On not subletting to rodents
December 2, 2010 6:33 PM Subscribe
I'm about to leave my apartment empty for nearly a month. How do I keep mice from squatting there?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm not that worried about theft, but my next door neighbor had a mouse problem last year, and I'm worried about the same. The place is very porous, I know I won't be able to find and plug up all the cracks in time, and the animal sentries who run regular perimeter patrols will be away and off duty too.
A co-worker suggests plain old-fashioned traps, baited with peanut butter. My concern is that baited traps will lure otherwise uninterested mice inside. I'd much rather they stay outside in the first place.
On the other hand, if they're likely to come in anyway, mostly for warmth, I'd rather catch them before they make nests in my sweaters.
How likely is it that mice will take advantage of a month-long window to move in, given that the kitchen will be clean and no food will be accessible? Also, are there reliable repellents?
I'm in the Bay Area, if that makes a difference.
(Asking anonymously because after all I guess I am a little worried about theft, too, and don't want to advertise my empty place.)