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    Since the Farmers in this area took to rooting out all the hedgerows, a few years ago, we have been inundated with rodents in the lofts. The little buggers have nowhere else to go and seeing a nice warm roof, have moved in.

    I gave up with poisoning them as they just go off and die in the lofts and stink. So, I have had 4 traps in the two lofts and very effective they have been too. I check them every 4 - 5 days and usually have a Mouse in every trap and a couple of times, 2 in one. However, the past couple of months, they have been licking out the Peanut Butter without setting off the traps, which means I am now feeding them.

    How do they do that and how did they learn to do it in two locations at the same time ?

    All I can think of is that there are teensy, weensy Voles, Shrews or baby Mice, too small to trigger the traps.

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    Rotter there is plenty of Speaker cabs you could rent out surely

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    wow , thats horrible . a number of friends live in old terrace houses in fairly rough roads with rubbish everywhere . one often tells me he caught 5 mice in one night in his traps , actually some of them want to move because of these pests who go from one loft or property to another easily
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    I've been told that Mice are often born pregnant and if left to it you will have 300 by the end of the year. If it was just one or two I might not bother but going by the number I was catching, there are dozens of the buggers in the lofts.

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    a mouse can average 8 pups a litter and 10 litters a year. the pups are ready to have pups themselves in 6 weeks, so the population can grow rapidly
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    Thanks for confirming my worst fears now how do I get rid of them..

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    You need to block their access to the loft - blocking access is by far the best method. If you have a dog, he/she will easily find, and alert you to
    where they presently are. Set traps certainly for the ones already inside, but physically deal with the way they are getting inside, as a priority.

    They will invariably take the easiest path - to them, its like a highway into your loft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light Dependant Resistor View Post

    They will invariably take the easiest path - to them, its like a highway into your loft.
    but not like the M6, if it was the M6 they'd get nowhere. When you find the access no need to block it, just set up some roadworks and a couple of contraflows. They'll never get through that.
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