How do I get rid of mousie?
June 2, 2014 6:47 PM Subscribe
Pestfilter -- Intermittent mouse smell coming from behind impossible-to-block-off radiator -- with bonus bug problem!
posted by custard heart to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
About a month ago I decided to take measures heading off a strange bug problem (they appear to be roaches of some sort, ranging in size from sesame seed to large pine nut) by cleaning out the area under my sink, which connects to a radiator which weirdly sticks out in my kitchen. To my horror I found that a lil mousie had made his way through a hole and was living, peeing, and shitting under my sink, presumably eating old sponges and bits of cardboard as there was ZERO food down there. The smell was overpowering, but I scrubbed and scrubbed and plugged the hole with steel wool and blocked off the rad unit and hoped mousie would go away, and for the most part, he did.
However, the smell lingers. A musty musky mousie smell, not urine but like warm wet hay and live animal. It's supremely disconcerting, especially given the fact that it comes and goes seemingly at random. I haven't been able to pinpoint a time of day or circumstance that brings the smell out, but it will at times vanish and at others be completely overpowering, making the kitchen impossible to be at all comfortable in.
I've laid down some traps, which have done nothing. My two cats, while fairly decent mousers, have all but given up interest as mousie doesn't come near their reach. I'm wary of rat poison, because I suspect live mousie smell is better than dead mousie.
Oh, to make things a lil more complicated, the back of the radiator looks to be inaccessible broken boards. Directly under me, a Chinese restaurant that looks to have fallen on hard times!
Aaaaand a bonus -- the weird roachie things persist. I've tried to keep the cat food where they can't get it, so there's no food in their reach in the kitchen. The tiles were just relaid a week ago so the only place they could be coming from is this same radiator space.
The only thing I can really think of at this point is filling the space entirely. Perhaps with that expandable foam insulation stuff? The radiator would have to be decommissioned, if that's a thing, so it doesn't heat up (i'm willing to have a cold kitchen in the winter). Patching all the holes in the rad with steel wool would be impossible, especially right now, and I want to completely patch off the holes at the back.
Do those plug-in sonic mouse repeller things work at all?
Does anyone have any not-horrible-smelling-or-too-noxious roach recommendations either?