November 18, 2012 1:32 PM Subscribe
The mouse poison we've successfully used for years has run out and is now hard to get as consumers. Is there another brand we can replace it with? Any tips for better sealing our home?
posted by mccarty.tim to home & garden (14 answers total)
We live in a large, drafty home that tends to get mice problems in the winter if we don't take precautions. Usually, that meant child/dogproof poison traps (we have neither dogs nor children) loaded with Contrac All-Weather Blox, but now they are restricted to fairly large orders because of a problem of consumers using them irresponsibly.
Looking in previous threads, not everyone is a fan of poison traps, but we've found them effective. Without them, we got mouse nests and places where they stockpiled acorns from outside, but with the poison, those issues stopped, and we very rarely found a dead mouse. We also liked that we could simply check the traps every month or two instead of more regularly and still get good results.
Of concern to us is that we'd like poison that is safe for another animal to eat a poisoned mouse (IE a neighbor's dog). My mother claims she read Contrac has an antidote, unlike most other poisons, which is something she'd also like in a poison. Other blocks we've seen online also have a fairly short shelf-life. And Tomcat blocks I bought from the supermarket just don't attract any mice.
When we'd find a hole, we'd fill it up with Great Stuff foaming epoxy, but since the house is large, it's hard to find everything. We've heard good things about steel wool, but we never have any on hand.
I'm open to considering other options if they are effective and useful. I'd really rather not have to deal with kill traps that involve seeing the mouse, or worse yet, no-kill traps that involve moving a live mouse. Are kill traps intended more for diagnosing the mouse problem rather than solving it?
Of note is that the mice stick to the basement, and haven't caused any real damage. We can tell where they've been due to damage. As we're running out of poison, we are starting to see more signs of them.