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Q: field mice?

January 22, 2009 | By KCsMom | 8 answers | Expired: 1898 days ago

field mice?

i am looking for help for a 90 year old woman who lives alone and whom i help look after now that she is without family in this world....
our dilemma is this...as the temperatures have dropped to well below zero here in new england she has been innundated with field mice in her home!
they are cute little scamps to me...and tho i am not afraid of them...she is very much so....she was very upset yesterday when i went to visit ... she was crying...
she had been preparing her breakfast and saw a little one poke his nose out of the cabinet above the counter...she was afraid and slammed the cabinet closed hoping to scare him away...she continued to make her breakfast....and i was horrified to learn that as she tried to remove her muffin from the toaster she had a difficult time and that upon her further investigation and some poking around with a wooden spoon...she found that the little one she had hoped to scare away had indeed fallen into the toaster....and had died...i want so badly to help her with this large group of field mice who have come to call her home...their home... we do not want to poison nor do we want to lay traps of any kind....
please does someone have a tried and true method to disuade these little ones from my dear friends home...i was told that moth balls layed about would help but i was not so sure as i thought these moth balls may cause my friend respiratory harm!?
thank you in advance for your kind help...

Readers' Answers (8)
Eight Pond Farm
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Jan 22, 2009

Are you sure that your friend is capable of staying in her house all alone? The mouse dropping down into the toaster unnoticed is sort of disturbing. As is the infestation. She is probably dining on food with rodent feces. Her situation sounds like she might need more help than just your kindly visits. I agree with the people that said she needed professionals to rid her of her rodent infestation. Are there 'bugs' too?

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Marta J.
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Jan 22, 2009

Try places moth balls around or pepperment oil in areas where they go. I like the oil myself, but it more costly. I use it in our travel trailer and shed where we keep the lawnmower. So far so good, and it smells better than mothballs. It has to be the kind you get at a health food store or for aroma theapy, not the kind for baking

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Ethel02
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Jan 22, 2009

your right about the moth balls, this works, you'll probably have to do it for her, bending will be hard for her, but it works it makes the house smell clean, go to a health food store & get a big bottle of peppermint oil, pure, nothing added, it can be expensive, maybe $30. get a bag of cotton balls and put enough drops of pepperment on them to dampen them & put them in corners, under furniture, under radiators You don't have to put it in the open, behind the leg of a table against a wall and even in the cabinets, won't hurt, it is strong and cleans your sinuses so if it is too strong I guess it could make her dizzy, she may not be able to take care of a cat, but thats why we had barn cats, they have a very good life, nestled in straw & fed even though you know what they were supposed to eat, I guess that let nature take care of them, in the homes around here with field parks all over, we kinda learn to live with them, and they leave in the spring, your right they are cute & I have saved more then 1 of the cute little guys, when the cat goes towards them they freeze, thats when I make my move, you can pick them up and they are cute, hope it works for you & how kind you are to that lady.

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