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    how to get rid of mice

    Hi everyone,

    I did post this on my rainbow bridge thread about one of our diamond doves that passed away suddenly last week. But thought it better to leave that thread alone and at peace and ask here.

    Yesterday a shocking discovery was made. My partner found that a mouse had set up camp in the bottom tray of the diamond doves cage. I was shocked. I actually wonder if that mouse was the cause of the poor diamond dove’s death last Saturday. Maybe it reached her legs or something. And if they can hear the mouse moving around at night, then that’s probably what has been keeping them awake at night and making them flap around and talk a bit. I hear them from around 11pm at night. Some just make normal coos, sometimes I hear flapping. He said when he pulled the tray out, the mouse ran off quickly but he found 3 babies. They looked like fat worms! He didn’t harm them but he took them and put them somewhere far away from the house. I was honestly just so shocked that this happened. He said it had been awhile since he changed the tray because he uses hay, not papers to put underneath and on the cage bottom too (I think you call this a grate? The tray that pulls out from underneath the cage) and that’s probably why he didn’t notice. I told him he must change it everyday from now on. He handles the cleaning of the garage and the birdies there and I do inside the house so I did not know how often he was changing things.

    We have actually had a mouse problem for about a year and a half now. At first they started to come to the roof at night. My partner said not to worry about it, even though I wasn’t too happy about it. He even thought it was a bird that was getting into the roof, possibly a starling! But clearly he was wrong. He did put mouse traps ages ago in the garage once he started to bring wild birds in for rehabilitation. It did get some of the mice. Once he caught one alive and was able to set it free at the park.

    But a few weeks ago I started to hear scratching in the walls and I was getting frightened. We would start to hear it at sunset and throughout the night at times and I was afraid, for myself and for my birdies. My partner said the traps would get them but it didn’t do anything so I made the choice to call a local carpet cleaning / pest control company. They specialise in using products that are harmless to pets. Off course I assumed they were referring to cats and dogs so I confirmed with the guy at least 5 times that their products are safe around small birds and he pretty much said they are absolutely fine unless they intend on climbing into the roof! No smell or anything. Anyway he had to come and inspect the issues first. He identified a few areas that the mice were able to sneak through and said we need to seal those areas but not for 10 days. He threw some blocks into the roof which are supposed to attract them, but they are not good for them, so that’s why he said don’t seal yet, so that they eat a bit and then they will leave the way they came in. I did confirm again with him that it won't hurt my babies, and he said the same thing: unless they are planning to go inside the roof it doesnt hurt them and doesnt give off any smell or anything. So far it seems to work a little bit, I did hear them in the roof, but not in the walls anymore. The last two nights I haven’t heard anything. But we haven’t sealed what we need to seal yet because of rainy weather but are hoping to seal the gaps next week.

    Does anyone know how to control a mouse problem? Anyone against killing them or prefer more humane ways? What re these ways? Do you think their are limits as to when to be humane and when to just "get rid off"? I think we are lucky that it wasn’t rats. I am concerned about my health and my birdies health and safety. If that mouse was able to climb into the tray of the diamond doves then they really can sneak anywhere. I am hoping that once we seal any gaps, that it won't be an issue anymore

    I just feel so bad. The diamond doves came here to be cared for, and I feel like they are being let down. Especially since the one that died last Saturday. My precious dove. I feel so angry at the mice. I know its not their fault and they just go where they can get food and a warm place to breed. But that cannot be anywhere inside our house or garage! I feel so sad about the diamond dove and we need to prevent these mice from returning. I don't really care if they find food outside and stay outside, but I do not want them entering inside.

