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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Julianajara » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:28 pm

pleeease dont use traps that kill. :( they are livings too, and they are only feeding themselfs, use thos sonic plugins..
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Polarn » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:37 pm

So far I'm lucky enough to not have gotten any mice inside, even though I live with stables etcetera around. Although it might be the easier access to food in the stables and the walking mousetraps called cats living in the stables and their also allowed into the part of the house where we have the landryroom and hobby room where we fix things... Just hope to keep it that way with the mice on the outside, although sometimes a happy kitten comes dragging one in when your doing the laundry...
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:15 pm

Julianajara wrote:pleeease dont use traps that kill. :( they are livings too, and they are only feeding themselfs, use thos sonic plugins..


None of that eco, humane, virtual garbage works. When there are tasty scattered bits of pellet scattered around on the floor in places you never even thought possible, it will attract those rodents regardless. I have the sonic things and maybe they helped at first or kept some away but they sure as heck didn't solve the problem. Never once caught a single mouse in an enclosed or non-kill trap. The more vicious the trap, the more effective they are apparently. My varmin were rolling around laughing at the humane ones I tried to use. :lol:
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Cage Cleaner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:20 pm

Updates:

Been taking their food away for the night, and making vacuuming the bird area/cages and clearing all food/dishes away in the kitchen a nightly ritual. Seems to be working, as droppings which have been showing up nightly for the last three nights have gone away.

Set up enclosed, electric traps (had them lying around, so might as well use them), haven't caught anything yet. Sticky traps going up tonight. I believe they are coming in from behind the stove.

I think the ultrasonic plugins are just a deterrence, and not really something that will keep them away. As in, if the mouse already knows that there is going to be a free meal on the floor, having to listen to horrible noises whiling packing it all away into its mouth isn't going to stop it from invading. I suppose that if the mouse doesn't already know/can smell that there is a free meal on the floor, then the device would work.

Michael, which ultrasonic one did you buy? I've heard that some of them are audible even to -us-. How are yours?

If I find a live mouse stuck (for instance in my washing machine, which happened once), I catch it and release it. But, when they are still a threat to me, entering/leaving/roaming, I have no moral qualms about setting traps that break their necks, electrocute them, or slowly dehydrate them.

I'm also picking up two kittens on Thursday. Debating whether I want to train them to be parrot friendly or not....
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:36 pm

Cage Cleaner wrote:Michael, which ultrasonic one did you buy? I've heard that some of them are audible even to -us-. How are yours?


I've tried several different kinds. The black and decker ones come in a pack of three pretty cheap but you can hear an electrical buzz/hum from them if it's dead quiet. I use those in the basement just in case they help. At home though I have some kind of better/expensive one. I think it deters the critters for some time from trying but once they settle in it's useless. Good cleaning is key but the trouble is that parrots are SOOO messy that you never know how far they might have flung a pellet until you find a mouse there or something.

BTW, the little bastards can get into your parrot's cage! I couldn't believe it at first. Basically I had an infestation when I finally discovered them. Since I've been able to get rid of or keep it under control. It's hard to tell when my traps go empty for a while. But during the worst of it, they learned to climb into Kili's cage up the legs somehow and hop into Trumans. It was so bad that there were mouse droppings in the bottoms and I put sticky traps in the cages under the grates! Once I caught the ringleaders that figured this out, I never had a mouse in the cages again. This is why it's important to keep some traps out year round preemptively to catch them in there rather than in the cage. I once came home and in broad daylight watched too mice running around the bottoms of the cages, hop out, and run. Since then it's been war. I had to put sticky traps around the entire perimeter of the cages or they'd find their way between and up the leg. I've probably caught 20 mice in 2 years. 50/50 stick vs snap. 0 in enclosed or humane traps. I continue to use both because it seems some mice prefer one kind over the other :mrgreen:

I keep snap traps loaded between furniture in corners so the parrots can't get to them but it still worries me to have them. I'd never use poison in a home with parrots (although I've heard it done).
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby liz » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:13 pm

It would not take long for mice to go from parrot food to parrot for food. If I had the problem my birds would be in bed with me with the tiels and lovies in the same room.

I have wrapped duct tape backwards on my fig trees to trap ants before they get to my figs. I wonder if that would work.

The best bet is to get your birds out of there until you can irradicate the pests.
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:22 pm

Are you talking to me? I already got rid of the infestation a long time ago but still catch a lone rodent here and there. It's under control now. There was always an abundance of crumbs at the bottom of the cage so there was no chance the mice would pass that up in favor of attacking the parrot. And don't think the parrots are completely helpless. In the daytime Kili would probably be the one doing the killing. She gets really pissed if someone tries to invade her cage area. I've heard of breeding Senegal and Cape Parrots killing mice and snakes that ventured into their nests!

Still, it's important to keep this under control. But also it's important to realize that our parrots are not invulnerable just because the cage is on a raised stand.
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Cage Cleaner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:31 pm

Add drowning to the list: http://www.frugal-living-freedom.com/mouse-traps.html

Building this Thursday, too.
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby liz » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:14 am

Michael wrote:Are you talking to me? I already got rid of the infestation a long time ago but still catch a lone rodent here and there. It's under control now. There was always an abundance of crumbs at the bottom of the cage so there was no chance the mice would pass that up in favor of attacking the parrot. And don't think the parrots are completely helpless. In the daytime Kili would probably be the one doing the killing. She gets really pissed if someone tries to invade her cage area. I've heard of breeding Senegal and Cape Parrots killing mice and snakes that ventured into their nests!

Still, it's important to keep this under control. But also it's important to realize that our parrots are not invulnerable just because the cage is on a raised stand.



I'm talking in general. The only birds I have that would defend themselves are the lovies.
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Re: Help: MICE!

Postby Shelby » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:39 pm

Cage Cleaner wrote:
pennyandrocky wrote:hi cage cleaner, there are plugins that give off a signal to drive them away
Those are the ultrasonic ones, right? Have you seen that they work? I was looking into those recently.

Those don't work. My dad got some for our garage and if anything the mice population increased! My grandma also got the little plug in things that make a very quiet "tick tick tick" noise and the mice aren't at all bothered by them but they annoy the heck out of us!

The BEST traps we've ever used are called Vector traps. They look like a cross between a clamshell and a clothespin. You squeeze the back to click them open and spread peanut butter on the inside of the top "shell". There's a little metal pedal that sticks out just inside the trap and when the mouse steps on it to reach the peanut butter it snaps shut right on their head/neck. Instant kill and probably painless too. Then, to dispose of the mouse, you hold the trap over a trashcan and squeeze the back and the mouse just falls out, so you don't even have to touch them! They way they are designed it's almost impossible to get your fingers caught in them and if you accidentally bump them they don't go off. We bought three for our garage a few years ago and for over a month, we were catching about 6 mice a day. We've finally thinned out the population so we only catch one mouse a week now! :thumbsup:
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