Mouse plague (or not)

By 19 April 2005 31

It appears that the populous is turning its attention away from graffiti and the affairs of local government to other forms of rodents – mice.

The cooler weather is seeing increasing numbers of mice seeking refuge in Canberra homes. ABC Online reports that CSIRO has been taking a growing number of calls from concerned citizens fearing that a mouse plague is upon us, and for advice on how to eradicate them.

Plugging gaps around the home, investing in door seals and door snakes, little green pellets called Ratsak, cats, and traps with stale bread/biscuit/pumpkin seeds all help to keep the mice at bay.

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LurkerGal 3:58 pm
19 Apr 05

I just had to throw out the contents of most of my pantry due to little mousies! They even ate through plastic of unopened packets and boxes! (One perpertrator was located in chip packet and released to the wild). Since then (2 weeks ago) no signs of mousie poo, so I think we are safe in the pantry.

However, in the cupboard next to the dishwasher, where the dog food lives, there is a suspicious looking hole in the bottom of the dog food bag, and lots of mousie poo. I am pretty sure they are living behind the dishwasher, but I can’t find a safe way of catching them (safe for both us and them)

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19 Apr 05

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LurkerGal 4:18 pm
19 Apr 05

I’m NOT sprinkling bobcat and fox urine around my house……… If I wanted urine in the cupboards I’d use my own and save the money!

I have a 45 kilo dog. I want to know when HE’S going to do something about the mice besides going “sigh, a mouse just ran over my nose”.

Ralph 4:26 pm
19 Apr 05

I’ve always got an open box of Ratsak on the garage floor, so I’m always finding dead mice around the garage.

They say you should always shake your boots before putting them on (if they’re outside). Well one day I just stuck my foot into my boot and felt something in there. I kicked it off, shook it and a bloody dead mouse dropped out.

johnboy 6:39 pm
19 Apr 05

–> LG

A cat would be best, and a terrier would at least keep their little heads down. most dogs bred for livestock control or gun-hunting won’t be any use, they don’t have the killer instinct.

LurkerGal 9:09 pm
19 Apr 05

I think I’ll stick with my puppy. he’s dumb and has no killer instinct, but he’s enormous and when he barks you feel it in your chest. He might not keep the meece away, but having him on the end of my bed means I still sleep safe at night……

Ralph 7:54 am
20 Apr 05

Fox terriers are good for that sort of thing.

Thumper 7:57 am
20 Apr 05

Its actually a mouse boom. Not enough of the cute little boogle eyed furry things to be a plague.

However, a light is at the end of the tunnel, the numbers will reduce over the next few weeks as it gets closer to winter, which means my fat terrier dog won’t have a diet supplement…

Thumper 7:58 am
20 Apr 05


rather than a monsterous Pal muncher, you need a fat terrier.


RandomGit 8:25 am
20 Apr 05

I’d like to see which suburbs this is happening in. We got European wasps in the roof this year, the pest guy said the lack of forests after the fires means they don’t have the usual habitat so they go for houses.

I wonder if it’s the same with the mice? Sure, it’s two years on so why not last year as well? I’d say last year they were recolonising the area and this year they have to move further on.

LurkerGal 8:50 am
20 Apr 05

Thumper: Maybe next time, but I fell in love with my big puppy when I saw him at the RSPCA. He costs less to feed than a man, so I’ll keep him!

Vader: I don’t think I’ll try your solution. I’d like them out of the house, but not enough to kill them.

Ralph 9:02 am
20 Apr 05

I get quite a few mice because there are paddocks across the road.

Had European wasps about 3 years ago. Was told they were coming out of the bush because of the drought.

RandomGit 9:06 am
20 Apr 05

So don’t fill the bucket with water. You’ll need a tall bucket so they can’t escape. And a lid for transport to your release area.

I’d recommend a release across the road from the Zoo, lots of regrowth and a water barrier from the suburbs, and not too out of your way.

Ralph 9:15 am
20 Apr 05

Catch and release only means they come back or become someone elses problem.

These things are vermin and should be destroyed.

LurkerGal 9:35 am
20 Apr 05

Ralph, I understand where you are coming from, but I have a problem hurting anything cute and fluffy. And basically, they come back and become MY problem, because when I release them, it is in to my own back yard. I just can’t hurt them.

LurkerGal 9:52 am
20 Apr 05

But…but….but….. bugger.

I kill wasps! And redback spiders! Does that help?

RandomGit 10:04 am
20 Apr 05

Its the first step into a wonderous new world. I envy you padawan, I envy you……

Apocalypse 10:57 am
20 Apr 05

My parents house had a shocking problem with mice.. but then again, my mum is a show rabbit breeder, and having 40 or so rabbits, with all the rabbit food and water dishes so easily accessable in the back shed. it attracts a shitload of mice.

