Mice in the shop ceiling? what next?

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Blog entry by derosa posted 09-07-2011 06:33 AM 6593 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other night I’m out working in the shop and hear a weird scratching noise. I turn off the band saw to get a better listen and discover that there are mice moving around in the ceiling. This house is just too much and I’m glad it isn’t mine. Since moving in I’ve had to
Evict a squirrel from the dryer, it was winter with deep snow so I couldn’t replace the vent cover which is 2 stories up.
Evict birds from the dryer, early spring they moved in, the dryer had to be replaced and the vent cover was replaced as well with a rodent resistant version.
We still had birds in the bathroom vent pipe, I had to wait till they left as they had babies before I realized where they lived.
Move a chipmunk out of the basement which has flooded up to 6” deep three times this year and is always damp so I get to kill mosquitoes even in Jan and Feb in upstate NY.
Move a vole out of the kitchen, no idea where that one came from.
Plug up the holes in the cabinets that the mice were getting into.
Deal with not one but four infestations of ants.

And now this. I’ve started looking for their source and found it. Turns out the house has had some really shoddy reconstruction. In its original form in 1878 the kitchen wasn’t directly attached to the house but connected through a breeze-way with a cistern in the middle. Sometime in the last century the decision was made to add the kitchen to the house and a foundation was put in that cut through the old cistern, I’m not certain yet what happened with the old kitchen, need to sort more information. Either way between that time and this is was decided that the kitchen should be expanded and the area where the original detached kitchen was turned into a garage.
To do this they built the kitchen out past the foundation and put in supports for the new floor joists and a wooden wall between the kitchen and garage. They then filled in the basement area of the original (earliest) kitchen with fill to lay in the cement garage floor. The issue with this is, the wall boards and supports that were laid in for the garage/kitchen wall have rotted away allowing the dirt to wash out to the empty space beneath the kitchen extension. This has allowed the cement floor to snap away and sink and has given the mice access. I filled the void with cement this week and it was covered in mouse prints before it dried. I also discovered that I could stick my hand underneath the support beams for the wall because the foundation beam is completely gone.

I am so glad this isn’t my house.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 06:37 AM

Looks like it is time to get a Cat. :>)

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 08:29 AM

I have two cats. They are the only animals I have that truely earn thier keep….....

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 07:06 PM

I thought I had mice in my ceiling (above my bed) and down in the wall (behind my head as I sleep). turns out they were bats. Had one flying around my room once at 3 am… that’s when i iknew they weren’t mice. Ugly, nasty little critters. I think i got rid of them all by covering up the hole they were getting out of the attic with screen draped over it. they could fly out, but not get back in. I’m not too worried, though, I’m moving too!

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 08:21 PM

Looks like you don’t need TV with all the entertainment you’ve got going on… Good luck!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 03:53 AM

I have a huge Black Snake living in my shop. I have only seen him once but see shed skin over 6’ long. I have never seen a mouse or mouse turd in the shop. Now if I can convince my wife to let a few snakes live in the house, we’ll be mouse free!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 04:03 AM

Thankfully the cat has been hard at work and has eliminated at least 6 of the mice, seems that still leaves plenty. That said, I’d rather deal with the mice over a snake any day.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 04:04 AM

I’d rather have the black snake than a cat (I’m allergic). To each his own, I guess.

How do you know that the cat has caught 6 mice? It’s showing you the evidence? A good mouser is supposed to eat them, I thought.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 09:42 AM

About a hundred years ago we bought a house that had not been lived in for 5 years and it was full of mice. After closing up their entry places (they had chewed holes to get in) I used d-CON baits in the attic. Within a week or so they were history.

@Atomjack – most of the cats we’ve had don’t eat what they catch. They just bring it around to brag I think.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 01:41 AM

With 4 dogs and 2 parrots, a cat was out of the question (even though I would like one). I ended up getting one of these to address a rat issue.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-11-2011 04:19 AM

I had a snake in my shop. Haven’t seen him this year. Been too hot for mice. Maybe he worked himself out of a job.

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