Last saturday I was prepping some food when I see this little creature dash across the floor past me carrying a tiny piece of cardboard, on further inspection around the house I found a couple of very old mice droppings in the living room and a couple under the sink, here was my action plan:

  • bought a Victor Electric trap with peanut butter placed adjacent to the fridge.
  • Bought an ultrasonic sound repeller for the bedroom
  • 4 sticky traps around the stove back and access to the counter top.
  • called exterminator and checked the poison traps (the one under the sink had been recently gnawed significantly.
  • Turned the bedroom, kitchen, living room and spare room top to bottom (no evidence or droppings found)
  • Dog food bag has been on the floor since forever, and no evidence of gnawing or other signs.

I am checking the kitchen twice a day, but no luck with the traps and no droppings since and no gnawing. Should I assume the issue has resolved it self with the lack of evidence and gnawing to the poison? or remain vigilant with my numerous traps.

Please help!

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    I think regardless of you currently having a problem, you obviously have the ability to develop a problem again in the future, so you'll need to maintain some level of mouse control. Other than that, I'm not sure if anyone other than your exterminator can say if you "still have a problem".
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 19:58
  • Although many people swear by them, I don't think there's any evidence the ultrasonics actually work. They're unpleasant to those of us, human or mouse who can hear them -- but less unpleasant than starvation or freezing would be.
    – keshlam
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 21:07
  • Regardless of it you have a problem right now or not how did the mice get in? If you don't figure out there way in and block it they'll be back.
    – user20127
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 21:25

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You've taken some good precautionary steps to eradicate the vermin from your house. But I'd like to suggest and comment on some of the tasks. The first job you should accomplish is to stop the rodent's point of entry. This can be done by walking the exterior perimeter of your house. Points of entry include: conduit penetrating the wall, air vents with holes in the grate, door bottoms with no weather striping, appliance exhaust vents (dryers, water heaters, furnaces, etc.), siding that has pulled away from the wall framing, eave openings with no screening, soffit boards that have warped or rotted. Remember a rodent can flatten its body to the point it can squeeze through an opening a third of it's size! And once it establishes itself inside it will continually gnaw at the opening to enlarge it. If you find an entry point you can plug it with steel wool, compacting it tightly into the gap. Vermin won't gnaw into the steel fibers. Once you have stopped their access you should next work on dispatching the furry pest. And the best and only way is to trap; be it glue ,snap, cage or electric is up to you. Sticky traps work most of the time. If you position them along the baseboards were the possible route of the vermin is increases a successful catch. It would be wise and helpful not to use poisoned bait of any kind due to the chance of poisoning a non-target animal or the chance of a pet getting into and ingesting the bait. Trapping assures you have a 'confirmed kill'. It also means not having to trace a rotting carcass some were in the wall. Lastly the audible repellents, from my experience, are a gimmick that can not be substantiated with any scientific proof other than what the manufacturer claims. Good luck and good hunting.

  • Fantastic answer and thanks for the reply, I will check the house perimeter and check for openings, thanks again
    – IronBasset
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 4:33
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    This is the second good, detailed answer I have seen from you lately, but might I suggest breaking your thoughts out into paragraphs? It makes your posts easier to read.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 20:40
  • Yeah I know, but I don't know how to indent! Thanks for the comment.
    – ojait
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 23:51

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