I got out the carpet cleaner and cleaned the living room rug and used the upholstery attachments to scrub the lower part of the furniture. I used Clorox brand urine remover for stains and odors to pre-treat the furniture and rug areas that were involved in the “pissing contest” and then used the Bissell pet odor control type carpet shampoo.
Over all I like the Clorox cleaner as it does not try to cover up the pet smells with fragrance. The Clorox cleaner also seems quite effective eliminating the mouse urine and poo smell in the basement cleanup. I also like the fact that the Clorox Urine Remover seems to be equally effective on both hard and fabric surfaces. My rugs nor my furniture had any problem with bleaching or the running of colors using this product. I also rearranged the furniture and that seems to have stopped the primary pissing spot for the dogs despite the fact I need to do another rug and furniture cleaning to get rid of the odors that my human nose can pick up. I need to follow-up with the rug and furniture cleaning to stop odors but I think I have made a darn good start of the living room being used as the dogs pissing contest arena.
Onto the laundry area cleanup and it seems to have worked out great! While I have a bit of extra space to move both the washer and dryer, cleaning under those appliances presents a bit of a challenge. I used the small shop vac to clean up the mouse poo and then the Clorox urine stain remover on the linoleum to clean up the mousy mess. Last but not least I used a disinfecting spray on the walls. OMG it worked out great for killing all the bad odors in about 12 hours! I’m not sure why the lag time happened on getting rid of odors but I’m glad my clean up worked! I think a disinfecting spray (Lysol or generic equal) is a good addition to your preps. I laid out a whole bunch of sticky traps in the laundry area to try to eliminate more mice.
While early days I don’t think there is no one solution to a vermin problem be it bugs or mice. Good storage procedures is probably the best 1st step but you will still have random vermin problems and that’s where reusable traps are huge help dealing with vermin. A mild sanitizing solution of bleach used on hard surfaces seems to disrupt both insect and mouse trails. As per Lee Anne’s worry no buckets, bins or barrels have been breached. I did have one busted water jug but that looks like human clumsiness/error not mice.
Mom cleaned out her closet and it seems the mice did find some nesting areas but I think Mom’s cleaning efforts let the mice know that nesting area is now shut down. In a way we are shutting down food sources, water sources and nesting sources in the house that will no longer give mice a place to live in the house, chicken coop or the shop. The mice are welcome to live in the great outdoors.
Tom, I will check out the Tomcat traps. around here I have only seen the Tomcat plastic traps but I may not have noticed the metal traps. Mom and I bought several metal traps that sound similar to the traps you describe. Today I got 4 adult mice in the basement trap set for 24 hours. I moved a dog food feeding area and some how lots of dog kibble got transported close to the wall. That is now cleaned up and we moved the doggie feeding area! So far the best answer seems to be is eliminate food sources, set out traps and keeps stuff as clean as possible. I do think Peppermint oil or Balsam sachet might help for preventing a mouse infestation but once you have mice you just have to clean and set out a lot of traps.
It’s not all bad, I have a lot of motivation to build all those storage shelves now!
My 3 sister garden has been over run by grape vines so seems to be a no go in the current area. Note to self never start a garden close to grape vines. In a way it is wonderful as the grape vines are putting out healthy growth. A little less than conducive to my 3 sisters beds.
OMG the Cabbages and lettuce cole crop front beds look wonderful! It has not been all that hot and the arugula bed bolted already. Well we can harvest seeds at worst. I need to weed the cabbage beds that look lovely and are growing great.
Gosh I understand how easy it is to get distracted as everything can become an emergency. Mostley it is not an emergency! Though some issues are critical. Cleaning my food storage area is a priority, it is not an emergency!
Looking at the big picture can make a person freeze or lockup. It’s simple, pick a job and complete the job. It’s simple it is just not easy.
Gosh I have rambled on a bit. Mom and I going to build a garden tool bucket and blg about it.