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PostSubject: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 8:06 am

God knows how, but we have a little visitor in our first-floor, concrete flat. I saw the little terror legging it across the kitchen floor after I heard an unfamiliar skritchy skratchy sound.
He's somewhere behind the cooker/ cupboards chuckling at us.

Anyway, I get paranoid about rodents nibbling through wires (I had a succession of rats as pets and know what vandals they are) so he/she needs to be caught. Alive of course; we are nice people.

So far I have cut the top off a baited plastic bottle and inserted it back in the bottle the wrong way around; kind of like a funnel so it can't get out. I have also got an upside-down jam jar with peanut butter stuck on the bottom, with one edge balanced on a penny. Whe it jumps up to get the treat it will hopefully unbalance the penny and be trapped in the jar.

Any more cheap, quick and preferably effective DIY trap ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 8:14 am

I've seen some "humane" traps that catch them alive on some sticky paper or something, but you may have to mail-order them. By that time, he'll have moved in the Mrs. and all the kids probably.

Your plan sounds good to me, but I have no experience at all. I think they're fairly easy to fool, though...Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 9:14 am

Sorry, I use cats!

Our old lilac point Siamese (who'd never seen a live mouse before) caught his first two (and only two) and word got out on the Mouse Grapevine.

They've boycotted the place ever since!

Those sticky traps are dreadful, I understand. There's no way to get the mouse off in good health. And I won't use poison, either. Cats are organic, anyway. Twisted Evil

Thai Shan was not allowed to eat the mice. I didn't want him getting parasites.

Good luck with your humane traps


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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 9:14 am

A cat?
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 9:17 am

You are much nicer than I am to try to trap the little suckers alive. When we get mice (house was built in 1900; mice are inevitable), we have to poison them. Traps have never worked for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 12:48 pm

Hide the Whiskers for a day or two. Should do the trick.

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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 1:18 pm

You can use a tall bucket or trash can (at least 2 feet high) - just put a little ramp going up (an old piece of wood or cardboard) and some bait in the bottom of the bucket (peanut butter works well and is fragrant enough that the mouse can smell it from the outside). That way the mouse jumps in to get the bait but can't jump out.

I guess I'm old-fashioned- I like the spring traps. That way the mouse never knew what hit it and there's no mess- just throw the whole thing out.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeFri Mar 28, 2008 8:20 pm

It has foiled my attempts so far and is full of peanut butter from my failed jar-trap.
I'm off to buy a proper humane trap tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSat Mar 29, 2008 7:11 am

It's like an episode of Tom and Jerry. We have a cat, mouse and an infuriated housekeeper, now all we need is a gruff dog mixed in.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSat Mar 29, 2008 2:32 pm

Stil no joy. The mouse seems to have amazing capabilities. He can spring the traps, eat the treats and is still nowhere to be seen. Clever mice should be rewarded but I will win eventually. I've bought the only humane trap I can find but i don't think meeces are heavy enough to spring it.

The saga continues...
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSun Mar 30, 2008 7:46 am

..this morning we awoke to find a trap licked clean, he (I thinks it's a chap) even left a tip, several small brown ones in fact. He even had the cheek to climb up and nibble the Matzos with his peanut butter feast whilst leaving peanut butter footprints!

I have now attached a threat to the spring mechanism so that if we see him in the tra we can get him.

Trust us to get a cat burglar mouse with Einseinian intellect.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSun Mar 30, 2008 11:45 am

I hear that cheese actually overheats their blood. Maybe you can make him die happy.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSun Mar 30, 2008 11:49 am

Scratch that, apparently they're not fond of cheese. Perhaps if you make a bread and peanut butter "dough" and squeeze it around the trigger so it can't be pulled off?
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeSun Mar 30, 2008 12:48 pm

The trap is just a weight activated platform so, in theory, once he's wandered to the back the trap, the door shuts behind him. Unfortunately he needs to put on a few ounces before he's heavy enough to set it off. That shouldn't be too much trouble as he's having a right old feast so far.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeMon Mar 31, 2008 1:02 pm

Mission accomplished. He was obviously waiting for me to spend more money on a foolproof trap and then let himself be caught by the existing one while I was at work.
He's a devilishly handsome young chap and it would have been unthinkable to crush his spine and pop his intestines out with a murderous 'traditional' trap.

