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PROBLEM: there is a mouse in my subwoofer

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edited December 2006 in Help / Advice Forum
Ok, so I'm into high end audio, even my computer speakers are Klipsch, which happen to be what I'm talking about now. I have the 5.1 promedias, the ones with a combination subwoofer/ampbox large enough to conceal a dead toddler. There's a narrow vent along the bottom back, and now there's a fuck*ng mouse in it.

It was like a movie, I watched the little fucker skitter along my polished hardwood floor, under my feet, and straight to the back of my sub, where he skittered inside.

My speakers lightly popped once but otherwise seemed unaffected. I have since been trying to drive him out with the bass cranked to 11, after downloading things like "Illegal Outlaw Bass 4: Booty Shake Bass" and shaking the foundation of my house with it. So far this hasn't worked. I don't want the little bastard gnawing on wires, shitting/pissing, or dying in there.

Anyone got any tips? I really don't want to have to open this shit up. Also, skitter is a great word.

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  • holycrapawalrusholycrapawalrus Registered User
    edited November 2006
    You've probably already turned his insides to jelly.

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  • TostitosTostitos __BANNED USERS
    edited November 2006
    The resilient little bastard is still moving. I can't shake him out, the vent is almost like a trap, it's narrower towards the inside than on the outside.

    I'm gonna have lock the sub in a closet so my cat doesn't sit on it yowling constantly for the next 48 hours if I want to have any hope of the little effer crawling out.

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  • vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    How big are the openings in the subwoofer? Can you fit a vacuum nozzle in there? This could be the perfect time to use that crevice tool that came with your vacuum. Before I moved away for school, I used to live in a house on the edge of a farm field. We used to get field mice skittering in every now and then, and the central vac hose was the weapon of choice for catching them, works like a charm. If the nozzle will fit, just poke around until you hear the "shunk". If you can't get some suction in there, put the sub in the bottom of a cardboard box, and put a standard snap trap with some bait outside the openings. The bastard has to eat eventually, and when we comes out to do so, it's game over.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Is there a frequency that mice can hear but you can't? 'Cause that would be awesome.

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  • Darth WaiterDarth Waiter Elrond Hubbard Mordor XenuRegistered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I might suggest taking your sub apart with a screwdriver; mice chew on shit constantly and it might be a good idea to see if all of your wires are intact.

    Also, you need to post this in SE++; I forsee many jokes.

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  • SpackleSpackle Registered User
    edited November 2006
    Aren't there ways to lure or force mice out? Like and odor that would make the mouse so disgusted it would run out immediately?

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  • Gotcha ForceGotcha Force Registered User
    edited November 2006
    take the amp off the back, now, before he chews all 2 wires or so that would be connected to the sub itself..

    however big the amp is the hole i usually just a tiny bit smaller, so you will probably have a 1 sq ft cutout, so make sure you actually catch it or something..

    seriously sub woofers are extremely simple pieces of electronics assembly wise, just take the back off with a philips screwdriver and you dont even have to disconnect all TWO wires that are connected from the sub to the amp.

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  • FibretipFibretip Registered User
    edited November 2006
    if you're going to lure them... i was told by the guy i bought our traps from that mice go for peanut butter and chocolate way more than cheese.... and yes, they did go for the peanut butter traps... they didn't get caught, but the peanut butter was gone!

    don't be tempted to poison it though... it will go in there to die...we had one die in the radiator on the back of the fridge... not a pleasant sight :|

    mice are curious creatures, if you move the sub somewhere new, especially somewhere it might suddenly smell something new and interesting (ie your PB trap) , or see something new... it may well come out to investigate.

    also, if your sub is in any way in the middle of the room, it might not come out for fear of being hurt... they like to run along the edges of rooms apparently.

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  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Malkor wrote:
    Is there a frequency that mice can hear but you can't? 'Cause that would be awesome.

    Yes but it is on the other end of the range, one the sub cannot make. You can buy units that plug into a regular outlet and drive mice away.

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  • kingmetalkingmetal Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    this post made my day. I really hope you figure something out. I second the opinion that you should just crack that bitch open and pull the little bastard out before he destroys your sub. it really shouldn't be too hard to do and should be a low-risk procedure. just be careful not to put excessive force through the cone (or, my favorite, having the screwdriver slip and punch a whole in the cone).

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  • CatcherCatcher Registered User
    edited December 2006
    Tostitos wrote:

    Anyone got any tips? I really don't want to have to open this shit up. Also, skitter is a great word.

    Sure, just take a 12 gauge and blow the little bastard's head off; that will fix all your mice problems.

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  • LavaKnightLavaKnight Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Fibretip wrote:
    if you're going to lure them... i was told by the guy i bought our traps from that mice go for peanut butter and chocolate way more than cheese.... and yes, they did go for the peanut butter traps... they didn't get caught, but the peanut butter was gone!

    don't be tempted to poison it though... it will go in there to die...we had one die in the radiator on the back of the fridge... not a pleasant sight :|

    mice are curious creatures, if you move the sub somewhere new, especially somewhere it might suddenly smell something new and interesting (ie your PB trap) , or see something new... it may well come out to investigate.

    also, if your sub is in any way in the middle of the room, it might not come out for fear of being hurt... they like to run along the edges of rooms apparently.

    The trap is the most humane way to do it, though, and even then it's a gamble.

    You should set some traps out, some with peanut butter (they like to grab it and run) and some with cheese, and then open up the sub and scare it out some how.

    Alternatively, you can just take the whole thing to a park, open it up, let it go, and be done with it without having to kill the mouse.

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  • Locust76Locust76 Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I suggest playing Under the Influence by the Chemical Brothers, first quiet and then progressively louder. Put a light near the port so the little guy can see his way out.

    Then scream out, "ARMAGEDDON!"

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  • TostitosTostitos __BANNED USERS
    edited December 2006
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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Little bastard!!

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  • Recoil42Recoil42 Registered User
    edited December 2006
    i am laughing so hard

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  • vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    :lol:

    I think maybe he likes the vibrations. Kinda like a massage chair, but for rodents. So have you managed to shake him out of there, or is the speaker housing defeating your efforts?

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  • Locust76Locust76 Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Next you have to line up some of that ghetto bass and make a video of your little buddy gettin down to some phat beats...

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  • YourFatAuntSusanYourFatAuntSusan Registered User
    edited December 2006
    Please don't kill the mouse.

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  • Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User
    edited December 2006
    Looks like a deer mouse. Watch out for hanta virus. (Unlikely, but still...)

    http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehsphl/factsheet/hanta.htm

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  • GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Please kill the mouse.

    I will send you songs with enough bass to do it.

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  • Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I say after making your wires all protected from the mouse, you let him live in there!

    It's hilarious.

    It could be some kind of sitcom.

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  • GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    By hilarious you mean retarded and dangerous right?

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  • PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2006
    Guys, keep it on topic and to the point.

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  • GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    You can either try to force him out with something like loud music or lure him out with something to eat.

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  • SceptreSceptre Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Definitely try the peanut butter... those little buggers love the stuff.

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I would assume the problem is solved if you opened the sub? If he doesn't want to move, just poke him with a stick or something.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    a vase or something is a good thing to hold them in, the walls should be too sheer for them to grab and too hight to jump out. then you can just walk it to a nearby forest and shot put him out of it.

    i did that with 2 mice not too long ago.

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  • Sir Red of the MantiSir Red of the Manti Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Turn your sub upside down and shake it a bit?

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  • HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    ha ha im in yo sub stealin your bass!!!


    Just use some food to lure him out. then find a snake

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