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You all remember I have been complaining about critters getting in our back yard lately leaving their scent? And then our Beagles get out there in the early morning and detect the scent and go crazy barking and baying? Well, I think our critters are mice! They had one cornered last night. (don't read any further if you are scared of mice). Sadie and Pooh Bear were both pawing and sniffing and barking on the back porch. They were looking down between the house and some landscape timbers. A small crevace about 2 or 3 inches wide. I go out thinking that they found a lizard. I look and I can see the little mouse in the crevice and he is squeeking! Sadie and Pooh are trying to stick their noses in and get him. I think the little mouse was stuck in there, but not sure. Hubbie says to get them away because we don't want to getting a mouse because mice carry disease. I bring them inside. About an hour later I let them back out and they go to that same spot and start in again, sniffing, digging, nosing, barking and carrying on. I think surely the mouse has gone along by now? Then I hear squeeking again. I call hubbie out. We put the doggies inside. He moves the landscape timbers out a bit. It is dark by now and we have a flashlight. He takes a stick and moves the leaves out so we can see. No mouse, it must have finally run off or maybe when he loosened the timber, the mouse ran off. We let the doggies out they sniff that place, but keep on going a few feet away and then start running a scent trail. We think the mouse ran that way. They were barking and baying and carrying on. I didn't think they would go crazy like that over mice?! So all this time do you all think it has been mice running all over the yard leaving their scent? We set 4 mouse traps last night with cream cheese as bait. This morning the mouse traps were not tripped. I'll try again tonight and re set the traps.
 

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I'm pretty sure my dogs would go nuts if there were mice running all over the garden. Sherry used to go nuts when I had gerbils in the house and they weren't even loose so goodness knows what she'd do if there was a mouse in the garden.
 

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Summer destroyed one of my wife's half-barrel planters. Its half a wooden barrel from a whiskey manufacturer (sold at Home Depot). Summer clawed through the bottom to get a mole that was in there. She destroyed half of my wife's garden in the process. Frani was not pleased.

So yes, ANY critter that enters our yard is fair game to Summer.
 

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Critters!!!! My husband laughs at me when I find something a mouse has chewed through. It actually becomes me against the mouse and whos gonna win!

What we've used in the mouse trap is: get a cotton ball and pull a small piece from it, hook it around where you put the bait. Then we use a little bit of peanut butter on top of the cotton ball. That should get them. We've just gone through this with our three, but it was in the gutter down spouts form the house. We're now fixing the damage to those.
 

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If you hook it in good on the trap, they go to bite on the peanut butter,thats on the cotton ball and that will hopefully set the trap off. I have tried everything and I find this works the best. Sometimes the mice are so light they won't set off the traps. Usually if there is one mouse, there are a few more...
 

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This might explain the cats in your yard /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Looks like they were doing you a favor /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 

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I don't know if it was cats or mice. I never saw any cats. I was just blaming it on the cats in the neighborhood. When the mouse ran away across the yard last night, Sadie and Pooh Bear ran after it and went over and over the scent trail, sniffing. They were barking and baying and carrying on just like they do in the early mornings. I told them I was embarrassed that they would carry on and cause such a commotion over a little bitty mouse.
 
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