Now, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the world’s greatest housekeeper. But I do vacuum and dust, and I don’t leave dishes and food in the sink or anywhere else. I’ve even been known to mop floors and wash walls on occasion. But yes, being a man, bathrooms and under sink areas were to be tackled only after a few weeks of motivating thought and planning.
So, all in all, my home in rural Missouri was more than presentable. Guests felt welcome and comfortable…. and so did the field mice. They moved in shortly after me and I am sure are still there to befriend the current tenants. As far as my experience can tell, in the country you either live with them or move elsewhere. Even if your mobile home is sitting on an air tight concrete foundation with motion detectors directing robotic BB gun turrets, you’re only making it slightly more difficult for them. Eradication is an impossibility…. population control is the only option.
I quickly learned, as I’m sure most of you have, that products like DeCon are a no-no. Nothing ruins a good day like coming home to the stench of a well rotted and liquefying mouse carcass that is located in one of the several thousand inaccessible rodent havens present throughout a mobile home. If I located it…. great! Otherwise I was condemned to suffer while the little corpse dried up and mummified…. until the next time.
Trapping is the only way. A few placed in mouse dining and party areas provided a consistent yield…. and I soon developed a morning routine of collection and disposal. I admit I have clapped my hands and emitted a cheer when the dull thud of a trap snapping home on pay dirt reached my ears. At some point I tired of the constant resetting and ‘hands on’ last rites. Enter the electronic trap! These things are great. Yes, they are far more expensive than snap traps, but the convenience and effectiveness are definitely worth it. Though I haven’t tried it, the Victor M260 Multi-Kill seems the be the Cadillac of them all. Click here to check out the video.
Of course there are other brands and models less expensive. I purchased a more economical unit at a local farm and garden store and it performed very well using dog food pellets. I am very interested in hearing any of your experiences and advice for controlling our little friends. I’ve already tried steel wool in openings and I refuse to cat hoard. :)