How to Stop a Mouse Invasion?

How to Stop a Mouse Invasion?

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Tess Wilson
Aug 14, 2015
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Q: I live in an old building (1926) in south Brooklyn. Recently, due to the poor maintenance by the landlords over the years, I had to have an entire new electrical system put in. This meant ripping apart 80+ year old plaster and lathe walls. It took 44 days to complete. Because of the gaping holes I had all over, I now have mice...

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They are very crafty! I had the exterminator in and they put down these baited things that they're supposed to eat and die from, also sticky traps. I hate those. Needless to say, it didn't work. I noticed a gap in my living room baseboard so I stuffed it with steel wool and copper mesh and used a clear silicone caulk to stop it up. That only disoriented them for a short time. I broke down and bought snap-traps. I hate the idea of hurting and/or killing anything but I can't live with the poop and destruction! While cleaning today, I decided to move the stove to sweep and found MOUNDS of plaster, poop, and three tiny holes that weren't there before. The evil geniuses are creating their own means of egress!!!! I've stopped them up and bought peppermint oil to put on cotton balls to stuff there, too.

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As my elderly boxer dog is no help, I've honestly thought about adopting a cat but that seems extreme...What else can I do? -Sent by Shannon

Editor: Shannon, thank you for your excellent question and for including the required puppy photo. Readers, please share all your best mice-conquering advice, especially any non-violent ways to achieve victory over the rodent hordes. Thanks!

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