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Landlord left floor near heater completely unfinished & did not seal holes by heater pipes - how to fix?

In our bedroom, we have a heater that goes along the wall, and on one side, there are 2 pipes that go into the floor. My landlord left the floor underneath the heater completely unfinished (it's just ...
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Can I clean up after a mouse using 70% alchohol instead of bleach solution? [duplicate]

A mouse got in my cabinet. I got rid of the poop. The CDC website recommends that I clean the affected surfaces with bleach solution or with an EPA-registered disinfectant, and links to a partial list ...
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How should I clean surfaces where a mouse may have walked or touched, but not pooped?

A mouse got into my cabinet. There are a few poops in there; I cleaned those up and cleaned the affected area with bleach solution. I'm going to improve my food storage situation, catch the mice, and ...
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How should I clean fabric that a mouse has been in?

A mouse recently got into one of my cabinets. There was a cloth in one of those cabinets, and the mouse may have touched it or pooped on it. How should I clean this cloth? Is the washing machine ...
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How long to leave traps in crawlspace?

My pest control guy sealed up possible entrances and left peanut butter traps. A week later the traps were still untouched and the smell is a lot better. No signs of gnawing on the sealed areas. ...
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Find mouse entrance in cavity walls

We moved into a newly built house about half a year ago. A few months back we started noticing a (rodent) urine smell coming from a specific point at the floow near an outer wall. We also started ...
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Why does a light on a 3-way circuit turn itself on or off?

I have a light that is wired into a 3-Way circuit with one switch upstairs and one downstairs. There might be other lights on the same circuit, but I am not sure. About a week ago, said light starts ...
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Evicting house mice

I have been in this house about 9 years, I live near the edge of town, with a large lot next to me. Have had a few mice here and there,. This year, I have had a lot. I've been putting out traps and ...
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How to close large uneven gap between heater duct and concrete block

There is a heater on the other side of the wall. From that heater a duct goes into crawlspace under the house (pictured below). There is quite a gap, which mice/rats have been using to enter/lease the ...
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Ideas for humanely removing rodents from entering home under this fireplace bumpout in garage

I have a fireplace bumpout into my garage. It sits 5-6 inches above the floor. Mice have chewed a hole through the foamboard at the foundation & gotten inside my walls (& wherever they want!). ...
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Mouse issue-- critter trapped in interior wall

Sleepless nights due to a presumably large and very noisy mouse in our bedroom wall... what are the best ways to kill/remove/pinpoint its location? Not certain, but think it may be trapped and unable ...
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Water heater flue and fresh air intake letting in pests

The heater is in a closet in hallway. The flue is going up into attic. Attic insulation 3 yrs ago filled duct (pink insulation). Placed bug traps in closet, nothing 1st year. Lived in place 7 years ...
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There are mice in my walls and my floors, how do I move forward?

This is a follow up to my previous question about blemishes on drywall. Drilling a hole and sticking an endoscope up there showed mouse droppings and debris. It also showed basically open access to ...
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What material can I use to block up this mouse highway?

This is a sort of follow up to Locating the source of a fiber glass smell, or finding wet, dirty fiberglass insulation? (in that I believe the mice from here are managing to climb up the interior ...
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How to rat proof space around dryer vent hole (inside home)?

This is 3rd floor condominium, Dryer vent goes up and opens on the roof. There is around 4 to 5" extra space around dryer vent in my wall, my neighbor reported rat in their house. I want to seal ...
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Help I am over run with mice. I have caught 28 mice in 6 days

I have caught 28 mice in 6 days and I just keep putting out the traps. After the 5 day rule I will start sealing and cracks or hole in the house. I am afraid to put poison out for the fear of the ...
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What could cause sudden failure of outlets?

Suddenly some of the outlets supplying our table lamps quit working. I checked the breaker and it wasn't tripped, but I reset it anyway. Still no power to some of the outlets. So I turned off the ...
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Why is the mouse eating the cabinet shelves only

I have a mouse that is getting in some way and only eats the edge of my freshly painted cabinet shelves. There are lots of food in there that they usually eat like stuffing, bread crumbs etc, but ...
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How can I seal a mouse hole with a refrigerator water line running through it?

I've traced my mouse problems back to a large hole in the wall behind my fridge. The problem is, there's a line running through it--I assume it's the water line, as there is a black power cord ...
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Sewer Line Opening - Makeshift Vent or Rodents?

