questionswhat's the quickest way to catch a mouse or mice??

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Well, at least they weren't in your boots when you put the on, ;)
Snap traps and peanut butter have always worked for me.

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The poison works well, and there's no cleanup. They eat it, then wander off and die.

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Get the poison pellets, sprinkle a few in the middle of a glue trap. Should attract the little bastards. IDK, those glue traps are a bit inhumane, but yeah.

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@rprebel: My concern was disposing of the nasty little critters before they die. I was told they will leave a parting gift & smell up the place.

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@ganzhimself: I thought I was concerned about being "humane", but that passed about 3 days ago. Found more poop in another pair of boots & what looks like plaster from inside my walls, was in my wash basket today. So now it's ON!!! They may have won a battle or 2, but I will win this war!! Hopefully :-)

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@woadwarrior: I was told it was the way to go. Maybe I'm too impatient. How long should this approach take??

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I have put up with them for a couple weeks every fall. Sometimes I get them right away, sometimes it takes a few days.

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glue traps work the best, but are definitely not fun when you hear them squeeling as they tear their skin off (worked in food prep). if you go this route make sure you put 3 or 4 boards together in such a way they have to cross it. (bait it with a smell producing food).

spring traps work quick, but you must make sure they are easily enough triggered that when mouse licks it, it trips; but not easily enough triggered to snap your fingers when setting it. if you go this route use a semi-solid liquid so they have to work to get it off (honey).

pellets are fast and very effective, but if they eat the pellet they might crawl off anywhere in the house to die then you get decomposing mouse smells coming from random spots in the house. if you go this route put the pellets in a liquid based mix so that it's not possible to eat around. (put in the middle of plate of powdersugar-milk mix). also make sure no other animal can get to it, or to any of the dead mice (will kill the pets too)

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@moosezilla: One of the problems with the pellets I've had was the furry little buggers would stash all the pellets in the container before eating it. Usually in my furniture cushions.

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@moosezilla: Thanks for all the useful tips. I have the glue traps spaced all out. I will try what you suggested. I was warned about the screeching. Yikes, hopefully I'm not home, when/if that goes down. Someone also mentioned moth balls? Has anyone ever heard of that working? I will try that as a last resort. I'm thinking the peanut butter & honey will be too tempting for them to resist. So it is only a matter of time until they meet their untimely demise!!! (evil laugh)

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I used to use the spring loaded traps with peanut butter- as long as you hold em by their sides even the most sensitive ones won't get your fingers.

Remember if you use the glue traps you're going to have to kill the mouse yourself.

Now I just let my cat hunt them- she's very good at it even if it is a bit inhumane (she likes to play with them for a few hours before they die).

edit: typo

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I agree with each of @moosezilla's points.

I live in an environment with a large rodent population. We process food, have large stocks of grain and harvested goods, near bales of hay, a perfect winter home for mice.

Controlling them is a frequent concern. We use poison bait, traps and sticky strips because mice have several modes of behavior. Each serves a purpose.

Mice like tight quarters, tend to hug the wall and avoid open spaces. They have a good sense of smell, but prefer known food items and avoid experimenting. They'll skip new foods unless they are very hungry or foraging far from normal territory.

So we place our glue strips at common access points or along the wall. I put a dab of peanut butter in the middle with a thin swipe on the edge. Same for traps.

@rprebel: One caveat -- My experience is the poison pellets can take several days to work. Plus, if you have cats or dogs, they may end up eating the poisoned rodent, with a concentrated dose of the cumulative poison.

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Thanks everyone. I have strategically placed 7 mouse traps around the pair of boots that the mice seem to be so found of. 5 glue strips w/ honey in the center & a tad smeared on the edges & 2 old schoold traps with peanut butter on them. The boots are where they usually are(in a corner by the couch), so it shouldn't be long before a mouse stops in for another visit. Now all that's left to do is wait. If I dont catch one in a day or 2, I will try the poison pellets. I currently don't have a pet, so that wouldn't be an issue.

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Anyone want to place a bet on how the mouse gets it??

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@sweetpea113377: mothballs are mainly for bug repellant. they work on the aroma basis. you place them approx every two to four foot aound the outside of the home's foundation and they repell the ant and other bugs. the problem is that they disolve and have to be replaced about once a month and oh yeah, your yard smells like mothballs. mint plants tend to be a common "greener" approach to the same problem.

be careful with the couch. there is a good probability the mice are living in it based on what you said where the boots are stored.

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@tpscan: great point about placing glue traps.

Mice don't normally run across the center of a floor, they hug the walls. Put traps by the walls. I have gotten plenty of mice with poison pellets and glue traps. Field mice attack the house every year when it starts to get cold. NO mouse poop in house for at least 3 years running.

To OP, I also place bait boxes outside the house. Maybe they will stop for a nibble on the way in. My bait boxes don't have pellets, they have a poison hunk in the center that the mice chew on. It has two holes in the box for them to get in and out and it takes a key to open it. This way only mice and bugs can get in there, not cats, dogs, or kids.

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Just wanted to let everyone know that I caught my first mouse on Monday morning(poor little guy). It was a regular trap w/ peanut butter on it that was sitting right next to the boots that they keep going in. Unsure how many may be lurking about, so I will continue to leave traps in that area.