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I deal with rodents(Mice) at the Church all the time. People leave doors open and with 45,000 sq. ft., it's to be expected. Pretty easy to control. At home now, it's a little different. I know where they are coming in, and it is non-stop. 3 for 3 the first night, 4 for 4 the next, and 3 for 3 last night. I put some pellets down, but they will take, I hope, a week to work. Question is, is there something else I should try. They are coming in at plate level in a full basement, where an addition was added. The dog went under the deck and dug a hole, no, let's make that a cave last summer ;), and probably has undermined the 36" foundation of the addition. So I believe that is how there getting in from the outside. Short of sealing that, anything else I can put in that area to get rid of them. They are climbing the pipe's into the kitchen and the wife is freaking out. Those things can get into anything!!! I,ve got a brand new Bosch dishwasher and the wife told me she found droppings in the bottom. So last night, I set a trap on the bottom and locked the door. Opened it this morning and there he was, got him, :shock:, no clue how he got in. Any idea's would be appreciated.

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Through the drain line?

They hate steel wool. Stuff every opening you can find. I got 4 in a half an hour last week and haven't got one since. I don't believe for a second I got them all. I may get a cat as well.

I'm still scratching my head about the dishwasher. Call Bosch. Don't tell them who you are. It may void the warranty.

Good luck.

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Kinda hard to stuff a cave full of steel wool. Throw 2 hand fulls of moth balls under there leaving a couple around the entrance, freshen them up about every 4-6 mos. or so. That'll keep the mice & other critters out, AND the dog from from enlarging his den!cwm27.gif


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Mice only need like a 1/4 inch to get into anywhere. We had them here, along with 3 cats. All 3 took turns playing with it.

 

 

I set traps in the basement but have yet to get any. Cats haven't brought any upstairs in over a year either.

 

 

Didn't even know we had them till I opened the washer lid to throw laundry in and found one dead in the bottom, then a week later the cats were making weird noises in the corner of the bedroom one night and when I turned the lights on they had one cornered beating him around pretty good :laugh:

 

 

If you seal that area off they will just find another area to get in. I'd say try putting some pellets around where you think they are coming in outside but if the dog gets into them it might be a bad thing.

 

You can also try those boxes made for outside, mice go in and they don't come out. And it would be a little more dog friendly.

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They got inside the dishwasher? :confused:

I've heard to leave water nearby the pellets. The rodents wont die till water is consumed on some pellets. Ive never been a huge fan of cats, but mine is half dog. It used to retrieve things. :D

But Ive never had a mouse in the house, nor have I seen droppings. There are a few loose cats in the nieghborhood as well,so that may keep the population down.

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A cat is good but you have to take care of it and there is no guarantee it will be a good mouser. Just my 2 cents

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Thanks for all the input. Got home to late last night to set traps, but I will set some tonight. I will also set one in the dishwasher again. If I get one in the DW I might post some mouse porn. ;)

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Get a cat. :th:

They make great pets.

 

They do make great pets as long as you can stomach all the "gifts" you get which is why you're thinking about getting a cat. Cats like to play with live things until things die and the cat loses interest at which point they "gift" it to you for recognition and praise. Sometimes you can't tell what the "gift" used to be. :upck: Sometimes you put a bell around their neck to decrease their "gift" success ratio. Thor, one of many cats from the past, would have a surprise at the front door every morning till he got belled. :D

 

Does the dog like cats?

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Be careful with the pellets. I used them for a while while still dog-less and they work. Problem was the mice would stach them all opver the place before they kicked the bucket. We'd find pellets in boots, the stove, all sorts of places. Been using glue boards recently and successfully since have a dog and a couple puppies around now.

 

Getting into a closed dishwasher boggles the mind.

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They do make great pets as long as you can stomach all the "gifts" you get which is why you're thinking about getting a cat. Cats like to play with live things until things die and the cat loses interest at which point they "gift" it to you for recognition and praise. Sometimes you can't tell what the "gift" used to be. :upck: Sometimes you put a bell around their neck to decrease their "gift" success ratio. Thor, one of many cats from the past, would have a surprise at the front door every morning till he got belled. :D

Does the dog like cats?

 

He had no choice when he joined our family, Zowie was the boss!!! A Bengal with three legs and no claws. That cat would lay on the front lawn like a dog and the other cat's in the neighborhood would walk on the the other side of the street to avoid her. And yes, she would bring presents all the time, without claws. Miss her, Had to put her down about 6 months ago.

 

 

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They do make great pets as long as you can stomach all the "gifts" you get which is why you're thinking about getting a cat. Cats like to play with live things until things die and the cat loses interest at which point they "gift" it to you for recognition and praise. Sometimes you can't tell what the "gift" used to be. :upck: Sometimes you put a bell around their neck to decrease their "gift" success ratio. Thor, one of many cats from the past, would have a surprise at the front door every morning till he got belled. :D

Does the dog like cats?

 

Let us not forget the other gifts they give like the puke on the floor right below the last stair. Lovely coming downstairs in the morning while still dark in bare feet.

Cabo

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Yours do that too John?

 

Ours stay indoors, so the number of gifts we get is limited to crickets and other bugs they can find in the basement or screen porch.

 

One of our other cats used to bring me dead leaves that had fallen off a plant. It was close to the end of her days and she was a bit botz if you know what I mean.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cabo2005 View Post

 

Let us not forget the other gifts they give like the puke on the floor right below the last stair. Lovely coming downstairs in the morning while still dark in bare feet.

 

Cabo

 

I got that lovely present yesterday AM, when I went downstairs to fill the woodstove. Was on the first stair from the top though.  mad.gif

 

 

 

They're incredible mousers though - all 3 of them. When they started construction on our addition a couple of years ago they had to remove a section of deck. Was never flashed correctly (thanks FIL) and the siding and sheathing was rotting. Must've been the home of many a mouse because we started seeing them inside. Cats took care of them pretty quickly. Brought us 9 of them the first night.  cwm27.gif

 

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