questionswhat to do when you have mice in your walls?

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@cengland0: I like the idea... but I'm allergic to cats.

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I set out snap traps baited with peanut butter, then check them every morning. They stay out until a couple of weeks have gone by with no mice in the traps. If you have one mouse, you have a whole family of mice. If you use poison, and they eat it, you will have dead mice decaying in you walls.

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I don't know that you have a good answer. You need to call someone who will take care of the problem, whether or not they are "exterminators." Vermin in your walls means their feces and family are there, too.

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Are you sure it's mice? We had a similar situation/sound and it turned out to be Starlings...they will gnaw/tear a hole in the craziest places and try to nest. Ours managed to pull a board loose from the soffit and crawled in...the noise drove us NUTS until we figured out what it was.

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Or squirrels.

I used to think that squirrels were only likely in attics (ie. at the tops of buildings) as this was my experience (and that of my gf) but at work we've had squirrels in interior first floor walls twice.

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@jimeezlady: No, I'm not sure... just from past experiences of finding mice, I'm assuming that it's mice. [Looking up Starlings...]

[Edit] I don't think I have ever even seen a Starling before... However, they are/were in Michigan (where I live). I concluded from an old bounty on starlings and crows from a long time ago, that hasn't been revoked... yet.

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Once you have gotten rid of them, do look for how they got in in the first place! I have screened covers on all of my roof vents. Since I don't have a fireplace of heating unit inside, I don't have a chimney; but when I lived up north, I had a cap on that too (professionally installed).

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Try the Rat Zapper. It's about $30 bucks, and easyt to use. It takes care of them quickly, and easilly. And no messy cleanup.

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@houndlax: I've tried a several different versions of the electrocution trap. It seems like a good idea, but I never caught anything with one. They all malfunctioned and got trashed.

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Burn their house down.

Wait, what?

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Ratzapper has been great. Used 5-6 times times and still going well.
HAd luck when I bait with a reeses cup. If you want to ensure "good contact" place a damp towel in front of the trap...
Perhaps you have REALLY smart mice?!