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Mousetraps ..

Postby Tomsk » 16 Jun 2014, 19:19

are they cruel?
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 16 Jun 2014, 19:55

Very - if you mean the sort that snap to on the poor unsuspecting creatures. You can buy rat and mouse traps which're basically like cages. They just trap the animals and then you can let them go.
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Postby Tomsk » 16 Jun 2014, 19:59

but what if they come back into the house? mA WILL GO SPARE!
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 16 Jun 2014, 20:14

But Tomsk, you don't let them go again near to where you found them. The trouble is, if you've seen one, there'll be more. You just have to make sure that they can't get in.
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Postby Tomsk » 16 Jun 2014, 20:51

I've only seen one and it's quite sweet really..
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 16 Jun 2014, 21:48

If it's a field mouse, they ARE sweet little things, but where you have one, you'll usually have plenty more close by. They breed every 3 weeks or so, so the main thing's to stop them getting into the house in the first place. If you seal any gaps or largish cracks/holes, that's the first step. Check skirting boards, floorboards, doors and windows.

Next, don't leave food on a table or worktop, and put all food into airtight containers if it's in a cupboard - e.g., bread, flour, cereals, vegetables, bars of chocolate and so on. Tins're alright, but put everything else in the fridge if you can. When a mouse can't access food, it'll move to some place where it can, but make sure that no linen's left in piles either. They'll make nests in undisturbed cupboards or drawers where tea towels etc. might be stored. Once you remove what the mouse's looking for, you'll get rid of the animals as well.
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Postby Tomsk » 17 Jun 2014, 00:03

The ffff will rue the day..
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 17 Jun 2014, 08:36

Awww! How could you want to kill any?

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Postby Tomsk » 17 Jun 2014, 17:50

Squatters...
gate crasher...
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 17 Jun 2014, 18:50

Living little things ...
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Postby Tomsk » 17 Jun 2014, 20:21

little intrusive buggers..
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Jun 2014, 08:39

They don't do it on purpose! They're just trying to live, like everything else. : (
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Postby Tomsk » 18 Jun 2014, 14:06

:lmao4: :lmao1: :nana: :lmao1:

you make me chuckle..!
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Postby pilvikki » 18 Jun 2014, 14:21


they lived a little too well at my house one fall. we'd not been up for some 5-6 wks and when we showed up at 3 am one morning we were greeted with mouse poop on every level surface in the kitchen and bathroom. in the bedroom the sheets were filthy and there was rice under my pillow, dog food in the window tracks.

I had rolls of toilet paper sitting on the counter in the bathroom, one on top of the other. the centre was filled with - dog food. the dog food bag looked the way it when we'd left it, but there was a small hole in the bottom on the side and the formerly full bag was still full, full of air.

so where did the rice come from? the wee bastards had eaten through the top of one of the cupboard doors and gone through everything: sugar, flour, rice, oats, cookies, spaghetti, you name it. done with that, they moved over to the next one and so on.

it took us 2 hours to clean up/disinfect the place enough that we could go to bed.

some mice carry the hantavirus, which is not that common, but very deadly:

This week we will discuss the hantaviruses. These viruses are found in three distinct, yet large, regions of the world: Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Moreover, they produce two distinct clinical syndromes delineated by these same regional geographies, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in the Old World, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the New World. These viruses can be highly virulent and result in high mortality.


http://www.infectionlandscapes.org/2012/09/hantaviruses.html

so beware.
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Jun 2014, 16:36

Oh what a mess it must've made for you! However, I don't think field mice carry hantaviruses - hang on....

http://www.sbcvcd.org/Documents/Brochur ... eBroch.pdf

Salmonella then!
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Postby Tomsk » 19 Jun 2014, 16:44

mousetraps it is then..
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 19 Jun 2014, 18:56

Aww, NOOOooo Tomsk - please! : (
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Postby pilvikki » 20 Jun 2014, 04:38


really no kind way to get rid of them... :shrug:
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Postby pilvikki » 20 Jun 2014, 04:39


oh, icy, check the article, it tells you what mouse carries the virus and where. it is found in England as well.
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Postby Ice.Maiden » 20 Jun 2014, 12:32

Yes. I was going by the bit under "Health concerns". They DO all carry some sort of disease; not good at all, but it's not their fault is it? I don't like to see animals suffer, that's all.

You're right really. There's no kind way to exterminate them, apart from catching them and then letting them go away from the area they've infested. I appreciate that others might turn up, but even with rats, I feel a bit sorry for them.
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