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How to deal with mice in the roof in Canberra?

By mtrax 11 May 2011 38

I’m hearing alot of mice noises in my roof, so just looking for some advice on how to deal with them.

Is mouse/rat baits the best method and which type and where do I put them?

What’s Your opinion?


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screaming banshee 7:00 am 30 May 12

I-filed said :

I have to break it you that, if you can hear them, they are not mice but rats!

Sooooo wrong, mice make hell of a racket. Before baiting our roof last year I put traps in for a week….changed daily….in order to reduce the mass of rotting mice that would result from poisoning.

One night we had the pleasure of a trap catching the mouse by its front leg only to have it drag the trap around the small space it could move all night….screaming

poetix 9:57 pm 29 May 12

shauno said :

Snarky said :

shauno said :

Awesome Helos Still dont know how the two rotars dont touch under high gees.

Hmm. If your mice have rotors you’ve got bigger problems than mouse noises.

Yea sorry about that I posted in the wrong spot!

Good, because you had me in a tailspin.

Jivrashia said :

I will just leave this here….

Squirrel Owned By Rat Trap

Seeing an animal suffering concussion is not my idea of a good time. That’s what rugby was invented to replace.

I-filed 9:42 pm 29 May 12

I have to break it you that, if you can hear them, they are not mice but rats!

JazzyJess 2:15 pm 29 May 12

I also recommend you find a willing cat. A quick bite to the neck and the mouse is despatched and the cat has a good time. Everybody wins. During the mouse plague last year I actually “loaned” my cat out to some neighbours. He loved it! Alas he’s gone to kitty heaven but see if one of your neighbours has a moggy you can borrow. Otherwise cough up for a pest control company.

Jivrashia 1:25 pm 29 May 12

I will just leave this here….

Squirrel Owned By Rat Trap

shauno 1:18 pm 29 May 12

Snarky said :

shauno said :

Awesome Helos Still dont know how the two rotars dont touch under high gees.

Hmm. If your mice have rotors you’ve got bigger problems than mouse noises.

Yea sorry about that I posted in the wrong spot!

Snarky 1:13 pm 29 May 12

shauno said :

Awesome Helos Still dont know how the two rotars dont touch under high gees.

Hmm. If your mice have rotors you’ve got bigger problems than mouse noises.

shauno 1:01 pm 29 May 12

Awesome Helos Still dont know how the two rotars dont touch under high gees.

shauno 12:55 pm 29 May 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Well, our cat, who, apparently, is a major threat to the native wildlife of all the world, indeed modern civilisation as we know it, seems to do a pretty good job of ignoring the birds and catching mice and rats instead. Perhaps he could pay you a visit and present you with a trophy or two. Just don’t get upset if the trophies are already missing their heads.

Oh, you sure it’s mice and not possums?

I had one mouse in my apartment no idea how it go here it was behind the dishwasher and I saw it running across the room. I just used a standard mouse trap the other type was one of those dont touch mouse traps and it didnt work.

chaser 11:13 am 29 May 12

Write the mice a stern letter, asking them to relocate to a new roof. Confiscate their passports. Send them to mandatory detention centres in a neutral roof. Tease them with roofing visas. Separate their families. Have MOUSIO conduct needless assessments of their children. Soon they will hunger strike in protest and you won’t have to worry about using peanut butter in the mousetraps.

trickyxr 10:40 am 29 May 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

If you live in a new house with plastic water pipes, I’ve heard some “credible” advice not to put baits in the roof, as the mice [rats] will get thirsty and chew through the pipes. This has apparently caused some problems in newer homes – ie. water damage to carpets and walls.
I put up some big rat traps at the man hole and all I’ve caught is tiny mice. Gotta say though, Nutella does the trick, as do left over bits of Easter eggs.

I am a pest controller and have never heard of this happening Its true that the baits work by making the Rodents thirsty with the idea that they will leave the roof void looking for water, so not to have them dying in the roof void.But if you have any water leaks in roof or water in you gutters they may use the moisture from there.Remember a mice only needs 1ml of water a day. I have baited plenty of roofs over the years and have probably only been called about 6 times about dead animal smell coming from the roof void. I have been called plenty of times to get rid of a dead animal from a roof that turns out to be a possum because the home owner has baited the roof themselves without identifing what is making the noises.It cost way more to remove a dead possum from a roof or a wall cavity then it does getting pest control to do the job for you in the begining.

Postalgeek 10:38 am 29 May 12

Not a fan of poison.

We use the heavy duty white and red rat traps baited with peanut butter which usually do the job quickly and effectively. But in the last couple of weeks we’ve had a bad run and I’ve had to kill numerous maimed mice, so I’m trialling box traps and a ‘kill’ bucket with a block of wood to quickly dispatch them.

EvanJames 9:58 am 29 May 12

Best to use a box-style trap, not the snap-traps, they’re horrible. And then release mouse near whichever neighbour you like the least. Happy mouse, less-happy neighbour. win.

A magpie appeared on my deck railing they other day, with the lower half of a mouse in his beak. The other mags were trying to get it off him.

KaptnKaos 9:41 am 29 May 12

I found hot cross bun or sweet bread in a traditional trap the best and quickest. If this doesn’t suit, starve your cat for a couple of days then let them loose in the roof, if you don’t have a cat, borrow one or catch a feral. If you want to go green, buy a python, plenty of native species around that would enjoy a nice warm roof to live in. On the other hand you could be thankful there are mice in the roof, if there weren’t mice you would probably have a snake problem – probably brown or black.

Thumper 9:19 am 29 May 12

poetix said :

I can’t kill them, so I use a trap where they can get in but not out, and let them go outside. I know they’re a menace and non-native and all (a bit like most of us), but they are also sentient creatures who I can’t help but admire, living on our rubbish. Spreading poison around seems a bit over the top, too.

It’s important not to forget you have one of these traps, or the mouse would starve to death.

I do the same. Catch the little buggers and then release them outside. The currawongs seem to be pretty good at controlling the numbers.

poetix 9:05 am 29 May 12

I can’t kill them, so I use a trap where they can get in but not out, and let them go outside. I know they’re a menace and non-native and all (a bit like most of us), but they are also sentient creatures who I can’t help but admire, living on our rubbish. Spreading poison around seems a bit over the top, too.

It’s important not to forget you have one of these traps, or the mouse would starve to death.

Life_in_the_Can 8:57 am 29 May 12

Just this morning, I awoke to a tiny screeching coming from the kitchen. Wandering in I discovered a mouse in a trap I had set before I went to sleep, the little fella had been caught across the lower body, was still alive & in pain. I dispatched the poor little creature quickly to end it’s agony. The trap was a traditional wood one, previously I had used a grey plastic variety and the same thing happen, I had to finish off the creature. I guess there is merit to the saying ‘build a better mousetrap’. From here on in, to save my fragile eggshell mind from the trauma of seeing these little guys suffer, I will be using a humane trap & releasing them into parliament house, where some other bloodthirsty predator can dispatch them.

Scrumpox 10:15 am 12 May 11

bait the s*** out of them & get a professional to do it because you’ve obviously never done it before and if you get up in your roof cavity you’re likely to injure/kill yourself

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