This morning there was a post in the forums at Artfire.com. Gabi, owner of Catfluff.artfire.com, has just moved into a flat in Delhi, India. She found a mouse in her flat and posted a thread about it. Not sure what the problem is, since she's a cat!!!
Anyway, she got all kinds of suggestions about what to do with her mouse.
Someone suggest the glue strips, but those little mice are so cute, and one of the other artisans brought up a story of one being caught in a glue strip at her house and chewing its own foot off, screaming. Her husband had to bonk it on the head.
I hate those glue things, too. But, did you know you can get a snake off of one if you spray him with Pam? Not just snakes, but everyone knows how much they love me!! Maybe this would work for mice, too.
Okay, so I got out my handy dandy natural pest repellent book, 1001 All-Natural Secrets to Pest Control, by Dr. Myles H. Bader. Here's what I found.
Mice, while looking cute can cause damage to electrical wiring, clothing and food stores. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one pair of mice, in a six month period can consume about four pounds of foodstuffs and contaminate another 40 pounds while leaving 20,000 droppings along the way. A pair of mice can produce up to 50 young in a one-year period.
A rat can fall 50 feet and land on its feet with no injury and squeeze through a hole that is the size of a quarter. They can also tread water for 3 days without a life vest and survive an atomic blast if they are not at ground zero. Wow!
Rodent poison that is harmless to humans. (I'm not saying poison them. Just giving the information in the book. Don't shoot the messenger!)
2 oz Barium Carbonate
1/2 oz Granulated Sugar
1/2 lb Bread Crumbs
Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well, then add a small amount of water to dampen and allow the mixture to be made into small balls that can be placed out for the rodents.
Trapping is the best method of getting rid of mice and rats. If you have decided to trap the mice, use plenty of traps: just keep them away from pets and children. You can bait the traps with cotton balls, which attrace the females who are nest building or peanut better, which they really like. If you want to give them a real treat, mix the peanut butter with rolled oats and add a raisin. Remember, mice travel along the edges of the wall.
Don't set the traps for a day or two, just set them out. This really fakes them out and you will get instant results when you do set them with bait.
Other foods that work well in traps are gumdrops and dried fruit. If you are bothered by Norway rats, just feed them hot dogs in the trap.
Rodents and especially mice are allergic to oil of peppermint and will not frequent a property where they can smell it. If you place a few drops of oil of peppermint on a piece of cotton and place it anywhere you feel there is a mouse problem, you will never see them again. Use only the "real" oil of peppermint, not peppermint extract for best results. You can also plant peppermint in your garden to keep all types of rodents away from the plants. They are also repelled by camphor and pine tar.
Devices that emit ultrasonic sound waves have not been found to work very efficiently on rodents.
Killer Mashed Potatoes
If you leave a bowl of potato flakes and a small bowl of water where the mice can get to them, they will eat the flakes and drink the water. The flakes will expand and their stomach and will burst killing them. (Not very humane!)
Dogs are great ratters
Dogs are better at catching rats than most cats. In fact, the rat terrier was named for the fact that it was a great rat catcher.
New York City had such a rat problem that they actually built special nesting boxes for barn owls to attract them. A family of 6 barn owls can consume as many as 16 or more rats in one night. This plan didn't work very well because the nesting boxes were stolen!
Plants that repel rodents
Rodents will avoid certain plants that give off repulsive scents. These include daffodils, hyacinths and scillia.
A sure fire way of getting rid of rodents is to place a few drops of "Nepeta" or catnip oil on a cotton ball and place it anywhere you have a problem.