In the crawl space beneath my house, the sewer line has a branch that runs right to the crawl space entry/vent. The end cap has a jagged hole: Not sure if it's been that way since I bought it (...
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Blocking gaps in loft from the inside

We have heard scratching in the loft and I have caught two mice. The loft is boarded out pretty much fully and insulated beneath the boarding so it is impossible for me to get to the underneath and I ...
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Catching/Stopping the Mice from getting into house

I have a mouse hole and the mice that it brought. Traps outside caught two so far, but I still hear mouse activity in the room inside this wall. I am trying to understand the next steps. (A) wait X ...
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mice and sound traveling through brick party wall joist pockets

We live in a 1912 row house that I believe has joist pockets that allow sound and mice to travel freely between me and my neighbors' houses. For instance, my neighbor hired pest control to deal with ...
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Can you use aluminum foil around gap at floor of hot water tank then seal?

Fairly big gap at floor around pipes of hot water tank. For mice prevention I read some where you could fill gap with aluminum foil then seal. Is this correct. If so what kind of sealant should be ...
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Preventing Rodents (rats) from Returning to existing burrows

When dealing with rodent (specifically Rats) infestation and or prevention. What is the best way to deal with new rats finding the existing burrows (even after the entrances have been sealed). IOW - ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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How to safely clean/remove recent mouse urine stain in carpet

I recently dealt with a singular mouse that got into an open door (when roommate/landlord was bringing in groceries) and, in the midst of hunting down the mouse, it urinated on the carpet, leaving a ...
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Dryer vents and mice

We have been dealing with mice since the fall, eventually we got a pest control company and their recommendation after setting their baits for ~3weeks is to seal all the cracks and holes. One thing ...
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Dog-friendly mouse hunting strategies after a year of using standard products?

TL;DR: When commercial products have been ineffective or proven dog-unfriendly, what are some other mouse-catching strategies when the mice hide in baseboard heaters and have learned to avoid most ...
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What to use to fill mouse access point?

My wife and I have some field mice that have found refuge in our home through a gap between the foundation and the side of our house. We believe this point to be their only access, as they’ve made ...
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Sealing gap between foundation and external wall

I'm trying to determine how to address a small gap between my foundation wall and the bottom of the house. I believe this gap is being used by vermin to access a crawlspace and travel up the walls. ...
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should I catch mice first before fix a broken crawlspace vent cover?

Find one mesh of the crawlspace vent cover is broken. Also, home inspection found some clue of rodent. I guess if I just fix the vent cover, the mice could die in the crawlspace. And before they die,...
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Method to catch multiple mice?

I have a mouse problem in my house. I have put out mouse traps and they have been mostly successful. Five mice have been caught within a week. My predicament is that there are still mice and I would ...
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Mouse trap and detector? [closed]

I need a mouse trap which sends a signal when it is activated, because in Finland, there is very strict animal legislation about catching mice. You cannot use glue traps. You can only use those mouse ...
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Steel wool around a gas pipe

There's a crawl space in my basement where the gas pipe to the stove goes through a hole in the ceiling. I think it might be a big enough hole for a mouse to get through so I'd like to stuff some ...
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Do I still have a mouse problem?

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 ...
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How should I fill the holes in my floor to prevent mice from getting in?

I live an old apartment building and discovered a month into my lease that my apartment has a mouse problem. No matter how may times I bait or trap, I have no luck. It it appears that this might be ...
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Could mice be escaping traps because the traps are being reused?

We've caught 6 or so mice using the classic snap traps. Being frugal, we tried washing and re-using the traps. We're getting mixed results. The mice are clearly nibbling the food (peanut butter, ...
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Are mice dying in my loft?

I have a downstairs toilet that protrudes from the side of the house. As a result, it has a loft area that is not accessible without cutting into the plasterboard ceiling. Mice are fairly common in ...
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Is it safe to run the oven without insulation around it?

My oven had mice in it and made a nest. So I took all the insulation out of it too look for the mouse. This was because it smelled like a dead animal every time I turned on the oven so I cleaned it ...
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What is the proper personal protective equipment and procedures for removing mouse nesting that may contain Hantavirus?

Me and my uncle are working on cleaning stuff (various auto parts and tools built up over the last 60 or so years) out a garage on my parents' property prior to demolishing it. There are multiple ...
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What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?

I have heard rustling sounds coming from my exterior walls, which I am assuming is mice (or some other rodent) scurrying around in the hollow wall. I have found a hole about 2 inches in diameter in ...
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

So last week my wife and I discovered some evidence of mice fooling around in our kitchen at night (e.g. shuffled cleaning supplies under the sink, hoarded dog food, and of course their droppings). ...
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How to deal with Mice coming into the Baby's Room [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of a mouse in my house? Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby ...
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How do I set traps in the kitchen ceiling when my roof is flat and I lack access?

At night we can hear mice scuttling about over the kitchen. This area of the house has a flat roof above it, and a solid drywall ceiling with no access to the space between the ceiling and the roof. ...
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How do I find where mice are entering my house?

So the house I just finished remodeling, and am now living in, has a small mouse problem. We have caught a couple of mice, and suspect there may be more. Catching the mice does little good, if more ...
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