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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6885 on: January 12, 2018, 01:45:30 PM »
Mouse traps. Or you're living with the mice forever.

We bought some last year, in case we didn't find a good solution.  We might have to break them out, after all.  :/

Yeah, I think mice (in zoos) are very cute.  I don't think I'd be pleased if one was in my home.  And I REALLY wouldn't be pleased if it was invading our food (the good stuff at that!).  I hope you can figure out how to keep them out.  I wonder if a bowl of food outside would do the trick?  Though I guess the only thing worse than feeding the neighborhood cats would be feeding the neighborhood mice?

Sobe wouldn't know what to do with a mouse.  He'd probably cuddle it.  Or just go back to sleep.

Our neighbours behind us run a smallholding and they have dozens of apparently feral cats.  We don't want to attract them.

Picturing Sobe cuddling a mouse is adorable.  :)
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6886 on: January 12, 2018, 03:30:39 PM »
Mouse traps....lots of them. I'm fairly ruthless if I've been in a place with them (several times). They are cute as hell.......but since they won't follow my verbal instructions on staying out of the house...... well..... like you said. It's war. Although in a couple of the houses it was a bit cringe worthy to hear the traps going off all the time over the first few days. It was war......
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6887 on: January 12, 2018, 03:45:00 PM »
Mouse traps....lots of them. I'm fairly ruthless if I've been in a place with them (several times). They are cute as hell.......but since they won't follow my verbal instructions on staying out of the house...... well..... like you said. It's war. Although in a couple of the houses it was a bit cringe worthy to hear the traps going off all the time over the first few days. It was war......

Oh, no... I couldn't do the spring traps!  We bought no-kill traps.  Even so, we were reluctant to use them because mice can die of exposure pretty quickly, and our house isn't the warmest.  It's warmer than outside, but not super warm.

Ohmigosh, I'm dying!  I Googled humane mouse traps and watched this terrible/awesome video.  I chose it for the screenshot, and was disappointed by how not-cute the thing was.  But I watched to the end.

I quite liked the ending.
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6888 on: January 12, 2018, 03:57:14 PM »
Mouse!

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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6889 on: January 12, 2018, 04:00:12 PM »
You are such a troll!


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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6890 on: January 13, 2018, 12:34:33 AM »
Spring traps are awful! We had mice for a few weeks in The Bahamas until we found the hole in the ceiling and blocked it. We (well, my husband) would set the spring traps before we went to bed and the minute we turned off the light, PING would go the trap and my husband would have to get out of bed to find the mouse as the trap and the mouse had been propelled several feet away! It was awful and I was no help at all. Mice may look cute but, please, not in my home!
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6891 on: January 13, 2018, 01:04:55 PM »
There are machines that make a high pitched sound (inaudible to human ears) that repel mice.  It might be a good way to keep them away.  At an old job our back room had mice.  We had an exterminator come in and lay the sticky traps, but dead mouse is one of the worst smells in the entire world.  After I left I heard they got the sound machine thing and it worked really well apparently. 

They can get into the tiniest of openings.  I doubt it would be a quick fix to block up all of their entrances, unfortunately, unless you're really well versed in this type of thing.
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6892 on: January 13, 2018, 02:59:46 PM »
I’ve got it!   ;D. A little dog, one of those terrier types, they were bred as ratters but I bet they wouldn’t discriminate!  ;D
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6893 on: January 13, 2018, 08:26:15 PM »
I have cousins who live on a farm and they say they put steel wool all around the pipes under the sinks etc anywhere where they think there is a tiny opening as the mice can’t chew through it


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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6894 on: January 13, 2018, 08:33:58 PM »
I have cousins who live on a farm and they say they put steel wool all around the pipes under the sinks etc anywhere where they think there is a tiny opening as the mice can’t chew through it
Steel wool works good and can be stuffed around pipes etc easily

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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6895 on: January 13, 2018, 11:20:41 PM »
I take back my endorsement of HSBC for banking unless you set up your account through their international banking center. I finally worked up the energy to go to the branch today to get the ball rolling on my UK account and they refused to accept anything I had as proof of address... Including bank statements from my US account with them. So we're going with Barclays and HSBC will be getting a piece of my mind for lying to me about what would be proof of address. (my husband was resistant to adding me to council tax because we're moving... Now he understands when I tell him to do something there's a reason for it. Council tax was the only document they would accept according to the jerk in the branch.)

*edit - I went to their website and found the handout on acceptable documents I expected to be handed when they said mine weren't good enough, there were plenty others that would be fine. That guy just didn't want to do the work.
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6896 on: January 14, 2018, 11:38:44 AM »
I take back my endorsement of HSBC for banking unless you set up your account through their international banking center. I finally worked up the energy to go to the branch today to get the ball rolling on my UK account and they refused to accept anything I had as proof of address... Including bank statements from my US account with them. So we're going with Barclays and HSBC will be getting a piece of my mind for lying to me about what would be proof of address. (my husband was resistant to adding me to council tax because we're moving... Now he understands when I tell him to do something there's a reason for it. Council tax was the only document they would accept according to the jerk in the branch.)

*edit - I went to their website and found the handout on acceptable documents I expected to be handed when they said mine weren't good enough, there were plenty others that would be fine. That guy just didn't want to do the work.

I have a work friend from Ireland here, and has been through the ringer with them as well. NOTHING was good enough for proof of residency.


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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6897 on: January 14, 2018, 05:24:38 PM »
Mine had to be an actual bill from a utility company and they NOT the estimated bill bill I got first. (They only send a real bill once every 3 months) Though that was accepted by our registrar for notice of marriage! haha.

The usual. American girl meets British guy. They fall into like, then into love. Then there was the big decision. The American traveled across the pond to join the Brit. And life was never the same again.


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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6898 on: January 19, 2018, 01:49:16 PM »
IA: I have a pressure headache that is bad enough that work will be rough tonight, but not bad enough to call out sick.  Ahh.  I've already taken 2 Aleve so hopefully I'll be okay before going in, but my head feels very bad right now!
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Re: Inconvenient Annoyances
« Reply #6899 on: January 19, 2018, 01:57:22 PM »
IA: I have a pressure headache that is bad enough that work will be rough tonight, but not bad enough to call out sick.  Ahh.  I've already taken 2 Aleve so hopefully I'll be okay before going in, but my head feels very bad right now!

Oh, that is annoying!  2 Aleve and you still have the headache?  Did you just take them and they haven't kicked in yet, or is this really bad?
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