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    I feel better, I have mice but atleast I dont have cockroaches!

    Its amazing to me how it can seem you have no mice one day and then out of nowhere you have like 7 brave little things running around you, maybe it is the start of the cold weather?

    Another good idea is to sit on a chair in a dark room and watch where it runs, go and smash it with your broom, it works! I did that for a while which I like to call ‘mice hunting’ but after the first 3 or 4 you just start getting sick to your stomach realizing how many there are!

    There was a horrible smell coming from my sink but I didnt want to go searching for the cause so I was waiting a few days for my husband to do it and one day while putting soap in my dishwasher I turned to put it back in its spot and there was a smooshed mouse, gross!!!! I have been smashing it over and over for I dont know how long! Disturbing.

    Oh and I just wanted to say that those plastic traps dont do squat! One night while hunting mice I watched one go in my bathroom so I put a trap on each side of the door and I just watched the mouse run right through the sucker! Old fashioned traps work best in my opinion but like everyone said here they are smart!

    Goodluck to everyone!


  500. November 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm, Guest said:

    Do not try the Riddex. I bought three and I have a two story house with a third loft that has two bedrooms and a half bath up there so I plugged one to the bottom and one on the second and the third on the loft and they are still here if not worse than ever! That riddex is a ripoff!!! Do not purchase. So upset that it did not help my situation.


  501. November 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm, Guest said:

    I have lived in apartments for years, and low and behold
    a mouse comes in here. I heard about cayenne years ago. I am on the way to the store for cayenne, and peppermint oil. The thought of trapping that nasty thing and coming near it makes me sick. Winter is here, and there aren’t enough cats in the hood. Colorado, I know our cats get eaten by coyotes. But we need more cats in Colorado.


  502. November 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm, Guest said:

    We have mice…………………YUCK!!!!!!!!! what is the best (and humain) way to get rid of them???????????????????????????????????


  503. November 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm, Guest said:

    Although some of your stores made me laugh, Like you people I am absolutely disgusted my mice.. YUCK!! THey sicken me, I cannot be comfortable in my own Apartment because of them I am scared and always looking around or worried that they are near, I haven’t opened my one closet in over two months because I think thats where they hide. Does anyone know if they can get into cabinets in the kitchen that are above?? Or on top of the fridge, please say no. I thought they were only on the floor until my five yr old screamed so loud that the people across the street probably heard her. She said mommy I saw a mouse on the counter and I said that can’t be how could they possibly get on the counter. And I said are you sure what did it look like and she said it had big ears it was brown with a pink nose, and I thought yup thats a mouse,, GROSSSS . I do not want those bastards living with me contaminating my food and doing god knows what else……… PLEASE HELPPP.. I want to move because it seems like they are kicking me out of my own house and they don’t even pay rent..


  504. November 16, 2008 at 6:40 am, Guest said:

    the pepppermint oil works well–so well it just forces them to move up from the basement to the living area then to the attic and into the walls!!!! These things are soooo smart let me tell you! Has any one used a sonic plug in and so which one? I am so desperate. I love my new house (which is in the country) but I am ready to sell and move 🙁


  505. November 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm, Guest said:

    Ugh, F’n MICE!!! I Have lived in my house for three years this month, and my cuzin had lived here before me.. and he has never had a mice problem. Within in the last year i have had problems with mice!! I am so neater than he was, why do i have them? There is insulation coming from my stove & it stinks really bad!!! I hear them all threw the nite…. and now i’m starting to see them!! I have set traps after traps, the sticky glue.. i don’n want to use anything toxic b/c i have a dog (inside pet) i dont know what to do anymore! i dont have the money for an exterminator or top of the line gadgets!! Can someone plz help me??!!
    I’m defiantly gonna try some of these remedies, that’s for sure!


  506. November 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm, Guest said:

    I absolutely hate mice! We’ve seen and caught one every month for the last 4 months! Last week alone we had 3 of them! THREE! My husband chased one out w/a broom and the other 2 were babies and were caught on a glue trap w/a dab of peanut butter in the middle. Im assuming that just beacuse they were babies they were caught on the glue trap because this is the first time in 3 months that they have actually worked. I was relieved and thought the war was over. WRONG! I see another one today in the same spot where the 2 babies were caught. I laid another glue trap w/peanut butter and I hope and prey that this is the last one. Im hoping that this must be the father and husband to the 3 we caught last week. I know its wishful thinking. My husband has covered up all the visible holes around the kitchen, between cabinets, etc. Im guessing that it has to be the oven. They have to be coming in through there. We have a dog, a chihuahua, that’s as dumb as rocks. He’s scared of plastic bags!! I lost hope of him ever trying to run after and catch any of the F*****. I seriously wanna move out!!


  507. November 19, 2008 at 10:53 am, Guest said:

    Could you please tell me why, I should not flush the dead bugger!


  508. November 23, 2008 at 1:34 am, Guest said:


    I live in Regency Village(in District Heights MD.).I said that to say that we ALL have mice infestation over here!I myself tried glue traps and a whole bunch of moniters and we still have them.My kids are petrified and we all are paranoied.Its just us 3 females in a 2 bedroom were not cleaning or even like to see them dead or alive.We all have bad nerves and we go to conseling and because the landlord is not doing nothing over here eather(THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO RENIVATE THE APTs. TO NEW RESIDENCE).Some new people are leaving before or when their lease is up.Is it something I can do,or someone that I can complain to because everyone else is just moving?

    We can’t afford to move right now.No one should Move or consider living in Regency Village(Rat Village!!!)in District Heights M.D.PLEASE I would’nt wish that on my worst enemy!!!


  509. November 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm, Guest said:

    I live with my mom and we seem to get rodent problems every time it gets near winter i usually use snap traps but ended up going too a more humane method by using catch and release traps i bought at the discount store the Company is called Tom Cat i tried it out and it snaps shut as good as a snap trap but doesnt harm them…for people with mice problems that hate being inhuman or the smell and mess of snap traps this is the most effective approch to ure mice problems


  510. December 01, 2008 at 5:45 pm, Guest said:

    I have 5 cats and 2 dogs and in the past 3 weeks we have caught 70+ mice. Could be the same ones coming back in. I am using the humane trap with pb and it works real good. I usually take the mice down the street to release, some I’ve let them go outside with at least 3 cats chasing, some I’ve seen go down a storm drain and some I have flushed. We have plugged up the holes, though by now I think we didn’t get them all. I saw on here someone saying you shouldn’t flush them – why? I don’t want to use poison because of all my animals but I’m getting real tired of taking the mice for a walk. My husband doesn’t want to spend money on an exterminator but he’s not the one doing the walking…. Any advice?


  511. December 01, 2008 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:

    well let me tell u all ur promblems seem so petty (no offnse) but i wish mine were as simple as urs i wish we had only couple mice see i have a house and over the years we would get one or two mice in the basement our house is very old so we have a lot of cracks n holes here and there so NOW the mice inhabit our upstairs living area now if we had knew then 4YEARS AGO that ONE mouse doesnt neccesarily mean ONE u definetely have more it would of helped a lot NOW because we only assumed the one or two we caught was it we are now INFESTED with them i mean they come out in the daylight noise and all they are fearless and very clever they are in everywhere and everything and the thing is with five kids and one with 4 kids of their own 1yr old 2yr old and 4yr old not including my 3month it is extremely hard to keep my home immaculatE considering thier constantly over 4days out of a week so i’m completely at a loss now its out of control the amount of droppings is ridiculous its embarrassing when u have guests the noise they make is so loud at time u think it was a 5pound rat its to the point where i fear of it crawling on my grankids when their asleep or even when they play on the floor when i sleep at night i make sure i have all my covers tucked under me and i always sleep with a light on and one eye open i have seen them HOP, RUN AROUND BACK N FORTH ON MY FLOOR IN THE DARK ,I HAVE EVEN SEEN TWO ON THEIR HIND LEGS GOIN AT EACHOTHER WHETHER THEY WERE PLAYIN OR FIGHTING I’M NOT SURE BUT i even seen it stick itS HEAD out of the stove burner lol its not funny but i think i might go mad does anyone have a similiar situation in which they found a solution if so it would be greatly appreciated if you would share thanks alot


  512. December 04, 2008 at 11:42 am, Guest said:

    exterminator use poision traps and dont fix any holes or places they r getting in. you just pay hundreds of dollars for poision. ive had tons of mice throughout my home, ive set traps, bought cats have dogs and set live traps poisions and glue traps and still have mice. I even spent $250 on those plug things that send a sound only rodents can hear and they havent worked. I think we just may be stuck with them.


  513. December 05, 2008 at 4:28 pm, Guest said:

    an exterminator set mice traps and put small amounts of marshmellos in the traps. He said he has never used marshmellos but he thought the mice may like it.
    What do you think? I have a bag of marshmellos and the mice have never tried eating it. What should be put in the trap?


  514. December 07, 2008 at 7:56 pm, Guest said:

    How I treat mice: 1) If they fall in the trap and are still alive, I put them in below freezing conditions till they freeze. 2) If I have to work hard and chase after them I smash and crush their head wih rage. Grrrrr.


  515. December 11, 2008 at 8:33 pm, Guest said:

    my sympathy goes out to all with mouse problems. i live on the outskirts of a small town in texas. here, there is a huge mouse problem this year. since our first cold snap,about two weeks ago. i have snap trapped app. 20 to 25 of the disgusting vermin. i use peanut butter as bait. re use traps if you can stand it. mice dont care. i have one that i have used for years. gross to look at. even worse to handle. but it works splendidly! good luck to you all!


  516. December 14, 2008 at 6:05 am, Guest said:



  517. December 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm, Guest said:

    I moved into a an apartment..really clean but lots of mice….caught 22 mice in 3 months….best was I left out birdseed for a few days…until they started to really eat it…..then put bird seed on trigger like wide cheese shape wooden traps……snap snap snap… at night or at dusk the best time to catch.


  518. December 20, 2008 at 1:18 am, Guest said:

    I’m in a 2nd floor apt in NYC for four years, and I’ve had a few mice in that time I caught/killed with a variety of traps. Got one with a glue trap—which I found to be terribly inhumane and won’t repeat.

    Got a couple with snap traps (not so bad—an instantaneous death), but I find more often than not they can get the bait (I usually use peanut butter) without setting off the trap. Clean trap—no mouse.

    And I got a couple with the round enclosed traps they sell (about twice as big as a hockey puck.) Supposedly those kill instantly, but I’m not so sure. Their selling point is no-fuss, no-muss—when they work.

    Then a couple weeks ago I started seeing I had a problem again—and this time I got the mother lode (A mom must have had a litter in here.) This time I got a humane trap (sold at my local hardware store): They’re lured by the peanut butter bait you place into a box with a trap door, and it’s been remarkably effective—12 and counting, I’m shocked to report.

    Then what to do with your live trapped mice? I take them to the park and set them free. They say a mile away is best if you mean to defeat their homing instincts. And tomorrow I’m getting expanding foam to fill the little gap in my bathroom where I suspect the little rascals might be getting in. Wish me luck!


  519. December 22, 2008 at 10:51 am, Guest said:

    Well we have had mice loads this year. Its horrible!! I have much sympathy with your problem. Ours get every where. In the oven, on the stove on the microwave, in our bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, everywhere. We got one of those plug in alarm things that is meant to drive them away. Well it seemed to make it worse. For the week afterwards they went crazy, running all through the house in daylight and whilst we where there. I was packing for a holiday and one ran straight into my room over my laminate flooring and just sat under my sofa. When I went over to investigate it sent him more wild, and even chewed a hole in my bedroom floor to escape under the floor boards. The hole seems to have got bigger so I dread they are using it as an escape hole to get to the upstairs of the house. Nothing works and we have taken to catching by hand! We sit for hours all 5 of us with or empty upside down bins, ready to pouch. In just one week we can catch up to 15 – by hand mainly!! Its horrible!! My sister rang only 2 hours ago whilst at work to inform me I had another little family sat in my bedroom – this is 2pm in the afternoon so stuff nocturnal!! I feel really bad for you though, I only hope it clears up. We are thinking of getting an exterminator in. Worst than mice too, we have only a huge rat living at the end of our garden – They must have come together Im thinking. Some form of takeover mission


  520. December 23, 2008 at 9:28 am, Guest said:

    I have caught several mice so far and have no idea how many we have still running around under the floor boards, but I am now getting a really foul smell around my house. I am always cleaning to try to get rid of the smell. Anyone got any Ideas how to remove this foul smell that these mice are creating.


  521. December 24, 2008 at 3:44 am, Guest said:

    i’ve lived in my house for all my life (20 years) and only recently we have found mices!!! We have caught 2 so far but im paranoid there must be a family of them running around at night, the last one was caught 2 months ago, do you think thats it? I dont even know how it got in the first place, i live on the second floor for 20 years with no problems, we did however just had new neighbours move in a few months before the first incident, but they cant be the problem, right? Unless they’re a complete slob around the house and attract alll the mices upwards to the second floor!!?

    i Think im gunna try the mothballs and peppermint oil, i kind of like the smell of mothballs!! I want to put them around my room, but i’ve heard they’re toxic, they’re not too dangerous to breathe in the smell as i sleep Right?


  522. December 31, 2008 at 3:59 am, Guest said:

    A couple of years ago I moved from the safety of my parents’ big, clean, new house in the country. In my tiny new home in the big city, I discovered mice. They are Satan’s warriors, sent to drive humanity insane. Blech. I have dreams about them jumping on me in my bed.

    The apartment I’m living in has a sushi restaurant downstairs, and after talking to other residents I discovered the building has had mouse problems for years. Apparently the landlords don’t think it’s worth it to try to control the problem because they’ll just come back. My apartment doesn’t even have baseboards; the entire length where the wall meets the floor is a huge crack for the mice to run from room to room unnoticed.

    Anyway,long story short… I’ve tried almost everything. The sonic machine that sings sweet lullabies to the mice. The blue food that provides an amusing delightful, harmless alternative to their usual diet. The mouse traps that never caught a single mouse, but adequately fed them with delicious cheeses and nut butters. The little black boxes with three different kinds of poisonous food in them… made them a little ill, maybe, but once they recovered from their sickness they rejoiced at life and celebrated by reproducing.

    Here’s what has worked for me: steel wool stuffed in the obvious holes keeps them from being too comfortable. Peppermint oil does seem to inhibit them a little. The glue traps in high traffic areas will catch them, but dealing with them once they’re caught – squeaking and practically breaking their bones lunging and straining to get free – can be traumatic to those faint of heart or empathetic to life.

    But when it’s 2am and one is kept up listening to the tiny hellions chew new passageways through the walls, one realizes: it’s us or them. We can’t coexist peacefully. It just doesn’t work out. It’s us or them. And so, it’s war. Be brave, my comrades.


  523. January 03, 2009 at 10:00 am, Guest said:

    THanks to all. I was looking for some guidance about the Riddex, and found it at the bottom of the page. It seems that nobody really knows the “answer”. dammit.


  524. January 03, 2009 at 7:56 pm, Guest said:

    It might be a dead mouse. Had this problem once growing up. Mom turned the entire room upside down before finding a dead one under the bookshelf.


  525. January 06, 2009 at 2:28 pm, Guest said:

    i have a baby and i have mice in my app what can i do please and i can t not sleep at neigt thye make noise


  526. January 06, 2009 at 9:30 pm, Guest said:

    I have not tried this yet, but an exterminator i know said to super-glue a single shelled peanut to the trap. He said it works all the time.


  527. January 07, 2009 at 8:52 am, Guest said:

    Well, if you keep smelling the foul smell……you have a dead mouse somewhere in your home and you just can’t see it. It may be in the walls or in your heating ducks…..those lil suckers go almost anywhere. My house is invested we have tried almost anything! I keep an extremly clean house and that doesn’t work either! one day when I realized that I had a mouse problem I set glue traps and in two days we must have captured 10-12 mice!!!! I almost died !!


  528. January 08, 2009 at 3:27 am, Guest said:

    Kid you not I just saw my mouse do a summersault from the top of the dresser to the floor these little disgusting creatures r so smart I have been chasing itl night with huge rat traps the large ue kind I saw it come in my room and behind the dresser sp I placed the trap next to the back of theddesser alogtewall so it had no way od missing the trap when it came out but the little sucker climbed and hopped of from dresser it was fidgeting with the trap for likë 10min I’m so tied of rats I have two babies and I can’t sleep at night


  529. January 09, 2009 at 9:16 am, Guest said:

    HI I tried the glue trap and the mouse got away after being stuck to it for awhile do you know why


  530. January 09, 2009 at 8:42 pm, Guest said:

    Put the mothballs inside of your cabinets and closets since you like they way they smell I kinda do too, it reminds me of my granma house. Put the peppermint oil on cotton swabs and put them around your ventilation system this is great way to refresh your place and it really helps you breathe better especially while you sleep but be careful with both they are very strong you don’t want to use to much, try one room at a time in case you do you can transfer the excess to the next room use gloves with moth balls and wash your hands carefully read the label on the box of the mothballs also they will tell you that mothballs does cause cancer and the proper way to use them. Good Luck!!!


  531. January 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm, Guest said:

    Well, when you own a house you have to spend on necessary things. And one those things should be a divorce. He needs to understand how unsanitary and destructive mice are. You should definately hire an exterminator. You could get one for $130- an exterminator.


  532. January 11, 2009 at 4:23 am, Guest said:

    “In spring loaded traps, mice are killed instantly rather than dying over a period of days” Yeh RIGHT Never again will I re-use snap traps. The little bastards are coming back to life! Must be some form of new super-mouse Look out all!


  533. January 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm, Guest said:

    Can anyone help me. I had a problem with mice 8 months ago, caught two and thought that was it. I was in tidying my daughters room, as u cant see the floor for toys, and she sleeps with me, so rarely goes in it. When i lifted a few toys there were 2 neatly piled rows of what looked like to me sesame seeds, millions of thm. anyway i left them and got out he room, and was gonna ask my wee girl where they came from when she got back from her dads. i went out for the nite, came back at dinne time next day and went in her room, and these sesame seed things were gone. im so scared i live here alone, and found droppings behind the washing machine and cooker. the thought of sleeping here alone turns my stomach. Can anyone tell me what these sesame seeds things were and does this sound like a mouse has been in her room??


