Posted by Julia Sang on 15:59:45 12/10/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
Here's an update with a quick recap.
BASEMENT: I caught two mice (one on 12/01 and the other on 12/04) in the basement and removed their nests and the food source (bird seeds). I have left unbaited snap traps and glue traps in the basement since then (yesterday being the 6th night after catching the last mouse) but I haven't caught anything. I have these traps set along the walls (since I have noting but plastic boxes [threw out all card board] in the unfinished basement) at a distance of 5 - 8 feet. And I have also plugged the holes in the garden with steel wool and caulk.
1ST and 2ND LEVELS: Since 12/04, I have a snap trap and glue trap under every sink and every closet in the house. I also have them along the walls in every room of the house. Additionally, all the food source is now ONLY in the kitchen, and neatly packed in plastic containers. I have a snap trap and glue trap inside of every kitchen cabinet and pantry, and on the kitchen floor. All the snap traps were unbaited until a few days back but now I am using cotton as a bait. So far I haven't caught anything at all and I haven't noticed any fresh droppings. No scratching, scurrying or squealing noises either.
1. How long should I have to lay these traps to be sure I do not have any more mice?
2. Were the mice in my basement because of the bird seeds and cardboard boxes or is it because it's winter and my house backs to a park?
3. If I still have mice in the house, what are they eating for their survival? And how the heck are they traveling if I have snap traps and glue traps along every wall in my house?
Thanks for all your help!
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