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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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How to deal with mice in the roof in Canberra?
Lefty 7:05 pm 11 May 11

http://www.selleys.com.au/rat-poison/mouse-bait/killer-18g

I use this and appar the rats and mice eat it – it makes them thirsty, so they leave to look for water and die – leaving your home rodent free.

It works…….no mice traps to empty (and forgetting to)…..

mtrax 6:48 pm 11 May 11

looks like more bait is the way to got or mouse traps, no-one has use professionals, I guess they just use the same technique?

Gerry-Built 6:36 pm 11 May 11

Holden Caulfield said :

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

Oh – you’d know if it was possums!!! You’d swear the Russians had set up a sentry post in the roof, and had been caught by ASIO agents; with the accompanying struggle – from the amount of ruckus they create, simply moving around your roof cavity…

Chop71 4:57 pm 11 May 11

astrojax said :

move?

yeah go somewhere north like QLD where they have warm weather
… and cyclones, cane toads & jellyfish.

My moggy has not done too bad this year bringing home 15+ mice. (no native birds or endangered wildlife that we hear so much about)

astrojax 2:27 pm 11 May 11

move?

dpm 2:14 pm 11 May 11

The Frots said :

We found setting fire to the roof of the house fairly effective.

So you worked in the Govt’s roof insulation scheme then??
Unfortunately that has been cancelled meaning other ways of removing mice are now needed….

Watson 1:57 pm 11 May 11

JohnK said :

We used the humane live-catch type of mouse traps, about $2 from Bunnings, which are great for releasing the mice into your noisy next-door neighbour’s yard.

I thought about doing this, but then I checked the RSPCA’s view on this which is that most of the mice caught eventually die of stress anyway, so you’re just prolonging the process.

I use traps as I want to know for sure that they’re dead and don’t like the thought of dead things decomposing behind the stove or dishwasher. The old-fashioned wood and metal ones work well on the bigger mice, but to catch the youngsters (or the undernourished) those grey plastic ones work much better. You may have trouble finding them as a friend was told there’s a mouse plague in Canberra at the moment.

Use peanut butter as bait for both types of trap.

I have to warn you, I trapped 13 of them last year and at least half of them weren’t quite dead when they got stuck in the trap. Keep a heavy spanner nearby…

Good luck.

The Frots 1:56 pm 11 May 11

We found setting fire to the roof of the house fairly effective.

KaptnKaos 1:34 pm 11 May 11

Agree with #2, buy/borrow a cat, put it in the roof for a few hours (on a cool day of course). If it is a possum, the cat will not go near it and you’ll hear a lot of possum hissing and have a bigger problem trying to be rid of, or keeping the creature quiet, if it is mice, the cat will get fat and be happy.

Keijidosha 1:34 pm 11 May 11

JohnK said :

We used the humane live-catch type of mouse traps, about $2 from Bunnings, which are great for releasing the mice into your noisy next-door neighbour’s yard.

You’re either being sarcastic or foolish. Which is it?

Chop71 1:33 pm 11 May 11

JohnK said :

We used the humane live-catch type of mouse traps, about $2 from Bunnings.

what a crock of s***…. the @#$%en greenies are taking over the world

JohnK 12:47 pm 11 May 11

Just place mouse traps on beams the roof space through the access door, and check them every day until all the mice have been caught. Catching all the mice might take a few weeks.

We used the humane live-catch type of mouse traps, about $2 from Bunnings, which are great for releasing the mice into your noisy next-door neighbour’s yard. But ordinary mouse traps work pretty well. Avoid poisons and baits unless you like rotting carcasses in inaccessible places.

Sammy 12:32 pm 11 May 11

The problem with baiting is that you end up with dead mouse carcasses littered throughout your roof space. Build a repeating water-trap and place it close to the man-hole, and every week or so you just go up and grab the bucket, and pour the whole thing into your compost bin or the bin. Very successful at my house. Bait the trap with peanut butter. Google “repeating water mouse trap”.

Holden Caulfield 11:10 am 11 May 11

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?

niftydog 11:04 am 11 May 11

Baits seemed to have worked for me. I initially tried just baiting the main problem area, but they just took up residence at the other end of the roof. So I got lots of the “throw packs” and spread them all through the roof about 2m apart – it took a week or two to have an effect.

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