  534. January 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm, Guest said:

    i have read each of your comments and i have a mouse problem too. i am paranoid and pertrified of them. the only mouse that i care to even know about is mickey mouse and even he gets on a short list! i recently moved to an apartment and i am having a problem with them on my stovetop! and countertop! i wipe them down with bleach and amonina but to know avail i am still seeing those crazy mice turds! i placed a service call with my rental office they have come twice but haven’t gotten anything. what can i do now? as i stated before i am not going anywhere near them or it – oh yuck! tonight i am putting in a request for them to replace the stove therefore they have to pull it out. i am so disgusted.


  535. January 14, 2009 at 7:13 am, Guest said:

    cause they will clog your toilet duh!!!


  536. January 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm, Guest said:

    can some one please help i have tried snap traps and humane traps i currently have 7 around my room there are only 2 mice but there chewing wires clothes ect and they just seem to clever to go near the traps, i have use pb chocolate bread cheese cotton musli oats everything and still see them running around and finding chewed wire and droppings. any ideas ????


  537. January 20, 2009 at 10:32 am, Guest said:

    I just found a dead mouse in my washing machine. I don’t know why it was there or what killed it.(the Washer was Empty, and hadn’t been used in a while) I picked up the mouse in a paper towel and threw it into the garbage. then I ran the machine empty to get rid of any residue. I had a problem with mice last winter, as they came up from downstairs. I’m afraid this is happening again!
    (at least this time the mouse dropped it’s carcass and not feces!) last year it cost me a lot of pantry items, made a big mess to clean, and made me sick.


  538. January 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for having this outlet to vent and brainstorm about mice! I am hoping that I only have one. I came home yesterday after a long weekend away and noticed that some extra bird food (I have pet birds) I left on the counter seemed to have been “disturbed.” Then, I noticed droppings nearby and under the sink cabinet. I talked to my boyfriend about it- (he’s far away so he can’t help me) and he made it sound so simple- get a trap and get the lil’ guy. I am glad to hear that it may not just be one- I’ll have to keep my guard up until I move out in mid-July!

    Thanks to all! I am heading to the store today to get the traps (probably snaps and glue), cayenne pepper, moth balls, peppermint oil and gloves to handle the dead ones when I get them. I refuse to be tormented in my own home!!!


  539. January 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm, Guest said:

    Use a Hypodermic syringe to shoot it in the wall, the drugstore will sell you one if you tell them you don’t need a needle and what you need it for, usually they don’t ask, or if you know a Nurse or DR…I killed one Mouse using Tomacat, it was teal color blocks it ate it and died then more came in and won’t eat it..Good luck,I going to try Terro Ant killer, it is sweet I think made out of one of those poisons like arsenic or whatever the other one is??, Good Luck!


  540. January 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm, b smith said:

    Back in the late 1970’s in Livermore Ca, we found that about every 5-6 years because of the farm fields surrounding the town there would be an abundance of field mice. I am talking about 100,000’s of them. People would find them in their pools every morning. I worked a swing shift and would see them scampering across the roads in masses as I drove home late at night. We had a 6 toed toed cat at the time and we counted 108 mice that we saw her kill. Who knew what we didn’t see. Luckily ours were confined to the garage and the pantry. Every morning I would open the pantry door, move some cans and let “Killer” at them. I found them in my washer, dead but cleaned and even dried in the dryer. My husband found one that had electrocuted itself. Now a neighbor who was petrified of mice, had them all over her house, popping out of the stove,etc. Each morning she would grab a cooler, bread, and peanut butter. She and her two small children would spend the whole day in the master bedroom until her husband came home at night. Once the mouse cycle was over, no more mice until that spring when we were then infested with fleas. They were even at work. We moved the next year to NM 26 years ago and have had no problems with mice until the last five years. Seems now every winter, knock on wood none so far this year, we have had mice. The first year we had them was the worst. Since then it has been a few. I just use traps and really smoosh the cheese on hard. The idea is to put only a little on. Too much and they can eat without setting off the trap. Like anything you buy, some traps are super sensitive and others are lemons. Try your traps to see what will set them off. If it takes to much “touch” replace them. The traps are quick compared to the glue that is cruel and from the sounds of people who are using them not successful. Sometimes the mice wills set off a trap and get away but you need to be persistent. I also have a cat who does her best to catch them even though she has no claws. I will have to admit a few that I have had are the result of her bringing them in and letting them go. I also have a Brittany who licked a mouse to death. He chases them into the wood pile outside. Our winter hasn’t been bad this year so perhaps the mice are content to stay outside. Oh I do remember we tried a trap we made out of a long glass cylinder. The food was placed at the closed end of it and somehow balanced so that when the mouse entered the cylinder it would tip to a standing position. The mouse could not climb up the glass.


  541. January 28, 2009 at 11:53 am, mumblesg said:

    LOL! “I have mice in my apt~” September 27, 2007 entry. I cant stop laughing – Please put up your executions on Youtube! j/k


  542. February 01, 2009 at 6:34 pm, cathy said:

    I posted about the Tomcat traps earlier. The company called me and were very nice and sorry – apparently the wooden snap traps have and “S” on it for setting it to sensitive. I did not notice this. This may be why the traps were not going off. I explained that the Victor trap with the “metal petal” where more successful for me. Victor also have some snap traps with the wide plastic platform which may only catch the mouse at the tip of it’s snout – I do not know. Tomcat was nice to send me a few “Spin Traps” which may be good for people who do not want to see the dead mouse after it is trapped. You just throw them away – not sure how much they cost. I will try them inside my house since I have pets.


  543. February 12, 2009 at 11:13 pm, Carl said:

    Dude. i have a rat problem in my room. my room is pretty small. pretty decent size. but ive been having a damn rat problem for little while. like its been a week or longer. and until i heard the rat i was scared. so today i decided to clean my room becuase i found an unusual amount of crumbs of popcorn and food in my drawers. and so i was surpised so i decided to vacuum my whole room. then like when i turned the vacuum off. i’d hear something move in my room. and that’s been freaken me out for a little while. then i saw my clothes on the floor and i saw a yellow stain thinking it was a sweat stain and i smelled it and it was striaght up pee from the rat. and now my room smells like pee. and i also found lots of poop dropped in each of my drawers. and now i got fed up with it. so i got some Glue traps. i dont neccescarily know if they work but hey its worth a try. any suggestions quick? i cant stand this rat peeing in every corner of my room its gross HELP before they reproduce! and how do you know they had layed eggs or however they multiply?


  544. February 22, 2009 at 1:20 am, MiceAreMyEnemy said:

    I have been reading through these posts for hours. I needed to find some help after I had an encounter with a mouse earlier today. I was sitting in my bed when a mouse ran across the floor. I was very angry and so I shouted a swear word and clapped my hands so loud that my hands stung. It ran away and I haven’t seen it since, although I did clap my hands about every thirty minutes just in case! I am too scared to sleep as it might come back and walk on me. I have ordered a Blue Stripe Dual Action Pest Repeller and a Multi Catch Mouse Trap. I am also going to get some Peppermint Oil. I cannot believe the little sh*ts have come into my house, how rude! The mouse trap that I ordered says that it can catch up to thirty at once so I hope I manage to get the whole bloody family. I will keep you up to date on how this goes. Good luck to all my fellow mouse haters. x JC, England


  545. March 06, 2009 at 3:26 am, JK said:

    I feel quite a bit better after seeing that so many other people are as plagued with this as I am. Sorry, but misery does love company. I just moved out of a very old, but beautifully renovated house in the Boston burbs. No problems in that house except for summer ants for the 4 yrs I lived there. New place: urban,old,”renovated”,character,but bullshit. Already had sold my soul to the Devil with real estate paperwork, pre-cleaning before I move in-MOUSE SHIT. Are you kidding me? I console myself saying that it was a problem from the past. There are no mice??? Hope upon hope…Night one of the second month..scurrying, evading the 230 lb Great Dane’s feet, which I can’t even evade and I’m 110 lb woman, now the dog’s scared because I screamed. He’s too goofy for his own good& can’t even be bothered with the mice. So I spend a fortune on traps(snap,glue, and live), disinfect the whole place again, buy 5(yes 5) of those sonic wave outlet things. It’s been a few days with varied activity. I’m staying away for a few days and I’ll see if I caught anything. Regardless, when I go home I’m going to put all flour,cereal,pasta and sweet stuff in rubbermaid type stuff and use peppermint oil all over. Thanks to this website I’ll carry around a “gun” of the peppermint oil and H2O just to feel tough in my own place. Thanks for all the advice and stories. I’ll let you know who survives, the little demons or me.


  546. March 14, 2009 at 10:58 am, quiet said:

    i am having a mouse problem! they are all around the house and the landlord isn’t exactly helpful. the mice are too smart and they don’t come near anything white or triangular. nothing works. the pepermint doesn’t work. we have a dog but he is always asleep and the mice take his food and it in the oven. what should i do?


  547. March 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm, Mike said:

    I used the glue traps. I caught a few. But it seemed mostly it would not catch all of them. I could see little mouse prints on them but no mouse. I then bought the victor electronic zap trap. It instantly kills the mouse with electricty. The trap worked immediately. I didn’t have peanut butter so I used shredded cheese. I put it out. Left for an hour came back and I had dead mouse. Reset it and killed another one shortly. It’s great product. I bought it on amazon but you could get it at a hardware store. I;m going to get that 100% peppermint oil so they don’t come back.


  548. April 09, 2009 at 2:57 am, nate said:

    if you dont like killing the mice after you catch them with a glue board …. use a little bit of veg. oil and they come off like nothing.. and then relocate them


  549. April 12, 2009 at 8:02 am, zandra ritchie said:

    I have a mouse problem, just recently and old building got flattened and ever since I have had these uninvited pets in my home. I have bought poisen and i am keeping my bedroom door closed so that they can’t go anywhere else, does anybody have any other advice plz. Im very squeemish and i awoke at 6 in the morning the other day there in my room. I was throwing shoes and all sorts at this creature with an attitude problem and it wouldn’t run away. Please help I want rid of these things asap but the poisen is taking to long to kill them


  550. April 17, 2009 at 9:43 am, PAULINE said:

    We have filled all the holes around our house, and now I am going to try the oil of pepperment….if its going to get rid of them…how are they going to get out


  551. April 21, 2009 at 10:09 am, Krystle said:

    I have a mice problem as well. I am very very sleep deprived. Ive been up literally all night for the past week. I have a shitty ass landlord that wont do squat . I even exaggerated thinking it would make him do something faster by telling him that ive been seeing rats all over the place and I have two small children! I seen a mice in my living room so we fled to my bedroom and lo and behold TWO mice were under my bed! I left that very night . Did I tell you that Im sleep deprived and hear the sqeaking all night long…I live in New York City and the exterminators wont come unless you have permission from the landlord SUCKS…I cant even get in contact with the landlord !!!!! I had to block out my number in order for him to answer the phone! He said he would be here at 8:00 am and it’s 11:07 am like he thinks I dont have nothing else to do all day! I canceled two appointment yesterday AND today! He makes me sick that slumlord bastard. He’s known of this problem for weeks now and have yet to address it . It’s like he saying you and your kids dont mean sh*t ! Im sooooo paranoid. I dont even want to cook in my own apartment!


  552. April 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm, Colleen said:

    Thanks to all of you for the comments. I thought I was all alone! I have a lot of work ahead of me to eliminate the problem. I am going to take a six-pronged approach: 1. Put all food into sealed containers. 2. Buy the ultrasonic traps to try to lessen the problem. 3. Clear out the basement 4. Call in professionals to help me with sealing up the holes (too many to try to do by myself) 5. Buy a few zappers (at this point, I don’t care if it is inhumane–it’s me or them!) 6. Get an estimate on sealing up the holes on the outside.

    And I am considering getting a cat which is ironic since I just got rid of my husband and his dog. I’ll probably go broke trying to pay for all of this but at least my kids and I will be able to sleep at night.

    Thanks again and good luck to all of you!


  553. May 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm, Steph said:

    One trick I found with setting up snap traps is putting them in corners with the bait facing the corner itself.

    I’ve had 7 traps with the bate completely gone that haven’t even snapped. As soon as I did the corner trick I killed 3 mice in 1 night.

    Taking 2 books and making a diamond-shape with a corner wall works wonders!


  554. May 24, 2009 at 2:42 am, Dr. House said:

    It sounds like the usually story. come home after a hard day at work. stay up late. hear a rattling sound or see a vision. and, there! a mouse. so what to do?

    Neither, peppermint oil, poison, traps or zappers will work!

    mouse live outside. Not inside! They are use to avoiding things that don’t compute (are similar) to thing outside. They are in your home to do one thing and one thing only EAT! What do they eat? (now this is important! so listen up) WHAT THEY CAN SMELL~

    what can they smell…
    boxes (the glue is what they love)
    Paper ‘phone books, newspaper, magazines, books, etc., (used to insulate nest)
    food!!!!!!! (by the pilot light in the stove, crumbs in the toaster, etc.,)
    standing water (under the refridge, in the sink, on the window from rain, in plant pots)
    And any warm area, piles of clutter such as clothes, papers, etc.,)

    They generally hate all animals! particularly cats. However, cats DO NOT eat mice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! unless the cat is hungry (please do not starve the cat). Clogging all holes is good, but they will find another way in and chance are you aren’t going to clog the hole well enough anyway.

    If you want to get rid of mouse take everything mentioned above off the floor. Keep you apartment or house clean AND neat! All of these things mentioned above should be placed high or sealed in an organized plastic container. AND if it’ll give you a sense of prowess you can always never sleep again and stand on a chair with a broom in your hand, although I prefer a swiffer they just work better.


  555. May 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have not seen a mouse yet, but I hear them alllllll the time. I really believe they have not entered the house yet, but they are in my walls. What do I do?


  556. June 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm, Guest said:

    We have a mouse problem too. It’s been going on for months. I primarily use glue traps, and they work, but boy are they nasty. I usually get a nice big stick from outside and stick it to the glue and pick them up that way, because I’m a huge sissy and don’t want to get anywhere near the mice. We’ve caught about 4 that way over the last several months.

    I finally figured out where they’re coming from. Not the garage like I originally thought. They’re coming from the crawl space under the house. There’s a HUGE hole back in the corner cabinet under the sink where the pipes come in. Apparently no one ever thought to close that up. I have no idea how to go about covering it. For one, it’s in an awkward spot, and two it’s pretty large!

    I plugged up any cracks and holes so they couldn’t get up onto the counter, I thought it was working, but the other night I went to get something out of the drawer and there was a little baby mouse! I almost fell out on the floor. Then last night I went into the kitchen and startled a family of FIVE. One at a time they peeked out from under the microwave and then bolted for the stove. They went into one of the burners and disappeared. All I could do it stand there and watch. I did throw things at the microwave to make sure they were all gone. But…EWWWWW!

    I’ve read all your suggestions and I think I’ll get some peppermint oil to start, and put a bunch of it by that big ol hole. Hopefully that will keep them out. If not I’ll get some used kitty litter and put it under there. If that doesn’t work I’ll try the Rat Zapper.

    A coworker of mine said his mom used to keep a snake in the pantry to get rid of the mice. He said the snake never left that spot. I think that’s a little extreme, since I hate snakes even more than mice. But it may come to that. I’m so sick of being terrified every waking moment! Every little noise, every little movement I see out of the corner of my eye has me jumping. Even when I’m not at home.


  557. June 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm, Guest said:

    We’ve been having a mouse problem for a few months. I live in a big apartment building so I’ll never be able to get rid of them entirely, I’m sure they’re all over the building. I’ve been sealing holes with plastic bags and packaging tape, which helps, but I’ll probably try the pepperment oil trick too!

    I was using snap traps for a while, the D-Con Ultra covered traps work really well and they’re reusable, but I realized that there are just too many in the building and that they’ll breed faster than I can kill them.


  558. June 16, 2009 at 9:54 am, Rachael said:

    A few weeks ago my rooomie saw a mouse. Then days later I was relaxing on the couch watching TV when I saw it run past me. I FREAKED OUT, ran into room and closed the door for 5 hours until my roomie came home, then I felt safe enough to walk around. I got some of those plug in things and some mouse traps and that hasn’t been working. It was quiet for a while until yesterday we both saw the mouse!! So we moved the couches and saw a chocolate covered almond I had been eating a while back but without the chocolate! And there were droppings all over. SO we cleaned it all up and are utterly freaked. This morning on my nightstand I found droppings where I had a chocolate candy bar my dad brought from London for me. THE THING WAS NEAR MY FACE. Im more pissed than scared and am DYING to catch the stupid thing. UGH. I hope there is only one bc if there are more than one IM MOVING OUT!


  559. June 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm, Guest said:

    Just this spring I heard them in the walls. They were getting into the kitchen cabinets and we caught one with a snap trap. Just last night (early morning–around midnight), I got up with a cold, so went to get some Alka Seltzer cold medicine. I went into the kitchen, turned on the light–thank GOD! grabbed a glass and put the tablets in, poured the water in and as I’m waiting for the tablets to dissolve, I notice something dark in the glass–I FLIPPED–it was a dead mouse.
    It was one of those tall skinny POM glasses and it must have gotten trapped in the glass. It must have seen it’s buddy get killed by the snap trap so it avoided that but slipped in a glass. THANK GOD I HAD TO WAIT FOR THE MEDICINE TO DISSOLVE, OR I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DRANK THE WATER IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    I’m still skeeving about this–we’ve lived in the house for about six years and this is the first we’ve had mice–I’m hoping it was only these two and that’s it–but I’m not confident about that.


