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How to get rid of mice in your roof?

Updated on October 21, 2013

How do we get rid of mice..a few ideas

Mice like a lot of other critters that decide to squat in your house can make ones life literally hell. Especially in the home. Similarly other animals such as possums that we have here in Australia as well as rats can cause absolute havoc. Mainly because they travel around at night because they are nocturnal. A survival instinct/mechanism you-like. That's my guess anyway. We were visited by both rats and possums a couple of years ago. They just came in through the guttering and a space in the tiles and proceeded to nest in the comfy roof with 'down-like' Insulation and Bingo. They had thirty or so square metres of roof space in which to live. Of course then they enjoyed our hospitality so much they entered the kitchen pantry and gradually took a portion of the food on nightly basis. It went from being the cat and dog food to other things on the higher shelves. Look they were okay except then they got into the bedrooms you could then here them running down the wall during the night . Sleep or lack of it became a Big Issue. Well after about a couple of weeks my mental state started to deteriorate further so I insisted the owner get them removed "its either me or them and you have to do something about it now !". He reluctantly agreed. And a Pest Controller came in and placed special tablets around the roof which the critters eat it dehydrates them and they leave to find water and die. Shame really that it got to that...

The best way to get rid of pest in the roof is to employ a professional pest controller. Doing it yourself can be expensive and dangerous and not be effective. For instance it is easy to be electricuted in the roof due to expose wire or wire that have been penetrated by nails of animals eating the way through the outer covering living live wire exposed.


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    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      samthe woman this shock sounds far more humane !

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      8 years ago

      Those pellets sound a bit cruel. If you're looking for a more humane method than poison, electric mouse traps kill instantly with a quick shock.

      Here's one I came across online:

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      9 years ago

      I have a mice sort of problem in the house , I live in , but I really scared to sleep at night because of those smelly stinky critters , I would like to get ride of them once and for all , for them never ever to come back . It is a funny thing that house I am livin in is only 5 year old house , it already been sprayed by pest controller already , but still smell the stinky critter smell . It is really discusting...

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      nicko guzman 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Have you tried using trained pet rats to kill them?Not the best solution if you have problems with having pet rodents.Just make sure they come to you when called and are vaccinated.Please use this method as your last option.It is cruel to the poor ratties.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      10 years ago from India

      You could try peppermint oil - it seems to have worked for us. Put a few drops onto a wad of cotton and place several of these in the corners of your shelves. Rather an overpowering smell for a day or two - you need to change them every 3 months. This seems to deter them from coming into the house. Some of them are soooo cute - I'd much rather prevent them coming in rather than exterminate them :(

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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      I thought mice only were in a house that had a basement.

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      10 years ago

      once I put an insecticde and all the rats got killed but I felt sorry for them and after that I never did it.

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      Andy DuFresne 

      11 years ago

      Thanks, Barry. I think you're right. In your opinion should I call in a plumber or an exterminator?

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      11 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Andy better you call in a expert...

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      Andy DuFresne 

      11 years ago

      Help! I can smell a pungent (urine?) odor every time my furnace comes on. My best guess is that a mouse is in there ... but where? In the ductwork? Near the filter? I've set snap traps and placed rodenticides. The stench is killing me? Can I get hanta virus from this stench? Any suggestions?

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      Earth Angel 

      11 years ago

      Good Morning Barry,

      Sorry to hear of your visitations. I too, have had ongoing infestation with little furry creatures. I have lived in the mountains, in the woods, on a lake, on several golf courses and near the ocean all my life. Uninvited four-legged inhabitants are just part of the geography. After all, they were there first!

      I'm glad your landlord is finally doing something to remedy the situation. I would caution a bit about the method he chose. Yes, the tablets the little varmits eat will dehydrate them and they will die a slow agonizing death. In the meantime they can still move around, albeit not as well, and may become prey to other animals, including any dogs or cats you may have as pets. These tablets can cause death in beloved fur-family members as well. (Not to mention small children!)

      Then there is the whole issue of them dying by dehydration and falling down INTO the walls. Or the furnace. The smell of decaying animals in places almost impossible to reach can take a year or more to subside. If ever.

      Other ideas I have tried with success:

      An in-door cat or two (I have three but I do animal rescue as well);

      High pitched sounds (humans can't hear) much like silent dog whistles;

      Wire mesh stapled over entrance holes (once all visitors have vacated).

      I had a multiplying mouse problem while living on a golf course and I was able to relocate all 30+ of them. I actually had fun doing it. The relocation took much patience and a lot of peanut butter but I loved the feeling of honoring and respecting some of God's creatures.

      If your sensibilities still motivate you toward disposal, I would suggest the little pest-igloos. Pests go in for delicious meal and do not come out. They die quickly. Cats, dogs, children cannot access the interior. The igloos are disposable; once a pesky critter goes in and dies, the whole thing is thrown away.

      Still have to cover all the access points with mesh.

      Hope this helps. Blessings on your day, Earth Angel


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