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Old Apr 8th 2010, 2:08 pm
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I've been on vacation on/off the past 3 weeks and at the weekend was rocking my 9 month old son to sleep at around 2am. I swore I heard dust or dirt hitting my bedroom window and thought nothing of it, continued rocking, got my son to sleep and viola, got to sleep myself.

Anyway, 2 days later I'm up in my loft storing stuff away and took a glance at a tray of poison I always leave full and up there. It was empty! I quickly realised that, that dust on my window wasn't dust, but very likely a mouse running up the inside of my wall, probably to the loft above me.

Anyway, that was 6 days ago - the discovery of the empty tray, so immediately I filled it again, and put another tray up there too, to poison the things out if they were still there. Anyway, up till today, them trays haven't been touched so I've been thinking, they're gone however last night around 2am I swore I heard noises under my bedroom floor, likely scurrying and what I'd best describe as someone doing a single tap on my plumbing pipes now and again.

To be fair though, my 9 month old son hasn't been well of late where he is actually getting a low temperature rather than a fever. So whilst doing the obvious of wrapping him up well, taking doctor's advice, etc.. I've had my heating set a bit higher at night to keep him warm.

I'm hoping that them noises and what I think was scurrying was the heating cooling down. Mental man that I am, when my son woke at 2.15am, I asked my wife to take him downstairs for half an hour. I uprouted my bedroom, prising up 3 small floorboards with a hammer and I put traps loaded with chocolate, and poison in there. These are the paths I think the mice are taking, if infact there are mice.

Anyway, 3am, bedroom is back to norm, my wife and son return to bed. I switch the heating of completely rest of night and to be fair I didn't really hear much later that night. I'm hoping that my mind was playing tricks with me and it wasn't a case of the mice being scared of by hammering and movement by me.

Going back to the two trays being untouched the last 6 days I'm hoping that means the mice are gone. I moved their location this morning to other parts of the loft just incase they are keeping to tried and trusted pathways.

What are people's gut feelings about the two untouched trays? My house isn't that big, it's an end terrace here in North West England.

I think this evening will be interesting if there are a few dead in the traps or the poison has been disturbed.
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Old Apr 8th 2010, 2:24 pm
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Dead mice have a very distinct smell You will find out pretty soon if you have dead ones in your attic or walls!

We put poison in our garage, usually around this time of year, we always know when there is a dead one in there, it's a PITA finding them, but that smell is ****** horrible, so they have to be found!
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Originally Posted by scankaroo View Post
What are people's gut feelings .
My gut feeling is that you're some kind of nut for prying up your floorboards to catch a mouse and then using that experience as material for your first post on an internet forum.
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My gut feeling is that you're some kind of nut for prying up your floorboards to catch a mouse and then using that experience as material for your first post on an internet forum.
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My gut feeling is that you're some kind of nut for prying up your floorboards to catch a mouse and then using that experience as material for your first post on an internet forum.
Who was that "Joe" twerp, who was posting a week or two back? My deja-vu gland is tingling.
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My gut feeling is that you're some kind of nut for prying up your floorboards to catch a mouse and then using that experience as material for your first post on an internet forum.
What? You're not supposed to pry up your floorboards at 3am?
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What? You're not supposed to pry up your floorboards at 3am?
Only to hide dead bodies
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What? You're not supposed to pry up your floorboards at 3am?
It's a mouse, not a komodo dragon FFS. This fellow is acting as though the mouse is going to burst out of the wall plaster and launch itself at his neck as he's sleeping.

To the OP, put the bait wherever you want, the mouse will find it. No need to demolish the house to serve it to him.

On second thought, do you own a shotgun?
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Only to hide dead bodies
No, no, no backyards work better as HS can attest!
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It's a mouse, not a komodo dragon FFS. This fellow is acting as though the mouse is going to burst out of the wall plaster and launch itself at his neck as he's sleeping.

To the OP, put the bait wherever you want, the mouse will find it. No need to demolish the house to serve it to him.

On second thought, do you own a shotgun?
You said "fellow".
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You said "fellow".
When I thought of the OP, that's the word that popped into my head. I went with it.
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No, no, no backyards work better as HS can attest!
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Who was that "Joe" twerp, who was posting a week or two back? My deja-vu gland is tingling.
Justjoe - this guy:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showp...8&postcount=20
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hmmmm ya think?
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It's a mouse, not a komodo dragon FFS. This fellow is acting as though the mouse is going to burst out of the wall plaster and launch itself at his neck as he's sleeping.
Well I never! Everyone knows you're supposed to be afraid of things that go bump in the night.... Maybe the mouse is on steroids and is as big as a komodo dragon? Honestly, have you no imagination!?!
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