Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: O P E R A T I O N M O U S E H U N T
It's seasonal around here - light off the heater and it's like turning on the welcome sign.
If they get established, nest and start breeding you've got to go to poison. I worried that this would be bad for the dogs that find them, and I'm sure it's not good for them, but no sick dogs yet.
Block any chew holes with steel wool.
Live traps work, but also draw others - I guess they can call for help in mouse squeak.
Snap traps are useless, or I've got a smarter class of rodent.
There's an electronic tone generator that you plug into an outlet that may help to keep them from establishing, but it won't chase away the ones who've found a home.
Don't stack fire wood up close to the house, and don't store anything like shop rags, or anything they can make nests with out in the open. Unfortunately they love insulation.