  560. June 24, 2009 at 6:33 am, Anonymous said:

    We recently found droppings in a kitchen counter so we set some traps. It seems our problem was bigger than we thought. We caught one in the bathroom and two in the kitchen. Possibly another i’m scared to check so i am waiting for someone to come over and check it for me. The ones in the kitchen were almost two weeks apart. I don’t know what to do! I can’t sleep! I have locked all my food in plastic containers. I was so scared that they climb the curtains so i took them down! My family thinks i’m crazy at this point. I have yet to see a live mouse but i know it is only a matter of time. I go on vacation this next week maybe i’ll finally sleep. I am going today and buying some of those plugin things, the pepperment oil and maybe some poison although that’s prob bad risky we have an outdoor cat should we bring him in? If anyone has any other advice please please let me know!!


  561. July 01, 2009 at 1:21 am, Joan Wick said:

    I happened to notice that every time I came inside after being out for awhile, my apartment smelled musty. After about 10 days I was looking for an item in my pantry and there were mice droppings everywhere. I found out that they urinate continually as they run around. and there were droppings all over canned and packaged food and all along storage shelves. I found a pkg. of food that had been nibbled into. I spent over 2 full days disinfecting every single item and making sure everything was stored in jars, etc. I put out some poison seed & water but those critters never came back. However, come fall I am so afraid they will find their way back in. Should I put seeds/water back out or will that actually attract them?? Not only am I scared of those creatures, but they are so unsanitary!!! Freaks me out. Would appreciate every input on …how to prepare ahead.


  562. July 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm, Yrene said:

    we had mice and they kept eating the pb without tripping the trap, until my husband mixed the pb with some chewed gum and BAM!!


  563. August 01, 2009 at 2:55 am, Athantos said:

    I live in an apartment and have mice which are active under the stove and refrigerator. So far, for three days in a row I have caught three of them in sticky traps. I just caught one right now (It’s under 2 AM), and all three times, I knew they were trapped because they were squeaking. I know it’s inhumane, but I was able to set this one free outside since only its leg was in the trap. After the second one, I placed 3 Bounce sheets under the stove to see if they would avoid that area. Trust me, they LAUGH at dryer sheets. They don’t work at all.

    My concern now is that I’ve caught three mice…so they must have a mom somewhere. On top of that, since it is an apartment, a group effort is required from the neighbors. I’m upstairs, so I thought I’d be a little safer, but obviously I am not. So far, when I see a mouse run across the floor, it is caught that night/morning.

    I’m curious if one of the bug foggers actually helps, so I spraid some RAID under the stove after I caught this last one. I will post back any news. I just hope the “momma rat” has learned by now that she’s lost three and she needs to move…


  564. August 03, 2009 at 3:43 am, Bob Laubach said:

    This is quite an informative (and funny) post site concerning mice removal. Tonight I was watching late night TVland when I saw something shoot across the floor from my TV and ZOOM under my recliner. Yup, I got mice…lemme tell you I DO HATE those meeces to pieces. Damn it, I say. I had a mouse in my same apt in 2001..killed it with D-Con mouse poison(green pellets in wedge shaped paper container) was lucky to find the dead rodent. its’ white underbelly stained bloody red from ingesting the poison. I got no kids/pets so don’t care/worried to use poison…just want to be rid of the mice. I’ve read MANY of the entries here and there’s a consensus (kind of) on what works/doesn’t work:

    Snap traps work if bait (peanut butter) is applied to the top AND bottom of the trigger (where the bait: bait top and bottom) I wonder about cream cheese as bait? Anyone know if the old joke of mice in love with cheese?

    Glue traps generally work. the snap trap/glue trap is best. I’ll probably take my own advice and try this one.

    A normal, intelligent cat (DON’t declaw), raised by a mother cat who thought him how to survive (please no useless declawed, disturbed prissy city cat) would also provide excellent results. Don’t forget those little yappy-type terrier dog breeds. They were bred to kill rabbits, but killing mice would be a pleasure and a breeze for those barky, hyper canines.

    Peppermint oil (daubed? spread?) along baseboards, kitchen cupboards…wherever you’re finding mice turds/urine smudges..whereever you suspect them to (humanely) evict the little disease carriers. I wonder if this method makes your whole place stink like peppermint?

    What doesn’t work?
    Overall people here slam the electronic plug-in things (like Rid-X). Probably works best for insects. Mice are tough little buggers and probably ignore it.
    Actually I’d be impressed anyone reads this but wtf, I simply had to share. For everyone here dealing with unwanted vermin, don’t freak out. There’s lots of good advice/success stories shared here so hang in there. You will win.


  565. August 05, 2009 at 4:44 am, Bob Laubach said:

    H’lo all. An unnecessary follow-up, but wot the hell. I have set out snap traps behind my refrigerator (baited with a blended mixture of pb and bird seed). Caught one (quite dead) and read some more stuff online and replaced the used snap trap with two of ’em; side by side. I’ve set one on “sensitive” and the other on “firm”..wonder if this’ll make a difference..we shall see…I’m reading online greater success comes from pairing traps-be it glue traps but esp. snap traps. Anywhoo, while digging around online a came across a link for mouse repellent called “shake away animal repellent” and ordered some. 20 oz bottle for 14.95 (minus s/h) and was wondering if anyone else has used this product and how it worked (out) for them. The testimonials are all aglow about how wonderful this product is, how great it works, how humane (not that I care) it is. Shake Away is basically concentrated bobcat & fox urine granulated and you sprinkle it (outdoors; perimeter of foundation) and indoors (every 10’x10′ {100 sq. ft}) wherever you see, have noticed mice activity. Surprisingly, users say there is very little smell from this, even in small enclosed areas. Shake Away seems to work on the premise of the hypersensitive sense of smell that mice have. Totally freaks them and they exit, wherever they encounter the smell. So, anybody else out there use this? I’d truly love to hear back anybody’s experience using Shake Away Animal Repellent. Here’s the website-


  566. August 06, 2009 at 10:07 am, Bob Laubach said:

    Howdy all, back again
    Found what I believe was the access hole-a chipped electrical plate cover (wall outlet) for my refrigerator..surprisingly tiny but big enough as entryway for 4 legged rodents-it had a delightful challenging course of the hanging fridge cord for the mice to traverse downward onto my kitchen floor. Stuffed it w/steel wool as per recommended from hardware store suggestions for mouse proofing. Found 1 dead deer mouse-type under fridge when I did my daily mouse hunt/check the traps behind the fridge. Can’t wait to get my critter repellent granules–the granulated fox/bobcat urine granules, that is. Hope this is the cure all I’ve been searching for. Tired of being paranoid and nervous in my own home; time to return to sanity. BTW, my poison of choice was provided by the very reputable D-Con company. My snap traps by Victor, baited with a generic pb-no Jiffy or Skippy brand for my unwelcome intruders. Remember folks, with snap traps lightly swathe pb on top AND bottom of bait tray. Hope this info helps. Have a lovely day.


  567. September 07, 2009 at 5:53 pm, Caroline CP said:

    Mice! Mice! Mice the little buggers. I keep seeing one crawl underneath my cooker while I watch TV. Its sooo annoying as I can never really concentrate since I keep looking out for it to come out…

    The bloody cheek! Thanks for your tips, I shall get rid of the little buggers!!


  568. September 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm, jessica said:

    We were struggling with mice for a while and tried snapping traps baited with penaut butter and cheese and nothing happened ( for months), then we got sticky traps and one night a mouse got caught and was screaming soooo loud ( for a mouse) it was agonizing, I put on rain sounds to drown out the noise and we haven’t seen a mouse in 3 months……until we found droppings all over the kitchen counter, ready to start all over again!


  569. September 14, 2009 at 3:03 am, Anonymous said:

    “we got sticky traps and one night a mouse got caught and was screaming soooo loud ( for a mouse) it was agonizing,”

    ^^I just read all these comments and ran out earlier today to buy glue traps and now I’m scared to death if they catch a mouse that I will be too scared to dispose of it. I’m terrified of mice and the thought of hearing it squeal all night is as bad as seeing it scurry around. I think I’m probably going to pick up the glue traps now. No disrespect to anyone who uses them but the more I think about it and as much as I hate mice the glue traps seem pretty cruel.

    I live in nyc and have lived in this apartment 3 years. First 2 I had a cat and NO mice even though all my neighbors complained about having them. Then about 6 months ago my cat moved in with my friend because she had mice and I travel alot it worked well for the both of us but unfortunately now I need to bring my cat back because it seems to be thats the ONLY WAY to KEEP MICE GONE if u live in an large apartment building.

    Yes the holes can all be filled but the mice WILL eventually eat thru the steel wool. Might take 6-8 months but u will have another mouse. I spoke to someone in my building who had tons of mice then had all the holes filled then killed the remaining few mice trapped in after the holes were filled and she had no problems until about 6-8 months later.

    I really wanted to believe the one mouse I saw 3 nights in a row was/is the same mouse and only mouse inside my apartment thats why I bought the glue traps but after reading all about mice I am finally admitting that its probably not the same mouse and even though I dont see any droppings or evidence of mice and I keep my place minimalist and spotless clean they are probably in here and will stay keep and/or keep wondering back in from neighbors apartments unless I bring my cat back in to scare them away.

    I will call 311 tomorrow and make a complaint. This building I live in knows that there are holes in the corners where the radiators are but they are too cheap to pay someone to fill up the holes in everyones apartment. Its a health hazard and no one should get comfotable living with disease infested rodents. Its sad so many people give up and live with it. I asked a neighbor why they dont complain and they said I’m use to it. WOW! I mean she has a child and she is willing to risk the child touching mouse droppings?! unfreakinbelievable. I will not and can not and refuse to live with them and if u feel the same get a cat. They require very lil and if u dont have the bad fortune of getting one that isnt a mouse hunter then u fall in love with it if not only because it keeps all mouse far away!


  570. September 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm, Andy B said:

    It’s the urine smell that I must be allergic to. I’ve had this SEVERE infestation for about 10 years now, but it has got soooo much worse in the last year and is now unmanageable. I live in a tiny Manhattan ‘junior’ one bedroom. There is nowhere that you can now breathe. They live in every corner of my apt. and the smell is unbearable. Especially now as they have migrated to my bedroom closets. I have to put Vicks on my nose for most of the time as I am disabled and spend 24/7 in the apt. I also burn incense continually.

    The landlord has tried to help and has spend quite a lot boarding up everything — removing the kitchen area etc. He is just getting angry now as the situation just gets worse daily. I’m at the end of my rope. I too smell the odor everywhere. All my glasses taste like the smell of mouse urine. everything I eat and wear. My entire body. I catch a few and see a few, but all I really care about is the constant smell. The apt. is THICK with it.

    At this point, I don’t believe there is anything that can be done and have to realise that this is my life! I simply cannot afford to move on Social Security and couldn’t do it with my joint disease anyway.

    What I don’t understand is why is it getting so much worse. I used to love my tiny apt. There’s so little point in cleaning anymore as I live with about 30 sticky trap[s and poison eveywhere and a combination of dead mouse smell + mouse urine smell. Lovely!! I’ve had every hole plugged up that can be seen, but there’s 20+ years of unmovable furniture and stuff here.

    Anyway — I’ve vented which is what I needed to do. Thanks for listening. I have to have another good cry now.


  571. September 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm, Guest said:

    Hello everyone. I am also terrified of mice, they scare me as much as spiders, but move in such a fast way. The other night I was watching tv in bed when I was sure I saw something quickly move from the side of my eye. I thought I could be imagining things, but with mice you are usually not imagining things. I used to live in Edinburgh, which has tenement buildings ridden with them, the mice had traumatised me, and I lived in fear of them ever since. I now live in Bath, in a Georgian 200 year old ground floor flat and never thought I would see mice. Well, tonight it was confirmed, it came back again and I saw the little thing, was terrified, and I shake and go pale when I see them. What worked in Edinburgh, and hope will work this time, is I called pest control and they put pots of poison all round the places suspected of their entry, I was assured they would never come back again, and they never did. Am going to call pest control again, can’t live in fear again.


  572. September 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm, Joan W. said:

    UPDATE: I made extra sure that there was nothing in my pantry that was not in a mouse proof container about 2 weeks ago, knowing that the cold nights might bring those critters back inside.
    Then I spread out Cayenne and put out deadly seeds and water. Well they paid a visit last night. I found the seeds were spread around and there were seeds in the water dish. It is a complete mystery to me! that I found seed shells totally across the room on a high up shelf behind some large glass containers and did not even find a ‘trail’ showing how they got up there. I do not like to kill anything but I cannot tolerate having these rodents come in to share my apartment.

    ANDY B. You are living in an intolerable situation and I feel so bad for you. Have you thought of phoning the health department on your own and have them inspect your place.?


  573. October 04, 2009 at 2:17 am, Anonymous said:

    I just saw a mouse run across my dining room! A few days ago I was snacking on a bag of chocolate chip cookies that I got from my backpack during recess and I noticed a small slit at the top. I thought it was unusual but I ate it anyway. Now I think I know where the slit had come from. The mouse had probably went into my backpack and bit its way to get to my chocolate chip cookies!! Is it okay if I ate food that a mouse had probably eaten?! I’m freaking out because I know mouse carry a lot of diseases…


  574. October 04, 2009 at 2:18 am, Guest1 said:

    I just saw a mouse run across my dining room! A few days ago I was snacking on a bag of chocolate chip cookies that I got from my backpack during recess and I noticed a small slit at the top. I thought it was unusual but I ate it anyway. Now I think I know where the slit had come from. The mouse had probably went into my backpack and bit its way to get to my chocolate chip cookies!! Is it okay if I ate food that a mouse had probably eaten?! I’m freaking out because I know mouse carry a lot of diseases…


  575. October 05, 2009 at 6:44 pm, Tia said:

    Last year i had new flooring put down (and what a bad job2), due to a severe infestation of mice! they have returned with vengence! I knew they werent far cause my neibour has had them ever since!got children and becoming overly stressed , i am doing an EXPERIMENT….i have no peppermint oil til tomorrow, so i have put VICKS all around the skirting boards and PEPPERMINT FOOT SPRAY! hopeful thinking maybe! …just heard a bugger! Damn! Argh…..
    P.S i had one of those plug in things, 40 bloody quid & ended up getting refund! didnt work!
    HELP! I cant go thru this again!


  576. October 07, 2009 at 3:50 pm, mamadogg said:

    the war has been waged. i was in my fuzzy robe and fuzzy slippers getting me a midnight snack when the enemy ran directly across my fuzzy slippers. (I threw them away because they have been tainted by the enemy) i could not believe it. the very next day i called maintence. all they did was put down two glue pads. under my sink. that’s it. then the droppings appeared. on the microwave, on the counter, in the cabinets, on the floor. it’s like i was playing follow the trail of poopoo. then the worst. i moved my fridge to get my sons hot wheel and i found a nest. a nest. i threw up a little in my mouth. like birds the evils had collected stuff from my house to build a nest under my fridge. i threw away the hot wheel. and my mop and broom and yellow mr. clean gloves. it was beyond gross. i called maintence again. two more glue traps were laid. and to top it off he had the nerve to ask me if i seen the mouse. wtf? so i showed him all the nice little pictures i had taken of all the poopoo and nest. my landlord said she couldn’t do much just lay down traps. well the day of reckoning came when i bought my son a new toy shelf and was rearranging his room and found and army’s worth of poopoo. everywhere. i went crazy. i scrubbed things that normal people would not think to scrub. i felt infested. i bought those plug in sensors. no go. poopoo in front of it come the mourn. i did the beer bottle. my mice don’t drink. i loaded the place so strong with peppermint oil cotton balls that my husband got a headache and said he couldn’t breathe. poopoo on the cotton balls. i bought more glue traps the ones that smell like chocolate. no go there to. then i went in my diaper bag and a bag of my son’s favorite cookies was burglarized. OATMEALRAISIN ladies and gentlemen. the bag had 4 cookies and 1 was left. the sneakies ate 3 whole cookies. so i sprinkled chunks on the glue pad and in two hours the agonizing squeaking of a glued mouse filled my ears with joy. you have to put the apple of Eden directly in the middle of the glue trap. that way they can’t back away and get half stuck. the mouse is a worthy adversary. Shall the endurance be with you.


  577. October 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm, Cheryl said:

    PEPPERMINT OIL DOES NOT WORK! I spent over $10 at GNC for a bottle – 100% peppermint oil. At first, I thought the smell drove them away, but that was too easy. About a month ago, I saw one running from my kitchen to the dining area, so I soaked 2 cotton balls with the oil and placed them on the kitchen floor. A few hours later, the mouse came out again, sniffing the floor for food. It ran into one of the cotton balls and kept on sniffing. The smell didn’t faze it a bit. I finally stomped the floor and it scurried away. I keep all my food in storage containers and the trash is kept in a grocery bag in the fridge until morning when I take it out to the dumpster. I live in an apartment building and had some neighbors move out, so maybe they were their source. I hate them! I’m ready to go to the animal shelter for cat urine.


  578. October 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm, me said:

    mice can lick the peanut butter of the trigger of the snap trap. you can find videos of this on youtube. then I went to walmart and there is a variation on the snap trap by Victor, instead of a metal trip that was 1/4 inch by 1 inch, there is a yellow plastic square about 1 inch square. The rest of the trap is the same. They are not expensive.

    This trap is SO sensitive I set it off sometimes just putting it down on the floor. I caught 2 of the suckers with in 2 hours of the trap down in daytime, then no mouse for a month.


  579. October 20, 2009 at 11:18 am, caroline said:

    I think that the effectiveness of the peppermint oil may depend on the type of mouse that it is. We have these small grey house mice. When we first tried peppermint oil, we soaked cotton and then put them in those paper cupcake wrappers. Which seemed to do the job. (This was around last year).

