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  Reply # 1316603 3-Jun-2015 09:28
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The plastic traps with peanut butter for bait we've found works best.



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  Reply # 1316605 3-Jun-2015 09:31
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We do a lot of rodent control. At the moment we're using Pestoff Rodent blocks inside buildings.

Look for their "pathways" - along exposed trusses, behind cabinets, anywhere with a lot of droppings. The bock has a hole to nail it down.

One of the good points with anti-coagulants is, if they don't make it outside, mice will dessicate pretty quickly.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1316609 3-Jun-2015 09:34
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timmmay: Trout eat mice?

You can tell it's a slow news day when a mouse thread gets this many comments!


Yep trout eat mice. Especially big old brown trout under overgrown banks. There are fishing flies that imitate mice to catch them..



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  Reply # 1316611 3-Jun-2015 09:41
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If you poison mice they'll just die and stink up the place, unless you use the one that makes them seek water I guess. In that case they'll probably get into my drains and die, that'd be worse!

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  Reply # 1316612 3-Jun-2015 09:41
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Peanut butter without fail has worked, it sticks to the trigger mechanism of the trap and they cant get it off without setting it off. Things like cheese and bacon the little buggers can remove without triggering.

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  Reply # 1316616 3-Jun-2015 09:51
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CYaBro: The plastic traps with peanut butter for bait we've found works best.




this.

Guy at bunnings told me this.  Found it's worked well.  Caught 3.




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  Reply # 1316618 3-Jun-2015 09:55
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I'll try peanut butter, thanks all.

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  Reply # 1316620 3-Jun-2015 10:06
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I have a regular invasion this time of year with mice n rats. Living rural, and surrounded by bush and pasture ....

I use Storm Rodenticide in the shed, and outside under places where rats and mice congregate. Wait a couple of weeks for the maggots and smell to go, and then safe to enter.

http://www.bunnings.co.nz/storm-rodenticide-4pk_p00170467

Inside, I use the plastic traps with the interlocking jaws, baited with peanut butter. Usually places like the laundry, hot water cupboard, and other suspect places. The wired spring loaded traps don't seem to work too well. Seems the reach is too big, and just pings over the top of the mouse.

Also get ants, and use the Ant-Rid liquid to deal with them. Had a real plague this year, but a month or two of using ant-rid, most of the ant nests have been depleted.




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  Reply # 1316639 3-Jun-2015 10:13
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Fortunately we don't get the mice inside the house - I did years ago, but I plugged up the one place they seemed to be getting in. Maybe I'd better put a trap under the house, just in case...

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  Reply # 1316669 3-Jun-2015 10:45
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One of my fur monsters has decimated the local mouse and rat population, all my neighbors love her as she has solved what was a serious problem before I moved in. She only 'gifts' me a few of them and most of the time they are crippled enough not to run away so I just finish the job and dispose of them. All of this even though she only has one eye and sometimes runs into things on her blind side. However, in my attic I harbor the worlds foremost super-villain rat, this thing is huge and insanely smart....the missus calls it 'ratty'. It has figured out that it can never come down near ground level and uses the phone lines to move between property. I cannot put my cat in the attic as there are too many wall gaps or small spaces where she might get stuck and I would not be able to reach her. I have tried all manner of mouse traps including some extremely non-human almost torture device looking contraptions, ratty just ignores them. I even tried a humane 'trap' and ratty just ate a hole in the side of it....even though this was some heavy duty reinforced thing.
I have now accepted that I share a home with ratty and I can do nothing about it....for the most part it is ok until it decides to go on a scratching mission at 4am, I really hope it breaks through the roof or wall somewhere so I can witness my cat savagely murder it.
I also have a psychopath 3-legged cat which only catches birds, rips their wings off, then leaves them....almost like a message to say 'If I don't have all my limbs...you don't get to have all of yours'. That one is now fitted with a rather annoying large bell to alert birds. 

tldr; cats.




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  Reply # 1316677 3-Jun-2015 10:50
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Block off all entry points and use good quality mouse traps with peanut butter. Can't go wrong.

But remember if you do choose to use poisons, consider the effect on pets and other animals. Rats can pick up bait and drop outside. It is a very bad death for a pet!
Some poisons can take upto 2 years to break down!



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  Reply # 1316679 3-Jun-2015 10:51
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since this has gone a bit off topic... our chickens once caught and pecked a mouse to death.  Not a recommended rodent control system though. 




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  Reply # 1316687 3-Jun-2015 11:01
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outdoorsnz: Block off all entry points and use good quality mouse traps with peanut butter. Can't go wrong.


Bit hard to do that with a shed, as doors never quite touch the floor, and rodents are very flexible.

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  Reply # 1316696 3-Jun-2015 11:11
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I've never had any luck with traps, regardless of the bait we've used. I'm pretty sure we have a colony living safe and snug under our deck. We use a Talon bait when they seem to be drifting indoors/into the basement/attic, seems to work well. Bait level in the box goes down, droppings get much fewer, and while I have found a desiccated corpse every now and then, really not that many.

I have seen this type of ultrasonic repeller. Anyone used them?

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  Reply # 1316698 3-Jun-2015 11:12
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outdoorsnz: Block off all entry points and use good quality mouse traps with peanut butter. Can't go wrong.


Bit hard to do that with a shed, as doors never quite touch the floor, and rodents are very flexible.


You really are fighting a loosing battle if you can't block of the entry points. Sure dropping poison will keep them at bay, but it won't keep them out. They can eat anything!

Try looking into sonic pest control solutions.



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