I am in the process of moving in to a new apartment. That is, it’s new for me - very old in general. It’s a converted townhouse in Philadelphia’s center city. I’d guess the building is 75-100 years old, and only minimal effort has been invested in its upkeep (the landlord who has owned it since time-out-of-mind is incredibly cheap).
So I’m hanging out in my 3rd-floor apartment, and I start noticing mice. They’re pretty brazen: they’ll just pop out of the gaps in the baseboard and run across the room to a different hole in the baseboard. And in the evening, I can hear them in the walls, tearing paper or running around.
I’ve read up a bit on mouse removal tips. You know; traps, peppermint oil, better cleaning practices, all that. But I wonder if that will help. There are six apartments in this building. If I kill (or otherwise get rid of) all the mice in my apartment today, does that just mean my neighbor’s mice will move in tomorrow? Will anything get rid of these little fellas that doesn’t address the whole building?
Anyone have experience with mice in old apartments?
PS: No cats.