Mouse in the House
October 22, 2006 2:50 AM Subscribe
We definitely have mice in our garage. I'm worried they may be in our attic or our house interior and I need some advice.
posted by RustyBrooks to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I'll break it down into a few pieces
* How do you estimate the size of an infestation? I've put sticky traps and poison all over our garage and in key parts inside the house. We've caught a few in the garage, none inside the house. I am interesting in figuring out how many mice we started with, and whether that number is decreasing.
* With the traps it's straightforward, fine one with a mouse, throw it away. With the poison, I'll find one that's been well nibbled (they're blocks of poison) but I've yet to find a dead mouse (not in a trap). Assuming that the poison is lethal in the doses that they're eating, where are they? Did they go outside to die, or, more likely, are they deep under some stuff, in a hole, in the attic, etc? Are traps alone effective enough, especially since I now need to worry about mice rotting away in various places?
* At what point do you consider calling in a professional? There is no evidence that they are getting into our food, the dogs food, etc. There has been a definite increase in activity in the garage, I found, for example, that a bag of ant poison had been eaten through, of all things, and a nest made inside. I suspect they are coming in because it's starting to get colder and wetter outside.
* Also, we live in a new house built in what was an empty field 6 months ago. So these mice are probably "field mice" right, and so this is the first wave that is moving indoors. Does that change anything? When we first moved in we had spiders EVERYWHERE but the numbers have died down since we remove them whenever we find them.