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November 09, 2005

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This is something that I can attest to. Start to work on getting rid of rodents as soon as you see any droppings. If you leave them too long in your house then they can start to breed; only increasing the problem.

Taking care of the problem often isn't as simple as putting down traps. I had several mice in my house (due to construction in the neighboring building -- we lived in a townhouse) and putting down traps didn't work terribly well.

A cat is one of the surest methods of making sure that you can take care of the problem. They're also safer than putting down poison (especially if you have animals or children that can get into anything). Just don't be surprised if you find that they'll leave you a "gift" for their hard work on your bed or in your shoes.

Another method to prevent mice from even thinking about coming into your house is by finding any possible entrance (gaps in stucco, holes from the exterior of the house to the interior, etc) and repairing them. Another, far less humane, method is to fill the gaps with steel wool. The rodents gnaw on the wool and bad things happen to them.

I'm by no means an expert, but that's been my experience and some of the suggestions that have been thrown in my general direction.

Funny thing: My wife responded to the mouse sighting in a similar manner as yours.

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