We've had this darned mouse in our house for months. We caught it's whole family over the holidays when my mom came to visit, but there has been this one mouse that has eluded us. We use the snap traps, and have baited it with peanut butter and cheese unsuccessfully. The cheese is always gone, the peanutbutter delicately licked off, or avoided all together.
The mouse wasa bold one too. He lived in our spare bathroom which doubles as a storage chamber, and to get to the kitchen he'd have to run from teh spare bathroom down the hall, past the front door, behind the entertainment center and follow the wall into the kitchen. He'd frequently stop and eye us. Taunt the dogs..
However, he wasn't as annoying as some of his brethren who died earlier, in that he doesn't chew through plastic bags and boxes or burrow through the couch cushions :P
My daughter left a hershey kiss on the table last week and we found the little twerp's weakness. Our mouse is a chocoholic (can't say I blame him). So, we used peanutbutter as the glue to stick a piece of chocolate to the trap.. and after 3 days, FINALLY we caught the little bugger.
Death by Chocolate. Poetic justice or cruel irony? You be the judge.
My snake is dining well on his remains. Waste not, want not.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/26/2006 12:40:38 PM*** Reason: add
Way to go! We had a family of mice in our attic last month. There was first the smell. The horrible smell in the rooms below the attic. Hard to miss! So, off to the attic we went. Little trails of poo all the way to the mouse's "house" in our attic. Put a few traps out and got THREE. Don't say say WAY TO GO just yet though! ;) There were FOUR. We soon realized there was one more after the smell came back. The guy tooks weeks to catch. Nearly a month til we got him. Now it is safe to say the smells are gone. Thank God!
Congrats to you!!! I KNOW it is an achievment, believe me, I know. Being we went though it!
....And, I am typing this from my (wireless) laptop! Thanks to your help ;)
***Edited By: mommamia on 5/26/2006 8:54:30 PM*** Reason: Add
we have mice on occasion also. i have some traps for them that allow them to live. havent caught one yet in one of those traps. the cats usually get them first. if the cats don;t get them then they have earned the right to live another day. hubby has gotten quite good at catching them also. usually because if we see one of the cats with one in its mouth hubby will try and get it away from the cat and let it go back outside. sometimes they get away from him while he is doing this so he has to recatch the mouse before the cats get it again.
We don't rescue mice from the cats. Chipmunks and birds get rescued (although it's usually too late for the bird!) But mice and moles are on their own! I'm thinking you should have just left your snake loose-wouldn't he have found it?!!!
Minniyar, 12 years ago we had a mouse in here that would run laps at the same time EVERY stinking night, same path too!
It was a little field mouse. He'd dart out of the laundry room, through the kitchen, past the tv and into our BEDROOM at 10 o'clock on the dot, every night!
Finally put out "humane" traps (the clear plexiglass ones) and we ended up catching about 6 or 8 of the little suckers. It was druing a drought and I guess they moved in from the woods behind the house looking for food and water.
Guess the family sent the same one on a food soucting mission every evening. Once they were caught, hubby exterminated them! I could NOT believe that we put out the traps that WOULDN'T kill them and then he did the job! I was furious.
I told him we couldn't blame them, they were only trying to survive the drought. They were so stinking CUTE! His reasoning was that if we dropped them off in the woods, they only come back with MORE family~ sigh. Your snake would have really enjoyed them.
How cruel, all these comments on the death of little creatures. Yes they can be annoying, but do you have to kill them, there are humane traps to catch them alive, just release them far away from your home. As for keeping snakes in your home, I don't think snakes belong in a house, snakes are not pets. But what bothers me the most is how casually some people talk about killing living creatures.
judith, i guess it's all a matter of perspective. While I wanted to let the mice go, hubby was none too thrilled with the hole he found chewed in the wall behind the dresser through to the garage. Nor did he choose to chance having a grandchild "nibbled" on while she slept.
It is also a sad fact of life that little (and sometimes larger) rhodents are food for the larger predators out there.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 5/27/2006 4:48:05 PM*** Reason: ***
minniyar you should have just asked me....i would of let you borrow muffin. she's a great ratter. just about a month ago i caught one of the cats playing with a mouse outside. i brought the cat in and put the mouse in a safer place outside where it could rest then get a way. i forgot about it and muffin came into the house with it dead in her mouth...eww. she also always lets people know if they have or ever had mice in their house...and then never leaves the area alone.
scout my dad and one of our past cats, spud, used to make a great team and finding mice and then my dad would let them out by the river near my house. we haven't had one in our house for a long time.
No offence - Judith - but if they were all caught and "relocated" there would not be one place you could put your finger that a rat would not already be. The repelinish themselves quickly .. Death is just a part of life..
I dig Minniyar. We have them coming into the crawlspace, and I can not find the entrance outside the house or in the crawlspace.. have a little barricade of traps in the doorway. Got to be 30 mice in like 2 years we've caught.
To catch and release them outside would be lunacy. Last thing I want is the damn thing coming back in again.
If anyone has a solution for squirrels I'd love that too. Been like 50 bucks of bulbs eaten since they have no predators.. If the neighbours were't so nosey I'd be picking them off with an air rifle.
Judith, my snake is indeed a pet, a beloved family pet and educational tool as well. We've had him longer than we've had either of our dogs, thats about 7 years now. He would be hawk food if we let him go, as he is an amelanistic corn snake and was born in captivity. He has unnatural coloration and thus would fare poorly in the wild. As we already have him, would you prefer me just to let him go outside to be hawk food? How is that more humane than the quick death of a snap mousetrap, and recycling the mouse's body by letting my snake eat it? It's part of the cycle of life.
Is it cruel and unusual punishment to catch a mouse in a lvie trap, have it there for hours stressing out, then release it into a totally unfamiliar area? Do you think that the mice you release in such sitatuions just settle right in, find a den, another mouse and have babies just like that? or do you think that most of them die trying to return to your house because they are in unfamiliar territory that's already got established mice populations? Again, at least this mouse died quickly.
Many people and cultures around the world don't think dogs belong in the house either, are they right or wrong? It depends on who you are and where you live.
When people talk about killing of what we see are vermin.. these are not pets. They are verminous invaders into our homes that in some cases can carry deadly diseases.
And I'm wondering how you can apparently feel that killing a cow to feed your dogs a raw food diet is any worse than my mousetrap killing a mouse to feed my snake? Is it because you yourself didn't kill the cow? Woudl you have prefered I gone to the store and gotten a live mouse and dropped it in there for him?
these are not the cutsy little petstore mice. they are destructive. even one mouse can cause alot of damage. i myself can not kill them if i see them, but i have set traps under my sink , where i think they get in. i had one that was nesting under the shower stall in my bathroom. he was getting brave enough to come out even when i was in there. i put phatboy , our cat, in there for a couple of nights and he got him. its bad when you open up a drawer in your kitchen and see mouse poop all over everything. nasty .