Ratsack keeps thep population low. but im sure we will have to try the beer bottle method

as for the humane factor. keep in mind that these critters are not domesticated. as apposed to a dog, cat, pet mouse, pet rat, pet spider!

these are wild critters, like insects, like birds
sure they’re cute and whatever, but in numbers they are an absolute pain,

they live in the wild and their chances of survival over a year are slim to none. so whatever critter you kill, will most likely die soon anyway.

what seperates a spider from a mouse? a spider is ugly, a mouse is cute? what about when the mouse bites your finger? have you ever seen a mouse run across a brick wall?? thats creepy!!!!

oh well, i wont go into the morals of it, i dont like killing anything, even spiders, i always release huntsmans, but if its black or dangerous, i kill it, only to protect anyone else in the house, as a friend of mine was bitten by a whitetail spider once, her wound was there for almost 9 months until it finally subsided

johnboy 9:46 pm
20 Apr 05

In a flat I had in downer, I had the huntsmen well trained.

If I ever saw them I’d catch them and throw them out the door (which they’d rapidly scurry back under)

But they quickly figured out to stay hidden when the lights were on.

It all went pear shaped one night when I had a young lady visiting and I was entertaining by candlelight.

One of the poor spiders thought the light was low enough to come out and the girl (who was not Australian and had never seen a spider so large) threw back her head and started to scream.

The screaming was very distressing to both spider and I. Which meant the normal routine (of dropping a pint glass over them and sliding some paper over the mouth of the glass) instead lead to the spider losing two of its legs as both of us were twitching around with each scream.

The young lady also departed soon afterwards.

Not a good night.

But if you’ve got huntsmen lurking you’ve got a lot less other vermin around.

Huntsmen in cars however are just bad news if they give you the willies.

Thumper 8:10 am
21 Apr 05

Yep, have to agree on the Huntsman disposal method. In my place they are safe as long as they stay on the ceilings or up high. When they come down, they go out, that is, if my fat terrier doesn’t see them as she bites them in half.

As for those bloody big black house spiders! One bit me on the thumb once and it went all black and swollen for two weeks. So, as it saeems that black house spiders and huntsmen don’t get on, I leave the huntsmen and napalm the other suckers!!!!

bonfire 9:52 am
21 Apr 05

my boss had a dead mouse in his office which ponged it out. he was convinced a disgruntled underling had put it there.

now the breakroom has the same aroma.

a women of course has suggested that we need cats.

yeah, like i want to find catshit under my desk. disgusting filthy animals.

of course when the exec mgrs PA finds mouse crap in her caketin, i think we can expect exterminators pretty soon.

hatiro 6:26 pm
17 Sep 11

Oh help with advice someone – Im pretty sure I’ve got mice pee in the insulation around my fan-forced oven, as when I turned it on today, IT STANK…until the smell burnt off, but by then I had aleady put the chook in the over to roast… It’s a wall oven and worried about how to get the oven safely out, and also cooking food in it now. Are ovens sealed or do the little buggers know how to get inside?? There are no signs of mice poo in the oven but just thinking about it gives me the unhygienic heebies!

matt31221 7:51 pm
17 Sep 11

I wonder if all this is happenning because peoples cats aren’t let outside as much, like in Forde and bonner (when was boner erected HA HA) where they have the little picture of the cat in the house on all the street signs signifying cats not allowed outside. Told you so you mongrel facist feline haters!

LurkerGal said :

Ralph, I understand where you are coming from, but I have a problem hurting anything cute and fluffy. And basically, they come back and become MY problem, because when I release them, it is in to my own back yard. I just can’t hurt them.

Ever heard of Hantavirus? Well mouse can carry it and it can be transmited to humans. You won’t have a problem killing the little cute furry mousies when you read what Hantavirus can do to you. Unless you enjoy kidney failure, possible shock and blood hemmoraging from your upper body.


Yeah in some houses sometimes the electrician gets lazy and instead of drilling a nice 25mm diameter hole for the 25mm diameter flexible conduit (or using a blank plate with a gland for the conduit) in the gyprock he simply smacks a hole near the bottom plate with his hammer. So the oven once wired sits in front of this hole rarely to be pulled out maybe for cleaning. So the mice come down from the roof through the holes in the noggin and out the dirty big hole straight into your kitchen. It is their favourite infiltration point. You can put some fire rated mastic around the flex conduit carefully and this would stop them (unless of course the sparky did the job properly and there is no room around the conduit or the ‘duit is coming out of a gland on a blank plate.) You could even just leave the hole and place traps all around behind the oven and you his catch them all.

In saying that these days some modern oven comes with a heavy gauge flex and 3 pin plug and are not direct wired. So only a highly enough amp rated powerpoint is fitted off on the wall behind the oven and there are no gaps or holes in the wall.

Henry82 1:13 am
18 Sep 11

Ralph said :

Catch and release only means they come back or become someone elses problem. These things are vermin and should be destroyed.

Completely agree.

This is a pretty simple device that catches and kills multiple rats in the night:

Personally i’ve used bait/poison, which has done the trick

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