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Heard scratching in the basement

What to do!!!
I know we have bats living in the basement. I have a horrible feeling we've got some other visitors down stairs Sad
I don't really want to use poison (dog's bound to eat it). Does any one have any suggestions. I hardly slept last night imagination running wild.....of couse hubby away working.
Thanks in advance folks Confused

Posted at 3rd Apr 2008 - 12:25PM   Posted by Pili Pala   Heard scratching in the basement Comments: 10

Ivy's Avatar Life traps but it would be better if you knew exactly who your visitors are . Because what you put in the traps depends on what they find irresistible.

Posted by: Ivy on 3rd Apr 2008 at 12:32PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar Would this be in the UK or France ?.....because bats are protected vigorously in the UK would be facing prosecution if you did the dastardly deed here, up to a £5000 fine. A local bat group would advise you what to do.

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 3rd Apr 2008 at 12:42PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yes Bats are protected here - it is £2000 per bat if you kill them and that includes blocking up holes to stop the bats getting in, or out. But the Bat people will come out and look at your problem. They do make a mess with their poos - the bats not the bat people . . .well actually I can't speak for the bat people, but they also eat alot of insects - bats again . . .but you never know with these bat people and they don't damage the house the way mice can. . . .watch out for those bat people though - no knowing what they might do. Did I tell you I have had my Rabies jab . . .I am a bat person . . .

If you have mice, live traps are, I am sad to say, a waste of time. A local exterminator would be able to lay bait for you in sealed containers that only the mice could get into.

I too hate poisoning the mice, but it is that or a risk of damage.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 3rd Apr 2008 at 12:58PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Mice probably. They make one heck of a racket. Bizarrely, noisier than rats in my (sadly prolific) experience. Trouble is, if they're poisoned, they crawl off and die somewhere you can't reach them and stink the house out. We used to use traps....horrid but did the job (for a while at least).
Good luck.......

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 3rd Apr 2008 at 01:05PM

You can use live traps, we do here as the cats are forever bringing them home and releasing them. I am pretty sure there is one in the study, cats keep leaping at the base of my drawing board Rolling Eyes

The ones I use you just load with a dab of peanut butter, and the weight of the mouse causes the trap to rock forward and close. Humane etc, and you can release the mice somewhere else. Here are two types , one that I use and a larger version for up to 10 mice

Live Mice Traps

Posted by: ZoŽ on 3rd Apr 2008 at 01:15PM

Peterwf's Avatar you can get pre-baited sealed boxes from screwfix

Posted by: Peterwf on 3rd Apr 2008 at 01:18PM

Thanks all. Sorry didn't mention home in the French Pyrenees, so everything bigger!!
I'm not bothered about bats infact I'm always greatful to their hornet munching in the summer. I'm even used to clearing up their poos Rolling Eyes
I'm more cncerned it may be rats although Jane thanks for your comment by the racket they were making last night I think they were having a party. So perhaps its mice.
I don't know why rats bother me more than mice too many James Herburt books when I was growing up.
When hub brings those wellies over Zoe I'll feel a lot braver about venturing into thebasement Twisted Evil
The biggest problem is my washing machine is down there...

Posted by: Pili Pala on 3rd Apr 2008 at 01:56PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Laughing hysterically at WW's frantic post about the bat people. LaughingLaughing You don't by any chance have a couple of small holes in your neck that weren't there yesterday, and some strangely pointed teeth?

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 3rd Apr 2008 at 02:30PM

Washing machine? As EJ says "Embrace your inner Slutdom!"

Or how about the sonic vermin deterrant? If I have bald tailed creatures in the house I want them dead.

Posted by: Miss penelope on 3rd Apr 2008 at 04:40PM

It could be GIANT SPIDERS that bite your eyelids Shocked

Posted by: Bodran on 3rd Apr 2008 at 06:55PM

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