    4 days ago, we discovered their “presents” in the kitchen, so i tried something different. We took everything off the counters, cleaned them and before putting everything back in it’s place, i “polished” the counters down with the peppermint oil, then put the paper towel i used to “polish” in the pantry. Admittedly it was a bit strong and my husband even remarked that you can kind of feel it on your eyes, but we’ve checked the kitchen every morning and haven’t seen a thing. I pretty much just keep polishing the counters with peppermint oil now. Needless to say that because of the smell it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

    I only wish our landlord would do something about the ones in the drop ceiling (I hate drop ceilings) I suspect the mice are using our apartment as a bridge between the apartments our apartment is between.


  580. October 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm, Libby said:

    I moved into a bedsitter apartment in a converted old [and quite run down] Victorian house in May. Three days after I moved in i was sitting on the bed and a mouse ran out from underneath – gave me quite a fright. that was the last I saw of it until about 10 days ago when I ordered pizza, intending to have the left over garlic bread with my soup for lunch the next day.

    The next morning I went into my kitchen and found the box for the garlic bread had been nibbled – and so had the contents inside, only a very little missing from the bread but of course it all went in the bin.

    Last weekend was my birthday and I had a friend to stay, the first night we had pizza and garlic bread – that night I heard noise in the kitchen and looked in the garlic bread box and found a mouse – I quickly taped up the holes and was going to take it outside and release it but stupidly decided to take a photo to show my friend.. d’oh! Well of course as soon as I opened the box the little bugger jumped out, I’m mobility impaired so didn’t have a chance of catching it.

    The next night, I heard the mouse run up my guitar [quite eerie actually] I was being a good host so gave my guest the bed.. but sleeping on the floor when you KNOW there is a mouse six inches from your nose is quite freaky!

    I looked through a pile of seldom used bags tonight and found a bar of 70% dark chocolate that I had obviously forgotten about but that was now almost totally mouse eaten. I went out today and bought a bottle of Tisserrand pure peppermint oil from the pharmacy, was €6.50 and I cut up round cotton cosmetics pads into quarters, applied oil and put every couple of feet around both my bedsit and my kitchen, used almost the entire bottle, so much so that I got a bit dizzy. I thought for sure that if it was affecting me it would be certain to scare away the mouse – yet as I sit here in bed at half past two am typing this to you – I CAN STILL HEAR THE LITTLE BUGGER RUNNING AROUND MY ROOM. Grrrrrrr.

    If I am feeling well enough I shall try going out tomorrow and buying more peppermint oil. Should it work quickly or does it take some time? Until recently I was vegan so just can’t bring myself to put down traps, if the peppermint doesn’t work I guess I’ll be ordering more garlic bread and trying to catch it for release outside.


  581. October 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm, Amy said:

    I have had a lot of success with peppermint oil. We live in a house that was built in the 1700s. The foundation is all old brick and open. It is useless to even try to stop them from coming in. Last spring one of my kids left a banana in the living room and we had a huge mouse activity explosion in our living areas. I went crazy. I was finding droppings EVERYWHERE. So I started with the peppermint oil. After a lot of trial and error, I have found a system that works. Every night I squirt a long thin stream of peppermint oil parallel to the thresholds of every doorway in the living areas (we have pine wood polyurethaned floors). That way, the mice will have to run through the oil to get into the next room. If you have ever gotten peppermint oil on your skin/mucous membranes you will know it burns. My theory as to why this works is that the mice get the oil on their skin and it makes them very uncomfortable. We have not seen a mouse or droppings in months. We have lived in this house for 7 years and this is the only thing that has worked 100%. I buy peppermint oil now in the 16 oz size and use droppers to stream it on the floor. Every morning I wipe up the residue, although most of the oil evaporates during the night. It is very strong smelling, and I think that the scent alone repells them at this point. This system works but it requires vigilance. This may cause problems on floors for some people, I don’t know. We still hear them in the walls but not as much. The strong scent at night is worth not having the mice around! Good luck to everyone, I know this is a terrible situation to live in.


  582. October 26, 2009 at 12:11 am, Bee said:

    I tried the peppermint oil thing – did not work at all! Tried everything in my old house – but the poison was the only thing that worked. (The poison had formaldehyde in it – so it dries up the little mouse bodies, so they don’t smell) So if you don’t have pets/children, go for the poison! I used to think it was cruel to try to kill the little buggers, but the scratching in the walls was keeping me up at night! Now I’m in a studio apartment, and saw my first mouse….ugh!


  583. October 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm, Scared of a mouse said:

    I am terrified of a mouse I’ve seen twice now in my house. Just rented it in march and didn’t see this thing until first week in october….cold weather perhaps. anyway I purchased two mouse traps and no luck they eat the peanut butter and that’s it….then I purchased decon drops and no site of dead mice yet; the mouse moved the piece of decon somewhere because I set the piece of decon next to the trap and it is no longer there. I haven’t seen the mouse in a while until last night I saw it running from behind my couch into my room…I’m trying the traps today where the mouse goes in and you can’t see it. any Ideas I’m 33 and deathly afraid of this mouse issue….thanks


  584. October 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm, Crikey! said:

    Thanks everybody for posting your stories. By reading through them, I was able to get some information for a starting point to try and rid myself of these uninvited guests who aren’t paying rent to live here!

    Question: Anybody who has cats have any reaction with the peppermint oil? I’ve read its toxic to them, even to inhale. Also, any issues with disease from deer mice? That’s what I figured out I have and I know they carry hantavirus. Before I realized I had mice, I went through a pile of neglected mail that had been urinated on and touched a lot of paper with my bare hands. Now I’m using gloves and a safety mask.

    About a week and a half ago when the weather turned cool, I started hearing scratching sounds in the ceiling. At first I thought it was birds because I’ve heard birds in the vent before now. Well, I came home this weekend during the DAY and caught two of them running around in the kitchen. I’ve never had mice before, so I was totally fried by this! Terrified too. I began decluttering and called an exterminator who wanted almost 250 to come out to do a consultation, lay traps and identify access points. Then they wanted more money to plug the holes and even more money to come back and check the traps dispose of them. I figured for that amount, I might as well do it myself! I bought some of those fancy sonic things. A mouse walked right by it. The only creature it bothered was me! Secondly, I bought some of those humane things where you bait it with peanut butter and the thing closes behind them and points to a red arrow saying there’s a mouse inside. Last night I witnessed a mouse push it aside and keep going! I had been avoiding sticky traps because I didn’t want to touch it. I also bought some peppermint oil and soaked some cotton balls with it and put it over the vents and turned the heat on. Two days of humane traps and nothing, 20 minutes of sticky traps and it caught my very first mouse! It was still alive though. I hadn’t thought far enough ahead of how to dispose of it and I didn’t want to touch it, so after seeing it nearly pull itself off the trap (it went on crookedly) I panicked and ran to the kitchen for a soup can in the trash, came back and stuck another glue trap under it and stuck the soup can on top of it making a trap. I put it in a bag and put that bag in another bag and put that bag in the trash and put a big ass rock over the lid! Now I have to figure out how many more there are. Next stop, CATVILLE!

    So, does anyone have any advice for cats mixing with peppermint oil, please? Before this all started, I had already started the adoption process and don’t want to stop or forfeit my money now because I’ve laid out peppermint balls and don’t want to hurt the kitty.

    BTW–Anyone having trouble finding 100 percent peppermint oil with no GNC nearby might try a craft store or one of those alternative healing stores with the crystals and i-Ching things. That’s where I got mine. And it smells nifty.


  585. October 28, 2009 at 8:57 am, Sean said:

    I moved in to my apartment in early september (college offcampus housing…).
    I guess it’s too cold for these buggers outside, so I’m seeing them now in my home.
    One of them came into my room last night, not once, but twice… it looked me straight in the eye and just walked right on out.
    It’s kind of disgusting that I spotted the mouse right near my fridge.
    I’m a 22yr old male and I’m so afraid of these things; never knew I’d be so afraid of such little rodents lol

    Thank you everyone for all these stories… I’m def. going to try to get rid of this.
    First thing Ill try is sticky traps.
    If they don’t work, then I’m going to try peppermint oil, followed by calling the exterminator.


  586. October 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm, SH said:

    Ok I just bought the peppermint oil, please God let it work.
    My story is, i just moved into a new apt in NYC, 2nd floor. Woke up last night and they were in my bed, i freaked out, mouse scampered away. Looking around my apt I can see how they got in, the fron doar is more than an Inch off the ground!!!!
    I have laced a towel with peppermint oil and covered up the hole………………please let this work until i get a pernament fix.
    P.S It smells really nice, i got it in a Health Store


  587. November 02, 2009 at 12:49 pm, Stefanie said:

    I ned an answer to my question plz asap! So me and my boyfrind went away for a couple of days came back and found a hand full of dog food in eack of our boots. His pair one boot had a hand full my pair one of my boots had a handfull. Im really creeped out!~ could it be a mouse or is somoene messing with us?!!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone heard of such a thing?


  588. November 03, 2009 at 11:28 am, MK1 said:

    A mouse or mice came into our house about 2 weeks ago and have not left.

    We usually get these nuisances about once every 5 yrs.

    We bought a cat about 3 yrs ago. Stupid thing won’t even do anything, but it appears the Mice are steering clear of fluffy as they seem to be taking refuge within the ceiling tiles of our basement.

    We have put one dish of poison last week thinking there was only one, but now, there’s sure to be more as we checked the dish and saw the poison turned to dust and a bunch of mouse poop.

    Now we have about 6 dishes full of food and hope that this will get rid of the suckers once and for all.

    From what I read it will take about 10 days to get rid of them.

    So for those who think kitty is going to solve the problem? Guess again. Mice are a lot smarter than you think. They won’t go near the Mouser unless they run into the wrong spot and get cornered by him.

    Actually I hope my cat doesn’t get him. If the mouse if full of poison in his system, then kitty can die from eating it.

    I sympathize with everyone on this board. This is always a horrible situation. My family even jokes that we can wait for the summer when they go away.

    Time to call someone to check the holes and cracks in our home.


  589. November 23, 2009 at 9:47 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have a very bold mouse in my apartment. Theres no way to plug holes with sttel wool because hes not coming in holes, he simply crawls under the tiny space under my front door from the apartment hallway.

    Ive seen him run along the walls by the heating vents so I thought thats where he liked to live. I turned the heat up to about 85 degrees in hopes that it might get to hot for him to walk on the vents.

    Well he won. The heat bothered him but now instead of running along the walls he randomly bolts straight across the room from under the couch to right under the front door.

    I took the time to relocate most of my bread and food to inside the fridge and i carefully checked and sealed all boxes of food in my cuboards. As I was going through my kitchen storage drawers (No Food just dish cloths and utensils) I found about 7 droppings of mouse poop in the bottom drawer of dish cloths so I figured that must be where he likes to hide and feel safe. Pulled out the drawer and theres a square hole cut in the woodwork that he crawls through and then up into the drawer. Well the other day I watched him bolt across the room and under the door again and I was pissed I was determined to see if he was going to his hiding spot. I quietly walked over to the drawer and pulled it out as fast as I could and there he was! He ran around in circles for a bit scared out of his mind and then out the drawer and back through the hole.

    I bought a humane no kill trap and put some peanut butter in it then placed it in the drawer. Hoping to catch the little bugger. I really hope I dont have more than one to deal with. It really gross when you start seeing holes bitten through your bags of chips or bread.

    Anyway goodluck all.


  590. November 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm, Fred said:

    Hey guys. Unfortunately I have a story too. My sister’s apt in NYC has A LOT of mice in the walls. At night some of them come out and make suspicious noises. We’ve caught 3 in the past three weeks, but it seems like they keep coming back. We’ve been using the sticky paper, but now it seems they’ve been avoiding it. It’s so gross, and defeating to keep seeing these critters come out at night and basically make a mockery out of you. Has anyone tried poison? What’s the BEST way to get rid of them??


  591. November 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm, Joan W. said:

    I have found that the poisonous seeds with a jar lid of water along side works 100%. I keep the door closed to the room it is in [pantry] and they eat/drink and go back out the way they came in!
    They have never appeared in any other room, nor have I found a dead one. They apparently go back to their nest after eating.
    It works so well, that I am free of them now, but keep the bait out in winter just in case a stray one comes in. I will not ever consider trapping and then letting them loose or having to deal with the dead body. or using a fragrance. Unfortunately they have to be eliminated, otherwise they will breed, breed, breed, until MY life would not be worth living. Helps my neighbors too, as they won’t go invading their apartments.


  592. December 27, 2009 at 11:20 pm, Rebecca said:


    So I moved into an aparment about 2 years ago. I was in the kitchen one day when I saw something run from my living room into the kitchen into the heating vent near my bedroom….all out in the open. I called for my husband who looked around and brushed it off like I was seeing things. Ok so this was a MOUSE. So maybe I was seeing things who knows.

    Then! About a month later I’m sitting on the couch and go to get up when I see a RAT!!!!!! In the middle of my living room, just chillin, and not as fast at the mouse, walts under the couch. So I call my husband again who moves the couch and checks the heating vents (electrical) and finds nothing…basically telling me that I am crazy. There was mouse poop in my bathroom behind the toilet, in the cabinet and in the kitchen along the heating vents. I called my landlord who basically TOLD me that I just saw a mouse (mother effer didn’t even know what I saw, huge gray RAT with a longgg tail) Setup some traps, but did not catch anything!

    Needless to say we moved!

    We’ve lived in my current appartment for a little over a year no problems, just some ants and weird…a couple of bees.

    Then today, like 3 hours ago I am in my kitchen, on my computer and I see a i think it was black MOUSE run from my living room to my bathroom…not along a wall. I SCREAMED. I didn’t even care if I woke up my 1 year old. My husband comes in and says…I bet he went under the washer. Sooooo, he goes in there to set up a sticky pb trap and while he does it, it JUMPS from underneath the washer into the wall (why is there a hole there in the 1st place??!?!) So he puts the sticky trap next to the washer and the wall. Then….he leaves for work!!!
    He calls me to tell me that he thought he saw a mouse here like a week ago. Why the heck wouldn’t he say something to me about it?!? Now whose the crazy one! I told him I am never doing the laundry ever again and now it IS his job!!

    So. I am sitting at the computer still….3 hours later. Scared out of my mind to get up. Luckily I am right next to the fridge with an extra chair so I can climb over to get a drink, right out of the bottle…cups are just too far. I thought I heard squeaking noises…twice, but I think it was the tv. Then I am just waiting to hear some banging or something. HOPING to god that the mouse is stuck…But, when I hear some noises….it’s just the neighbors. And!! I can;t even go look cuz I was told to keep the closet door closed. Which I am pretty sure he is getting in somewhere else in my house cuz for the past few nights, when I come to use the comp….I hear a faint banging noise in the cupboards next to me.

    So now my poor son could get a disease from this mouse…or mice. I will be stuck to this chair until he is dead! And until my house is spotless and void of all unnecessary things (looks like Salvation Army will be getting a truckload of clothes from me) because I want to be able to see every effin inch of my house or so help me I will be in a psych ward soon enough. I cannot sleep! I cannot move! I don’t even want to go into the bathroom to use the toilet or the shower!!
    If I do manage to get up to get to my bedroom…three rooms away…I will be sleeping with the lights on…if I sleep at all.

    Sorry for venting, but i’ve been stuck here for 3 hours!!! And have nothing else to do!

    To top it all off. I just toldmy little sister about it and she says …”YAY!!!! A MOUSE!!!”… Lets switch houses then u beech.


  593. December 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm, T L said:

    Oh my GOD!! I swear I’m bout to die… I had seen droppings on my counter…so I bought the De-Con trap (the one that when they get caught you don’t have to look at it). But they never got caught and I kept seeing the droppings after that so I bought the poison pellets…so I thought that worked. OH MY GOD yesterday Im sitting on my couch chilling watching TV and I swear I felt some fluttering in the couch so I jumped up and moved to another rooom. But I went back to make sure I wasn’t trippin…and I still felt somthing fluttering in the arm of my couch!! I can NOT sit on that couch again…I am so devastated. I can’t take this! I’m scared!


  594. December 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm, T L said:

    Oh and I forgot to mention…I had NO idea I had mice, and one day I pulled up the cushions from said couch and saw mice droppings…as SOON as I lifted the pillows I started sneezing!


  595. January 03, 2010 at 2:15 pm, jm said:

    the food in the boot IS from mice


  596. January 05, 2010 at 1:20 pm, Ron M. said:

    I’ve killed a buncha mice down here in central Texas in my 60 years. Let me share a few things. Just my opinion, sprinkled with a little experience.

    1. I hate glue traps. First, a lot of mice learn to avoid them. Second, they’re horribly cruel. The mice only dies several days later after horrendous suffering.

    2. Blocking or repelling mice (peppermint oil, steel wool, etc.) doesn’t consistently work, because it doesn’t KILL them. Maybe a mouse won’t crawl through that hole… but then it’ll go somewhere else and have 15 babies. Then half of those will have 15 babies. Then half of those…

    3. Plain snap traps work very well, but don’t use peanut butter because many mice can just lick it off without triggering the trap. Use a wad of cheese, or glue a piece of dry dog/cat food to it. Force a piece of bacon inside the little tube at the end of the tongue. Put a drop of oil (or grease from the bacon) on the mechanism to make it trip easier.

    4. Poison has its drawbacks.. Some mice won’t touch it, and if they do, they die in your walls, or go outside and die and then poison your neighbor’s cat when he eats it.

    5. The Rat Zapper works great, but it’s expensive – $45 – $65 each. Problem is, most people just buy one, and it can’t keep up when there’s a gazillion mice running around making babies and entering your house in 50 different places.

    6. Seriously, one of the most effective devices is the old vase or bucket trap. Get a tall flower vase, preferably one that tapers inward from the bottom. Put a little ramp so they can run up to it. Smear some peanut butter on the inside, a couple of inches from the “entrance.” Put 3″ of anti-freeze in it. The mice jump down to get at the peanut butter and fall into the anti-freeze and die within minutes. (((WARNING: anti-freeze is DEADLY poison to dogs and cats – they love to drink it!!!)))) When needed, just pour out the dead mice somewhere, or down your toilet.

