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Q: field mice?

January 22, 2009 | By KCsMom | 8 answers | Expired: 2122 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...

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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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Anonymous
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Jan 22, 2009

Cats lots and lots of cats. No just kidding. Sounds like professinals may be the best bet.

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Kiko53
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Jan 22, 2009

Besides these other good ideas for getting rid of the mice, here's one she might like for herself: I had an upset stomach a couple weeks ago and found a wonderful tea to help settle it, "Boston's Mint-in-Tea". It's quite delicious, relaxing, and because the box alone smells so nice I didn't bother putting them in a canister. Just let the aroma settle in my kitchen. It might help calm her nerves a bit too.

www.bostontea.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=BTC&Product_Code=02400-24&Category_Code=BT50

(The supermarket sells it in a box wrapped in celophane, not the tin shown in the link.)

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Michele Z.
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Jan 22, 2009

If she is seeing mice during the day, she undoubtedly has a HIGH infestation. This suggests it is a matter for professionals. They will need to find out how the mice are entering, seal those holes, exterminate, and whatever else they do. "Self-help" is not likely to eliminate the problem.

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RGrover
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Jan 22, 2009

Mice will go to where there is food. Get inexpensive plastic shoe boxes from the local dollar store and enclose all dry or counter top items. Mice can squeeze into about any cabinet so box up the items in the cabinets too. The mice do not like the smell of spearmint and you can go online to order a spearmint essential oil -- put a little on a napkin and put in cupboards. Mice don't like fragrant dryer sheets either so you can try putting these around, although I think the mint is best.

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Judy  Z.
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Jan 22, 2009

Moth balls have a strong smell and if there are pets in the house, they shouldn't be used as they are toxic.
Peppermint oil on cotton balls works good -
If you can locate where they are coming in, plug the holes with steelwool as a temporary measure....when it is warmer plug the areas around foundation and plumbing with expanding stuff (can't remember the name of it - we used it in our old cottage and again in our manufactured house).

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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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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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