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    Re: how to get rid of mice

    It sounds like the man used mice and rat bait to kill them the first time and this makes me sad. If they eat it they slowly die of bleeding, it is a blood thinner and it will also kill anything that happens to kill and eat these mice. It is almost banned here in California because its a slow awful death. It makes the mice and rats thirsty so they go outside to drink so that is why I think he said to wait 10 days before you sealed up the holes. If this baited rat or mouse is hunted down the poor animal that caught it and ate it is high risk of dying as well. Many birds of prey in our area are killed this way here. Traps are quick and painless and if put where the mice are usually very quick to trap and kill the mice. Its harsh and very sad to kill anything but it least traps are fast and quick usually. My husband has found a few over the years that didnt die and he had to kill them to put them out of there misery. What a awful thing and its truly sad but they are such bad rodents and we cannot coexist with them in our houses or harming our pets. Thankfully my husband deals with it because no doubt I would cry like a baby if I had to do it. He gets sad as well but he does it because we humans can get bad things from there poos as well so they cannot be where we are for our health as well as our birds and pets.
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    Re: how to get rid of mice

    Hi, I tried a lot of things but impossible to get rid of them, the only thing I can do is to limit their proliferation.

    For me the cruelest manner to trap them is with glue, I tried it once,it's efficent but when I saw their agony I knew it was the first and the last time I was using glue.
    I am not a big fan of paste bait, I never noticed a decrease in the mice population using this product and I imagine their predators can also be poisoned if they eat a poisoned mouse.
    I used cage trap but the smallest mice can easily escape and as they always came back, will you have the guts to kill it afterwards.
    Some people use electric trap or ultrasonic pest repellers as I never used it I can't say anything for those traps.
    For me the best traps are the spring mouse trap, they're very effective and the mice doesn't have time to suffer.

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    Re: how to get rid of mice

    Oh wow I had no idea that it was a blood thinner. I did not even think about when they die and other animals eating them. On TV here we get a lot of advertisements that tell people to keep their cats in particular indoors, but it doesnt mention that it can be because of them eating poisoned rats or mice. It is mostly about protecting native birds because when cats roam free they try to catch them and eat them. I think we will stick with traps. I know it is not nice to kill either, but as you mentioned, we cannot co-habit wit them because of what they can spread, and at least the traps are quick and not slow killing. My partner has traps around the garage still but sometimes I think the mice know where they are and to avoid them. However, he has caught a few in the past. Unfortunately, once he caught one which got trapped somewhere, was still alive. He didn't have the heart to kill it though even though it was suffering. So he put it in a small container with food, but it died overnight. He is going to try to seal the openings that need to be sealed in the next day or two and hopefully that is going to keep the mice away. It doesnt worry me if they live outside just as long as they dont make their way inside again. But hopefully sealing the openings will fix that. I have enough issues with insects in the summer, I thought I had a break every winter from these things but this year the mice decided to come!

    Oh gosh, I never knew glue could be used either. But it sounds like you saw what it did to them and knew not to use it again. I won't do that either. I also have never used sonic repellers, mostly because I have heard they do not work, and also I am worried that my birds will sense something from them so dont want to risk that. I even worry about the traps because we used to put them outside when we first started noticing a mouse or two but I was worried a small bird might die from it. So we stopped putting them outside and just in the garage only. The birds there are supervised when they come out from their cages. The guy that put the bait said that the mice could smell the birds and that's why they have started to come here. I do agree a little bit, but not because of the ones in the garage, but because of feeding the pigeons outside. If we had just put bird feeders to only feed small birds we may not have this mouse problem. But because food is thrown on the grass outside for the pigeons and other birds will come and forage off the ground like sparrows, blackbirds etc, it seems to have attracted mice. I did tell my partner to stop ad to just put bird feeders, but he feels bad for the pigeons. So hopefully at least if we seal the openings to some of the doors it might prevent mice from entering inside, and they will hopefully go somewhere else or won't be able to get inside.

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    Re: how to get rid of mice

    I use to throw the bird seed out away from my house so I could still see the birds eating but they were not close to my house. I love watching the wild birds in our yard but gave up feeding them and now only have a few bird bathes out for them and they love the bathes so it least I still get a little wild bird viewing with the bathes and they do not attract mice or rats.

    My husband used the bait before and then he started finding lizards dead in the garage and we just knew it was the bait killing them. Traps sometimes get good animals but sometimes you have to take that chance when it comes to mice invasions.
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    Re: how to get rid of mice

    Mice can be a real problem in homes. There can be a lot of them in the house. There really is no easy way of clearing the mice out of the house.. When you do, try to have the house even harder for mice to enter.

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