    Bucket device: this works even better. Take an ordinary bucket, or a plastic 5-gallon paint bucket (Home Depot, $2). Run a piece of coat hanger through a tin can. Best to use a standard size can full of some watery contents, like broth. Punch a small hole in each end of the can to drain the liquid. Remove the label. Smear globs of peanut butter around the middle of the can. Attach the coat hanger across the top of the bucket. Mice run onto the can, it revolves and they fall into the bucket. The anti-freeze thing works, or water, or some kind oil, whatever. Again, mind your pets.


  597. January 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm, samuel johnson said:

    GreatStuff and other foam dispensers are NOT a good idea to plug up holes because mice can and DO just eat through them. use steel wool or cement or bondo (something that isn’t so easily nibbled at like foam).


  598. January 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm, Joan W. said:

    Well, I guess I need to eat humble pie here as I was so certain that the poisonous seeds were totally doing the job. Was I WRONG! and hope I didn’t prolong anyones struggles. I started to find the seed casings and droppings on my kitchen counter and tons under my microwave. So I started a search. I lifted up the corner of the sofa’s bottom cussion, and there were droppings and an obvious pee stain. So I went to the other end and lifted and there lay an ugly big dead mouse, as flat as a pancake, icky blood and all. I was traumatized!!!!!!
    It was clear that quite awhile back I had sat down on my sofa and the mouse was beneath me, and I squished it! I still shudder to think that it had been dead for quite some time before I discovered this, and I had been laying down, watching TV with my head above this corpse every evening. Even sitting up eating on top of it. I called my son and screamed “PLEASE come over, I am freaked out and can absolutely not deal with this.” While we were discussing this at one point he said “There’s a mouse running along the wall.” Well, bottom line is that management brought in the Pest Control who discovered LARGE [baseball size] chewed out holes behind the electric heating floor panels right where the electrical cord comes thru the wall—in pantry, living rm and bedroom. He stuffed them with steel wool and covered them over with a heavy stiff net, and I had him double it. They checked out my entire apartment and there are no openings now. I had the seeds out in the pantry still, and hadn’t seen a sign so had become overly confident that the seeds worked. I never want to go thru that trauma again…I would pay for the pest control myself if needed and not try to handle it myself. Oh, and I could never lay/rest on my beautiful sofa again so I gave it away and ordered a new one.. so that ends up costing more $ than getting a professional in right away. Would have saved me from intense stress, & horrid nightmares too. I hope this helps some of you.


  599. January 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm, Sue said:

    I’ve lived in my apartment now for four years. It’s a Victorian building. The first three years were completely mouse free. In the last year, we had major underground construction in the area, regarding water pipes, that lasted three months, and that’s when we first started seeing mice.
    At first we didn’t do that much – big mistake. We have a bird with his open seed container in his cage and a guinea pig with an open bowl in her cage. Of course the mice were in heaven, and the bowls were full at bedtime and completely empty by morning. Our pets never normally ate that much at night, so we knew it wasn’t them. Our bird eventually refused to go into his cage. By Christmas, the mice were coming out at four in the afternoon, to feast in and around the cages. Before then, for months, I spend many late nights brushing up every tiny crumb, making sure all garbage was sealed and removed, no food left-overs whatsoever, not even egg shells, because we discovered, they eat those too. We threw half our belongings away, moved the furniture around once a week, disinfected everything, saturated the place with peppermint oil and put all other food in the fridge at night. There was no real improvement at all, so we filled in hundreds of holes with all purpose filler and brillo pads and that was the thing that did it ! The activity has gone down by about 70%, so far.
    Starved completely of food, they have started eating huge blocks of red and purple plastecine that my husband has, with all his paints and drawing stuff, and their droppings are red and purple. We found two dead ones in the kitchen today. Could it be the modelling clay/plasticene I wonder?
    We’re still fighting the good fight, we don’t stop. We spend hours on the Mouse War every day and we’re starting to win some battles. It’s the drip drip effect and a mixture of different methods that have helped, in our experience, but the main thing has been sealing up those holes ! Today we filled in a few more and I haven’t heard a peep. I look forward to that bright day when I don’t see a single mouse. That day is coming my brave friends. United, we will stand against this cursed enemy and we will not be beaten. Never give up, even if it kills you, which it probably will… but let’s go down fighting.


  600. January 27, 2010 at 8:33 am, Sue said:

    P.S I would like to take back what I said about the peppermint oil. I’ve started to use a lot of it, in strategic areas and it’s working very well indeed.


  601. January 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm, lucy said:

    Mice are impossible to get rid of. If your home is not completely sealed tight, they can get in through under a door or a very small opening the size of a pea. You’d be surprised. Most homes or apartments have openings that size or bigger. The only thing you can do is keep them under control somewhat by using glue traps or mouse traps and disposing of them. You will never totally eradicate them. They will poop in your silverware drawers, on your dishes, nest in your furniture (they like the underneath part where the netting is), eat your dog or cat food (right out of the bowl or the bag), and get on your countertop and stove and help themselves to dinner. Peppermint oil — what a joke!


  602. February 05, 2010 at 5:48 pm, about to die said:

    don’t laugh people, but I sprinkled holy water all over my kitchen where I had seen one and said the memorare prayer. I am petrified and cannot move from where I am after reading these posts.


  603. February 05, 2010 at 8:50 pm, paralyzed in fear said:

    Don’t laugh people, but I sprinkled Holy Water all over my kitchen where I saw a mouse and said the Memorare prayer!

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
    Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

    Starting tonight, I’m going to say a prayer to St. Philomena:

    O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have mercy on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee…PLEASE REMOVE FROM MY HOME FROM ANY AND ALL MICE THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN MY HOME AS WELL AS ANY OTHERS IN THE FUTURE. PLEASE GIVE ME THE GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION I NEED TO PROTECT MY HOME AND FAMILY FROM THEM. UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETELY GONE FROM MY HOME, PLEASE DO NOT LET ME SEE ANOTHER ONE ANYWHERE – KITCHEN, FLOORS, DRAWERS, CLOSETS, BOXES, LAUNDRY ROOM, GARAGE, DISHWAHSER, COUCHES, BLANKETS, ETC. PLEASE RELIEVE MY ANXIETY AND DISTRESS FROM THE PARALYZING FEAR I FEEL FROM THEIR PRESENCE. PLEASE BRING PEACE AND SECURITY BACK TO ME AND MY HOME. I am firmly convinced that through the merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and death of Jesus, thou Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His saints. Amen. St. Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.


  604. February 05, 2010 at 11:58 pm, elizabeth said:

    I don’t know if this blog is therapy…knowing so many share my pain…or freaking me out…with all these stories about mice jumping in people’s faces and playing peek-a- boo while you sleep.
    I have not seen my fury housemate but I know he is still here. I thought the Orkin man was nuts when he told me that my mouse is smart and knows to avoid the traps but it looks like others have similar stories. So I called Orkin and have been paying them for 4 months but over $400 later still I have the damn mouse. Waste of money. The most disgusting thing is that the mouse droppings are always in my stove. When I turn it on there is such a disgusting smell that it makes me gag, even after I vacuum out the droppings. I hope after a few automatic cleaning cycles the smell will be gone but I’m sure I’ll have to leave the house and open the windows. The second Orkin man (sent in for “tough cases”) put glue and bait traps everywhere you can imagine in the kitchen, behind the stove, under it. Had all the holes plugged up and still the litter bugger isn’t gone.
    I think I’ll fire Orkin and buy Decon, Beer and Peppermint oil. I can’t wait for Summer again when it is warm and they go outside again. I need a break! I work in Film and I’m thinking of putting my camera on Time Lapse to try to catch it in action so that I can see where he is coming from. UGH!


  605. February 07, 2010 at 3:52 pm, Peter said:

    We tried the ultrasonic plug-in things all around the kitchen. It worked for a week and then they came back.

    Traps definitely work.
    If live trap – don’t let them out in backyard.


  606. February 11, 2010 at 10:38 am, TerrifiedAsWell said:

    THs morning when I went to the kitchen in my tiny one bedroom apartment and turned on the lights, I saw something quickly running across the floor from under my stove to under my dishwasher. I prayed that it was just a roach, but I knew it was too big and fast to be a roach. That and the fact that I haven’t seen any roaches the entire two years I’ve lived there. The thing is I live upstairs so I was trying to convince myself that there was no way a mouse could get up there. SO I mustered the courage to look under the dishwasher and sure enough there is a small white mouse hiding there. Also, I had some oatmeal raisin cookies left out from when I baked them last night and one was off of the cookie sheet.
    I have two very small children (toddler and infant), so I don’t think we can stay there. My landlord said that maintenance would be glue strips down, and to call them when the mouse got on it. My uncle said he has never seen a white mouse infestation so it must be someone’s pet mouse.
    I am so terrified I can’t even think straight. Why are we so scared of something so small?


  607. February 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm, ??? said:

    i have the same problem at my house , im only 15 and i live with my family … its sooo horibble as i was reading these messages i seen one running round heading to the trap so i let it and the trap caught it , i feel so bad for the mice but it disturbs me at night and with my exams coming up it doesnt help!
    we use mice traps and they work but sometimes if the mice are really quick only their tails get caught, and its horrible and we caught 2 in my room!! and its horrible we put chjocolate in the traps d seems to attract them (:


  608. March 06, 2010 at 8:11 am, Belle said:

    Well reading this has very been therapeutic; at least I know other people are going through the same thing as me and my roommates. We’ve seen 4 mice (some look like babies..oh no!) in the last week in my NYC apartment. Recently came home from a vacation and the first thing that greeted me back was a little mouse running from under the fridge to the stove…welcome back. My roommate caught a baby mouse a few days ago between the prongs of a fork, I foolishly begged him to set the little guy free and as soon as we let the mouse go outside it basically ran back into the apartment…ugh now i just feel like the stupid vegitarian. Well tonight all my sympathy for rodents came to a halt. I saw a mouse in my bedroom!!!! HOW CAN I GO ON??? I feel like I’ve been slapped in the face by Reality. The reality is that we have to get ride of these pests. I havn’t been able to sleep all night now and probably never will again. Tomorrow I plan on buying every mouse trap know to man plus peppermint oil and whatever else I can find. Keep fighting the good fight everybody!!!!


  609. March 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm, KMK said:

    The whole cat thing might work BUT we have FIVE cats and a poodle and our little mice couldn’t give a rats ass. I’m so grossed out by them but hate the idea of actually killing them. But come on, once you start chewing on the heels of my stilettos…. something has just GOT to be done! I tried the peppermint thing and so far no luck with that. I just bought a mouse trap house that can catch 4 at a time and can keep them alive just make sure to go FAR away from your home to release them otherwise they’ll just get back in easy peasy and all the effort won’t be worth it.

    I’m hoping this will work.


  610. April 02, 2010 at 4:01 pm, Frightened as heck… said:

    This morning at approximately 05:30 I awoke to hear the plastic covering some cakes I had been eating rustling away furiously. Having had a tough day at work and also being the eve of Good Friday, I decided to chill on the sofa with my duvet. I must have fallen asleep while watching TV. When I heard the plastic noises, I thought it was the edge of my duvet gently brushing over the cakes even though I hadn’t been moving around enough to create the level of rustling if I’m making any sense….

    When the rusling continued I got up dazed wondering what the heck was going on. You’ve got to understand at 05:30 I wasn’t even sure what my name was let alone what company I had. As soon as I stood up, I saw a brown furry thing (I’m assuming a rat/mouse) scurrying across my lounge and screamed blue murder and lunged for the exit! I raced straight to my bedroom but before barricading the lounge door and stuffing magazines and newspapers under the door. I know it’s cruel but I needed time to get my head together and think of a strategy to lure that thing out of there.

    I finally woke up at 10am, closed all the doors in the flat and stuffed magazines/newspapers under the doors and opened the lounge door and front door as wide as possible without breaking them hoping that the little bugger would find it’s way out. Anyway, 8 hours later, I’m in the lounge watching The Mentalist (catching up on my eye candy) when I see the damn thing pulling the same moves as before. That thing needs to go like tonight and I don’t know what to do. I’m now a prisoner in my kitchen writing to you. Please help….


  611. April 05, 2010 at 1:50 am, Anonymous said:

    i just killed two mice am terrified but i hate this creatures so bad and when i heard noise in my kitchen i marched with a broom from far i kept hitting thinking will runaway next thing blood on my counter yak but i end killing the second few minutes ago the same way am goma try the beer bottle before i leave for work seems more better way to die


  612. April 12, 2010 at 10:53 am, mary said:

    for the one poster… no you cannot get this oil at a bakery …you need ” peppermint essential oil” which is not the same one you use for baking … you must go to the health food store & get it..


  613. April 15, 2010 at 1:50 am, missoldlady said:

    Hello. What is the sure fire way to rid people in apts of mice? How in the heck can they get in the higher floors anyway? Is ammonia the same as bleach? The main thng is don’t be saraid of those mice, you are bigger than he is:)


  614. April 29, 2010 at 11:30 am, Carol said:

    We all agree we hate mice. So may I share how I have rid my house of mice and cockroaches and other vermin.

    “Grits”….they take it back to the Queen it hardens in her belly and she explodes.

    Cockroaches and other insects:
    Boric Acid or Family Dollar “Roach Killer powder” cost $2.
    …it is boric acid. If horrible infestation …bomb first. Then just like the exterminator goes around the walls and sprays in the crevices…go along the walls and put down the boric acid powder. When you vacuum there will still be some in crevices. In your kitchen under the sink, inside your cabinets, around the vent to your range hood, etc. put the boric acid along the crevices…Even when you wipe it up some will remain in those crevices. You may see one or two show up and they will be small but within days you will not see anymore…kills spiders too!…They walk on the powder; retain it on their legs and carry it back to their nests…and it kills them all. I have seen people place the powder out away from the corners…think it doesn’t work and clean it all up. But I swear that in two weeks if placed in crevices all over …it will rid your house of all insects….and it is in those crevices where your animal cannot reach.

    Seven-Dust…Wait for predicted rainless days. Be sure to use Seven Dust in the yards whereever the animal roams outside. Bomb the house first if infested. Sprinkle Seven-Dust all over the carpets, etc…some will go into corners. Leave the house for a couple of days…We left for the weekend….that way new fleas hatching will also die. Wash your animal with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Return to your home and vacuum up and you will never have another infestation.

    First get some wood putty and steel wool. Locate any hole or crevice that the vermin enters your home…especially around pipes under your sink, and the vent that goes up into the attic from your range hood. Stuff any hole or crevice with steel wool…then seal the opening around a pipe with wood putty. Once found a mouse that tried to enter a hole under my refrigerator and got stuck and died. Cleaned the area with bleach and water…then wet a rag with Odo-ban and stuffed in the hole for a couple of days ..Odo-ban is like Frebreeze and will kill 99.9% germs and really smells good. You can get it at Walmarts or a gallon from Sam’s. Once found a family of dead mice inside the insulation of a water heater and had to replace the insulation and have heard of someone having found a dead mouse in the insulation of their refrigerator….guess they replaced the insulation also.

    To KILL THE MICE cheaply and quickly:
    You need a plastic grocery bag; a plastic spoon; peanut butter; and D-Con pellets. Under your sink; in the attic; under your house…make certain wherever you place the trap that your animal cannot get to it. On the plastic bag sprinkle some D-Con pellets; then take a spoonful of peanut butter and roll all the pellets up into the spoon. All the pellets will be embedded into the peanut butter on that spoon. Just leave the spoon on top of the bag. In a few days either all the peanut butter will be gone from the spoon and have known them to chew the spoon too. But mostly I have found the mouse on top of the plastic bag dead. If you don’t find the mouse but the peanut butter is gone you will more than likely start smelling something foul in a few days. Take dryer sheets, wet them with Odo-ban, use a paperclip and hook to each heat/AC vent in your home. Take an empty spice jar with the plastic lid that has holes in it…In the jar put a mixture of the Odoban with a Tablespoon of Oil…place the jar under the sink, in the attic..or wherever the odor is coming from.
    If you find the dead mouse…instead of rubber gloves..just put your hand inside a plastic grocery bag and pick up the mouse, plastic bag, etc. and put inside another plastic bag…You never touch the animal nor the plastic bag on which he died…plus you can seal everything up and put in the outside garbage.

    Sprinkle with Kitty Litter …It masks the smell which helps in preventing the gag urge and also dries it up so much of it can be picked up. If you don’t have kitty litter ..just spray the mess with any room deodorizer .( I have also used perfume or deodorant spray because I gag so easily if I don’t mask the smell)…It is good to have kitty litter handy for getting up grease stains in the garage or the driveway also.
    Put your hands inside a plastic grocery bag, pick up the mess…and flush down toilet. Spray the rest of the area with cleaner, and use paper towels to clean it up. With hand inside the plastic grocery bag as if the bag was your rubber gloves you can remove the stained areas with paper towels …place the soiled messy towels inside another plastic bag; tie up and put in outside garbage. Your hand never touch the area.


  615. May 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm, PeterD said:

    I recommend capturing your mice and keeping them as pets. They eat hardly at all compared to cats or dogs, and are amazing to watch. Use a glue trap. The tiny animals can be freed by applying a few drops of vegetable oil to points where the creatures have adhered to the glue trap. Try to avoid using too much oil, as it will tend to cover the mice completely, and make them very uncomfortable until they can rub it off.

    An ideal cage for a mouse or mice is a screened off cage used to transport bees to bee keepers. It is fantastic. Try to get one of these, as you cannot find a more perfect cage for mice. Bee keepers usually discard these cages after they fill their hives with the bees that were transported in them.

    If you get two bee cages, you can connect them at the round openings in each cage, thus forming a split level apartment for your wonderful new mice. Have fun!