He shall be feasting on raisins and peanut butter tonight before being released into a suitably friendly looking field tomorrow where he will, no doubt, regale his furry friends will tales of derring-do in the human-house.

I have named him Cyril.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeMon Mar 31, 2008 1:18 pm

Lost Soul wrote:
Mission accomplished. He was obviously waiting for me to spend more money on a foolproof trap and then let himself be caught by the existing one while I was at work.
He's a devilishly handsome young chap and it would have been unthinkable to crush his spine and pop his intestines out with a murderous 'traditional' trap.

He shall be feasting on raisins and peanut butter tonight before being released into a suitably friendly looking field tomorrow where he will, no doubt, regale his furry friends will tales of derring-do in the human-house.

I have named him Cyril.

Make sure you blindfold the little devil on his way to rehoming or he'll do more than regale his friends with tales of derring-do. He'll be bringing them all back to yours for a buffet supper. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeMon Mar 31, 2008 4:25 pm

Lost Soul wrote:
I have named him Cyril.

Cyril was my English grandfather's name. We called him Chuck. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 01, 2008 8:04 am

That's wonderful.

though I agree that he should be moved while blindfolded...he's found quite a nice squat and his friends will be more than a little interested in where he's been lately...
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeWed Apr 02, 2008 6:22 pm

Hopefully he's found himself a lady in his new woodland habitat. I'd hate to think I'ad abandoned him is some mouse wasteland.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeMon Jun 23, 2008 11:58 pm

cheers You are the best to be so nice to the little fella. And Cyril is a lovely name.

I never have had a mouse in the house, but when we had one in the office, we used a live trap. I can't believe how many perfectly sane people turn into Disney elephants on chairs when a mouse is around.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeTue Jun 24, 2008 4:46 am

Kind of you to say so. Last week we did have a brief visit from an even smaller mouse called Cedric. He was around for a day or two making an incredible racket chomping on onion skins (which seem to be a mouse treat).
He didn't like peanut butter and our traps failed.
I presume that he's gone on to greener pastures now.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeThu Jul 24, 2008 6:10 pm

We suddenly had wee visitors last week. Our kitty, Betty, came walking toward me with a one in her mouth. I screamed, she dropped it, and it went scurrying off. Hubby went and got humane traps which were bated with peanut butter, but unfortunately, she recaught and did him in before he found the traps. We had two more the next day. The second one, Betty decided had to be brought into the bedroom while I was sleeping! Once again, she dropped it when I screamed, but this time she managed to corral it while hubby caught it under a plastic bowl and then took it off to the nearest wooded area. The third one, hubby caught in the basement with his bowl, but it looked like it might have already have had a run in with Betty. She is one good mouser.... fortunately, she doesn't seem inclined to actually eat them.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeMon Jan 05, 2009 1:46 pm

We've had three so far.

Got no. 2 away from Than Chai, but he dispatched the first one (we took it away immediately).

Last night Fa Sing caught one—he'd been lying in wait for it all day and half the evening. He was so darned proud of himself that he couldn't sleep and was a kitty zombie this morning. (We took it away very fast, too.)

I just hope word gets out soon to the local mouse community!

Still, I'm glad they're such good mousers. I don't want mice in my pantry or my yarn stash.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 07, 2009 2:29 am

Whatever you do DON'T get a glue trap... you will regret it.

We her ein the Piney Deep rarely get mice in our houses ... I wonder why? Maybe because we are warm most of the year? I don't know. But I do know that we have ROACHES*! Constant vigilance is required to fend them off. Although, some cats are good "roachers", the one we have left is not.




* "waterbugs" of "Palmetto Bugs" to some of y'all, Whatever you call them, ours get to be about 3-4 inches long. DIZ-gustin'.
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PostSubject: Re: Eek a mouse!   Eek a mouse! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 07, 2009 10:21 am

Ugh...I lived in VA (Tidewater) for 7 years. At one point in Old Town Portsmouth, a five minute walk from the Elizabeth River.

The dolphins following the ferry were very nice. The roaches everywhere were NOT. (We were 20 feet below sea level, too.)
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