Mice in the Cabin

18 September 2011 In The Cottage
Mice at the Cottage

Mice problems at the cabin or cottage?
Getting rid of mice in the cottage can be a stressful event. Keeping them from entering in the first place is another battle altogether.

Keeping Mice Out Of The Cabin or Cottage During The Winter

The first step in the fight against mice at the cottage is acceptance. There is no 100% way to avoid them, short of hiring a cat to stand guard on mouse patrol full-time.

Now for the good news – keeping our little guests to a minimum is possible.

Crawl under the cottage and use steel wool to seal all entry points the size of a dime or larger, especially near the support posts where they meet the cottage floor.

Spread mothballs liberally around the exterior support posts and underneath the cabin, or place mothballs in nylon stockings and hang them from the support posts, and anywhere else you think the mice may consider entering the cabin.

Keeping Mice Out Of The Beds, Blankets, Cushions, Sofas, And Dressers

Place strips of fabric softener on mattresses, pillows, blankets etc. and then cover them with thick plastic sheets.

Set strips of fabric softener in the drawers of all dressers.

Place poison bait traps around the inside of the cottage when you close it for the winter. If the mice get into the cabin they will likely take the poison back to the nest. This assumes the mice are nesting outside. If the mice have decided to live in the cabin you may find the poison stashed away in various places around the inside of the cottage when you arrive in the spring. Shoes are one of their favourite storage spots.

Note: If the mice are nesting in the insulation in the walls and ceiling, you may not want to risk having them die there. They tend to smell bad as they decompose, although some of the poison manufacturers claim that their products somehow prevent the foul odours.

Getting Rid Of Mice In The Cottage or Cabin

Traditional traps baited with peanut butter do an efficient job of catching and killing mice that are in the cottage. You just have to get used to the “SNAP!” and a bit of thrashing around in the middle of the night.

Be sure to check the traps daily.

There are dozens of other traps, baits, poisons, etc. on the market. Try a few and see what works best in your particular situation.

During the summer you can also place traps under the cabin at the base of the support posts. Only set them in the evening and be sure to remove them during the day as chipmunks and small squirrels will also get caught.

Special Note:
Do not leave traps set and baited while you are away from the cabin or cottage. A dead mouse begins to decompose quickly and will fill the cabin with an awful stench that is difficult to remove.