  616. June 30, 2010 at 9:08 am, MissK said:

    I first saw a mouse in my apartment about four months after I moved in. I called the rental office and they sent the “exterminator”. All he did was put down glue traps…..but they worked. I came home from work after the exterminator had been there earlier and there were two mice caught, one on each trap. I am scared to death of mice and since they were alive I was pretty much banned from my kitchen until someone came to get them. The next day I went to rental office and told them I would probably faint if I tried to pick the trap up and heard a peep or saw a blink and begged the maintenance man to come get it and he did.

    After those mice were caught I have never actually seen another mouse but I do see droppings on my stove from time to time. I checked all my cabinets and under my sink…no droppings, no nibbled on packages or anything…thats a good sign but where the hell are those other little fuckers?? This past Sunday night they must have had a party because when I got up Monday morning it was about 7 pieces of poop on my stove…the most I have seen at one time. I put down snap traps…one in each burner on the stove and two glue traps on the floor. 2 days later…no mouse in traps but also no poop on the stove.

    I went out yesterday and got peppermint oil from GNC and put it all over my apartment. I basically dripped oil all over a paper towel and wiped all the cabinets, stove, counters, microwave, fridge etc. down with the paper towel to leave the scent. I aslo sprinkled some oil under the cushions in my couch and around the perimerter of the couch, on the carpet througout my apartment, on my mattress, in my closets…bascially everywhere. Im sure my neighbors thought I was doing some type of voodoo when they saw me putting the oil on the outside ledge of my door (i think this is where the mice come in from, its enough space for them to squeeze under the door). I still smell peppermint while Im typing this and Im at work lol. Hopefully the peppermint keeps them away.

    Does the peppermint oil attract bugs?? My main concern is that I dont rid my place of mice and then have shitload of roaches. I CANNOT DO ROACHES. I will move before I live with roaches. Absolutely not!


  617. July 06, 2010 at 3:11 pm, K Penich said:

    First off the LIVE traps do not work at all!! Do not use them they are worthless. I had one out for a month and couldnt catch the mouse in my house. Finally had someone set up some snap traps for me, and the mouse was caught that night!!!!


  618. July 06, 2010 at 3:23 pm, K Penich said:

    Oh and i forgot, use cherry AIRHEAD taffy on the snap traps, they love them!


  619. July 24, 2010 at 1:25 am, odiluvsr said:



  620. July 24, 2010 at 11:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    I’m so freaked out I saw one in my tub earlier today. I have tried everything is like they are too smart for these traps. It would just sit there for months and there would be droppings around as if its letting me know its still there. I dont want to use the poision cause then I cant find them when they die and it just stinks up the place. I tried the plug in riddex that doesnt work. I tried the peppermint that doesnt work. I have no idea what else to do. They are just getting too smart for these things and they are not afraid. I’m so terrified I sleep with the lights on in my bedroom. Someone needs to invent something for them figure out something new cause these stuff dont work these things have turned my life upside down. If anyone have any suggestion please help.



  621. July 24, 2010 at 11:47 pm, Rose said:

    I’m so freaked out I saw one in my tub earlier today. I have tried everything is like they are too smart for these traps. It would just sit there for months and there would be droppings around as if its letting me know its still there. I dont want to use the poision cause then I cant find them when they die and it just stinks up the place. I tried the plug in riddex that doesnt work. I tried the peppermint that doesnt work. I have no idea what else to do. They are just getting too smart for these things and they are not afraid. I’m so terrified I sleep with the lights on in my bedroom. Someone needs to invent something for them figure out something new cause these stuff dont work these things have turned my life upside down. If anyone have any suggestion please help.



  622. August 04, 2010 at 2:04 pm, Kathleen said:

    Hey everyone! I just moved into a new place in southern IL. The place is a cool old house for a great price, but now I know why! The landlord has seriously lapsed on upkeep and I swear this place is half wood-filler and half holes asking mice to just wander in. I found tones of droppings under the kitchen sink, fridge and stove. I have not actually seen a mouse (yet, knock-on-wood) but i know they must be around, considering the state of this place. Also I keep finding dryer sheets in weird places that I am guessing the previous tenants attempted to use as mice control. HA!

    Seriously though, if they can’t get in, they can’t get in and that is the main issue. I know it is hard and sometimes gross to find all the holes but it can be done. By the way I am terrified of them too and have been obsessivley doing everything I can since moving in to try and get them gone for good. Apart from the gaping holes under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, I found large holes under the gas stove and the fridge (not to mention lots of poop!). I also found holes in the closets, gaps between the door frame and wall that a racoon could probably walk through easily! Not the mention the floor heat and air ducts.

    I have 2 cats, one of which is a great little hunter so I am sure they are helping too. Once I get all the holes plugged and feel safe that they cannot come inside the living area (and be eaten by my cats), I am planning to start dropping poison into the walls (probably through the light switches) and basement. Then I’ll move on to plugging outside holes, and probably spread moth balls around outside for good measure before it gets cold. God I hope all this works! I am willing to put in the work and I hate things that I cannot control (like rodents running around my feet!)

    Also, I wanted to mention something that bothers me about a lot of what I have read online regarding this subject. Why do people care about humane traps? Don’t you guys eat meat? I don’t, I am vegan and have been for 10 years, but rodents carry disease and destroy things and cannot be allowed to live in your house. If you are willing to pay for the meat and milk of a cow that has lived a life of suffering and oppression, how can you think twice about killing a mouse which could actually hurt you? I’m sorry but it is totally hypocritical, and totally characteristic of our societies attitude towards the suffering of animals (i.e. it’s fine as long as I don’t have to see it). Just my 2 cents 🙂


  623. August 12, 2010 at 11:03 am, Patrick said:

    Don’t use Ortho traps in your apartment unless you want to throw away your money. They are under investigation (see here: ) for bad marketing practices. AND they don’t work. Yikes.


  624. October 07, 2010 at 11:16 am, elyna said:

    Well folks, I also seem to be having the same situation as some of you ladies + gentleman..we have a mouse (mice) problem in our home that started last week. I’m not sure if it’s one or more, but usually when you see one, there are more hidding. We have a contract with Orking for the past 7 years to prevent this problem because we bought an old house that had a mouse infestion that we needed to take care of before we moved in (long story!). We saw the mouse just before my Orkin tech came this past monday + now I am waiting for them to die because I can care less about these small rodents!! Can I tell you that my husband is an instructed of archery + he is usually trys to remain calm under stressfull situation, but when he saw that mouse he yelled, than I saw it + I went nuts!! I can not believe that a small creature can cause so much stress and drama, but it trully feels like you have unwelcomed visitors who are tearing up your house + leaving their poop + piss everywhere!!! I am now on the going to inspect my home for any cracks + seal them w/chauking + waiting, wainting to feel safe + calm in my house. Now it’s time to go on “poop” patrol, as I call it–>to check for any mouse droppings ): Hopefully, this will end soon for all of us..


  625. October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am, RQ said:

    I caught one yesterday in a no-kill trap. I followed my neighbor’s advice and drowned it in a bucket of water by putting the whole trap in there. Disposing of the dead body was the most disgusting thing I’ve done in a long time if not ever and I have absolutely no appetite since yesterday. Like one other commentator here says, I think I need therapy now! But I just caught another one just now and I don’t know what to do with it. I think I’ll just hold my breath, try not to think about it and drown it too. My only other option is to let it out in the yard and risk having it back in my house or my neighbor’s house. I can’t smash it dead like some people suggest because I don’t want mouse blood flying around, thank you very much. They do have blood, right? The whole thing about mice is that I wish they didn’t carry diseases. Because they’re actually kind of cute and I hate how they’re so dirty.

    Just for the record, the beer thing sounded awesome but it didn’t work for me. I’m not sure the peppermint thing works either, even with 100% pure peppermint oil. Don’t wanna try poison because I don’t want to have to hunt down the dead smelly bodies behind kitchen cabinets and whatnot afterwords. Think I’m gonna catch as many as I can with the trap, and I’m thinking about getting a cat.

    @Kathleen I totally agree with you. Yesterday a friend of mine was looking at me as if I were a criminal for killing the mouse, while she was munching on a chicken sandwich and enjoying it!


  626. November 19, 2010 at 10:55 am, really bad story said:

    i have read most of these stories and i have got a bad one. my boyfriend and i just moved into an old house together. know this house is probably over a hundred years old the previous people who lived here owned it for generation. it has a concrete bunker for a basement which has a door to the out side and a door to underneath the porch. as well as several hidden doors to storage spaces under the main flour, and an attic with a window. the biggest problem with this is that non of these areas have lights or easy ways for humans to access but are perfect hiding places for mice.

    know on to my story i am a very light sleeper, i mean very light. i wasn’t always this way it came about when i had a bed bug incident in collage. so one night in the first week of living in this new place i felt itchy all night like bugs were crawling on me and i freaked out naturally because of my history with bed bugs. my boy friend calmed me down assured me i was just over reacting and having nightmares like i am prone to do as well. funny thing is next night when we were getting ready for bed we both saw a mouse dart across the flour in our bedroom. we tried to catch it but were unsuccessful, though by chasing it we figured out that it had been living in my dresser and hanging out a lot beside the side of the bed. which is of course the side i sleep on. we found traces on the sheets on the flour every were my stuff was pretty much. my conclusion is that i was sleeping with mice CRAWLING ALL OVER ME THE NIGHT BEFORE. OMG!

    since then we set up humane traps that didn’t work. then snap traps with peanut butter that didn’t work we actually had to secure a piece of pepperoni to the traps to catch any thing. we also set up a wall plug noise thing in our room i was certain it wouldn’t work, guess what it didn’t. woke up the next night to the same feeling of itchy crawling things all over freaked out again, boyfriend said i was being paranoid, later that night the snap trap at the foot of the bed went of and we coat the dirty rascal. we went and boat more traps coat a few more. still freaking out though because ironically the only places with traces of the mice is our room! not the living room, not the kitchen, not the spare room just our room and the basement. is there a chance that they are attracted to me and my cent or some thing along those lines?

    i think I’m going to cover my self in peppermint oil and soak my sheets in it.

    is any one else not just living with mice but sleeping with them too?

    can’t sleep


  627. November 19, 2010 at 11:36 am, james mc said:

    Im really saddened reading these posts, NOT for he mice btw! sorry for the people whose lives are made hell by them.

    I have A LOT of experience with these f*ckers, here are some facts to help you.

    1) If you live in a city/country side – mice/rats will be near you, but dont panic!
    2) Rodents are attracted to warmth and food. they have a VERY tuned sense of smell (bad eye sight tho, hence they tend to run along walls)
    3) if you have bins outside your house with waste in, food in your house which isnt sealed up completely, receycling not in a sealed bin, dropped crumbs in the floor etc MICE CAN SMELL IT!
    4) Mice can enter TINY holes, think of the diameter of a pencil….yes its true im afraid.They can also JUMP, yes JUMP 10 cms and climb.
    5) MICE?RATS ARE PESTS/VERMIN. they are not cute,m they are not to be pitied, they carry diseases and leave droppings.

    So with the above 4 facts, the reality is this: if you live in a city, have a warm house with food supplies and your house has bricks walls with gaps etc, then you will probably have mice in your house, whether you can see them or not.

    ie mice/.rats effect us all.

    WHen i found out a few years ago that i had a child on the way and that i had mice (little droppings – total give away), i decided to get medieval on these critters.


    1) as i said above, mice are after YOUR food. so deprive them of it. Keep all food, bags of food, recycling, bins off the floor and in sealed containers and keep your floor SPOTLESS.

    Im sorry, its a hassle but there is NO other way.

    2) stop the f*ckers getting IN your house / flat. it CAN be done, i have done it my self. walk round your house and fill all gaps, with something which has saved me called BIG GAP FILLER and steel/wire mesh. jam the mesh in gaps and squirt the BIG GAP Filler in after.

    accept that mice are all around us, just dont let them in!

    good luck


  628. November 20, 2010 at 1:10 am, Tina said:



  629. November 20, 2010 at 1:11 am, Tina said:

    BTW, we are picking up our new jack russell on tuesday,,,,,i’m so done with the mouse thing in i can’t live with them!


  630. December 03, 2010 at 1:31 pm, nikki said:

    Hey Guys, I have been reading all the stories on here, and I have one to share myself, and some advice needed!! For the past two years, I have lived in two houses in the same area, and the first had the worst mouse problem ever. We saw alive ones, dead ones, big ones, small ones, boarderline rats every kind, everyday. This was an old converted abattoir, which was a student rented property. So having limited money, and a rubbish landlord, we put up with this for 9 months. We did try many of the methods mentioned here, with no avail. Having moved into our new house, we thought we were mice free, until recently i have been kept awake by the constant scratching, nibbling and general adventures of the horrible creatures running through my walls. I am unsure whether they are able to get out, our skirting boards and carpets aren’t exactly fitted great (again, student house, terrible landlord) and we also live in a terraced house, albeit on the end, so we feel its kind of inevitable that were going to get them. We tried making a hole in the wall, inserting posion and sealing it up, but still its scratch sratch scratch. i am TERRIFIED. literally, petrified, i can’t sleep, infact i dont even sleep in my room most nights. It’s really effecting the way I live, particularly my studies, and my overall everyday life. And yes, my house is very clean and tidy, and I never eat food in my room. Has anyone got any advice for getting rid of mice in the walls? Or how to stop them getting out? And any advice on coping, because i am a wreck!!!


  631. December 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm, Colleen said:

    My husband and I live in an apartment which is like 40 years old or so? I don’t necessarily believe in this but I was like “did someone curse this apartment”? We have had mice issues a lot and this winter has been severe. Last winter was found droppings in our sofa which freaked me out. How freaking nasty is that!?!? Then this winter, we find them living in the insulation in the stove, holes everywhere, I mean I cannot tell you the severity of this problem. We have caught about 7-8 so far. They were running across the floor in the evening. They aren’t getting into the food though. Well the little s*&ts are desperate and ate nto my buckwheat eye pillow and neck pillow. It’s out of control. Our maintenence people came to seal up and the things just ate more holes in the floor. They pushed their way through the crack seal foam. We are at our whits end. What keeps them coming back if they aren’t eating food in here?!?! I vacuum everyday so there aren’t many crumbs to be found or anything. The sticky traps have worked so far. The exterminator brought some poison- he said its like laffy taffy and mice love it. Well they have been eating it because its blue and I found blue mouse poo around. The sonic things aren’t working. Thought they were but apparently not. I also did the pepperment oil (100%) and I put 2 tbsp to 2 cups of water as I had ready and it made it worse. I haven’t seen any in a few days but apparently they found dog food somewhere and carted it behind my hutch. I couldn’t sleep, having panic attacks, put me into a depression. It is really horrible to deal with this. I wish everyone luck in getting rid of mice. It really seems like a losing battle. If you want something good to plug the holes with, its called Stuff-it. I got it on amazon from Pestmall. My maintenence team used it in here and it is awesome. If you’re in an old building, be very creative in finding the holes. You will be TREMENDOUSLY suprised at the areas you find with holes!


  632. January 15, 2011 at 11:42 am, Stephanie said:

    Don’t want to use poison, but still want to kill the suckers? Put out little piles of potato flakes….the mice will happily eat this and when it comes in contact with liquid, it will expand to the point that…well….they die. And, you don’t have to worry about poison around your kids or pets!


  633. February 05, 2011 at 12:31 am, oh nooooo said:

    i just found a mouse today after detecting it for…hmm i’d say about a week. I’m terrified of them and i’m a guy. Kinda sucks when you have everyone in your family making fun of you for having this fear. Anyway i saw it today running along the wall near my turtle’s tank. I wish i could set him free and order to him to SEEK AND DESTROY but thats impossible. I really dont know what to do. The thing is humane or non humane i cannot go anywhere near them i’m just that scared of em…They’re just so damn creepy and i swear if i touch one or get touched by one i’ll get a disease. i hate them so much.


  634. March 18, 2011 at 4:59 am, I hate this. said:

    I have been dealing with mice in my apartment for 3 months now. I have trapped 23 of them so far. Some were not quite dead so I had to bash them with a rolling pin to finish the job. It makes me feel evil and bad to do this, but I can’t put them In a bag and throw them away while they are still alive. Seems wrong to let these little pests suffocate to death. That’s a rough way to go. I have finally demanded that my landlord take care of this situation. It’s their responsibility in this state. I am done. Poop everywhere and they wake me up at night scurrying through my bedroom, chewing the walls and giving my birds night frights. I just wanted to share with everyone that you are not alone in this battle.


  635. March 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    The best way to catch the little sods is chocolate brownie they can’t resist it, put that in the traps you’ll definitely catch them. Problem is when they die in your walls and stink your apartment out!! Nice 🙁


  636. April 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm, Anonymous said:

    Well I have been reading the posts and researching these stupid pests. I have realized that these things are getting more bold. The first one I saw ran along my baseboard and into my pocket door. I have sealed and patched holes with aluminum foil and regular caulking but this thing decides to find it’s way out and run across my livingroom floor and into my pocketdoor. I put out stickies but they caught nothing. So I had terminex out (because I can’t deal with it anymore), they laid some more traps and told me how they were coming into my house. I sealed that and sprinkled decon in front of the pocket door and they ate it. I have absolutely no food out or anything they can get into. After they ate the de-con i found droppings in my 2nd floor bathroom, on my bed, and my sons bed, and on the steps going to the 3rd fl, howevere there weren’t any droppings my first floor, where they ate the decon. I am terrified of these things. I have no crumbs anywhere, I cleaned up with bleach and I did not see them for a few days until I was doing a phone interview and that dumb mouse ran across my livingroom floor again. Talk about bad timing. As soon as I was done I left the house and only return for my mail and to check on the house.

    From my understanding mice travel in a mating pair and with extended family. The female reproduces once every three months, with a litter of 4-12 each time. It is possible for them to have upto 150 babies a year.

    So, can you really get rid of them? I think you can it’s just a matter of how. As soon as I find a solution I will post it. Also, I am trying the beer remedy right now. I have my fingers crossed, amd my head is bowed.

    Best wishes to all of you.


  637. June 09, 2011 at 12:37 am, Anonymous said:

    One day i was cooking eggs in the kitchen and then i saw a mice run underneath my stove and to the other side. I ran out the kitchen with the frying pan in my hand and was terrified. I tried to go back in to put the eggs i left out back into the fridge and then i saw it again climbing in my cabinet. At this point i cried historically to my mom and dad. I couldn’t handle it, I’ve been living here for six months now, i’m a college student. I called customer service to send an exterminator out here but i’m not sure what he did because i don’t see anything around the area. My dad bought some traps where you set it to open and when you catch one it says caught but all of them still say open. They even bought our family cat here to stay for a couple of weeks… I’m so terrified to stay in this place, I hear noises at night, I can’t sleep it’s 1:36am right now I just want them to be gone ugh FML.


  638. July 17, 2011 at 2:15 am, Kerry said:

    I’ve been living in an upstairs unit of an apartment building for 15 years. Never had a known mouse problem there once…until this year. Although I heard about 10 years ago that the tenantns in the lower floors on the opposite side of the building (about 20 units) had rodent problems. Wonder if they just finally made it to the opposite side & upstairs after all these years.

    About three months ago, I noticed two mouse/rodents in a span of eight days. I actually caught one mouse in the trash container in the kitchen. I thought I had that trash bag tied up very tight so that nothing could get in it, but since mouse can get into any opening that a pencil can slide through I guess there was enough opening to get in. It couldn’t get its way back out, though. I got rid of that one by taking it outside and watching it run across the street. From that day on, I never keep any trash in the unit anymore. When I’m done eating I just throw the trash bag in the trunk of my car and throw it in a trash bin at the local gas station, grocery store, etc, each and every day. (This is a really fun way to live…not).

    The very next day I saw another one. I had four containers of d-con laid out and a couple of traps and the mouse/mice weren’t biting on any of it for at least a week or so. As a last resort before buying glue strips, I just sprinkled some of d-con pellets out of the container at the mouse’s known favorite spot (the two spots that I saw it). Sure enough, slowly but steadily, it started feasting on the pellets each and every day for over a week and about ten days total. There was even a time when I put more 10-20 pellets sprinkled out, left the room for about an hour, and they were all gone when I came back in. In just one hour!

    D-Con boasts that it works in 3-5 days, but it didn’t seem to be working for me (unless I had more than one mouse…very possible, I know, but I live in a pretty small unit so I’m not sure). Finally after 10 days, the mouse was not longer eating the pellets and I saw no sightings of it or noises from it. I hoped it just left or left and died…but who knows what happened for sure. I didn’t find a dead mouse and didn’t notice an odor from a rotting one. That went on for 5 weeks so I was happy about that, but I was still afraid to remove the remaining d-con pellets that I had scattered on the floor. I still kept checking those pellets every single day, counting all of them, and they were all there.

    Finally after 6 weeks of no activity, I decided yesterday to remove the pellets…when at about 11pm, I could’ve sworn I saw something streaking in that area even though I heard no noises. At the same time, a new TV program was starting with a streaking intro…so it’s possible it could’ve just been my mind playing tricks on me. However, this morning, when I went to count the pellets it very much looked like 4 of the pellets were missing. So I strongly suspect another one has surfaced….just when I was about to finally remove the pellets.

    It really is a terrible way to live. It robs you of your peace of mind and stresses you out. Every single noise you hear, you think “is that a mouse running around on the roof, the attic, inside the walls…or is it just the wind, the trees hitting the roof, the neighbors making a noise, etc?” You just don’t know. What I think may have compounded (if not entirely caused) the problem was there is a large field across the street from this complex that had its yard regularly trimmed up until this year, when new residents bought it. Throughout all of spring, nobody cut the grass. It literally grew to waist high length. It was a perfect breeding haven for rodents and I’m sure they could’ve (and probably did) run across the street into our apartment complex. That grass was finally cut all the way down to normal yard length a few days after I spotted my first rodent but a lot of good that does now if they’ve already got in and breeded.

    I don’t really want to move since it’s a chore to find a new place and pack up everything (praying that I don’t take any of the rodents with me when I’m putting everything in boxes)…but I fear I have no other choice now. Like I said above, this is really a terrible way to live.


  639. August 01, 2011 at 7:58 am, Linda said:

    I read all your suggestions and I have 2 dogs and 2 into everything Great Grand sons, so I tried Ortho Home defence Max I bought the twin pack LOL. You put a little peanut butter etc in back door, I used a piece of dog food and scooped PB onto it. then you pull down the handle and set it. 2 nights latter I heard a loud noise and it was the snapping closed of the in hole of the trap! And YAY caught my mouse! I just set it where i seen the mouse run.


  640. August 02, 2011 at 2:47 pm, anonymous said:

    omg i had nd have a rat problem everywhere i go in my house always BED BUGS, ROACHES., BUGS, INSECTS, ND FINALLY RATS bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room THAT IS HELL


  641. August 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm, Kenny123 said:

    Ugh! Truly – once you see one, know that there are many! So unfortunate ….I hate the f*ckers (really, who likes them???). Question: if you live in an apartment, which means “other people,” CAN YOU EVER GET RID OF THEM? I think not. Hubby and I live in a Kensington, Brooklyn (NY) house that was converted into 7 apartments, 5 of which are now filled. (The size of the apartments is truly fantastic with tons of closet sace – but I’d give itup in a second if I knew we’d be rodent free!). We were the first tenants and saw the first critter within the first month. I shoud’ve know – but opbviosly didn’t – when I saw those doo-doo corners. Ugh! Of course, super is negligent and blame s it on being across frm Prospect Park. Oh, really, so everyone living near a park has such problems? Liar!


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  643. October 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm, Anonymous said:

    Well I had moved the stove and discovered a ton of mouse droppings under it. I cleaned them up thinking the previous tenant had gotten rid of the mice, but just didn’t clean up. I also discovered a bone sticking out of the wall where the mice tried taking it. I know the mice are in the basement, but the landlord has It locked. Just the other day my bf had asked If the cat had jumped on the counter because a good human sized bite mark was taken out of his pound cake that was wraped In plastic. It doesn’t make sence that was the only thing tampered with. Well I moved the stove again only to find uncountable amounts of droppings. My cat isnt much help because I shut her in my room so she doesnt get into things downstairs, plus she just meows all night if she isn’t near me. I dont like the snap traps, but if I put the havaheart trap in front of the mouse hole, would that work?


  644. October 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm, mousecatcher said:

    Another solution to get rid of mice is to buy a few peppermint plants and place them on the inside and out side of your house or plant peppermint or spearmint seeds around your house or use planters to grow seeds inside your house. Also place peppermint candy inside your drawers and in the corners of your home. I hope this helps


  645. October 30, 2011 at 9:35 am, killthemouse said:

    I have lived in this apartment for almost 4 years and never had a problem, until maybe 3 weeks ago. I have searched everywhere for a place a mouse might come in, and only found one possibility and plugged it (and I do know they can get in the smallest of holes, had these damn things back in a house I lived in years ago). At any rate, I was on the pot and the damn thing darted out from the bathroom under the door, good thing I was on the pot, it scared the &%^$ out of me lol. So a week or so goes by and I see/hear zero and start to think I had hallucinated it.

    Well, this past Wednesday I was sitting at my computer (in my bedroom) and see something out of the corner of my eye…it was that damn mouse! It had run into my closet! Fine, so I sit here being pissed off and scared. I finally get up and swing the closet door open and it’s obviously hidden itself in there somewhere (people keep telling me they are more scared of me that I am of them….LIARS!) Anyways, I had previously bought those no kill traps right after the bathroom incident and they are useless it seems. I decide anyways to have someone bring me one of them so I don’t have to stop watching the closet, I want the little ^%*#[email protected]^ to stay put! So someone brings it, I slide it into the closet and shut the door and then proceed to push anything I can in front of the closet door so the little ^%*#[email protected]^ can’t get out. After a few days of listening to the off and on scratching noise (there is no other way out of this closet) on one of the things I pushed in front of the door, I decided to go buy poison mouse pellets. I devised a way that I could drop them (MANY pellets) down without the monster jumping at me while doing so (have I mentioned I am scared to death of mice to the point of paranoia?) So the pellet dropping incident was Saturday (yesterday) morning and as of right now (Sunday morning 8:30 AM) I still heard the little ^%*#[email protected]^ a few times scratching last night and then just a few minutes ago. I’m like, really? DIE already!!

    I came to look for how long it takes one of those little ^%*#[email protected]^ ‘s to die from ingesting the poison, hence my finding this blog. I reckon I will wait it out, at least I know where it will die IF it has even ingested any of the poison. I WILL wait the little ^%*#[email protected]^ out. It may be winning the battle for now but I will win the war LOL!


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  647. November 04, 2011 at 4:03 am, Killallthemice said:

    I have killed 2mice one with a small heavy flashlight and i shot the other with a bbgun. I dont no how much more we have but ima keep killing them the best i can.U guys should realy try a bbgun,cat,snake yes snakes they love them, fly zappers the ones u can wave around set next to the wall and rig it so it stays on they touch it there died instally,


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  651. November 22, 2011 at 12:32 am, Virginia Walker said:

    I am in a 34′ motor home and after 3 years of no space for pads of paper, wires for computers, and clothing the past 4 months we found mouse poop on the counters, clothing, stove and table tops. Sticky traps, peppermint oil, every trap made I think we now have about 1000 mice left. On one sticky trap in a drawer with no food we found 6 babies on one trap. I have dogs in here and I can’t use poison. Last night for the first time I found mouse poop on my pillow. And I moved the matress finding tons of poop. I sprayed mixed bleach water on the areas and changed the bedding. I am sick …. My son goes to work and is fine, then comes home and within 10 minutes he is blowing his nose and can’t breath good. MICE POOP??? I am so scared we have no where to go. Question???? Am I sleeping with mice?? My quess is yes and now I want to sleep outside in the cold.. HELP !!!!!! To many places they can enter, and too many to kill. I don’t want my son sick, nor my dogs.. I am falling apart… No money to move, so any help PLEASE PLEASE HELP……Email me.. [email protected] PLEASE…HELP me clean this place..I just keep spraying mixed bleach water and spraying it.. Praying it kills the germs… Mom and son needs suggestions fast!!!! H E L P !!!!!!! Thank you..I can hear some playing in this motorhome right now…. Happy Thanksgiving…11-11


  652. November 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm, Anonymous said:

    i had mice to and i finnaly got rid of them. what i did was took the rat posion covered it in peanut butter and put it in the middle of the kitchen foor guess what i woke up and found 5 mice dead. and the rats thought they were smarter than me. if you are going to do this make sure you wear gloves


  653. November 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm, kill mice now said:

    yah no more rats


  654. November 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm, kill the mice said:

    so i killed 5 rats in a matter of secounds. i took the rat posion and covered it in peanut butter then layed it on the kitchen floor . woke up the next day found 5 mice dead all over the floor. and rats though they were smarter than me plzzzzz. make sure you wear gloves if you are going to try this


  655. November 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm, Aaron said:

    Our cat Chiffon found the first mouse of the season. He was sitting by the radiator box guarding it all day, and apparently the poor little guy tried to make a break. Big mistake. We found the cat sitting on it on the living room rug then batting it around in the hallway. I was asked to rescue by a third party, and got it to scurry, cowering, into a jar. Released in a parking lot across the street. No more mouse!


  656. November 29, 2011 at 12:32 am, Anonymous said:

    Need help! I’m such a baby when it comes to rodents. We have been seeing droppings almost everywhere even the couches! Luckily, I haven’t seen one yet but my mom and guests claim theyve seen a mouse running from kitchen to living room and vice versa. We hired an exterminater but all he did was set glue traps and a few actual traps, but that was 2 weeks ago and nothing has been caught. We covered up holes we could find with Brillo pads which work but you can hear them at night trying to gnaw through it and this morning we saw that one bit through a hole in wall! Very strong teeth. What else does anyone else recommend? Help please….


  657. December 03, 2011 at 3:57 am, can't sleep said:

    I can’t sleep and it is 345am. I lived on the THIRD floor and I don’t how I got those fuzzball running around the kitchen, bedrooms and who know what else. I have many sleepless nights and I heard many story about the peppermint oil. Too bad no walgreen, cvs, or place have it. I guess I will try GNC. I tried the glue trap and got 8 of them and it had been a week now. The glue trap is not working. They are very smart creatures!!!!!!!they adapt very quickly!!!!!I know they are originated from the kitchen and I set like 6 traps of all sizes. So far, nothing. those snap trap does not work!!! I read somewhere here that home depot is a good place to start and I am trying bigger pieces of glue trap. Hope those will work. If you are using traps and they don’t work, it could either mean u are not using enough or not right. Good luck to everyone on here and I shared your pain.


  658. December 13, 2011 at 1:28 am, Ihatemice said:

    Ugh I have one put poison and now its leaving blue feces around the house


  659. January 01, 2012 at 9:52 pm, Elle said:

    So glad to hear other people (over years of comments here!) freaking out over these little invaders (mice). I live in an apartment, and my management company tried to exterminate mice in the building basement, but ended up flushing them all up into the apartments (mainly mine!). At this point I’ve caught 7 mice!!!! Here was my plan of action:
    1. use “no see/ no touch” snap traps and updated plastic snap traps (from Home Depot) baited with peanut butter + cooked bacon in places where I have seen droppings or suspect mouse movement;
    2. place glue traps along just about *every* wall in my apartment (gross, but mice carry diseases);
    3. create ‘peppermint snakes’- stick large cotton balls to strips of colorful duct tape (hey, mice are depressing) and dab expensive oil of peppermint (from Whole Foods) onto the cotton balls and place beneath futons/ chairs/ bed/ laundry basket. I wanted to flush the mice towards traps and away from my places of rest.
    4. completely declutter house- throwing away empty boxes, putting anything loose (like shoes) into plastic storage boxes (from Costco), and trying to eliminate all cozy hiding places
    5. Clean kitchen counters with bleach spray nightly and wipe up kitchen floor with cleaning wipes
    6. put a top on dog’s water bowl every night and remove food dish from floor
    7. rinse all dishes and set in dishwasher every night
    8. will most likely buy “fresh cab” all natural rodent repellent that is basically another odor source like peppermint that is supposed to be powerful (and maybe less expensive than pure peppermint oil). google “fresh cab” for more info (I haven’t tried it yet)
    9. Oh, of course, had maintenance men securely close off all mouseholes they could see (under sink, in laundry closet, in a/c closet)

    Best wishes in the struggle!


  660. January 10, 2012 at 2:26 am, 3littelmice said:

    if anybody cares for living traps – I got me 3 of those – metal, not plastic, because then they are gone – and just tried nuts – cashew to be exact. Mice love them. You can soften them a little bit in water and then stick it on to the “thingie”. The mouse really has to pull on it and zap, sit is defenitely trapped. Setting them free reaaally depends on the mouses character…its better than to get rid of a dead body – Although riding in the tram with your bag of mice is a weird experience I can tell you….

    And another thing I read from a professional….do NOT use cheese – mice supposedly can smell them from miles and you will just invite them to join your household….
    He recommanded raisins!! –> I guess so it would be the same with peanut butter, chocholate aand my beloved cashew nuts….
    Try raisins…I don’t need to right now…

    I did not find my mice being soo clever – I nearly every time could trap them on the same spot. And if they really don’t seem to trust you – which WOULD be clever – I would go for first setting a bait without a trap…and then after 1,2 nights I would activate the trap….

    I ll tell you a little story. I had mice and yes I’ll admit my flat was not that clean – but I never had them in my other flats, which had always been in a lower basement as my current….so…

    So ok, one night – I already knew I had mice – I was finishing off a package of cookies (Ringo vanilla 😉 ) and I was on my computer, doing important stuff…sort of –
    I had put the package – there were 2,3 cookies left inside on a little table – where my printer is – as I heard rustling. I looked to the right where the noise was coming from and saw the package (a long roll) was moving….again rustling, and then I saw a little bit of a mouse tail hanging out of MY roll of cookies. I looked, the mouse took a jump and went off – not to hasty though….

    A few minutes later – I did NOT want to touch it – I am hearing rustling again – this time the mouse actually stares at me, and vanishes IN the package – frantically shaking roll of cookies
    And THEN it actually DRAGS out a cookie that is probably its size OUT of the package – with a wild and reckless jump the mouse and the cookie are on the floor…..I have never seen something so cheeky. Well, the mouse ran, the cookie was left behind. But having the guts to actually look me in the eyes….

    Well I don’t kill mice – You can say what you want – I won’t have it. But sealing alle entry holes…that has to be the second on your list – after getting rid of the permanent tennants…

    And you have to get them out far far away – otherwise they will just come back – back for more children and grandchildren and grand grand grand…


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  663. January 25, 2012 at 12:15 am, Mouse Problems said:

    As much as we hate to admit it, no house is completely impervious to mouse problems. When colder weather sets in, rodents are more likely to seek shelter from the elements and your warm, food-filled home may look like the perfect place for a vacation.


  664. January 28, 2012 at 8:14 am, hate mice said:

    I live near woods. mice come in when the weather drops. I hate mice. saw a mouse run under my stove. Put a radio in the oven, turned the volume up on some hard rock music. mouse kept trying to come out. i chased it back under. he ran to fridge. i crushed poison and mixed in peanut butter and put in empty tea bags and left near fridge for mouse to steal. plus left little plastic plates of bleach at night round the trash can. think the poison worked. mouse gone in a day. when you see one, you have to work quickly. They usually travel in gangs.


  665. February 05, 2012 at 2:09 pm, Guest 23 said:

    I have two dogs and recently I have seen a mouse and just a few ago I discovered mouse dropping on my kitchen counter. I really can’t get a cat because my husband is allergic. I have two dogs so I don’t think poison would be the best idea. What is the best way to get rid of these nasty little things? I also do not want to see a mouse dead with it’s insides out.


  666. February 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm, MovingNOT! said:

    Moving to get away from mice is not the solution – they are just about everywhere. Apts. private homes, luxury or not **Sigh**
    So…what does one do? radicate with a vengance!!!!
    They make my skin crawl…they are disgusting and no one want to live with them…YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!
    The worse, it seems like once you have heating vents it virtually impossible not to have/get them….but you can take action and block holes in the floor boards, etc.
    One BIG question…doe sthe oil pf peppermint REALLY WORK?????


  667. March 13, 2012 at 2:21 am, freakingout said:

    I live in a studio apt in NYC, 6 months ago I battled with a mouse after about 2 weeks of trying every single trap in the market with zero success, I caved in desperation and bought Tomcat brand mouse poison (green blocks). I have a small dog so I really wanted to avoid poison, but since I have an irrational fear of mice I just reached a point of overwhelming frustration. a day later I checked the strategically placed (where my dog couldnt get to it) blocks and 3 of them looked like they’d been thoroughly chewed. I freaked out at the thought of having several mice. I never found a dead mouse though. during the time I did try the peppermint oil, it helps because they do try to avoid it but they won’t leave completely. i put cotton balls soaked in it in every corner and sprayed it in the baseboards so I saw it running straight across the floor to avoid it!! i also placed it all around my bed to keep them away and that seemed to work. the smell is overwhelming at first but you get used to it. my dog was really attracted to these cotton balls though so after the mouse never reappeared I didn’t upkeep as a repellant.

    now 6 months later, after coming home from a weekend away, another mouse. this one seemed braver saw him twice today (morning & early afternoon) and then in the evening I heard him loudly scraping away at something in my stovetop. put out 6 blocks of the tomcat poison again, I seriously hope I never have to see it again!


  668. March 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm, lulz said:

    These things are fearless. One climbed into my bed and under my pillow to nest against my arm… forever traumatized. I spent the next hour crying on the couch.


  669. March 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm, Grossed out mom said:

    My mom and stepdad are fighting a mice invasion. They just snap trapped their 26th little bugger. Mom calls them rats. The snap traps have been working, they started out using peanut butter. When that stopped working, they started using cheddar cheese. Little [email protected]#[email protected] have expensive tastes. They can’t use the peppermint oil or moth balls because mom has breathing problems. I’ve been trying to help mom clean up where we think they are nesting, but it’s a big job and slow going. And I can’t figure out where they’re coming in. It seems like an endless task!
    Good luck everyone.


  670. April 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm, Cheyenne said:

    I have lived in my rental home for a year and a half now… Im moving in 9 days and all the sudden I have rats in my home!! The most effective thing is rat traps.. The clean up is gross but it works.. Also my bull dog Sookie!!! 3 down several too go.. Haha Good luck everyone!!


  671. April 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm, LifeIsOver said:

    As a general rule, the idea of a mouse or rat does not disturb me. In fact, when I was 14, I saved a rat from the local pet store from becoming snake food, too her home and named her “Buffy”. She accompanied me to school on a regular basis, perched quietly on my neck hidden by my hair. That rat was not only awesome, but adorably coloured black and white it a cute cow sort of way. But that rat was not a wild feral disease ridden SPAWN OF SATAN like the mice which are currently stalking me, depriving me of sleep and have fearing for the lives of my husband and I, our precious hounds (who also happen to be useless at doing anything to resolve the situation) and the baby we were trying to create before the thought of baby-making simply became to exhausting.

    We moved in during winter, which in Australia was August. There were a handful of mouse sightings for about three weeks. We might have seen the mouse four times, but only twice inside the house just by the back door. I set a live trap, nothing, but with summer THE THING disappeared causing us to think he was just welcoming us to the neighbourhood.


    It is now autumn once more and as the number of cold days increased THE WICKED SON OF HADES popped in to say hello again. Live trap set. Wife screams at top of lungs at 3 am to indicate the victory of a catch. Husband drives two kilometer’s and introduces THE DIRTY LITTLE F**KTARD to his new home near the freeway. Two days later- a new sighting. Repeat. Another two days later. Another sighting and the dscovery THAT SATAN HIMSELF has taken up a mortgage in the back of our oven while the brand new gass wall heater has been converted into a teenagers retreat for a couple of his HEATHEN INBRED FERAL MINNI ME’S- who I am convinced are the LOVE CHILDREN OF SATAN AND HIS WHITE TRASH COUSIN WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE HIS CRACKW*** WIFE THAT NEVER GOT THE BIRTH CONTROL MEMO!!!!

    I’m angry because I don’t have the time/money/inner strength/husband skilled in the ways of the handyman needed to for, what I have discovered in the last few hours reading all of this, is sure to be required HUNT DOWN THESE LITTLE TERRORISTS and restore a sense of PEACE AND HARMONY to my home. Okay, peace and harmony are probably also somewhat foreign to me, I’ve been known to be a little nutso, but I WAS HAPPY AND IN LOVE AND TRYING TO CREATE LIFE. Now I have nightmares about discovering yet to be conceived child in a mouse infested crib in the middle of the night.

    Clearly, my chef husband who believes that one never need force oneself to caress the hammer or nail because the butcher knife and (probably mouse poo infested) cake tin are the superior weapons of life is going to be a WORTHLESS ally to me. He’ll ‘tidy’ the way MEN do, which means it will end up taking me even more time to correct his errors and do it properly. He’ll take the rubbish out and maybe even clean the bin. Rest assured that it will be I spending the next two weeks washing each surface and item in our house 5 times from top to bottom, aquiring the obligatory HEAVY PLASTIC CONTAINRS in which EVERYTHING will now need to live, grieving the death of my prized dwarf watermelon plant- A LIFE SWIFTY CUT FAR TOO SHORT NO DOUBT AT THE BLOOD STAINED CLAWS OF THESE LOWLY VERMIN UNWORTHY OF LIFE ITSELF. It will be I that will faced with burden of giving in to constant urge to DOUSE THE LITTLE FCKRS IN PEPERMINT OIL AND SET THEM ON FIRE TO REMIND THEM EXACTLY HOW HOT THEIR GOOD OLD HOMETOWN OF HELL IS.

    IT WILL BE I, then one who may have once been the doting mother of the lovable rat named Buffy, yet fears with passion THE SPIDER, who will be forced to connect my might glue gun to an extension cord, painstakingly going ever the exterior brick work of the entire house BECAUSE that is SRSLY the most LIKELY means to achieve victory with my talents and previous experience.


    That is all. For now.


  672. June 08, 2012 at 3:13 am, Stewiewooie said:

    Wow this mouse killing convo has been going since I was 5 years old I am about to turn 15 and if u want to get rid of mice fast just get a tall bucket full it with about 4 inches of water and put peanut butter above the water and on top of the bucket I caught 20 last night


  673. June 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm, teresa said:

    where can i get oil of peppermint in london


  674. June 19, 2012 at 2:35 am, zachT said:

    I need help i dont have peppermint nor peanut butter? what else can i use!! this small mice is pooping allover my single apt.


  675. June 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm, rickie rocket said:

    The solution i liked best issued mixing potato flakes with cement and putting a bowl of water nearby…
    havent fries it yet but it is worth a try…cement mice


  676. July 08, 2012 at 1:52 pm, Caitlin said:

    If you have a cat be careful with the pepermint oil thing… Peperment oil (and several other essential oils) are toxic to kitties.


  677. July 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm, Nib said:

    Mouse just climbed through and out of my kids nemo teddy, don’t know how it got there, but it wasn’t a pretty sight!!!


  678. July 21, 2012 at 8:08 am, skyler said:

    what also works is medicated foot powder that smells like pepperment
    i had a cuple of mice cauz our building was sold infested with mice i saw 2 in my stem so i poured the powder in the stem and they were gone never came back 4 a month


  679. August 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm, Natasha said:

    A week ago, I caught 3 mice on the glue trap, yes THREE, in one day. I complained to my landlord about it and he came over and found my nasty neighbors had food scattered on their back porch and told them to clean it up or he’s not accepting rent. Plus the other day another mouse got caught on the glue trap so that makes 4 in one month the this is the first half of August. Also I found a hole in the corner of my kitchen and my boyfriend and I covered it up with brillo pad and duct tape, haven’t seen one since. Plus I have a 4 year old daughter, she don’t need to around that.


  680. August 19, 2012 at 7:28 am, Ronnie said:

    IMPORTANT!!! You must close off all cracks in you home around pipes/wiring using steel wool and/or Great Stuff both found at any local hardware store. Especially in mobile homes. I even ripped all the wood from under my sinks to fill gaping holes! Then kill whats left inside your home using BIG fly/Sticky paper it comes in huge rolls found at Tractor Supply. Put it in your oven because they love crumbs or any dark area in your home and put dog food in the middle for bait! After catching them BURN them! And for all you humane people out there…. THESE are pest!!! They spread diseases and they will destroy your lives and home and multiply fast. You wouldn’t let bugs live with you so why in the hell would you be nice to mice! If you think this you need to have your head checked!!! By the way I’m an animal lover so you can cram it! If you like mice I will save the one’s I have left in my shed and put them in your house… You can be nice all you want!!
    But for all you people that just want their homes back and a piece of mind…. Make sure you put all and I do mean all!!! Food and water supply meaning pet water away at nite in a tight place because then they will have no choice but to go where you baited its all that’s left!!


  681. September 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm, Stretch said:

    yummm. Vanilla, peppermint, chocolate mouse.


  682. September 17, 2012 at 5:01 am, sara said:

    I heard that having a snake or snake skins work, I own a snake (not why I have a snake) but our town had massive mice plague and I didnt get one, like seriously they were everywhere shops, schools…. everywhere and nothing at my place than someone said its becoz of the scent of your snake and the skins well I have a draw full (have problem throwing them out also the kids take them to school.. Im now share housing with someone for work and the house is full them so this weekend i have brought back some my snake skins to see if it works. I just put onion also over the benches so hope that works too maybe I need more skins because I only brought one an cut it in half.. ill get the peppermint oil 2mrw!!
    We have traps here but his got the old ones and I like the spring action ones 😐


  683. October 04, 2012 at 10:53 pm, tell it like it is said:

    Buy a gun and SHOOT THE DAMN MOUSE!


  684. November 03, 2012 at 11:52 pm, L said:

    About two hours ago I saw a mouse running backwards and forwards across my living room which was annoying. So in panic, I picked a spray bleach that I use for cleaning bathroom, sink and toilet and sprayed all the holes 5 times, my kitchen floor is wet with bleach now. So far, no mouse, it seems they don’t like the smell of the bleach. Well…who would like it? But tomorrow I will try to look for peppermint oil. Hopefully, it will help.

    However, after reading all of the above comments, it seems I HEAR them or it just made me paranoid.


  685. November 03, 2012 at 11:52 pm, L said:

    In any case I need a valerian or something stronger.


  686. November 05, 2012 at 11:52 pm, TJ said:

    I just moved into an older apartment and I hear them EVERY NIGHT!!! I live in a small one bedroom with TWO CATS! The apartment even came with two Riddex plug-ins so my landlord knows about this problem. My apartment is just too small for traps, my cats are useless and the Riddex is crap. I live in Texas and already have to deal with giant tree roaches, this is too much! Do mothballs really work? I’m buying peppermint oil tomorrow. And I may have to trade in one of these lazy cats…


  687. November 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm, fem said:

    They say mint repels mice. I tried it and the problem kept getting worse.


  688. December 26, 2012 at 11:46 am, jinglebells said:

    A couple of months ago, a mice ran across the back of the sink and jumped down behind the stove. We were petrified! I panicked and bougth d-con poison to go under the sink, a glue trap, under the sink, an automatic peanut butter trap thatencloses the mouse once caught, under the sink….glue traps with peanut butter on the rdged, two around the stove and random spots in the kitchen. sentence. Plus those plugin noise things. I plugged in two, heard scurrying and ran for mylife. I hate rodents! First night, no bite. Second night we turn onthe stove and in the a.m., a mouse was squirming on a glue trap. We thouht, yes, its gone only to find anither on the other glue trap onthe next night. We had our superintendent remove it, it was just so gross! Fast forward to two months later, anoher one founf its way in! Idk how long itsbeen here but obviously, the plug ins, and the d-con poison dont work! I am furious and disgusted!

    I am about to go buy more glue traps fir peanut butter and find these stupid holes where it entered! We are the clranest ppl but living in an apartment buildung with otger filthy ppl has proven to overshadow that!! I will ve trying that peppermint oil too!


  689. December 26, 2012 at 11:51 am, jinglebells said:

    Did I mention that I have a cat who will tell me when its caught but she is such a tidy princess that she will not cath it herself. That mouse obviously doesnt care that a cat resides here. Those basty outdoir cats would catch it woth no problem. I am syre of it, but I wouldnt dare bring a nasty neighborhood outdoor cat in my home.


  690. February 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm, guest said:

    ive had alot of mince since i moved to a farm last night i saw one in my bed room chewing my t shirt so i tryed to trap it in a box but it didnt work so i got my air pistol and shot the little —– and left it the next morrning it had gone dont know where any ideas where it went ??????


  691. March 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    Yu cant touch any trap with ur bare hand bcuz they will walk right around it


  692. October 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm, Guest said:

    does mint make the mouse problem worse?? plzz tell me!!


  693. December 04, 2013 at 6:36 am, FUCK. MICE. said:

    lol oh my god im so happy to read years of people freaking out about mice. i have a HUGE phobia of them and have been putting up with them running around my building for the last 3 months since i moved to boston. just last week they invaded my closet, ate all my food, and left feces all over my freshly washed clothes that were still in the hamper. i havent even been able to sleep at night anymore, i think they left to go bother my neighbors, thankfully, but i’m still freaked out beyond belief. this blog made me feel a bit better though, thanks everyone!!!


  694. February 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm, rutawkintame said:

    Long story but will make is short. 7 years I lived in an apt. with a slumlord that figured having FOUR TYPES of rodents is no big deal. The Pest Control company – not licensed and what a joke! I had called Terminex and he was shocked. The town zone, health, code enforcement offcrs. could care less. I was snoozing on the couch one evening and all of a sudden – YEP, RIGHT DOWN MY PANTS! Then my son was off to catch the bus and out popped a rodent! Here is the important part: Both of my sons were sick – the older son was vomiting, had nausea, headaches and stomach pains for EIGHTEEN MONTHS! My younger son had same symptoms but more mild. My son missed so much school it ruined his childhood. We took him to his specialist and the to Boston Childrens Hospital – they could only say that it was cyclic vomiting. I now know from my research that there are a lot of diseases that are carried about the air from feces, urine you name itl We had a lot of that! So, the slumlord – #1 was going to sue him for blatant negligence, uninhabitable living conditions and on and on. I am suing the Town Offices for not taking charge and enforcing the $550 a day until the rodents are gone – they did nothing. I am also suing the Pest guy – no license and he never cleaned the house – it has to be done a special way – and he never got rid of them. I hope they all suffer just a wee bit the way we did. So, be very careful with checking them out.


  695. April 30, 2014 at 1:54 am, Anonymous said:

    For my snap trap users.

    Buy a bag of tootsie rolls. Bite one in half, and chew about 6-8 times. Take it out of your mouth and mold the chocolate onto the bait petal. Let dry, and sit back and listen for the snap.. you’ll get em every time.


  696. May 05, 2014 at 10:50 pm, Anonymous said:

    This blog was like a therapy. I just want to share my mouse problem, because I need to vent.
    So a little more than a week ago I heard a noise behind my fridge, it definitely was a mouse, I knew in my heart. But what terrified me the most was the fact that the noise sounded like the mouse was eating something behind the fridge. I’m a very clean person, so I don’t ever leave any type of food anywhere around, I clean the kitchen after dinner each night with bleach and everything. So what could he possibly chomping on behind my fridge?
    The whole day I was hearing that noise, and then I finally decided to go to the kitchen and to my horror, I saw a bag of bread moving on top of my fridge. I never had mice problems before (been living in this apt in NYC for 5 years), so my idiot a$$ didn’t even think that mice could climb on top of the fridge. I was always keeping bread sealed in a package and cereals on top, all sealed too of course. Naturally I’m such a coward that when I saw the package move I ran into my bedroom and stayed there until my husband came back from work. I was so shook, I couldn’t believe myself. So I went to get the traps, while my husband started cleaning everything off the fridge. The mouse was gone by then of course. But I realized what he was chomping on, I had a sealed pack of chips on top of the fridge, which was there for quite a while and when my husband started cleaning, the pack wasn’t there. My only guess that the mouse, actually, somehow managed to push it behind the fridge and now enjoys the potato chips.
    Anyway, at first we put the black round box traps, that supposedly trap and kill the mouse when it gets inside to get the bait. But this mouse was so smart, that it actually didn’t fall for it, moreover, I think it was laughing at us, because it just left one dropping on top of the box, as if it was saying “Here, this is what I think of your trap.”
    Next came the glue traps, but no luck with them either. I even put the PB and Raising on it, nothing! Here and there we are hearing it behind the fridge, probably still eating the potato chips and today I actually heard it moving somewhere around the package of paper towels and toilet papers, which we keep in the empty space between our fridge and the wall. I’m sure it was somewhere on top of it, because that’s where I heard the noise was coming from and below on the floor were glue traps. It clearly was avoiding the traps and trying to probably get into the kitchen some other way, but right now floor is not the option for it.
    We will be probably asking our landlord to call for an exterminator, because I can’t live like this. We haven’t cooked in more than a week, and I love cooking, we are health freaks, so we eat in and cook a lot. I don’t go inside my kitchen unless it’s absolutely necessary and I’m shaking every time I hear the noise. I know that this is something very minor, but this is my personal hell, because I have this fear of the little critter, and I can’t help it.


  697. March 24, 2020 at 8:14 am, Sabrina Addams said:

    When my husband was making dinner last night, he found 3 mice in the back of the pantry. It's helpful to learn that most people believe traps to be the best way to get rid of mice and that you can also drive them away using peppermint oil. I'll remember this for the future and find a rodent removal service to come by as soon as they can.


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